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i'd have to agree. They were time consuming and leave lots of room for little errors that add up to the point where you get a different answers. I will be taking it again in April unfortunately.

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I found quite a few CPM videos on YouTube which were helpful in explaining the scheduling problems.

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I would say the list from the NCEES is pretty accurate as far as material covered..

CIVIL–CONSTRUCTION DEPTH Exam Specifications

Approximate

Percentage of

PM Exam

I. Earthwork Construction and Layout 10%

A. Excavation and embankment (cut and fill)

B. Borrow pit volumes

C. Site layout and control

D. Earthwork mass diagrams

II. Estimating Quantities and Costs 17.5%

A. Quantity take-off methods

B. Cost estimating

C. Engineering economics

1. Value engineering and costing

III. Construction Operations and Methods 15%

A. Lifting and rigging

B. Crane selection, erection, and stability

C. Dewatering and pumping

D. Equipment production

E. Productivity analysis and improvement

F. Temporary erosion control

IV. Scheduling 17.5%

A. Construction sequencing

B. CPM network analysis

C. Activity time analysis

D. Resource scheduling

E. Time-cost trade-off

V. Material Quality Control and Production 10%

A. Material testing (e.g., concrete, soil, asphalt)

B. Welding and bolting testing

C. Quality control process (QA/QC)

D. Concrete mix design

VI. Temporary Structures 12.5%

A. Construction loads

B. Formwork

C. Falsework and scaffolding

D. Shoring and reshoring

E. Concrete maturity and early strength evaluation

F. Bracing

G. Anchorage

H. Cofferdams (systems for temporary excavation support)

I. Codes and standards [e.g., American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE 37), American Concrete Institute (ACI 347), American Forest and Paper Association-NDS, Masonry Wall Bracing Standard]

Civil–Construction Depth Exam Specifications Continued

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VII. Worker Health, Safety, and Environment 7.5%

A. OSHA regulations

B. Safety management

C. Safety statistics (e.g., incident rate, EMR)

VIII. Other Topics 10%

A. Groundwater and well fields

1. Groundwater control including drainage, construction dewatering

B. Subsurface exploration and sampling

1. Drilling and sampling procedures

C. Earth retaining structures

1. Mechanically stabilized earth wall

2. Soil and rock anchors

D. Deep foundations

1. Pile load test

2. Pile installation

E. Loadings

1. Wind loads

2. Snow loads

3. Load paths

F. Mechanics of materials

1. Progressive collapse

G. Materials

1. Concrete (prestressed, post-tensioned)

2. Timber

H. Traffic safety

1. Work zone safety

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I would say the list from the NCEES is pretty accurate as far as material covered..

CIVIL–CONSTRUCTION DEPTH Exam Specifications

Approximate

Percentage of

PM Exam

I. Earthwork Construction and Layout 10%

A. Excavation and embankment (cut and fill)

B. Borrow pit volumes

C. Site layout and control

D. Earthwork mass diagrams

II. Estimating Quantities and Costs 17.5%

A. Quantity take-off methods

B. Cost estimating

C. Engineering economics

1. Value engineering and costing

III. Construction Operations and Methods 15%

A. Lifting and rigging

B. Crane selection, erection, and stability

C. Dewatering and pumping

D. Equipment production

E. Productivity analysis and improvement

F. Temporary erosion control

IV. Scheduling 17.5%

A. Construction sequencing

B. CPM network analysis

C. Activity time analysis

D. Resource scheduling

E. Time-cost trade-off

V. Material Quality Control and Production 10%

A. Material testing (e.g., concrete, soil, asphalt)

B. Welding and bolting testing

C. Quality control process (QA/QC)

D. Concrete mix design

VI. Temporary Structures 12.5%

A. Construction loads

B. Formwork

C. Falsework and scaffolding

D. Shoring and reshoring

E. Concrete maturity and early strength evaluation

F. Bracing

G. Anchorage

H. Cofferdams (systems for temporary excavation support)

I. Codes and standards [e.g., American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE 37), American Concrete Institute (ACI 347), American Forest and Paper Association-NDS, Masonry Wall Bracing Standard]

Civil–Construction Depth Exam Specifications Continued

5

VII. Worker Health, Safety, and Environment 7.5%

A. OSHA regulations

B. Safety management

C. Safety statistics (e.g., incident rate, EMR)

VIII. Other Topics 10%

A. Groundwater and well fields

1. Groundwater control including drainage, construction dewatering

B. Subsurface exploration and sampling

1. Drilling and sampling procedures

C. Earth retaining structures

1. Mechanically stabilized earth wall

2. Soil and rock anchors

D. Deep foundations

1. Pile load test

2. Pile installation

E. Loadings

1. Wind loads

2. Snow loads

3. Load paths

F. Mechanics of materials

1. Progressive collapse

G. Materials

1. Concrete (prestressed, post-tensioned)

2. Timber

H. Traffic safety

1. Work zone safety

Has any one used "Construction Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam (CECN)" by

Thomas Korman, PhD, PE, PLS in preparing for the construction module. Did the book help?

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The Construction depth ref was not available when I took the exam, looks like it summarized the bulk of the codes which can be helpful. The NCEES sample problems for construction list several references, these are really helpful in scheduling and estimating. I did not find any references that were better.

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