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#1 Road Guy

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:17 PM

Highway Capacity Manual - Especially read the chapter on "Defaults"
-----> Teach yourself to use the worksheets at the end of each chapter, saves time

Land Surveyor Reference Manual (for bearing-azimuth problems)

ITE- Traffic Engineering Handbook

ITE - Transportation Planning Manaul

Roadside Design Guide (Read the small print)
----->Check for Updates!!!!

MUTCD (Also read the fine print)

AASHTO Green Book - Take current edition (seriously check the AASHTO site for revisions just before the exam)
----->Use Recent Green Book

Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures - PCA - Helped in the PM

6 Minute Soltions- Transportation - very handy

I also found a Soils Textbook Handy in the PM.

Also make sure you know how to do an "average difficulty" critical path problem.

Also make sure you can do the mass haul diagram.

Engineering Economy - These are really simple if you work some, dont lose easy points.

#2 GoLucky

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 03:08 PM

Thanks a lot for a detailed listing of all the necessary references. This will definately help.

QUOTE (Road Guy @ Feb 10 2009, 08:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Highway Capacity Manual - Especially read the chapter on "Defaults"
-----> Teach yourself to use the worksheets at the end of each chapter, saves time

Land Surveyor Reference Manual (for bearing-azimuth problems)

ITE- Traffic Engineering Handbook

ITE - Transportation Planning Manaul

Roadside Design Guide (Read the small print)
----->Check for Updates!!!!

MUTCD (Also read the fine print)

AASHTO Green Book - Take current edition (seriously check the AASHTO site for revisions just before the exam)
----->Use Recent Green Book

Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures - PCA - Helped in the PM

6 Minute Soltions- Transportation - very handy

I also found a Soils Textbook Handy in the PM.

Also make sure you know how to do an "average difficulty" critical path problem.

Also make sure you can do the mass haul diagram.

Engineering Economy - These are really simple if you work some, dont lose easy points.



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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:31 PM

QUOTE (Road Guy @ Feb 10 2009, 03:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Highway Capacity Manual - Especially read the chapter on "Defaults"
-----> Teach yourself to use the worksheets at the end of each chapter, saves time

Land Surveyor Reference Manual (for bearing-azimuth problems)

ITE- Traffic Engineering Handbook

ITE - Transportation Planning Manaul

Roadside Design Guide (Read the small print)
----->Check for Updates!!!!

MUTCD (Also read the fine print)

AASHTO Green Book - Take current edition (seriously check the AASHTO site for revisions just before the exam)
----->Use Recent Green Book

Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures - PCA - Helped in the PM

6 Minute Soltions- Transportation - very handy

I also found a Soils Textbook Handy in the PM.

Also make sure you know how to do an "average difficulty" critical path problem.

Also make sure you can do the mass haul diagram.

Engineering Economy - These are really simple if you work some, dont lose easy points.



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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:07 PM

Don't forget to print the specified updates to the manuals.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 07:18 PM

I would recommend taking a review course those notes you get (and experience) after going through it will be a huge help to passing the exam. There are several out there just look around. Most offer differing schedules so you can pick the one that fits you the best. Well worth the money!

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:00 PM

QUOTE (Road Guy @ Feb 10 2009, 01:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Highway Capacity Manual - Especially read the chapter on "Defaults"
-----> Teach yourself to use the worksheets at the end of each chapter, saves time

Land Surveyor Reference Manual (for bearing-azimuth problems)

ITE- Traffic Engineering Handbook

ITE - Transportation Planning Manaul

Roadside Design Guide (Read the small print)
----->Check for Updates!!!!

MUTCD (Also read the fine print)

AASHTO Green Book - Take current edition (seriously check the AASHTO site for revisions just before the exam)
----->Use Recent Green Book

Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures - PCA - Helped in the PM

6 Minute Soltions- Transportation - very handy

I also found a Soils Textbook Handy in the PM.

Also make sure you know how to do an "average difficulty" critical path problem.

Also make sure you can do the mass haul diagram.

Engineering Economy - These are really simple if you work some, dont lose easy points.




Thanks RG

I passed using Lindburg's CERM and Goswami's All-In-One for my AM and general PM. For my Transpo-specific PM references, I used the HCM (2000), AASHTO PGDHS (2004) and MUTCD (Mine is 2003, although 2009 is the current edition). I also brought the AASHTO RDG but only because I was able to borrow a copy for free. It helped answer a few questions. I didn't bring anything else (No ITE books, no soils books, etc.) Those all might be helpful but, if money is an issue, I think the big 3 to have for the Transpo depth are the HCM, PGDHS ("Green Book") and the MUTCD.

