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  1. Please add me to the entry list. Thanks!
  2. Would like to buy the following: Estimating Construction Costs, 5th Ed, Robert L. Peurifoy Cranes & Derricks, 4th Ed, Howard I. Shapiro Four Sample Exams for the Civil PE Exam, 1st Ed.,Ruwan Rujapske Civil Engineering PE Problems & Solutions, 17th Ed., Banks, Das, Larock, Nelson, Williams AISC: Steel Construction Manual, 13th Ed Please email asking price (including shipping) to: scotttate62@msn.com
  3. references

    I found pereview.net beneficial for the AM, but weak in the PM (construction depth).
  4. References for the Construction Depth

    Thanks for the tip on the estimating book. Any recommendations for good scheduling books that have the same format as NCEES problems?
  5. References for the Construction Depth

    Is the book by Puerifoy, "Estimating Construction Costs" useful? I haven't seen any recommendations on this or other good estimating books to use as references.
  6. Grad School Advice

    Another option is getting a masters in a different engineering field than your bachelors. For example, a bachelors in civil and a masters in petroleum or an electrical-mechanical combination could only help make you more diversified and open up more opportunities. Granted there might be a few more prerequisites when crossing over between disciplines but in the end this kind of masters degree not only shows you are motivated but have the ability to adapt and are fluent in a wider range of topics/industries than a candidate with a masters that matches their bachelors discipline. Anyone with any real life examples of this?
  7. Eddierizzle posted a good question that I have been looking for an answer for also. In my case I have worked in numerous capacities (program manager, senior project manager, project controls manager, etc.) for large general contractors on complex design build projects ranging from major airport projects, food processing, and military to name just a few. My education includes a MBA and a B.S. in Mining Engineering. The experience I have includes sophisticated systems for these projects like fueling, controls, power plants, etc. So with a diverse background like this in EPCM on billion dollar plus projects how do you convince a potential employer that as an engineer with construction experience you have all the tools necessary to be qualified for an oil and gas/petrochemical/mining project since it is all about managing putting the pieces of the puzzle together with cost and time constraints?
  8. Index for NCEES Pratice Exam?

    I also created an index for these types of books. Basically it references the category (ex.-transportation), the topic (horizontal curve), problem number and page number. Set this up in Excel and it can be taped inside the back cover of the book for quick reference.
  9. Construction 6 Minute Solutions

    I agree with Jayman. I have spent the last two days reviewing this book. It has a few good problems, but overall it is so convoluted it will take away your last shred of self confidence. For example, problem 29 involves estimating a steel frame. There is no way you would assume 12 columns and in a real world scenario a structural frame would not be designed to have columns stacked on top of each other. Further this is in conflict with the elevation view shown for the problem. Additionally, the scheduling problems are not only complicated but made even more so by the solutions. There are much better ways to spend your study time and you are better off focusing on NCEES sample problems books and other similar resources.

    Unfortunately this book is in the same vein as the Goswami Practice Exam Book. Between the errors and the overly complicated problems, it's an effort in frustration to work through. While there are some good problems, some are so long that it is physically impossible to get the solution within 6 minutes. Further, many problems could be worded to be clearer and yet have the complicated twist to make you think and look at the details. I'm not sure why it is so difficult to assemble a book with problems similar in format and complexity to the NCEES exam. With some revisions, this could be a valuable study tool for the exam.
  11. Index for CERM 12th Edition

    Thanks for the assistance!
  12. I had never read it explained in that context. The old "understanding the concept" light bulb went on again. Thanks for this explanation.
  13. Can someone post a pdf of this or provide a link to obtain it? I haven't located it on the ppi2pass website and wanted a cleaner version than using the book on a copy machine. Thanks.

    You are right. Look through the soils, transportation, and water depth problems. There are a lot of good problems in these depth sections that are applicable to the morning breadth and very good preparation.
  15. NCEES Civil Morning Problem 119

    Thank you. I had been hung up on the distance from the centroidal axis in the moment of inertia equation for two beams of the same size rotated 90 degrees from each other (choices c and d in the problem). A registered SE walked me through this today and the light bulb finally went back on. Like Dano the years have passed since the FE and despite reviewing this concept in CERM the little hangup didn't make sense until the SE explained it and now it seems simple. Your comments help, also.