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  1. I used to dream about having graphing calculators with colored screens. Now they are here. That was for fun. Now, my eyes aren't what they used to and using my scientific calculator becomes tiring unless I have good lighting. I wish there was a scientific calculator with colored screen. Who cares that I would have to recharge it. I won't keep hopes up with TI, but for Casio and HP I still believe.....
  2. In Texas everyone gets technical review. Its part of application approval.
  3. Hemi79

    Query on NCEES PE Civil sample exam

    Just download the Errata. The practice exam will be the same as long as it is following the same specifications which I believe have been in place since 2015.
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    TX PE Civil 4th Attempt

    My recommendation is do what clears your mind more. I got to the point where I just didn't want to study anymore. Obviously I was missing something, but I couldn't hit the nail in the head. Still haven't done so. But I also haven't taken it again. Will do in April hopefully. However, I actually took courses in local university, but I didn't attend to the exam last time. I am switching disciplines to clear my mind a bit. Hopefully that helps, but many say it won't. However, TX is pretty strict about the 1 year experience. The timer ends after the exam is administered, as I understand, and so if you can't register in time after the exam is given then you are stuck waiting till next cycle. Make sure your SER is ready and detailed. It doesn't matter that you have 4 years under your belt or more, they will want all the new stuff. You can select for them to readmit your existing SER from your file. Also, make sure to call them or email for confirmation of my comments. Things change often and you can't go wrong about contacting them, they are very good at explaining what's needed. Personally, I will say this experience helped me find value to many other things in my work and found new possibilities I had not considered before. Simply because I was so set on getting the PE. Its very important, don't get me wrong, but I think sometimes we have to do things for the right reasons as well. Good luck to you!
  5. So apparently PPI welcomes corrections to their manuals, but doesn't let you print out the erratas unless you buy their digital manuals. I guess being bought out by Kaplan changed this. Does anyone have errata for the Water Resources and Environmental Depth Reference Manual (Brant and Kauffman)? I have the second print and I guess it's not a big deal, but I see in one of their tables a 500yr flood has a .005 probability. So I'd like an errata to red mark each chapter before digging in. Thanks,
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    Exam Expiration

    Just my two cents. I've actually been taking the civil/structural (for a while). Last October I loaded my books in the truck, had the hotel reserved (two rooms as my parents were dropping me off) and the night before leaving I decided to skip it. I had been considering, and talking it over with the forums and such, but finally I said "no go, I have too much on my mind from work and I really haven't studied enough". Well, its true I hadn't prepared as much as I wanted, but I regret not going. I had some great experiences between the last attempt and last October and I now realize I might have actually pulled through. I'm just saying, you can actually fail the exam in April and still go in October, I would attend as a practice exam. I am taking it in April. Ready or Not. Good luck and I hope it goes well!
  7. Hemi79

    Exam Expiration

    Did you get a response?
  8. Hemi79

    Which PE Exam to Take

    Just take it in what ever area you feel comes easier to you. Regardless which one you take, based on the couple areas you have experience in, you are bound to have to grind on some sections more than others. I took and failed the civil/structural, and I’m done trying for now. Structural is all I’ve really worked on and still every time I screw it up. I’ve signed up for Water Resources. I will certainly update you come June or July. Good Luck!
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    PPI Learning Hub

    When I took it, it had a 7 day trial. IF you canceled by the 7th day you would get refunded. I thought it was a good and fun way to study. However, a lot of problems are much more difficult than on exam. I think their are different Hubs you can take and I took the one with the 16th Edition CERM included and with exams and quizes. Its not very expensive and it does make you practice. i enjoyed. it.
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    Prestressed Concrete fps vs fse

    fps: by Arthur Nilson, Design of Prestressed Concrete, "the steel stress when the beam fails. It may be equal to fpu, but is usually somewhat below it depending on the geometry of the beam, steel ratio, material properties and initial prestress in steel." fpe: by ACI, compressive stress in concrete due only to effective prestress forces, after allowance for all prestress losses, at extreme fiber of section if tensile stress is caused by externally applied loads. fps: by ACI, stress in prestressing reinforcement at nominal flexural strength.
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    SE Exam - Computer Based Exam 2024

    Same question here.
  12. For the longest time i have been frustrating with watching large PDF plans (24x36) on the computer. Ive added 32 gigs of ram and have an X99 6 core processor and 1 GTX 1080 video card. But still slow. I ran into PCIe hard drives for sbout 500$ and im wondering if it would help to view large files? Any comments?
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    Is a PCIe hard drive better for plans?

