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  1. David Connor, SE

    Critique my Materials

    You may want to go ahead and begin studying and acquiring what you can. Especially since you are taking both vertical and lateral at the same time. Since you have the CBC (California) building code, I assume you are in California. So that certainly will help with the lateral exam. I needed 5-6 months to study for each component. I took lateral first, and vertical the next time around. Sounds like you may not do much wood or masonry design in your work, so go ahead and start studying those. I would get that masonry design book (it's less than $30) and start there. Start tabbing your books, etc.
  2. David Connor, SE

    Critique my Materials

    Before buying any codes, wait until after the new exam standards are released. Typically this will occur after the October exam, around the 1st week of November. My guess is that they will stay with IBC 2015 for another year, so you should be OK with ASCE 7-10, but if they go to IBC 2018 you will need to get ASCE 7-16 and AISC 2016 codes. You will be still be OK with ACI 318-14. So, fingers crossed that they don't go to IBC 2018 yet! There will be 1 multiple choice question on light gage steel (AISI) for each exam. So, you may be be OK without AISI. Wish they would just remove AISI like they did for PCI. We will see in November. You will absolutely need the wood and masonry codes. There will be 3-4 multiple choice questions for each, on each exam, along with essay questions in the afternoon. AASHTO - They are due to update to the 8th edition, so hold off an getting the 7th edition. However, you will need to get AASHTO for the multiple choice questions. Expect at least 10 bridge multiple choice questions. Can't pass without getting at least a few of those correct. You won't need it for the essay questions though. You can get a greatly reduced price edition for the SE exam from AASHTO. Reference materials - These are the reference materials I would get: 1. NCEES SE Practice Exam (easier than the actual exam) 2. PPI SE Practice Exam (more in-line with difficulty of the actual exam) 3. Bridge Questions for SE Exam by David Connor - I wrote this book specifically for building engineers to practice with bridge questions. Many people have told me it was a great help for them on the SE exam. I am in the process of updating it for AASHTO 8th edition just in case NCEES goes to the 8th edition. So hold off on buying it. 4. IBC 2015/2018 SEAOC Structural Seismic Design Manuals Vol. 1-4 (absolutely essential for the lateral exam, especially Vol. 1) 5. Guide to Wind Load Provisions for ASCE 7-10 by ASCE. 6. PPI Steel Design for SE Exam by Roland 7. PPI Concrete Design for SE Exam by Buckner 8. 2015 Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures - by Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada 9. PPI Timber Design by Kim & Kim - Appears to be discontinued by PPI. Check Amazon. Still a good book to study for wood design, but won't be up-to-date. PPI SERM, SE Solved Problems, 6 Minute Solutions - If you get all of the above references, you probably won't need these. Still good books to have though. Hope this helps and best of luck on the exam!
  3. David Connor, SE

    Best textbook for Structural Masonry Design ?

    Yes, I only got the Paypal email. It took about a week to get it.
  4. David Connor, SE

    Best textbook for Structural Masonry Design ?

    Just received the 2015 Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures by the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada in the mail (see link from deviationz post). For $28 it is BY FAR the best masonry design book I have seen. Well worth the money. I'm surprised they are only charging $28. Based on first glance it appears to cover pretty much everything with text, tables, details, examples, etc. Gravity and seismic examples. Highly recommended!
  5. David Connor, SE

    PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete 7th ed.

    So you need PCI for the PE exam, but not the SE exam.
  6. David Connor, SE

    PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete 7th ed.

    I checked again just to make sure it wasn't just under vertical morning section or something like that, and it is not. You don't need the PCI book for the SE exam anymore. Now, if only they could get rid of AISI/Cold-formed steel....
  7. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    Best of luck to you TheBigGuy. Hopefully you can knock out at least one of the components this time around.
  8. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    Wow, just missed by a handful of multiple choice questions. Darn! You'll get'em next time. Just for a reference point to those who did not pass, this is somebody with 12 years of experience in California. When I passed I had about 15 years of experience, mostly in the Southeast, but I did quite a few projects in heavy seismic and wind areas. I took Lateral first and Vertical next (Split up the components folks!) and studied probably as much as Cameron did for each component. Point being - a lot of this exam has to do with experience, along with literally a year's worth of study. If you are at the beginning of your career (5-8 years), you may want to wait a little while to get some more experience. In the meantime, go ahead and get your PE and "study as you go" with work, etc. A couple co-workers decided to take that route and they seem content with a PE at this point in their careers.
  9. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    All great information here. And thanks for the shout out! In regards to the time issue (and this will also help out with your steel studies), I would recommend going through EVERY design aid table in the AISC codes. Both the Steel Manual and Seismic Design manual. Work out problems showing how they arrived at the values in the tables so you understand the background of them. However.....on the exam, if the solution can be arrived at by simply looking it up in a table, then by all means do that. Please note that this also includes the essay problems. You DO NOT have to work through all of the calculations for the essay problems if they can be looked up in a design table in the code. Just cite the Table in your solution. I asked this to an exam grader a few years ago and he said that citing the table and choosing the right number from the table is just as good, if not better, than doing the full calculation. In regards to the morning problems, I do remember quite a few problems that were simply values to look up from a table, but I previously did not know that it was something that was in a table until I started studying for the exam. There is a lot in those tables that I personally don't use on a day to day (or month to month, year to year) basis.
  10. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    https://www.davidconnorse.com/ The "Buy It Now" buttons will take you to the Amazon page. Thanks!
  11. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    My advice, split up the components. Do lateral first since it is easier to study for, in my opinion.
  12. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    Congrats!
  13. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    I was thinking more about AASHTO being switched over to the 8th edition at the end of this year.
  14. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    If you haven't seen my book on AASHTO SE exam questions, please look into it. I specifically wrote it for us building engineers who have to answer AASHTO questions on this exam. Lots of people have told me it was a great help on the bridge questions.
  15. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    Yes, that is brutal. I had noticed over the last couple SE Exam iterations that the pass rates were going up, which I thought was a good thing. I'm not sure if NCEES noticed the trend too and decided to try to get things back to the 30% neighborhood, but those pass rates definitely seem too low.
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