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  1. Hemi79

    How to tell your job is toxic

    What engineering field is it?
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    How to tell your job is toxic

    I worked for a short period of time with similar conditions. The learning experience in engineering was incredible and I stuck around, but after a while I could't take it. I came to the conclusion they insisted on seeing me as payroll. That's my best way of putting it. Everything I did was questioned, looked down on EVEN after proving my point correct and not necessarily correcting my mistake. After a while and searching in google I came to the conclusion they were "Snobs" and quit.
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    When I took FE , back when it was not computer based, I took Test Masters and it really made a difference. I'm not a fan of their course online, but attending the course in the classroom really made it happen for me. What @P-E has commented is probably the best way and sure way to go about it. Good luck! And don't give up!
  4. So I find myself taking too much time finding the material I need. This is an example I have for my structural depth binder, any suggestions or how do you do it?
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    SE Structural Engineering Ref. Manual Errata

    It is bad and sound bad how they address it, but other references dont even bother sometimes.
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    OSHA CFR 29 1910 and 1926 - 2016

    The fact that the syllabus has "2016" on this standard makes me nervous. They keep updating this reference and I don't know which to take. 😞
  7. A 2 day seminar in DC $1695 for early bird non member enrollment. How do you get that back seriously at least part of it? Are they that good? I have bought some expensive webinars from ASCE before and been dissapointed, anyone a constant user of their seminars that can comment on the trainings? Im interested in Design of Concrete Pavements.
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    Is it me or ASCE seminar pricing crazy?

    Yeah, this is why im never interested in their membership. A coleague of mine always has M. ASCE in his signature and i always thought, well WHO CARES?!! AISC is my favorite and only organization i really like and invest in.
  9. So after doing some projects with structural steel I have decided to get into it a little more and go forward with an official steel shop. So far I have done open canopies and retail buildings up to 10000 sq. ft. I figure a 30' x 30' will be a good start. I am planning on doing the structure to include 10 ton electric trolly, Plasma (1 inch cutting depth), Welding Equipment we already have, and I plan to put together a Plasma CNC machine (5' x 20'). I don't plan to do a concrete floor for the shop, Im leaning towards asphalt. Obviously structure will be on concrete footings. I don't plan to work on big projects yet. Typical connections are gusset plate bracing, shear tab, clip angle, seated , splices and base plate fabrication. My starting budget is $25K and I realize for erection I will still have to rent equipment. I currently have autodesk subscription for shop drawings and hopefully I get my PE license this year and things might get a boost. Anyways, any recommendations would be nice. Thanks,
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    PPI Learning HUB

    So i signed up for the 7 day trial of PPI Learning Hub. Its actually very nice and i subscribed to the 200/month option which includes CERM 16th edition on the web. I cancelled because i felt the questions required long solutions and are not comparative to the Exam, but i think having enough study time it could be a good option. Just wanted to share as i havnt heard any one speak of the Learning Hub.
  11. For anyone interested in reviewing Civil Structural P.E. Exam problems via a Facebook Group you may ask to join by requesting me at the following email. structuralhemi79@outlook.com Group: Civil-Structural Design This is meant to post questions on problems we are having trouble solving. It is not meant for anyone to request and give away their study material. One thing is to share an excerpt or section that helps develop an area of the exam and another is to request or share entire course notes. If you choose to do so, do not do it in this group. Looking forward to sharing some study time.
  12. EET guys are awesome. For some reason i couldnt get it done with their training. Im going at it solo now. Se how that goes.
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    How I Passed April 2017 Civil/Str Exam