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I had previously had questions about video cards etc regarding speed. However, this time it was solely regarding PCIe drives. I have SSDs on both my systems and one system has 7th generation CPU i7 on it but works fine. I've actually tried the Fire Pro and Quadro, the $1000 range cards. I wasn't impressed nor saw a considerable difference to my 1080 and 1070ti. My concern is with the new optane or Pcie drives. I read they are 7 times faster, but all the details i get are regarding boot times. While that is pretty cool, I want to know if it loads 24x36 architectural drawings faster when I click on the plans in explorer in order to preview. Or even when working in Planswift and Bluebeam. But there aren't any direct comments to that. I always get at least 16gigs of ram. It just feels right, regardless of what task manager reads. My brothers always criticize me for it. Thanks again. 👍
  14. So I've decided to skip the exam this friday. I have not had the time to dedicate for it and If I couldn't get it done when I did study I can't possibly think why I could get it done this time around. Does anyone know of any upcoming changes to the exam next year that I should consider before Friday? I predict they will update ASCE 7-10 and probably AISC to 15th edition. Mabye IBC as well. I doubt the exam format would change. Any thoughts?
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    Im skipping the exam.

    Thanks for all the recommendations. I will wait for April next year. Good Luck to everyone taking exam tomorrow!
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    Im skipping the exam.

    And @RBHeadge PE it does NOT count as a fail. After your first attempt you have 2 years to use the last 2 exam attempts, but on your first if you dont show up it does not count against you. I did contact the board.
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    Structural Depth Materials for Sale

    Call NCEES. I have no idea if it's too late, but that's the first thing you should do. Assuming your state exam is administered with NCEES. I tried to cancel and was told " Not Possible". They just suggested to not attend as exams are packed and ready to be handed out. Just FYI. Good Luck.
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    I beam loaded on web.

    Whats the priority check in this scenario with a concentrated load from joist to a welded angle on a W shapes web. I checked yielding forbthe angle but im worried about the web of the I beam. Which i checked for web yielding and web crippling but i still feel im missing somethkng. Thanks for the help.
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    October 2018 Exam Authorizations

    Traveling down stairs with all those books sucks!
  20. We are about 3 weeks away from the exam. I haven't been able to study this time due to work, but I'm calm. I've taken time before in my life to do just this, Study, and have been unsuccessful. However, when you have taken this exam a couple times you tend to remember questions that you knew would not find the answer to and questions that you struggled, knew you could find and probably should already know, but answered with an educated guess. And for the latter I seem to keep finding answers for. Is this typical? It makes me think this will be a reoccurring issue for me. I keep getting better at this, but also keep making new mistakes. I've seen some people be flawless. Its so cool.
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    PE Structural Practice Exam Questions

    See if this helps. This is an excerpt from Prestressed Design by Arthur Nilson. Its an old book but very nice.
  22. So looking into analysis and design of joists, not working on selecting correct joist but actually designing joist, I run into the 2.5k joists. I understand the recommended substitutions for them, but I'm curious how they are installed. I always thought the function of these were to brace the principal joists taking on the governing floor or roof load, but it seems they are meant for load bearing purposes as well. IF anyone has any images or input on this I would appreciate it. Thanks,
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    question on an example of all-in-one

    IT would help if you can post the question, I don't have the all in one with me. are you referring to the natural frequency? or natural period?
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    NCEES Practice Exam Problem 528 (2017 3rd Print)

    Speaking with my Structural Professor from long ago... 😕 , he says it is simply a compromise between using the top of the bottom leg or the bottom surface dimension. He explained this is a problem testing engineering intuition as there is really no set got to reference for it. That being said, if you use the entire length of the vertical leg then you get 1.88 (LRFD), and if you subtract the entire bottom leg 4-.375, you get 1.71. So I guess our engineering intuition needs to be spot on for this since 1.7 is a selection of answers.
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    How to tell your job is toxic

    What engineering field is it?