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  1. David Connor, SE

    Passing Lateral without Course

    You are probably OK with the 3rd edition of the PPI practice exam. You are more going for practice with taking the exam and the pace you will need to maintain. As opposed to knowing if a certain concept in the code was moved to a different section. You need to be aware of that, but that's not what I concentrating on when I took the practice exams. Take the exams just like the real test though. Start at 8am-noon for multiple choice, take 1 hour lunch, then essay questions from 1-5pm. Time yourself, etc. I would recommend getting Volumes 2,3, & 4. Can you pass without them? Yes, but I needed all the help I could get. But for Vol. 1 you get more "bang for you buck." Vols. 2-4 are full building examples, but they certainly helped me out on the exam, and in my work too. I don't have the Hiner book, but I have also heard it is a great resource to have.
  2. David Connor, SE

    Critique my Materials

    I'm not sure when the switch to IBC 2015 occurred, but my guess is it would have been going into last years exams. In the past, on the NCEES website, it would say, "These are the codes for the 2018 exams" meaning there would not be a change in the codes mid-year. It no longer says that. So, it's possible they could do a code update between the April and October exam. I was thinking AASHTO was due for an update, but the changes to the AASHTO code from 7th to 8th edition were significant. So, if a code changes significantly, that may delay the code update as well.
  3. David Connor, SE

    Passing Lateral without Course

    I was able to pass it without a course. I actually think the lateral exam was easier to study for than the vertical exam. You know that 75% of the exam will cover seismic, and about 25% wind. You know to study every section of ASCE 7 seismic chapters, and if you work out every problem in the SEAOC Seismic Design Manual Vol. 1, you will be more than 1/2 way there with seismic study. Other 1/2 of seismic study would be material codes, especially ACI 318 seismic chapter and AISC seismic design manual. Volumes 2, 3, & 4 would also help with this. For wind, studying the ASCE 7 wind chapters and any example problems you can find. ASCE has a wind loads guide that would help. Work out both the NCEES and PPI practice exams, but know that the PPI exam is more in line with the actual exam difficulty. The NCEES exam is too easy, but you may find some similar problems on the actual exam. Do the practice exams just like the exam itself, giving yourself 4 hours for each session. I really didn't use any textbooks while studying or during the exam. Study guides with example problems I think work the best. Also, don't forget that you will have about 10 multiple choice problems concerning bridges. I wrote just the book for you! See attached link. https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Problems-Structural-Engineering-Exam/dp/1535055464/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536335590&sr=1-1&keywords=bridge+lateral+loads&dpID=41yQX4vStPL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch
  4. David Connor, SE

    Codes and References

    Yep, that is me. Didn't realize my book was being referred to as the "Connor" book. Anyway, I wrote the book specifically for building engineers (such as myself), to help us out on the SE exam bridge questions. I couldn't find any other "good" resources for studying the kind of bridge questions that I saw on the SE exam. There is a chapter in PPI's SERM, and there is also CALTRANS references, but they did not really have the best examples in my opinion. Too involved or did not cover enough subjects. So that's why I wrote the book. The book has 40 vertical and 40 lateral questions. You can order the whole book, or just the books with the vertical or lateral only questions, if you are only taking the lateral or vertical exam. Here is my website with links to the Amazon pages to buy the book - www.davidconnorse.com Obviously, I would prefer that you bought the book, but if the friend who recommended it isn't using it, then maybe you could borrow theirs for the exam. ??
  5. David Connor, SE

    Codes and References

    Yeah, I would concentrate on the ACI 318 provisions for prestressed & post-tensioned concrete. Use SERM or another reference for design examples, etc. An older copy of PCI is probably fine.
  6. David Connor, SE

    Results From October SE?

    Congrats on passing. I'm glad my book was the final piece of your puzzle to pass. Thank you for buying my book and the kudos!
  7. David Connor, SE

    SE Exam - Masonry Study Guide

    Lots of questions about study guides, figured I would repost this one since it may have gotten lost in the mix. For masonry, I think this is the only book you will need for both vertical and lateral. 2015 Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures by Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada. Less than $30 shipped. I'm surprised the book isn't priced closer to $100 based on the amount of information it has. Tons of examples, details, tables, etc. Almost 400 pages. And it only deals with applying the structural masonry code. No wasted pages on the "history of masonry", etc. like you get in traditional textbooks. Even if you aren't taking the exam, it's still worth it. http://www.cmacn.org/bookstore-CMACN.htm#CMA020-15
  8. David Connor, SE

    SEAOC Design Manuals

    They are very helpful. Probably won't be anyone on here that wants to get rid of them, since they are really good references to have.
  9. David Connor, SE

    Results From October SE?

    If you look on my website www.davidconnorse.com there is an SE exam study calendar on the site that I recommend following in regards to how much you should study for each subject, etc. It is split into taking the vertical and lateral exams separately, which I also highly recommend doing.
  10. David Connor, SE

    Results From October SE?

    The PPI SE exam by Joseph Schuster is much more in line with the difficulty of the actual exam in my opinion. NCEES practice SE exam is more like the Structural PE exam.
  11. David Connor, SE

    Results From October SE?

    For the lateral exam, the best examples for seismic are SEAOC IBC Seismic Design Manual Vol. 1. Volumes 2-4 are also great. Absolutely essential before any other study guides for the lateral exam in my opinion.
  12. David Connor, SE

    Results From October SE?

    I asked NCEES this a couple weeks and per them they will not be changing the codes for the April 2019 exam. Hopefully that will also be the case for the October 2019 exam, but I guess they could update then as well. I do know that when they update to AASHTO 8th edition, it will be a pretty big change for the bridge exam. The changes from the 7th to 8th edition of AASHTO are extensive.
  13. David Connor, SE

    Results From October SE?

    For those of you that did not good news this week, see above from TehMightyEngineer. This is THE MOST DIFFICULT of any NCEES exam, so do not beat yourself up if you did not pass. For those that did pass, Congratulations!
  14. David Connor, SE

    Results From October SE?

    This is the greatest "I Passed!" story I have ever heard. Congratulations Rick!
  15. David Connor, SE

    Results From October SE?

    Grading workshop was this past weekend, so I would not expect anything this week. My guess is next Friday, December 14th.