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#1 svs

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 12:39 AM

Hello all,

I'm a licensed P.E. (Civil, Oct 2009) in the State of Oklahoma. I will be moving to CA sometime next year and hence have registered for CA-Seismic/Surveying for October 2011.

I would appreciate any help/advise on reference materials and preparatory information for taking these exams.

Thank you,
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#2 dastuff

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 05:05 PM

QUOTE (svs @ Jul 6 2011, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello all,

I'm a licensed P.E. (Civil, Oct 2009) in the State of Oklahoma. I will be moving to CA sometime next year and hence have registered for CA-Seismic/Surveying for October 2011.

I would appreciate any help/advise on reference materials and preparatory information for taking these exams.

Thank you,
SVS


Seismic: Use the Hiner manual (i linked to it in your previous post). If you're a structural engineer this shouldn't be too difficult. If you are in a different field then it may be beneficial to take the Hiner class to catchup on different seismic principles. There are like 6-8 different seismic equations for different systems (buildings, non-buildings, diaphragms, etc.). I would make spreadsheets for each showing which variables go into each and where you get them from. I believe that would be of great help (and you won't freak out when they pull up some equation without telling you where it's from and tell you to find some variable you've never seen before). If I have some time later this week i'll put up two spreadsheets that i've created on my wiki.

Surveying: I used cuomo but i didn't think that book did a great job of preparing me for what was on the test (although it did do a good job of showing me the surveying methodology). I recommend supplementing the cuomo book with a book of problems (or even take a class if you have the time). Your greatest problem with this test is time management.

I spent about a week studying for each surveying and seismic so since you have a lot of time before the test you should be able to spread things out and really dive into any subjects that are difficult.

#3 svs

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 09:00 PM

QUOTE (dastuff @ Jul 7 2011, 12:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (svs @ Jul 6 2011, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello all,

I'm a licensed P.E. (Civil, Oct 2009) in the State of Oklahoma. I will be moving to CA sometime next year and hence have registered for CA-Seismic/Surveying for October 2011.

I would appreciate any help/advise on reference materials and preparatory information for taking these exams.

Thank you,
SVS


Seismic: Use the Hiner manual (i linked to it in your previous post). If you're a structural engineer this shouldn't be too difficult. If you are in a different field then it may be beneficial to take the Hiner class to catchup on different seismic principles. There are like 6-8 different seismic equations for different systems (buildings, non-buildings, diaphragms, etc.). I would make spreadsheets for each showing which variables go into each and where you get them from. I believe that would be of great help (and you won't freak out when they pull up some equation without telling you where it's from and tell you to find some variable you've never seen before). If I have some time later this week i'll put up two spreadsheets that i've created on my wiki.

Surveying: I used cuomo but i didn't think that book did a great job of preparing me for what was on the test (although it did do a good job of showing me the surveying methodology). I recommend supplementing the cuomo book with a book of problems (or even take a class if you have the time). Your greatest problem with this test is time management.

I spent about a week studying for each surveying and seismic so since you have a lot of time before the test you should be able to spread things out and really dive into any subjects that are difficult.



Thank you for your response! I am not a structural engineer and I'm not in CA. So, taking Hiner's class will be difficult for me.

I did get the books/manuals you recommended. Did you get a chance to upload the two spreadsheets you mentioned?


#4 ptatohed

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:48 PM

QUOTE (svs @ Aug 22 2011, 02:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (dastuff @ Jul 7 2011, 12:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (svs @ Jul 6 2011, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello all,

I'm a licensed P.E. (Civil, Oct 2009) in the State of Oklahoma. I will be moving to CA sometime next year and hence have registered for CA-Seismic/Surveying for October 2011.

I would appreciate any help/advise on reference materials and preparatory information for taking these exams.

Thank you,
SVS


Seismic: Use the Hiner manual (i linked to it in your previous post). If you're a structural engineer this shouldn't be too difficult. If you are in a different field then it may be beneficial to take the Hiner class to catchup on different seismic principles. There are like 6-8 different seismic equations for different systems (buildings, non-buildings, diaphragms, etc.). I would make spreadsheets for each showing which variables go into each and where you get them from. I believe that would be of great help (and you won't freak out when they pull up some equation without telling you where it's from and tell you to find some variable you've never seen before). If I have some time later this week i'll put up two spreadsheets that i've created on my wiki.

Surveying: I used cuomo but i didn't think that book did a great job of preparing me for what was on the test (although it did do a good job of showing me the surveying methodology). I recommend supplementing the cuomo book with a book of problems (or even take a class if you have the time). Your greatest problem with this test is time management.

I spent about a week studying for each surveying and seismic so since you have a lot of time before the test you should be able to spread things out and really dive into any subjects that are difficult.



Thank you for your response! I am not a structural engineer and I'm not in CA. So, taking Hiner's class will be difficult for me.

I did get the books/manuals you recommended. Did you get a chance to upload the two spreadsheets you mentioned?



SVS, you could always take Hiner's pre-recorded webinars. Personally, I am trying my best to self-study at home with just the workbook. Hiner's book is pretty good and even I (yes, even I) am actually understanding this stuff. How's your studying coming?
dast, I'd be interested in your spreadsheet too. Thanks.

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 02:52 AM

dastfull, I am interested in the spreadsheet too. Thank you so much!!!!

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 02:35 AM

I guess nobody is available to respond...

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:16 PM

QUOTE (a312 @ Sep 29 2011, 07:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I guess nobody is available to respond...



There is only one person you are waiting for a response from, right?

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 03:43 AM

yes.

#9 SKsoontobePE

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 12:23 AM

dastfull - I would also love to see the spreadsheets you mentioned. If you have time can you email them to shawnakaye@gmail.com? Thank you!!

#10 ptatohed

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:31 PM

http://engineerboard...showtopic=18328




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