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  1. blybrook PE

    Count to 100,000 using only pics

  2. blybrook PE

    Does Anyone have a digital copy of HCM 6?

    Per site regulations, we do not distribute copyrighted material here. Good luck on the exam.
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    Greece has yet more issues: http:// https://myfox8.com/2018/09/20/this-town-is-draped-in-thousands-of-spider-webs-each-crawling-with-hordes-of-spiders/
  4. I use BC Calc in addition to all of the other calculation software that had been mentioned already. Each has it's own benefits and issues. The project requirements will help determine what software I'll utilize. Sometimes I'll run it again using anther software if things don't look right with the initial results. All drafting in AutoCAD.
  5. blybrook PE

    Engineer Contractor newbie Question

    In regards to your question for setting your rate, only you can really determine what is best for you. Be sure to have some wiggle room for negotiations with the employer. One rule of thumb that I've seen for folks with 10+ years of experience is between 2/3 to 3/4 of the billing rate for a similarly employed individual at the same company. This will vary based on the field you are working and the employment opportunities in your area. An example for one individual I know quite well who had over 5 years at a company before being laid off. Their billing rate was $125/hr prior to the layoff, when things picked back up slightly and offered a contractor job their being paid for $80 or 85/hr and still being billed out at $125/hr. The discrepancy of the rates is for the internal overhead and accounting that the company has to undergo while fulfilling the contract. The actual rate will vary by your employment climate, the employer and your experience. If I don't have to deal with the legal BS of getting a business license and keeping all that extra paperwork straight, then I wouldn't. Again, you will need to contact your state board of business licensing to determine what actions you need to take. No one here can direct you how to proceed on this. Good luck.
  6. blybrook PE

    Engineer Contractor newbie Question

    Depends on the state for the paperwork involved, but a few states that I've dealt with don't require an individual to have a separate business license, some do. You will need to check with your state business licensing board to determine what's required, if anything. In Alaska, you typically don't need to have a business license to do contract work with an employer, unless said employer requires it. Then you have to make sure that you've got yourself covered for the state, borough and city licenses (depending on where you live in AK). Essentially, as a contractor, you sign a contract with the employer stating that you will be paid a specific rate (hourly, monthly, etc...) for your services or a flat fee for the specific job. Here's the kicker, as a contractor, you are wholly responsible for the taxes, insurance and other benefit payments that are required to be paid to the Feds or state. Therefore, in the long run it is typically cheaper for the employer to have you as a contractor than as a regular employee. I know a few guys doing contract work who used to work for the company that they now contract with. When they were regular employees, they were making between 35-45 an hour. As contractors, they're being paid between 70-90 an hour; but don't get ANY of the company benefits and are personally responsible for paying the applicable federal & state taxes. When the math is said and done with, they're actually making approximately the same wage (+\- 10\hr), don't have any benefits and have extra tax headaches to deal with at the end of the year. If it is very short term, then it might be beneficial to do the contract work but be sure you work with a financial adviser to sort out the taxes and benefits crap that you'll need to have covered.
  7. blybrook PE

    Count to 100,000 using only pics

  8. blybrook PE

    Handwritten notes w/pencil

    IF you write in your books in pencil, use a highlighter to cover the writing. That way if the proctor has a stick where the sun don't shine about pencil marks, you can easily identify that it wasn't written during the test session.
  9. blybrook PE

    funny pic thread

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    Alaska results out

    Only thing you didn't mention are the volcanos. We have just about every type of natural disaster your can design for somewhere in the state. We also have nearly every soil / rock type and weather condition imaginable. If anyone wants to truly visit, be sure to take the ferry and then drive the main road to the oil fields and back. You'll really experience the differing conditions.
  11. blybrook PE

    Alaska results out

    Since she's not on here screaming that she passed, she's let me know what I can update this thread that she did not pass this attempt. She didn't do worse than last time thankfully. She got the exact same score as her first attempt. Now we figure out when she's going to try again. Not likely going to be in October due to summer activities... Maybe she'll keep us posted!
  12. blybrook PE

    Alaska results out

    I will let her post when she comes online. I'm going to bail off the site for a few days to ease some of the expected congestion...
  13. blybrook PE

    April 2018 Results Map

    Alaska results started trickling out around 0945 local or 1345 Eastern. Good luck to all that are waiting.
  14. blybrook PE

    Alaska results out

    Alaska started releasing results from the April 2018 exam this morning around 0945 local. Good luck to those awaiting their scores.
  15. Guess it wasn't as simplistic as @Szar or @PeeWee posted about, even though the folks that have been here a while KNOW there are a few banned folks that have led others to believe it. Lets see what the results show as we'll only be waiting another week or two for these type of threads to show up. Remember, if you post your score into a cut score thread, be sure to post the discipline that you took. We're all in this together and while there is a good ribbing that goes on every exam cycle, some of us might not want anyone to get bent out of shape because they saw a discipline less 100% cut score. I'm betting that there were a few folks upset about the original post from Szar because the discipline wasn't mentioned. Laugh it off, enjoy the time you've had to relax and get ready to use that F5 key when the results start showing up.