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1. ## Settlement

Uplift at 3 would be the only thing that would cause joint 3's negative moment to increase.
2. ## Settlement

The moment would lessen at joint 3, therefore the right answer is the moment would increase at joint 4. Initially the continuity means you have a negative bending moment at joint 3. If theoretically, the settlement were severe enough that you lost all support at joint 3, the member would function as a single span between 2 and 4 with a large positive moment at midspan (where joint 3 used to be). As it settles the moments will redistribute in this manner, shifting from a negative moment at 3 to a positive moment at 3 which means if joint 4 is fixed you'll end up with a larger fixed end moment there.
3. ## PPI SDRM References AISC 360 a lot, why? Why not AISC Manual?

I had the SDRM for both the PE and SE exams... I never used it. As far as the spec, AISC 360 is required because it contains equations pertinent to design (flexural bending capacities, axial compression capacities, etc). The steel construction manual isn't technically required because it includes AISC 360 plus a bunch of helpful (but not required) design tables and other related information. AISC 360 gives you the equations that allow you to come up with much of the information that is contained in the first half of the construction manual. That's why it's helpful but not required. Having said that, I can't imagine only purchasing 360. The info in the construction manual is invaluable for practice.
4. ## NCCES Civ/Structural Problem 509 Errata, how is shear center calculated?

I'd eat my hat if the PE exam had a problem where you were required to come up with the shear center of an object.
5. ## Which Depth to choose?

Ignore historical pass rates. I would imagine they intend for all the exams to be of approximately equal difficulty. It's a fools errand trying to chase the "easiest" test path. Just do whichever depth module you think you are best suited for.
6. ## Survey: time spent studying and your result

That seems backwards, no? I know nothing about georgia but it seems like it would be impossible to enforce a requirement to take the SE, before the PE if they don't recognize the SE. If they don't have a separate license for different engineers why would they require one georgia PE to pass 24hrs of exams and other georgia PE's to pass 8hrs of exams. I'm sure you know your state requirements, it just seems incredibly weird that GA would do that.
7. ## How many estimated hours of preparation is required for vertical building module?

I think it's a good idea to know your way around AASHTO. I always remind people that the SE Bridge and SE Building exams share the same 40-questions in the morning. So just keep that in mind when prepping.
8. ## How did you process PE Questions?

I can't speak to goswami's book as I don't have it, but in general my experience with both the PE and SE exams was that simple is correct. This doesn't mean the questions are easy, but I would generally say if you find yourself bouncing around and trying to use multiple equations and multiple references for a single problem you're most likely over-complicating things. My experience was you find the question, or find the reference, plug in numbers and move on to the next problem. Some of the problems can even be solved by simple unit cancellation with the given data. That's not to say there aren't or might not be problems with multiple steps, but I think they tended to be the exception when I took my exams in 2014 and 2015.
9. ## AISC Steel Manual 14 Ed

None yet. I would imagine the 2018 IBC will reference it when it comes out.
10. ## How many estimated hours of preparation is required for vertical building module?

I think this is really good advice.
11. ## How many estimated hours of preparation is required for vertical building module?

I'm sure the answers you'll find are going to vary widely. I put in about 120hrs cumulatively studying for the vert&lat in april 2015, so I guess call it 60hrs for vert and 60hrs for lat. I started studying about 1.5months in advance of the exam and put in roughly 8-10hrs per week after work or on the weekends. I would bet my study time is on the light end though.
12. ## AISC Steel Manual 14 Ed

Whoops I realize now that this was posted in the structural forum... so you likely are a structural. For some reason I thought I had clicked the WRE forum... Sorry about that.
13. ## AISC Steel Manual 14 Ed

https://www.aisc.org/Steel-Construction-Manual-14th-Ed-Fourth-Printing-Print#.WW-lc4Tytpg A structural engineer will need this manual. If you're not a structural engineer and thinking of purchasing it solely for taking the PE, I personally wouldn't do that. You won't need it for the Civil breadth and it's quite expensive as far as reference manuals go. Basically I'd only recommend purchasing if you intend to practice structural engineering. But others may disagree.
14. ## When a PE denies signing the SER

Agree with others if you have other options, just list someone else. It certainly sounds like he's being childish and petty but no good will come of you trying to force the issue.
15. ## What state to get SE license?

Our firm has dealt with this in the past. I would contact the state board. Usually the response is that the experience under an SE is required if you've worked in an SE state, but they will consider work done under a PE in non-SE states as long as the work and experience are structural related.
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