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  1. I just want to thank everyone for reminding me why I'm so glad I'll never have to take that exam again. Good luck, guys and gals; lot of great advice here and I love seeing the comradery twice a year.
  2. Oh it is that time of year, isn't it! Good luck everyone; don't study too hard and enjoy your surplus of free time after exam day(s).
  3. Good advice tj. We're also in a rush to get it permitted; I'll see what our code enforcement official says when we submit for permit. I should have enough time to try running the entire bottom area as R = 1.5 and I'll see if seismic controls over wind; should at least give me a better idea of whether this is an issue or not.
  4. Kind of my thought; essentially I'm modeling the steel piles as fixed 5 feet below grade. Thus, they do have some cantilevered capacity with works with the cable bracing in my structural model. If I ignore the piles the structure turns into a three-sided structure though, so I am relying on the cantilevered steel piles to some degree. Might be worth running a combined horizontal system analysis with R = 1.5 for the side that doesn't have cable bracing; fairly confident it won't control over wind even with that though.
  5. Interesting topic. I have a building structure supported on steel screw piles in a low-seismic region I'm working on right now. Screw piles extend out of the ground and I have cable bracing between posts. I'm designing it for an R = 3 but I'm kind of blending my lateral resistance from the fixed steel posts and the cable bracing. R = 1.5 seemed too low for this kind of system, and wind controls over seismic at R = 3 . Does it make sense to keep using R = 3 or would you folks run this at R =1.5?
  6. Agreed, I'd just bring the structural pages and if you wanted to really cut down on the printing you could cut out a good bit of the structural sections that you don't feel are required.
  7. The index is your friend! Print it out and put it in it's own binder (or put it at the front of each AASHTO binder you have).
  8. I also passed lateral without a course. As David said, you just need to focus on wind and seismic so your volume of studies will be minimal compared to vertical. However, this means the questions will be more in-depth. The one thing I'd add to David's list is ASCE 7-10's seismic commentary is fantastic; definitely read through that.
  9. Agreed with the above, I'd take the April exam even if you got zero studying for it. You should know some of it and worst case the real exam is far more of a teacher than many review courses can be. Even if it's a likely fail it's not wasted time or money and it will help motivate you to study all year for the October attempt.
  10. No. There were only very minor edits between the two editions if I recall. Not necessary but I found volume 3 to be some help for a few topics, would recommend that one first. Volume 2 is good if you have it, but otherwise I wouldn't buy it just for the exam. Volume 4 I didn't have and didn't feel I needed it given that the AISC seismic manual is such a great reference. I had this and used it a bit to study but didn't use it at all in the exam. Didn't bother bringing it for the 2nd attempt. I would only get it if you can use it for work; from what I recall it's got some really complex problems in it that are great resources if you're doing a real building design but for exam problems it's too heavy. Decent reference for studying some topics and great to have around the office but definitely more bang for your buck elsewhere.
  11. I understand what you mean (and agree it should not come down to luck of the draw if you know your stuff), so I offer you (and anyone else considering taking the SE exam) my thoughts; the exam is brutal (a little too much IMO) but it also means that if you pass this you should be respected as an engineer who is on-top of their game. The extreme difficulty adds distinction to someone calling themselves an SE in my mind. I highly doubt there are many license exams in the professional world harder than than the SE exam. I took the exam in a region that doesn't require an SE precisely because of this extreme challenge. When I finally passed the SE exam I felt that I had learned just as much from studying for the SE exam as I had in college. I also felt that the SE exam had exposed me to many more things that I just hadn't fully learned in daily work. It was what truly allowed me to personally feel confident going out in the world and stating, "I am a structural engineer!" I know it doesn't help with your immediate goals, but each time you work toward the SE is 6 months of effort to making yourself a better structural engineer. I spent 2 years working on the exam and it was brutal, but when I finally passed it was the sweetest feeling. Think of how many PDH hours or meetings or college courses we take that do nothing for us professionally. This time is not wasted, whether you pass or not. So, with that, take a break to regroup. Figure out what you need to do differently this time around. Don't just do the same thing over again as it clearly didn't work. Try to mix things up and re-engage yourself so you can get back on the horse 100% motivated. You're so close, it would be a shame to quit now.
  12. Dang, you were close. I recall the time I passed lateral everyone was complaining about one problem that I found easy; but when I failed vertical I was complaining about a problem that everyone else said was easy. Sometimes you just need the exam questions to be "favorable" to your own skill set it seem. Luck of the draw I guess, at least you're not consistently deficient in one topic.
  13. I recently abandoned all pretense that people couldn't figure out who I am. But I fully respect and understand your motive; knowing it was 29 out of 40 is all I needed. Don't worry about the above average; here's my score for lateral where I missed it by one afternoon question: I have no idea what their average is, but I'm apparently not average. Passed on the second try for lateral. You want the really bad news. By my metric you missed passing by only a bit on that afternoon. If those were "improvement required" I bet it would have been sufficient. You're really close! In my experience, once you're that close you'll pass the next time around. Double down on the studies and I bet you will pass.
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