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  1. It’s not a code issue, it’s either age of construction or problems with design/construction/inspections.
  2. The only reason I signed up is because ASCE gives a discount on professional liability insurance through Lloyd’s of London (brokered by Pearl). The price when I started out went from $7000/annual to $3500/annual. That paid my member dues and now I get 5 free PDH’s each year.
  3. I am consistently disappointed in their webinars for being too basic and introductory. I would hope the seminar is that expensive because they save the content for the in-person classes. I was on a live webinar and the instructor was asked if he could provide an example of a slab design (which was the topic). He said he “didn’t have time to cover an actual design, the class could only teach concepts and basic info in 90 minutes. But if you sign up for my other class we will review the design there.” He was referring to the expensive seminar.
  4. For residential drafting, I see a lot of contractors and home designers using Chief Architect. Then they need a design professional (architect or engineer) to provide the sizing, spacing, details, notes. For timber design I like the US version of WoodWorks. It can do shearwalls with a little bit of work. But the strength is really in the beam and column design with multiple load scenarios and easy to modify components/spans/spacing. The connector design is quick too, but is not as customizable.
  5. In FL we only submit design calcs when in the scope. In Miami Dade County they have engineers on staff to review design calcs so it is a requirement in that jurisdiction. I’ve also been required to submit it on projects involving the railroad companies for improvements on their property. When I design a foundation for a PE Metal Bldg the manufacturer provides reactions (but not calcs) so I can design the embedment for bolts and the footers.
  6. 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.
  7. I would follow the geotechnical report. It’s fairly standard stuff here in FL in flood zones.
  8. 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.
  9. 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..
  10. That link has been taken down. Does anyone have pdf they can send me? -Terry
  11. 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!
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    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.
  13. I think you're looking to "protect a workbook" or "protect a worksheet". This article explain the differences.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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