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  1. 26 minutes ago, doubleH said:

    Can a post 1981 civil engineer perform surveying work granted a land surveyor will review and stamp the work?

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    I think this is true.  As long as the work is done under the supervision of a PS and the PS takes responsible charge of the work, then anyone capable can perform the work.   

    Similarly, a non-engineer can prepare/draft a set of design plans as long as it is done under the supervision of a PE and the PE takes responsible charge of the plans. 

  2. 13 hours ago, cal91 said:

    * control vs topographic vs construction vs ROUTE

    Control Survey:  A survey which establishes points on a horizontal coordinate system, and vertical elevations (bench marks) in relation to a specified datum. 

    Topographic Survey:  A survey which depicts the configuration of the ground and the location of natural and man-made objects thereon.  

    Construction Survey:  A survey that stakes out the horizontal and vertical positions of proposed improvements.  

    Route Survey:  A survey that stakes out the alignment (horizontal and vertical) of a proposed improvement such as a roadway, railroad, storm drain, utility, etc.  



  3. 3 hours ago, Calrissian45 said:

    My employer had me get licensed in every state that we do business and agreed to pay the fees as long as we're doing business in those states. Now we're not doing business in some of the states so I'm responsible for the costs of those licenses now.

    Is there any reason I should keep licenses obtained by comity current if I'm not using them?

    I've heard some states are a P in the B to reinstate your license if you let it lapse.  If there is an easy way to place your license on hold and reactivate it easily if/when the time comes, go for it.  If it is one of those P in the B states and you think you may need a license in that state in the future, you may consider keeping it active.  

  4. On ‎10‎/‎23‎/‎2017 at 2:16 PM, cal91 said:

    Has anyone who has taken the Surveying test looked this manual over? It's the one I'm using, and because it's so new there are no reviews for it. I'm wondering if it covers everything enough and if I should be fine with it as the only thing I bring in to the testing center.

    So far my impression is that it's thorough and good enough, but then again I have not taken the test.


    So, cal, did you test using this book?  How'd you do?

  5. Not that we should have to but what if we made the actual Disclosure Agreement a sticky?



    This exam is confidential and secure, owned and copyrighted by NCEES and protected by the laws of the United States and elsewhere. It is made available to you, the examinee, solely for valid assessment and licensing purposes. In order to take this exam, you must agree not to disclose, publish, reproduce, or transmit this exam, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, oral or written, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose, without the prior express written permission of NCEES. This includes agreeing not to post or disclose any test questions or answers from this exam, in whole or in part, on any websites, online forums, or chat rooms, or in any other electronic transmissions, at any time.

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  6. 8 hours ago, fireguy_PE said:

    I would think that if NCEES is going to provide a searchable reference database within the CBT program such that an examinee doesn't have to bring in backpacks, bookshelves, or wheelbarrows full of books, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    I see the ben's both ways.  Simplification would be nice (you basically only need to study/know well the one reference manual allowed during the exam) but I'd also feel "naked" without my own personal books and extensive notes.  

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  7. 3 hours ago, jeb6294 said:

    7,000 sf?!?!  If I had that, I would still just be using my push mower.  We've got a hair over 2 acres.  Behind that is another couple hundred acres of woods, but we're still only 10 minutes from can actually see the downtown skyline if you're standing on the hill on the next street over.  We do have curb and gutter, but no sidewalks.  The neighborhood is small enough that we don't have them.  At one point I think it was supposed to be bigger though because the driveways have the little 4-ft strip of sidewalk going through them where a sidewalk would be, there's just nothing connecting them.

    Yup, typical tract housing in So Cal is 70' wide by 100' deep, with some variation.  Yup, I use either a manual push mower if I feel like getting a little exercise or a gas push mower.  :) 

  8. 15 hours ago, jeb6294 said:

    We are at the end of one cul-de-sac and some friends of ours are at the end of the cul-de-sac the next street over.  We've got a big pie shaped lot and theirs is a big rectangle so we actually end up sharing a good bit of property line.  There's been talk of doing a full blown haunted trail next year back through the woods behind our house and up through the woods on their side.  There's already a path going back through our woods that our kids use to go back and forth between houses.  We'd have to build some kind of bridge across the little creek that runs back there, but I'm sure there's someone who could figure that out...:D.  Would have to figure out how to get power to all her animatronics though too.


    It's so frickin green.  Each house has more than 7000 SF property.  The driveways are so long.  Not everyone has a fence.  There are so few pools.  Where is the curb, gutter, and sidewalk??  This looks like a completely different world to me!  :wacko:

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  9. 13 hours ago, CAPLS said:

    Only thing I would add to this is that ALL of the national PE exams are slated to be converted to CBT at the rate of about 2-3 annually.  Chemical begins in 2018 and I believe another smaller one later in the year.  Civil is currently slated to be 4-5 years out at this point.

    Just curious, when the NCEES PE exams go CBT, does that mean closed book (reference manual provided but the examinee can not bring in any of his/her own references) or will they still be open book (as are the CBT Civil state exams)?  Thanks.  

  10. On ‎9‎/‎13‎/‎2016 at 11:34 AM, Maji said:

    I see people posting quizzes on other subjects, so I thought that I will post a couple of problems related to survey. This one is taken from a publication by Bruce R. Harvey. He took this from an article published by R. B. Horner. I believe Mr. Horner published a number of challenging problems that needed sharp analytical skills before the age of CAD. I don't think a problem like this can come in the survey exam but thinking about, at least that is my hope, will help me develop better skills. 


    Q6 quiz.jpg


    Ok Mr. Maji.  I never forgot about this thread and this problem you posted.  It's always been in the back of my mind to come back to it and solve it "from scratch".  I can't believe it has been over a year! 

    I spent probably 4 - 6 hours on this thing over 2-3 nights!  (What you don't see here are the countless wadded up scrap paper balls in the trash can, before I finally got on to something that would work!). 

    I can only get the answer by using my TI-89's solver......... but........... I FINALLY GOT IT!  :D  Tough one, for sure! 

    Please see my solution and answers attached.  I have not looked at your partial solution since last year but I think we each had a different approach. 

    Do you have the book answers for this one?

    R B Horner Q6.pdf

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