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References for the Construction Depth

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Since this is a new module, what references did you use for the exam?

Trying to build a sticky to help current and future test takers...

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Good idea road guy. I'm interested in knowing because some of the listed references cost $$$

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I own all of the NCEES recommended references and plan on taking them to the exam. Three additional references I like and plan on taking with me are Construction Planning, Equipment, and Methods by Peurifoy, etal; Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers by Ricketts, etal; and the Caterpillar Handbook.

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Good idea road guy. I'm interested in knowing because some of the listed references cost $$$

I don't know about the construction references... but I know that obtaining all of the structural references set me back quite a bit of $$$. Believe me, IT WAS WORTH IT!!! Sure, after the exam, I realized that I probably could have done without one or two of the recommended references... but it would have killed me to not have something that I did need.

My recommendation is to buy, borrow (or steal?) everything on the NCEES list.

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Did someone use the Ruwan Rajapaske Construction Book?

I would like to know how good was this book for this module

thanks

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Some must haves:

CERM (latest version)

MUTCD

OSHA standards

Bob's Rigging and Crane Handbook (I think they're up to the 6th edition).

Having a timber/framing book would be helpful, as would one on Masonry, but I'm not really sure what's available or what is exactly on the NCEES list.

Obviously the remaining books on the NCEES list are also important, but I didn't have access to them when I took the exam back in April '08.

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I don't know about the construction references... but I know that obtaining all of the structural references set me back quite a bit of $$$. Believe me, IT WAS WORTH IT!!! Sure, after the exam, I realized that I probably could have done without one or two of the recommended references... but it would have killed me to not have something that I did need.

My recommendation is to buy, borrow (or steal?) everything on the NCEES list.

This avatar is not fair!

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Does anyone else think the available review material for the construction portion sucks? The CERM covers very little and the sample problems from Lindberg have errors and don't even come from CERM material. The Ruwan book is very convoluted and disorganized. It would be nice to have a book written by somebody who has knowledge of the construction module. I've already offered my services to Ruwan to help edit his next edition.

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Yatkins, agreed 200%. And to top it off, I took a $600 review course for the PE. When we got to the end of the class they were handing out practice tests for AM and PM disciplines. I got kind of excited because I thought I was going to get some good review questions. Of course, the guy is like oh yeah sorry we don't have a practice exam for the Construction PM part....arghhhh!!! In retrospect, I wish I would have signed up to take Geotech.

I'm not a fan of that new rule that you can only take the PM section that you put on your application...now I'm stuck with Construction...

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I'm not a fan of that new rule that you can only take the PM section that you put on your application...now I'm stuck with Construction...

WTF? Last I knew they just give you one booklet that contains all of the afternoon sections and you just have to fill in a bubble on the scantron form as to which one of the them you are answering.

Is this a state specific thing, or has the NCEES changed the rules?

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WTF? Last I knew they just give you one booklet that contains all of the afternoon sections and you just have to fill in a bubble on the scantron form as to which one of the them you are answering.

Is this a state specific thing, or has the NCEES changed the rules?

I think it may just be North Carolina...dunno. But I'm hating it now....lol.

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Since this is a new module, what references did you use for the exam?

Trying to build a sticky to help current and future test takers...

I used two references by the same author (Ruwan Rajapakse):

- Civil PE Exam Construction Module (Third Edition).

- Civil PE Exam Construction Module. Practice problems.

But take care, there are a lot of mistakes in those books.

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I'm interested in taking the Construction portion. For those that took the exam, can you provide some feedback into what books were more helpful than others?

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I'm interested in taking the Construction portion. For those that took the exam, can you provide some feedback into what books were more helpful than others?

3 questions or so were straight from the OSHA book, I think I used each of the other books on the ref. list about once to pull material from.

Mostly schedule and earthwork questions and things like that. There were a couple crane selection. maybe 1 on rigging

I'd say about 8-10 answers could be found in the ref. books.

I've been in Construction for 10 years and had to guess on a couple... but felt the majority of the questions were pretty clear and managable. I had a much harder time in the morning

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I'm interested in taking the Construction portion. For those that took the exam, can you provide some feedback into what books were more helpful than others?

Besides the CERM...The book I used second most was All-in-One Civil PE Exam Guide by Indranil Goswami. Honestly this book was worth it's weight in gold. If I couldn't find a question in the CERM..found it in Goswami!!

Another great resource was the quick reference for the CERM...used this alot too...great place to include extra notes and formula's...

Top 3 ref I used for CM PE

1) CERM

2) CERM Quick reference

3) Goswami

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1. Civil Engineering All-In-One PE Exam Guide: Breadth and Depth by Indranil Goswami (May 2009)

2. Civil PE Professional Engineer exam Construction module,Third Edition by Ruwan Rajapakse

3. CERM

4. Welders Pocket Guide

5. SmartPros Material(Bought the review class and printed out all of the material and had it bound)

6. 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations

7. All of the recommended references from NCEES except the wood design book (wished I would have)

8. ACI SP-2

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The short answer is I used (successfully) the following references for the October 2010 Civil/Construction exam:

(1) CERM

(2) PE Exam Construction Module, by Rajapakse

(3) NCEES sample Civil PE exams

(4) Lindeberg’s (PPI2Pass) sample Civil PE exams

(5) CFR1926 (Construction)

(6) MUTCD

(7) SP4 - Formwork for Concrete (includes ACI 347)

(8) ACI 347.2R-05

More detail on my usage and methodology here:

http://engineerboards.com/index.php?s=&amp...t&p=6865156

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I'm going to bring up a topic here that's been hashed over in this thread, and others. But I'm struggling a bit to get a grasp on what people are saying. The opinions of test takers vary so much on this topic....I don't know what to do. I'm interested in what references should be brought to the PE exam for the CONSTRUCTION module. I've read this entire thread many times, along with the good thread on advice for CONSTRUCTION PE test under the "PE Exam Results" tab. Among many other threads.

