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  1. SE_FL

    Title Block Initials

    We typically used this box so that if contractors/clients had questions they would know who to call for questions. It is always difficult to get a response from the EOR in a timely fashion. It was up to the Project Manager to answer the easy questions and to bubble up changes or clarification to the EOR and to coordinate the work.
  2. SE_FL

    Pt foundation over compacted select fill

    I would follow the geotechnical report. It’s fairly standard stuff here in FL in flood zones.
  3. I don't use ROBOT but I do use Revit. Revit 2019 has better functionality as a platform than 2018 in regards to having multiple windows open and organized on the computer screen. I would be interested to see a study that compares ROBOT to RISA to see the following: 1. ease and speed of modeling the structure and applying loads 2. accuracy of forces and component design for the load combinations. I am always hesitant to invest in a new software prior to testing a sample file from a recently completed project. Let us know how it works out.
  4. SE_FL

    Florida License Numbers

    I passed the April 2016 exam in FL, found out the result May 19th, and received my number just before June 15th. I immediately ordered my seal and embosser, then it took another two weeks to get the 11x17 paper certificate (which was folded into my mailbox). They were in no rush. The good news is at least you passed and don't have to wait another six months..
  5. That link has been taken down. Does anyone have pdf they can send me? -Terry
  6. My wife and are taking our first vacation since I started up my new company in September. I have been super busy and working day and night since day one, so this is much needed. We have a babysitter keeping the kids for four days and are headed to New Orleans on a Thursday. Does anyone any good suggestions for restaurants or activities? We will be looking for some kind of physical/outdoor activity that we don't have in our small town in Florida. No need for the swamp tours, we live in one. Has anyone done rock climbing at New Orleans Boulder Lounge? Thanks in advance!
  7. SE_FL

    Slab

    If you have this question on the exam you may be given a starting point. Otherwise you will have to assume a thickness to evaluate the dead load for the shear and moment calcs. But generally, I have seen heavy loads are controlled by shear and longer spans are controlled by moment, but not always the case. During the exam you will most likely need to check all parameters unless the question provides a clue.
  8. SE_FL

    What does the Fox say?

    I think you're looking to "protect a workbook" or "protect a worksheet". https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Protect-a-workbook-7e365a4d-3e89-4616-84ca-1931257c1517 https://support.office.com/en-us/article/protect-a-worksheet-3179efdb-1285-4d49-a9c3-f4ca36276de6 This article explain the differences. https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Protection-and-security-in-Excel-be0b34db-8cb6-44dd-a673-0b3e3475ac2d
  9. SE_FL

    Starting a Consulting LLC

    I have four friends that are attorneys and about six accountants, and the attorneys in my city don't like setting up LLC's and only a few accountants will do it and explain the benefits of each way. There are a few ways and they all have benefits/risks. But in Florida, the state statues changed regarding how an S-Corp is taxed and everyone is switching from INCs to LLCs. I would start with a small business account that specializes in this to ensure the articles allow for the most tax breaks. Generally you want to lean heavily on distributions over of pure income for the first few years. The liability insurance may depend on the way your state manages engineering firms and if you want to be personally insured or insured through the LLC. If you will have employees it's a whole different story and a CA# will add some complexity. I priced several insurance companies (for civil-structural) and the most affordable options were through American Society of Civil Engineers through a broker backed by Lloyd's of London. That cut my cost in half and the deductibles were much better. You don't want an insurance company to try and represent you with a incompetent attorney or special witness testimony. It needs to be their specialty. I also like working with the accountant because I was able to add on to their Quickbooks online subscription (for billing and payroll) to work on that from my office or my house without VPN. Yes, @youngmotivatedengineer is right about having an attorney review your proposal. The right attorney may have a template for you to follow as well.
  10. SE_FL

    Waiting period between FE & PE

    Generally the timing comes down to state registration times. Most states will not allow you to apply to take the PE until the board approves your FE results. Then the application process may take a couple months and you may miss a registration deadline for the exam you want to sit for. But to answer your "back-to-back" question, I am not aware of any states that require a four year wait.
  11. I could use another copy of the ACI 318-14, I sent you a PM last week. I have no use for the others.
  12. SE_FL

    Professional Ethics

    You should check the state statutes for professinal engineers. In Florida the specific section is in Chapter 471.033. https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2017/Chapter471/All (f) Advertising goods or services in a manner that is fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading in form or content. (g) Engaging in fraud or deceit, negligence, incompetence, or misconduct, in the practice of engineering. You have many options and they all would need a copy of that letter. 1. Forward the letter to the State Board for their review/comment. 2. I would think a phone call to the old boss would have a quicker effect and might be enough to stop the bleeding. 3. Have your current company send the guy a letter through an attorney. There may be some info in the employee manual that deals with this situation. If he signed the employee manual notice then it could be considered a contract. Or if he signed a contract (non-solicit or non-complete) he may in breach of that contract as well. 4. Have your own attorney send a letter to the guy for libel. You can take it as a lesson in business that some people are jerks and will do anything to get ahead. Don't stoop to their level, always act professional and your career and life will be better off in the long run.
  13. I would prepare three scaled models of beams for multiple rounds of testing. 1 with no reinforcement, 1 with steel, 1 with bamboo. Make sure your beams are all the same size and increase the span to something that doesn't require a super heavy load to crack. Make your depth as shallow as possible to allow tension to control.
  14. SE_FL

    Engineering Career?

    There are certain government engineering positions that do not have demanding schedules and you can count on a 40 hour work week with vacation and benefits. Or you can crush it at 60 hours a week with a large firm to gain experience, pass the PE then open a small consulting firm where you set your own hours. There are many options and some are dependent on location. I would think it better to find a job you enjoy and figure out the rest later. Also keep in mind a large number of successful business people have engineering degrees and do not work in engineering. An engineering degree is fairly respected in the business world and opens you up to many opportunities a business or marketing major will not have.
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