    Im not sure but i believe compression members with out reinforcement is further developed in ACI 318-14 and i found the Prestress section more detailed in it as well. Over all 318-14 is a BIG difference from 318-11 in organaziation and i would just get it. Also. For AISC the 14 th edition has the Bolt strength sections updated and fairly different from AISC 13. I would get it as well. Just saying.
  14. I will give my opinion but first know i have not passed my PE. I have every PPI reference for structural depth and the CERM 15th edition. The SDRM is not worth the money in my opinion. I would instead get the SERM. Yes it has more material NOT likely to be in the PE exam but ultimately it is the better reference to habe as a structural engineer. The material for SE is very clear to find and you can just skip it. Regarding the Structural Depth Practice exams i would say try them after some preparation but with enough time to spare on reviewing the problems in it. I found my self working the problems as Homework problems, at least half of them. I want to say this. PPI is great material but in many instances they love to input equations that they resolve separately and choose not to show you how. This frustrated me and many time infound myself spending hours figuring out an equation, make sure u habe the will to just skip this or do the time. Assuming you run into this type of issue. I certainly did. I would recommend the Goswami All in One even though it is out dated a bit, simply because of the simplicity he explains some things. Its not terribly expensive. Dont try to do both it and the CERM, you will just be double dipping in many areas. Just MY opinion, i really like the PPI Concrete and Steel references. Inhabe the older editions and while they are tuff in some areas they are great references tl have. If you can spare the money get them, i dont feel you need them for the PE exam as an old text book can replace most of the info if you have the CERM 16th edition already. If you have any struggle with structural analysis, i recently got the Kindle Edition of Mccormac Structural Analysis Understanding Behaviour Ed. 1. It was 64 bucks and i find it very good in areas Hibbeller just complicates things . Any way, you may not need it.
  15. Working for a structural firm, on a steel structural frame project, we have been asked to submit calculations for everything. Very specifically for footing and baseplate design. My boss got after me for saying “sure” when asked and has sent them an invoice for submission of the calcs. We have done this before, but not officially in a presentation binder etc... as i prepared it this time. And before it was just a discussion among civil/geo engineers and architects. What is your typical approach to this? My boss says he is hired for signed and sealed construction documents and not to submit calculations for others to have and use in the future. Now im kind of with him on the idea.
  16. Anyone with experience doing Post Tension Slab on Ground interested in designing a residential Slab on Ground for a fee? I don't have a lot of experience with PT SOG, only prestressed components, and I think I would take too long to get it done and feel comfortable with the design. If so please PM me and let me know what price ant time frame would be. We have plans and geotech report for it. THanks,
  17. Yeah, we got the email from the architect and I was prompt to respond yes. Later my boss came to me and said “did you ask why?” , and I said not really. :-/, turned out the fabricator for canopy was requesting it because it contradicted their bid/estimate quantities. I guess they were gonna get paid less with my proposed changes and they didn’t like it. Anyways, we had a meeting and no calcs were submitted. We insisted on the invoice and they didn’t go for it. I guess I’m not getting a bonus.😢
  18. The scope is an open walkway canopy. 12 ft high and varying from 10 to 14 ft wide. This all came about because i disagreed with the use of a 5/8” base plate for columns should have kept my mouth shut but a 5/8” base plate for an open structure taking 123MPH wind speed seemed ridiculous to me. I designed the embedded HSS member into the concrete footing and trigerred the request for desgn calcs from fabricator. There is no provisions per say for embedded steel Columns in concrete in either AISC or ACI, so i solved using a little of both and with some mechanics of materials engineering. 🙂 , but my boss says hes called it out that way many times and never submitted calcs. I didnt think it was a big deal but i guess theres some history amongst members in the design team for this project. Im just guessing. Luckily i didnt bring up that i thought footing were ridiculously oversized. 😓 Ofcourse we are desgning the Masonry buliding as well, this just came up on the canopy section. And this is all between engineers from fabricator, civil, and structural with the architect in the middle. No permit or municipality involved.
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    October 2018 Civil Structural PE Exam

    Not it Houston, its a 6 hour drive. Think about doing a Facebook Group with members approved by you and posting questions along with problems and images is very helpful. I will be taking the exam in October. I have tons of study material and will not be taking a course. If you create the group, send me an invite. I have found that for structural depth material there is is only a little help out there that is complete and can serve well. A lot of it is grinding and then one morning you wake up and you get the problem.
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    Pt foundation over compacted select fill

    @Coronagrey @Jmcc06 @youngmotivatedengineer IBC "1809.4 Depth and Width of footings. The minimum depth of footings below the undisturbed ground surface shall be 12 inches......The minimum width of footings shall be 12 inches." Im sure you guys have run into this, but wanted to post it. However, I have run into municipalities requiring a minimum of 6" of virgin soil for shallow foundations. Also, IBC "1804.6 Compacted fill material. Where shallow foundations will bear on compacted fill material, the compacted fill shall comply with the provisions of an approved geotechnical report as set forth in Section 1803. If the existing soil was not considered better or met select fill strength conditions, I would remove it and fill. This is an interesting case being 4 ft is being added. Keep us updated please @Coronagrey.
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    Failed Structural Depth AGAIN. 3x's the Charm?

    Wouldnt you say that for the morning section of Civil PE has some questions that are from the Depth section of other disciplines just not requiring references? At one point i took the PE exam there were some economics questions that i could not relate to. I am taking it in October but im focusing on the afternoon portion more this time. Ive been doing structural for years and still had problems but at least now i have expanded my reach, especially in seismic, and i feel more confident. I dont think any course is the solution, as i have taken many, but i will say their outline helps. However, im focusing more on doing practice exams even as homeworks as opposed to practice test on a weekend. I know what it is to sit for 8hrs for the test. I need to get extremely familiar with the type of problems. This is my approach this time around. Of course i will study for the AM as well. Regarding changing disciplines just make sure you dont need the roster to show a specific one. Where im from they look you up and dont hand you structural work unless the roster classifies you as structural. There aré exceptions of course but in the government work thats how it is.
  22. So after much delay and debating, probably for 3 months, i have officially subscribed to Autodesk AEC collection. I had been meeting ends with others drafting services for submittals and with an old version of Risa3D (13) but no more. I will use Revit, Advanced steel for my submittals and shop drawings and i will fully immerse myself into Robot Structural Analysis again as i havent visited it as much as wanted since senior design many years back! I was hoping to have Risa last night before bed, but after speaking with them their subscription is all paid upfront. :-( while doable, it was a big setback on my budget, even for just the three core software 3D, Floor ES , and Foundation. I will miss it. And im doing all shop drawing in house now. Anyone have experience with ROBOT Structural Analysis theyde like to share?
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    4th Attempt Going to Board

    I didnt call to ask or appeal (TX), the rules state two courses of formal college or 1 more year experience. I took the courses. I applied and was approved in less than 2 weeks. .
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    Texas PE Structure cut-off

    Have posted what your prep course or approach was? If so can you point in that direction?(link) @JB_TXENG can you share? Dont mean to high jack thread i know theres a designated thread for this, cool if you can share there. When i failed last october i got a 66 i believe. Im approved to retake in October 2018. Im very excited.....😰 Thanx!