Bringing a separate Survey reference is good too for geometric design problems, although CERM should have this info. too. I don't recall any bearing/azimuth problems though.

Not sure what you mean by read the fine print?

I checked and the 2004 PGDHS has no errata - and a new release is due out this year (2011). Depending on your printing of the HCM, there is errata. I think the RDG has available errata too. Anyway, it is a good idea to check all your references for available errata.

I used the 6-Min Solutions too but found them to take way longer than 6 mins. I personally liked the NCEES practice exam.

Anyway, if I can give one piece of advice, it's stick to the exam syllabus. Link to syllabus and references.

Best of luck.









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Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:14 PM

QUOTE (Road Guy @ Feb 10 2009, 01:17 PM)
Highway Capacity Manual - Especially read the chapter on "Defaults"
-----> Teach yourself to use the worksheets at the end of each chapter, saves time

Land Surveyor Reference Manual (for bearing-azimuth problems)

ITE- Traffic Engineering Handbook

ITE - Transportation Planning Manaul

Roadside Design Guide (Read the small print)
----->Check for Updates!!!!

MUTCD (Also read the fine print)

AASHTO Green Book - Take current edition (seriously check the AASHTO site for revisions just before the exam)
----->Use Recent Green Book

Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures - PCA - Helped in the PM

6 Minute Soltions- Transportation - very handy

I also found a Soils Textbook Handy in the PM.

Also make sure you know how to do an "average difficulty" critical path problem.

Also make sure you can do the mass haul diagram.

Engineering Economy - These are really simple if you work some, dont lose easy points.




Thanks RG

I passed using Lindburg's CERM and Goswami's All-In-One for my AM and general PM. For my Transpo-specific PM references, I used the HCM (2000), AASHTO PGDHS (2004) and MUTCD (Mine is 2003, although 2009 is the current edition). I also brought the AASHTO RDG but only because I was able to borrow a copy for free. It helped answer a few questions. I didn't bring anything else (No ITE books, no soils books, etc.) Those all might be helpful but, if money is an issue, I think the big 3 to have for the Transpo depth are the HCM, PGDHS ("Green Book") and the MUTCD.

Bringing a separate Survey reference is good too for geometric design problems, although CERM should have this info. too. I don't recall any bearing/azimuth problems though.

Not sure what you mean by read the fine print?

I checked and the 2004 PGDHS has no errata - and a new release is due out this year (2011). Depending on your printing of the HCM, there is errata. I think the RDG has available errata too. Anyway, it is a good idea to check all your references for available errata.

I used the 6-Min Solutions too but found them to take way longer than 6 mins. I personally liked the NCEES practice exam.

Anyway, if I can give one piece of advice, it's stick to the exam syllabus. Link to syllabus and references.

Best of luck.


I found my textbooks from College extremely useful during the 8 hour. While the bulk of the non-calculation problems I was able to pull from the CERM, I also luckily had my Geotech textbook, for example, and was able to run to its index for answers. For example, one of the test questions was regarding compaction, and my Geotech book rocked it for me.

I didn't touch the textbooks before test day, just had them there to use the indecies in case I needed them.

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 06:01 PM

I have the latest versions of all 6 AASHTO books, the HCM, and the MUTCD as listed on the NCEES Design Standards effective for the April 2015 Exam. I have a few questions concerning Errata, Corrections, Clarifications, etc. To ask these to all of you, I will simply copy and paste an e-mail I sent to NCEES this morning:

 

I will be sitting for the PE Exam in Civil Transportation next month in Charleston, :wv:. I have the following questions for clarification based on the latest Design Standards listed per the NCEES website beginning with the April 2015 examination:

 

  • For the AASHTO “A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 6th edition, 2011”, does this include the Errata that was issued in August 2012?
  • For the AASHTO “Highway Safety Manual, 1st edition, vol. 1, 2010”, does this include the Errata that was issued in February 2012 and/or the supplement that was issued in 2014?
  • For the HCM “Highway Capacity Manual 2010”, does this include Volume 4, which is online only at hcm2010.org, and includes Chapters 24-38? Or does this reference only include Volumes 1-3, which consist of Chapters 1-23?
  • Also, for the HCM 2010 listed directly above, does this include the replacement pages issued on 2/25/13, the page updates issued in 2013, the corrections and clarifications issued in January 2014, the interpretations issued in January 2014, and the page updates issued in April 2014? These 5 PDF’s are available at hcm2010.org, but I want to make sure that these updates will be applied in the exam, as certain numbers in tables have changed, and would affect correct answers.

