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  1. I took EET and can't say enough good things about the course and the instructor, Dr. Ibrahim. I took only the EET book, the handouts that EET provided and ASCE 7-10. I only referred to the handouts that EET provided. The relevant sections from the ASCE are given by EET, so those were enough. I did not feel the need to look at any other material or thought... shoot, I should have brought that with me to the exam... EET's books and handouts were more than enough. Good luck.
  2. It all depends on the person of course. I took the EET course for Seismic and the CSEPR(?) course for Surveying. The last one was mainly for the CBTs. I spent around 120-140 hours for Seismic and about 80-100 hours on Surveying including practice exams. Best of luck.
  3. I agree with that assessment too!!
  4. I did what ExhibitGuy wrote... and passed Maji
  5. Another vote for EET... I took their Seismic Course and can't say enough good things about the course and the instructor.
  6. My vote goes to EET for seismic. Dr. Ibrahim is one of the best and caring teachers I have seen. I had bought the DVD and book from Dr. Mansour for survey. I think it is a good resource but you need some practice CBTs. Good luck for your studies and exams. Maji
  7. CA Board Meeting

    Congratulations to the newly minted PEs and all the best to those studying hard to become one.
  8. California PE license No.?

    Congrats to all who are now PEs... and good luck to those studying hard to become one.
  9. To those taking the April 2017 exam...

    Good luck everyone!
  10. MORE EET Praise....

    Good luck!
  11. Exam window opening tomorrow

    Best wishes to all taking the exams.
  12. The second equation is not equal to the third equation in your post. Anyway, the second and the third are easy. The second one is d^(2+2/3) = 63.72/(0.353^(2/3)) => d = [63.72/(0.353^(2/3))]^(8/3) . The first one is a quadratic equation in d if you go through the algebra. Of course, you can use your calculator as the previous poster suggested to get the answer. However, sometimes it is good to go through the algebra just to sharpen the old skill set. Good luck.
  13. CA-Seismic exam

    I believe you are right.
  14. CA-Seismic exam

    I don't believe that is correct. The questions are all equally weighted but there are some questions that will not be considered in the final tally. They are for use in future exams and are used as test cases. CAPLS posts here regularly and he can answer that question with authority. Good luck on your exam. Maji
  15. EET Seismic Review

    Chapters 5 and 6 are very important. If you know the concepts there, then 7 thru 13/14 should be fairly easy to understand. Make sure you understand the concept of diaphragms well as you will definitely see a bunch of questions on that portion. Good luck.
  16. EET Seismic Review

    It depends on your background in Seismic Engineering... if you have practice Structural Engineering, then it shouldn't be a problem. If that is not the case, do you know the subject well enough to do practice problems? As your back is against the wall due to time constraints, give it a try. If you have understood the concepts from the first half of the course, you should be able to understand at least some of the remaining concepts. Good luck.
  17. Good luck everyone.
  18. Mechanical background taking civil structural

    Great suggestion. Also, if I may add, figure out how much time you will be able to devote to preparing for the exam and make a schedule so that you can follow it rigorously. In general, it takes about 250-300 hours of total prep time for the NCEES PE exams for Civil. That should give you a ball park estimate of the time you need to allocate each week towards studying. With a full time job and other obligations, 10-15 hours of studying every week can be a challenge. Best of luck.
  19. EET Seismic Review

    I remember we got copies of the relevant tables from ASCE and IBC/CBC. I can't remember if I needed anything more. I don't believe there were any questions in the test that made me say... darn it, I should have bought the ASCE and IBC codes. Everything that I needed was covered in the notes and the supplemental information provided by the instructor. Good luck.
  20. Test Center Locations?

    Ohhhhh... good for him.
  21. Test Center Locations?

    Two locations within the San Diego City limits showed up when I did a search. Pearson Professional Centers-San Diego CA 3838 Camino Del Rio N Suite 205 San Diego, California 92108 United States Pearson Professional Centers-San Diego (North) CA 11770 Bernardo Plaza Court Suite 463 Sunroad Financial Plaza San Diego, California 92128 United States There is one in San Marcos also. Good luck.
  22. In California, in addition to the Civil NCEES PE exam, you will have to take the Surveying and the Seismic exams. The Seismic portion should be relatively easy for a SE, but the surveying portion will need a good bit of work if you don't have a background in surveying. My suggestion is that you look at taking a course for the NCEES and at least for the surveying exams. Good luck.
  23. Does Reza Mahallati's workbook have equations and instructional text along with the problems? I saw a copy of his old workbook being sold on ebay and it appears to have only problems and according to the seller some of the class notes. I still couldn't find an used copy of Reza's workbook anywhere, so I may just end of buying it new but wanted to know before I sent in the check. Thank you.
  24. I agree with ptatohed. Just make sure your strengthen your concepts and you will find that the plug and chug will not be that time consuming. The only thing that is time consuming is the vertical curve equations where you are trying to find the clearances. It involves solving a quadratic equation and a formula solver may help there. However, it will be only one or two problems in the exam and can be solved at the tail end of the exam after you have attempted the others. Good luck.
  25. I believe that is how when I took it about 18 years ago... I believe my work experience helped me to pass it.