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  1. EET Breadth and Structural Depth

    Good Morning. I am a repeat exam taker (3 times) Civil/Structural. I am enrolled in EET on-demand and will take exam Oct 17. Looking to plug in with anyone here that may be in a similar boat.
  2. CCA Wood Preservative

    @Dleg, Thanks for the response. That is the same information we still find currently. We talked to a guy that has spent 50 years in the wood preservative industry and he said CCA is still the preferred method of treatment for boardwalk/wetland application. The problem is the contractor sent out an RFI and change order. Since the project is partially DOT funded we have to get their approval. We have corresponded with several folks at the NCDOT and each one passes it on to another. No one wants to stick their neck out.
  3. CCA Wood Preservative

    Is anyone familiar with CCA wood preservative treatment for boardwalk applications? I work for a structural engineering firm in NC. We have designed several miles of pedestrian boardwalks and bridges in three phases. The second phase is beginning construction. The contractor is disputing the use of CCA wood preservative for the guard rails and deck boards. I know the EPA is moving away from CCA in residential applications, but can find no documentation that it can't be used for pedestrian boardwalks. I've searched AWPA and AASHTO and haven't found any clear yes or no. The DOT approved our design drawings without commenting on the preservative. The preservative the contractor wants to use has not been approved by the AWPS but has been approved by the SPIB. Any help is appreciated. thanks.
  4. Strategy for passing PE Civil - Structural

    I tried the engineering videos and did not find them helpful for civil/structural. I'm a repeat taker and failed again this cycle.
  5. NC Results are out

    @dvtn, no additional references necessary. just have to fill out the repeat request form. Unless something has changed for Oct 2015 exam.
  6. NC Results are out

    Civil/Struc 44/80. ouch, hurts to write
  7. NC Results are out

    Yeah, morning really got me this time as well, along with a couple sections in the afternoon.
  8. NC Results are out

    yeah already told him. I'm a repeat taker, so the failure gets easier to swallow subsequent times.
  9. NC Results are out

    Results are out for NC. Failed Civil/Structural. Happy Memorial Day!
  10. PE Structural Depth "Cheat Sheet"?

    The six minute solution structural problems are harder than what you will see on the structural pm, but they are good practice conceptually bc you could see pieces of them as exam questions.
  11. PE Structural Depth "Cheat Sheet"?

    Some question will be quick and others will be longer than six minutes. That's the typical way the exam is designed from my experience and others. A good technique that others have mentioned is to go through it one time solving all the easiest first, then back through solving the middle of the road problems, saving the hardest for last. This makes sense from a time saving perspective.
  12. PE Structural Depth "Cheat Sheet"?

    For the structural afternoon I took all of the codes listed by NCEES. If you have AASHTO bring it. Read and tab the sections on their load combinations, wheel load criteria (H20, etc). There may be easy points to pick up if you have this and are familiar with it. I also brought PCI, AISC design examples, materials/mechanics book, and CRSI. The only new thing I am bringing different is the notebook I made of several types of worked out problems from each section listed in the afternoon topics. All of my solutions reference the applicable code sections. I am in NC so the new code change for the spring 15 exam has been a challenge. NC hasn't adopted the new codes yet so in my day to day I use all of the previous codes. Phi and omega factors have changed as well wind analysis in ASCE 7. My strategy has been to shoot for 35 out of 40 minimum in the morning. The questions are easier and don't go to in depth in the other topics. This gives a little wiggle room for the afternoon bc it is so broad. They can pull the 40 afternoon questions from so many places, and like others have pointed out, they seem to enjoy having quite a few random/abstract code questions that nobody uses or knows.
  13. PE Structural Depth "Cheat Sheet"?

    I am a repeat structural pm taker. I will be taking again this April. I have made an equation sheet for this exam pertaining to structures pm topics I don't do on a regular basis with my job. Aside from that I have worked at least 3-4 different types of problems for each subject listed in the NCEES topic breakdown for Structures afternoon. I have the different sections tabbed out in a three ring binder. Above every problem I write 3-4 words in bold red describing what the problem is for quick reference. For me at least, my problem in the structures afternoon has been time management. It's so broad. Anyhow hope this helps.
  14. Hey Rambox, I actually looked at this problem last night. My understanding from AISC Tbl C-C2.2 was that K(e-w) was two( pinned at the bottom, fixed at the top, and K(n-s) was one ( pinned top and bottom). Leading me to believe "B" was correct. Thoughts?
  15. If you weren't my co-worker (portajon), that would be discouraging. And you took it with the old codes and still use the old codes, so irrelevant comment. HA