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  1. AISC Steel Manual 14 Ed

    Just an FYI but the 15th edition just came out. If you're going to buy an AISC manual get this one and borrow the 14th from a colleague for the exam.
  2. Civil Structural Fail - How to Pass?

    You went 23 AM & 19 PM. It's my opinion that the morning session is pretty plug and chug if you have the CERM and watch your units/work. Nail the easy questions in the AM and score at least 30 there and buckle down on your design/use of codes for the afternoon and you've got it in the bag.
  3. CERM Question

    I just took and passed the Civil/Structural in April using the 14th edition. I completely feel there is no reason to buy a new edition at 2-3 times the cost. All of the principles haven't changed a bit and any code reference questions you'll be using the actual code for not the CERM. I used the CERM solely for 95% of the AM questions and maybe 40% of the afternoon session. I picked up the 14th edition for $135 on amazon vs $285 for the 15th from PPI new.
  4. I personally feel like scanning through the questions is a waste of precious time. I prefer to try all of the questions skipping only those I know will be a real struggle or guess, that'd be about 5 per session. If it's an easy question you can answer it whether it's question 40 and you went in order or as if you thumbed through all of them first. Why read the questions and put thought into the difficulty when you may 1/3 and have to come back later and start all over again? I had over an hour/45 min. morning/afternoon respectively to go back to those 5 or so hard questions/guesses.
  5. Preparation for PE Civil Structural

    On the contrary I used the CERM almost exclusively for the Breadth section and only used 2 Das books in addition. It just goes to show you how everyone's methods can be completely different but yield good results.
  6. Survey: time spent studying and your result

    Georgia really requires an SE to practice? That's not what it shows on the NCSEA site. http://www.ncsea.com/resources/licensure/
  7. Survey: time spent studying and your result

    Cool story bro
  8. Survey: time spent studying and your result

    70 hours/Pass/Structural
  9. Self Studiers - What Resources did you use?

    Structural PM I used only the CERM for the morning and did not study for it. I only read through and highlighted the geotech section. I believe using the index is all you need when you read the problems properly and keep track of units. I read through the structural section of the CERM twice and highlighted sentences and equations here and there that I felt were important. Then I took the NCEES practice exam as if it were exam day and then studied from those problems afterwards.
  10. Any terrible exam day experiences?

    You must be on cloud 9 now with a pass in hand and (hopefully now) a healthy baby
  11. April 2017 Civil/Structural PE Diagnostic

    Hey there, first off let me say you can and will nail this exam in October. My recommendations are as follows: Morning session: You can easily score 35/40 in the morning without studying and utilizing the CERM. Every question must be ready carefully for to be sure you are fully understanding the question, the answer they are looking for and the units it should be in. Once you have all that information the equations and methodology is either in the CERM or it's logical arithmetic. The CERM index is your best friend for the AM civil portion. If you do want to prep for the AM I'd simply suggest tabbing the soil/geotechnical sections of the CERM since 30% of the AM session in on that and it seems to be where you lost some good points. Afternoon session: I studied by reading through the structural section of the CERM twice highlighting important sentences and equations (but not going overboard here). Be very comfortable with using your 3 equations of equilibrium to find forces in members/reactions/etc. Understand how bending, shear, and axial forces are calculated using the members section properties. Certain questions are very likely to be on the exam like a steel beam moment question - utilize the unbraced length tables 3-10 in AISC, it's quick and easy to find the capacity. Pay attention to any lateral bracing points (for column questions too). There is going to be a few foundation/footing questions so understand how shear/bending strength/stresses are calculated for them. The questions in the afternoon have more 'trip-ups' than the morning session (which I believe to be pretty straight forward) i.e. information you don't need, a single word that changes the problem completely but could be overlooked, unusual material parameters, etc. If you're reading the questions really thoroughly and making no assumptions as to what they are asking for you will be in the best shape to arrive at the correct answer. Lastly, know the codes well. Particularly AISC, ASCE-7, and ACI-318. Be familiar with the layout of each and how each code directs you to make adjustments. By this I mean in AISC how minor axis bending is calculated differently than major axis, or slender elements vs compact/non compact. For ACI 318 there are provisions for steel ratios for temp/shrinkage, flexure, shear, compression. For ASCE-7 there are methods to calculate snow loads for picthed roofs but and adjustment must be made for unbalanced loads. The afternoon session will catch you utilizing the nearly correct method but missing one detail that completely changes the answer. Also I don't know bridge/prestressed concrete well at all so I completely guessed at those and focused on the other 90% of the exam that I could get correct. I hope that wasn't all too confusing
  12. Asking for a raise after passing the PE Exam.

    I kind of feel like you're knowingly bragging right here. I think it's widely known and accepted that most engineers regardless of field/industry do not get near 6 figures in their first 6 years of working. So I don't believe you find it shocking that everyone else here isn't in your same position.
  13. Asking for a raise after passing the PE Exam.

    lol 6 figures, I'm barely halfway there.
  14. At least in Pennsylvania, EIT is a license so there's no need to remove it from your resume, etc. It may not hold much weight but still.
  15. TENNESSEE RESULTS ARE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I checked in this morning in hopes to hear that you passed RockyTop! Big congrats! Enjoy your weekend!