Where I'm at a loss is the opinions vary so much on what to bring. A lot of people list a huge list of references including everything the NCEES lists among others. Some say they went in with the CERM, OSHA 1926 and a few solved problems and had no issues. Big difference of opinions! I know everyone is different and that's fine.

What I have now and have been studying from:

1) CERM

2) All-in-One Goswami book

3) Ruwan Rajapakse books (one with problems, and one regular book).

4) OSHA 1926

5) School of PE binder/notes

6) 6 Minute Soln's for Geo, Transpo, and Waters

7) Lindeburg Sample Exam & NCEES Sample Exam

8) MUTCD

I know I have more than enough material to cover the morning test, that's not my concern. I'm concerned if I have enough for the afternoon construction portion. I'm missing multiple ones off the NCEES list obviously. But a lot of that material is reprinted in the CERM or Ruwan books (Formwork pressure, etc). I have mixed feelings, I'm not being cheap...I'll gladly buy more references if I need. But I don't know if I'll get thru them in detail prior to the exam, so I don't see the benefit in lugging in multiple references that I'm unfamiliar with. On the other hand, if I need them to pass.....I will get them in a heartbeat.

I know opinions on this will vary and that's fine. I know it's also been hashed thru some already, but any insight would be much appreciated.

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The references I used to study for my PE in April 2011 (Construction) were:

- CERM

- Goswami

- OSHA

- ASCE 37/02

- ACI 347 (forms)

- NCEES sample exams and 6 minute excercises

- MUTCD (just part 6)

I think that CERM alone would have not been sufficient, I am glad I reviewed both books. Goswami can be useful in combination with CERM as it presents equations in a simplified way. I checked all of the above references in great depth while I was studying, and it was certainly helpful.

Preparation:

I reviewed all exercises that are part of the original CERM book. I worked on the PPE 6 minute morning exercises (geo, structures, transpo and hydro) as well. I also solved the NCEES 2011, 2008, and 2001 sample exams. I also reviewed the Rajapakse book, but even tough I had it tagged, it was not very helpful as it does not have an index. However, solving some of the excercises on that book was helpful.

My advice is to focus on the material you can review. I had other references that I had not checked in detail and they were basically just weight in my bag. Also work on exercises as much as you can. I had Lindenburg Sample Examination and Practice Problems, but I had no time to do them. I think it would have been good if I would have checked them as well.

Now the waiting game has started, I hope I passed the test.

Edited by Cristian

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The references I used to study for my PE in April 2011 (Construction) were:

- CERM

- Goswami

- OSHA

- ASCE 37/02

- ACI 347 (forms)

- NCEES sample exams and 6 minute excercises

- MUTCD (just part 6)

I think that CERM alone would have not been sufficient, I am glad I reviewed both books. Goswami can be useful in combination with CERM as it presents equations in a simplified way. I checked all of the above references in great depth while I was studying, and it was certainly helpful.

Preparation:

I reviewed all exercises that are part of the original CERM book. I worked on the PPE 6 minute morning exercises (geo, structures, transpo and hydro) as well. I also solved the NCEES 2011, 2008, and 2001 sample exams. I also reviewed the Rajapakse book, but even tough I had it tagged, it was not very helpful as it does not have an index. However, solving some of the excercises on that book was helpful.

My advice is to focus on the material you can review. I had other references that I had not checked in detail and they were basically just weight in my bag. Also work on exercises as much as you can. I had Lindenburg Sample Examination and Practice Problems, but I had no time to do them. I think it would have been good if I would have checked them as well.

Now the waiting game has started, I hope I passed the test.

Hi Cristian,

Did you have a lot of problems of Surveying....I failed a couple of years ago and I recalled 3 or so problems in the Constr'n PM dealing with Surveying (ie. elevation, benchmarking, etc.)? Do you recall any good sources for the "Temporary Structures" as there were 5 questions in that area?

Thanks!

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Well, I'm getting an early start for the April 2012 Construction PE exam. Based on the great information others have shared on this site, I recently ordered, or dowloaded, all of the NCEES suggested reference material (incl. used AISC 13th edition for $18.76 at Bucks 4 Books & substitutde the ACI 318-05 with ACI 318-08 & commentary (found a great deal too good to pass up)). In addition I found

CERM 12th edition + morning breadth package

PPI Construction reference package,

Six Minute Solutions for Struct, Transpo, Water/Env., Geotch,

All-in-one Civil PE, Goswami

Wiley Dictionary of Civil Engineering and Construction

Bob's Crane and Rigging Handbook

Construction Methods and Management 7th edition

NCEES sample exam from 2004

Principals of Geotechnical Engineering (Das) 25th Anniv. Ed.

I would like to know where to find a really good clear and concise text for the exam on planning and scheduling with CPM and PMP methods? Any suggestions?

thanks,

Jason

MN

Edited by Jayman_10x

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I used a business textbook I owned, but I think all the info you need could be covered on a sheet of paper. I'd get comfortable solving those type of problems and make notes. The text would be overkill, I think.

Are you familiar with the concepts prior to this point?

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