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  1. One thing you may also want to do is research the presentors. The topics may be similar between the different locations that they operate but the presentor is the critical part in finding good courses.
  2. Value of Masters program depends on where you want to take your career. If you want to move to management, an MBA may be more valuable than masters in Civil Engineering. If want to stay in design field, make sure you know where you want to focus so your master can be centered around that. For example, don't go for a master's in water resources/land development focused masters program and then decide you want to focus your career on structural design.
  3. For number 1) the 3 second lost time per cycle should be included. For question 3), what is the date of the practice exam and your reference tables? It sounds like it may be a case of an out dated table or exam question.
  4. I haven't personally taken any but my boss has been going to them for the last 4+ years and really enjoys it. He does all of his continuing education through them.
  5. If they don't state to use a certain method it is up to you to decide which to use. When solving problems like this, look at the information that you are given and see if 1 method would be easier/simpler than the other. It's like driving from point A to point B. 1 road may take you straight there while a second route may make you go through 3 or 4 turns before you get to the destination. In the end you still get to point B but it's your decision which path you take.
  6. Have you tried calling the board to get clarification on their letter? I would think that they should be able to let you know if you need to review your detailed engineering description of if they are having trouble verifying your engineering experience based on the reference forms submitted. When I submitted my application in NJ, there was an issue with the signature on my reference form, and they let me know exactly which one it was so I could get it resubmitted. In regards to taking the April Exam, have you already registered with NCEES and PCS and paid PCS for the exam? If not, you would have to wait for the October exam as the cutoff to register and pay for April exam was back in February.
  7. What are you looking to purchase? Have you checked Amazon? When i was looking at the CERM, PPI had it listed through their Amazon page cheaper than their main website with a 20% coupon applied.
  8. Has anybody used sample problems from DynamicPath? I signed up for their daily emails and while most have seemed good, there's been a few questionable questions where they haven't always been able to provide reference material to back up their answer choice. 1 question was about the worst case scenario (loading wise) for a concrete dam and the most recent was a project cost estimate question. With the project cost question, it was a 10 week project and they gave hourly rate for the resident engineer and inspector but made no reference to how many hours each person works a week. On the actual, are we supposed to assume 40 hour work week? In a real world scenario, most projects would have inspectors working a reduced rate as opposed to engineers and supervisors who may be at a single project full-time. Does NCEES have any publication or reference guide as to what assumptions should be made on the actual exam? With the above project cost problem, 1 of the answers was "none of the above", which seemed like it could have been the right answer since they didn't say how many hours each position worked. I'm trying to use as many resources as possiblefor sample problems, but I don't want to rely on problems that cause me to make more assumptions than the test normally does.
  9. I doubt they will follow the same sequence. I know for the PE exam they have multiple versions of the exam with the questions in different orders to prevent anyone from being able to copy. I would imagine the PE exam is the same way.
  10. I believe "accident type" refers to accident with injury (24/40) vs. accident without injury (16/40)
  11. Is this type of question likely to appear on the actual exam? Your reasoning makes sense, but at the same time for a multiple choice exam it almost seems as if too many assumptions are needed, and during the test there is no way to inform the test scorers what assumptions you made. As stated in earlier post, you mentioned that if the barrier was not there, they may have had enough room to recover within the center median. If that is the case, then injuries will increase because you are going from recovering in the median, to actually crashing into something now. Another reasonable assumption could be that the Jurisdiction has alot of crossover accidents in general on all of their roads so they are implementing this new cable barrier across all the highways under their jurisdiction. The NJ red-light camera program is a good example of my last assumption. They used the overall amount of intersection crashes across the state/country to get cities to sign up for the cameras at their busiest intersections. Cameras actually created more accidents as people who could have made it through a yellow were now stopping short to make sure they didn't miss the yellow and run through a red light. Additionally many of the tickets given were for turning on red as there was no clear definition of what a complete stop was in terms of how long you are actually stopped before going through.
  12. There appears to be too much missing information for this question. While there are 40 accidents per year, there's no information on the type of accidents ( head to head, cars getting rear ended, cars driving off the road into trees on shoulder etc.). If most accidents have nothing to do with the median, the cable barrier won't reduce number of accidents. Assuming there are a lot of accidents from cars crossing the median, the cable won't reduce the number of accidents because the car hitting the barrier would still be an accident. The number of head on crashes may decrease, but if the car bounces off the cable back into the travel lane, it could set off a chain reaction with other cars that may not have been involved if car was able to cross the median.
  13. Current PE license is definitely important as well as working experience in this area. This seems like a very specific area of work which will limit your potential clients. Assuming you both have your PE, have you thought about going into a broader market to attract clients while you try to build client base and bring in this particular field? Without good exposure to the field, I feel like the main clients you would get at the start would be people who happen to randomly stumble upon your company who is required to have this service done, but has no clue where to start. Since you may need to travel to meet with most of the clients, have you thought about running the company out of your house to start? While you may have free office space available in town, you may have to pay utilities, phone/internet, signage to identify the office, office furniture (unless it comes furnished). In a specialized field you may be able to charge more for your services, but would you be able to generate enough to justify the carrying costs while you wait for that money to come in? The other thing to keep in mind is that "real world" is not the same as academic experience. I am not trying to discredit your PHd or experience, but want you to consider if you would be able to make design revisions on the fly to accommodate situations that you come across or if you think you and your partner may need to try to find more hands-on work experience to get to that level. Academic experience is usually based on theory and ideal situations. For example, consider a traffic engineer who is working on site plans for a new WaWa/ 7-11 along a 2-way highway with solid double lines. When examining the traffic impact of the new store, Academics is going to tell you that the people driving across the street, will go down the road and make a legal U-turn to enter the site. Real world experience will tell you that the car will stop in the roadway holding up traffic, wait for cars to pass by and then cross the double line to enter the site. Whatever decision you decide to make, good luck to you and your partner.
  14. Im not familiar with CA, but in New Jersey only 2 years out of the 4 has to be in design phase. I also had a similar situation where I worked for Construction management company for 5 years after college. Like you it did not qualify towards my experience (there was no PE supervising me) so I left it off my experience records. However, since it was such a long time I used my boss/company owner as a reference. I'm not sure if it helped or not, but I wanted to find someway to advise the board about those 5 years in construction management where I was dealing with clients, architects/engineers, town inspectors etc. on a daily basis. If you decide to include it, make sure you meet all of the requirements for the qualifying experience first. In NJ we had to have at least 3 PE's with direct knowledge of my qualifying work and a total of 5. Since the 1 guy was not a PE and wasn't qualifying experience, I made sure all of the others were in fact PE's in case the last reference did not get counted. Have you tried calling the board and speaking to someone directly? Keep in mind that board members can not show any favortism, therefore any information they give you. especially if it is through email or written down, is going to be a basic repeat of the standard instructions/guidelines. You may also want to have a friend, who is not an engineer, and/or not familiar with exactly what you do, and see what they get from your application and if they feel like you would be qualified as engineer based on your application. .
  15. Yes, you did state that R1=R2. I was pointing it out so that SGC and anybody else looking at this realized that R1=R2, and I1=I2 is not automatic for all parallel tangent curves, only for those who have the PRC at the midpoint which is shown in the sketch for this problem.