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  1. The title block for some of our clients includes a box for "Lead" or "Lead Engineer." In some instances, the Lead or Lead Engineer is not the same as the Engineer of Record (the one stamping the drawings). The EOR is in responsible charge of the drawings, of course, but the Lead is the person who is handling the project as a whole, including administrative stuff, schedule, budget, etc.--this does not even have to be an engineer, it can be an architect or designer. In this scenario, we put the project lead's initials in the "Lead" box, and the EOR stamps the drawing as usual. However, a fellow engineer believes that the EOR's initials should always be in the "Lead" box. Does anyone have an opinion on this? Thanks in advance.
  2. Please contact me directly if interested. Micah Ferguson, P.E., Civil/Structural Department Head (318) 789-3777 or mcferguson@fbd.com SR. STRUCTURAL ENGINEER This position is: Full Time Position Location: West Monroe, LA Job Description: -Perform all calculations required to produce high quality drawings and reports, primarily for heavy industrial and chemical structures. -Work in tandem with designers and drafters to ensure that civil and structural drawings are thorough, accurate, and in compliance with all applicable codes and specifications. -Occasionally travel to perform field work, attend meetings, lead pre-bid conferences, or provide construction support. -Produce accurate engineering estimates, material takeoff estimates, and schedules. -Lead and manage projects of various sizes and scope, ensuring that accurate, high quality deliverables are produced on schedule and on budget. -Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills while leading a team, delegating tasks, coordinating with other disciplines, and relating with clients. -Effectively and efficiently mentor less experienced engineers and designers. Requirements: -BS degree in civil engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program. -15+ years of structural engineering experience, preferably in a heavy industrial or similar field. Master’s degree and PhD in civil engineering or related field can each be substituted for 1 year of experience. -Professional Engineer (PE) license in any state is strongly encouraged, with the ability to gain reciprocity in additional states, as necessary. -Working knowledge of structural analysis software, preferably RISA 3D. -Ability to navigate and utilize 3D modeling. Knowledge of point cloud laser scan software is desired, but can be learned on the job. -Intimate knowledge of the design of steel and concrete structures, bolted and welded connections, shallow and deep foundations, rotating/reciprocating equipment foundations. -Intimate knowledge of all design codes related to design and construction of steel and concrete, including but not limited to ASCE 7, AISC Steel Construction Manual, AISC 360, ACI 318, IBC, NFPA Life Safety Code, and applicable OSHA laws & regulations.
  3. Yah I agree. I'm just looking for something that can be referenced if something unusual comes up and I need to get a rough idea of what I'm working with.
  4. Does anyone know of a good structural book that is convenient to take on job sites, in the field, etc.? I'm looking for something small and concise to use for doing quick calculations and such.
  5. I live in Northeast Louisiana and we has some extreme flooding a couple months ago. As a result, FEMA is redetermining some flood zones. A friend of mine owns a rental property and he is now being told he will need flood insurance even though he has never needed it before. I am a registered P.E. in Louisiana, and my friend wants to know if I can determine the elevation of his home to see if it is higher than what FEMA is claiming. Is this something that I can help him with (I am not being payed) even though I am employed with a local engineering firm? If so, how do I go about getting an official Elevation Certificate after I determine the elevation?
  6. I know that this topic has been somewhat covered before, but I wanted to get some fresh thoughts on it. I took the civil PE exam last month, and I'm waiting for my results. Given that I pass, I'm interested in doing residential concrete foundation inspections. I have a relative in the real estate business, and he told me that buyers are often willing to pay for this type of inspection. He showed me an example report from another PE who does this type of work on the side. I know this may vary from state to state, but in general, is a PE allowed to do this type of work or do I need an inspection license, insurance, etc? Thanks for any input.
  7. I got the same LOS, but that could be just a coincidence.
  8. Just a word of caution to anyone with the most recent NCEES practice exam. The very first question of the depth portion uses an equation from the 2000 HCM, not the required 2010 HCM. And there may be several other mistakes as well. It is still worth having in my opinion, just use discretion.
  9. I contacted NCEES months ago, and they confirmed that there is no rule against having notes in pencil. As stated many times above, only writing in your references is prohibited. They said that I could copy notes in pen or highlight as a precaution, but for anyone who has as many pencil notes as me, that is simply a waste of valuable time.
  10. I'm betting we will see the average age of PE exam takers drop significantly in the next several years.
  11. Anyone know of practice exams, other than the ones from NCEES, that have been updated for the new exam specifications?
  12. Anyone know of practice exams, other than the ones from NCEES, that have been updated for the new exam specifications?
  13. You're talking about this one right? http://www.amazon.com/Transportation-Depth-PM-Civil-License/dp/1940409659
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