 

Please respond as soon as possible with these clarifications.

 

I appreciate any input in response to these questions. I guess the ultimate question is: If there is errata, page updates, etc. that have been issued prior to the exam, and these have changed numbers from certain tables, will the exam questions be based upon the errata, etc. even if NCEES doesn't quote them in their Design Standards list? The MUTCD clearly states "including Revisions 1 and 2 dated May 2012," but the AASHTO GDHS 2011 doesn't state something like "including Errata dated August 2012".

 

Thank you for your input in advance!



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Posted 18 March 2015 - 07:49 PM

I have the latest versions of all 6 AASHTO books, the HCM, and the MUTCD as listed on the NCEES Design Standards effective for the April 2015 Exam. I have a few questions concerning Errata, Corrections, Clarifications, etc. To ask these to all of you, I will simply copy and paste an e-mail I sent to NCEES this morning:

 

I will be sitting for the PE Exam in Civil Transportation next month in Charleston, :wv:. I have the following questions for clarification based on the latest Design Standards listed per the NCEES website beginning with the April 2015 examination:

 

  • For the AASHTO “A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 6th edition, 2011”, does this include the Errata that was issued in August 2012?
  • For the AASHTO “Highway Safety Manual, 1st edition, vol. 1, 2010”, does this include the Errata that was issued in February 2012 and/or the supplement that was issued in 2014?
  • For the HCM “Highway Capacity Manual 2010”, does this include Volume 4, which is online only at hcm2010.org, and includes Chapters 24-38? Or does this reference only include Volumes 1-3, which consist of Chapters 1-23?
  • Also, for the HCM 2010 listed directly above, does this include the replacement pages issued on 2/25/13, the page updates issued in 2013, the corrections and clarifications issued in January 2014, the interpretations issued in January 2014, and the page updates issued in April 2014? These 5 PDF’s are available at hcm2010.org, but I want to make sure that these updates will be applied in the exam, as certain numbers in tables have changed, and would affect correct answers.

 

Please respond as soon as possible with these clarifications.

 

I appreciate any input in response to these questions. I guess the ultimate question is: If there is errata, page updates, etc. that have been issued prior to the exam, and these have changed numbers from certain tables, will the exam questions be based upon the errata, etc. even if NCEES doesn't quote them in their Design Standards list? The MUTCD clearly states "including Revisions 1 and 2 dated May 2012," but the AASHTO GDHS 2011 doesn't state something like "including Errata dated August 2012".

 

Thank you for your input in advance!

 

MG, I think this sticky is primarily intended for sharing useful study references. 

 

I appreciate your detailed concern but I do think you are overthinking this.  Just make all the errata changes to your hard copy books (in red, so you remember they were errata) and study on!  That's what I did.  I seriously doubt you'd ever have a question that can go two ways - one without errata, and one with.  You'll likely not even get a question related to the errata and if you do, it's unlikely the answer would be swayed by the errata.  I think you and I are 1% of examinees who even bother with errata in the first place.   

 

And to answer your question about the HCM - no, the exam will not test you on Volume 4, only 1 - 3, and mostly just 2 and 3.   

 

But please tell us what NCEES says, I am curious.

 

Good luck.


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Posted 23 March 2015 - 07:41 PM

Re: NCEES PE Exam Civil Transportation Design Standards (Effective April 2015) - Questions
 
Michael,
 
Thanks for your detailed email. I apologize for my delayed response. 
 
If a supplement or errata is needed, we will include those in the list of design standards or notes. 
 
If you use the editions listed in the design standards currently posted in the NCEES website, then you are good to go. 
 
For the HCM, since Volume 4 is online and examinees cannot access the online volume during exam, only the printed volumes will be referenced in the exam. 
 
During the exam, if you do encounter an issue in terms of ambiguity or validity of the question, please provide to us feedback within 10 days from the date of the exam. Provide sufficient information for reviewers to fully understand your concerns. NCEES reviews all examinee comments, and the subject-matter experts consider comments about specific exam questions. If the reviews confirm an error in a question, credit may be given for more than one answer.  Any resulting changes are applied to all examinees.

 

Sincerely,

Susan

 

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 12:19 AM

There specs were revised on 7-23-2015 to include some erratas:

 

https://cdn.ncees.or...bined.rev1_.pdf



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Posted 26 July 2015 - 07:09 AM

There specs were revised on 7-23-2015 to include some erratas:
 
https://cdn.ncees.or...bined.rev1_.pdf


Good catch Rayer, I missed that. I wonder of someone can provide a link to each one of the individual errata that NCEES has added?




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