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  1. DrZoidberWoop

    How I Passed April 2017 Civil/Str Exam

    I've known many people who have used a previous edition of CERM and other review manuals. I think this is because the mathematical/engineering analysis methods don't usually undergo drastic changes. However, using older editions of "code books" is a bit of a gamble because it's in NCEES's interest to include questions from the codes that they update on their exam spec. For instance, the latest exam specs have updated to ACI 318-14 and IBC 2015, and I would expect questions that justify the update. If $$ is an issue, I suggest contacting one of your peers about borrowing the latest code.
  2. DrZoidberWoop

    Best Civil PE + Structural Depth Review Materials

    Yes. You can self study and pass. Your background is very similar to mine, just the west coast version. The CERM is going to be your best friend for the breadth section. Use the CERM and CERM companion problems to study the sections referenced in the file I attached. Don't waste time on sections that aren't specifically called out in the exam specs. 3-28-17 PE Special Index (4) (1).xlsx
  3. DrZoidberWoop

    Best Civil PE + Structural Depth Review Materials

    The sample exams I took came from 1) the NCEES official one, 2) the PPI breadth practice exam (BPXCPDF) $65, 3)PPI: Structural Depth Practice Exams for the Civil PE Exam, and 4) PPI: Six-Minute Solutions for Civil PE Exam Structural. Do NOT buy 1) the PI: Structural Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam or 2) PPI: Structural Engineering Solved Problems**. They were not useful at all for the structural PE. They're more SE oriented. As far as additional resources, I really want to share my resources with as many people as possible. I went kind of crazy putting together study materials for the structural depth. I've given them to a few people, but not enough People seem to like them. Here's a sorta humorous/cool thing that happened: Good Guy 1 says to me.... I'm a structural engineer of Seoul in South Korea. Recently, PE license is needed for some overseas projects. But, unfortunately I could have around 3 weeks for preperation of exam. So, I decided to find some good material which was made by previous test takers.Then, I finaly found your post and download attached index which is incredibly well-organized. I'll prepare my first exam with your special index and those structual compliations from tommorrow.And, I'll take the exam on 29 Oct. If I pass the exam using your study materials within 3 weeks, I'll let you know through an email. A few months later.... Thank you for sharing me the Civil Structural Compilations.Finally, I passed the PE exam Oct. 2017. I think I couldn’t do this job without your help. I will never forget your kindness. Marry Christmas! I thought this was pretty cool. This is not spam. I'm trying to help the community in general and anyone that wants them can pm me their preferred email address.
  4. DrZoidberWoop

    Resource for Shear/Moment Diagrams

    Shear+moment diagrams for complex/heavily-variable situations most likely won't be published in industry documents. You should have a structural analysis textbook that can help you with this. Here is a link to a compilation of simple V+M diagrams that I find visually appealing and easy to understand, but then-again you'll see these in most textbooks. http://www.awc.org/pdf/codes-standards/publications/design-aids/AWC-DA6-BeamFormulas-0710.pdf Short answer is that you need to be able to solve "6-minute" V+M problems in a timely manner, either within the 6 minute window or with time you've made up by completing other problems quicker.
  5. I'm dumb. My first response should have said April 2017, not October 2017. Currently, it reads as if I passed the April 2017 PE exam and am now studying for the October 2017 exam, just for fun. hahaha. oops.
  6. Correction: Roland's PPI book is listed in two places on their website. I am the only reviewer on one of the pages. The other page has 3 reviews.
  7. The Steel Design book by Roland was great. I found it very useful to work the Roland book in parallel with a steel design textbook and the CERM. In fact, I'm the only one who reviewed the Roland book on the PPI website, and gave it 5 stars and a small blurb. Definitely worth it. On a side note, there is a LOT of material in there. It's the thickest of the PPI subject specific books (out of steel, concrete, and timber). If you don't have them already, I can send you the notes I made while studying for the April '17 exam (Passed). They're really usefull PPT files you can print and bring to the exam in a binder. PM me your email if interested
  8. Not totally on topic, but during my study for the October 2017 exam, it quickly became apparent that the SDRM was not necessary for the structural depth portion of the PE. In fact, I recommend you avoid studying it, because 1) the information overlap is significant with other sources and 2) it is overly complicated on narrow subjects that are not guaranteed to be on the exam.
  9. DrZoidberWoop

    School of PE materials

    Yea man. I'm trying to send my structural notes to whoever wants them. Anybody can pm me their email and I'll send them over.
  10. Unless I'm mistaken, the solution procedure should be similar to problem number 514 or something like that. A purely vertical load on the support leg of an "L-shaped" member. Don't have it in front of me now. Also this exact issue was brought up on the forum of another site. Quick google search should get you there.
  11. DrZoidberWoop

    How I Passed April 2017 Civil/Str Exam

    Sure thing! Just message me your email address.
  12. DrZoidberWoop

    Material for those Taking Civ/Str PE Oct 2017

    Sorry! I looked into it and it looks like I'm only allowed to save 5 or 6 messages/conversations in my PM. I've cleared them out. It should work now. Sorry everyone.
  13. I have a previous post where I wrote about how I passed the April 2017 PE. I did a lot of studying and distilled my textbooks and other review materials into concise Powerpoints. They were my best reference on the exam and I'm trying to get the files to whoever is taking the exam in the near future. I've attached a sampling of slides from my structural steel and concrete compilations. Unfortunately, I can't upload anything over 0.49MB here, and my steel compilation alone is over 8MB. I would like to get my Concrete, Geotech, and Steel compilations to anyone who is interested. Please PM me and I'll email to you. Note: They are not "complete" and I can't claim they're perfect either. They are just what I could personally muster while studying for the exam. Either way, I know this will help the general engineering community, as far as the exam goes. Select Slides_Steel Design Flowcharts.pdf Concrete Design Flowcharts 3-14-17 (2).pdf
  14. DrZoidberWoop

    How I Passed April 2017 Civil/Str Exam

    It appears that my compilations are too large to attach. Please contact me if you would like to view them.
  15. DrZoidberWoop

    How I Passed April 2017 Civil/Str Exam

    The Background The professional engineering exam is a daunting hurdle standing between EITs and the licensure they, and their employers, desire. The time leading up to the exam is nerve-wracking and filled with uncertainty. It was the second most stressful period in my life, not far behind defending/writing my grad-school thesis. I’m thoroughly convinced that the stress-levels caused by this exam are traumatic and potentially damaging to mental health. In an effort to reduce the suffering of future test-takers, I have developed an overview of the strategies I used to pass the Civil/Structural PE exam on the first try. The first step is to recognize the enormity of the task ahead. Civil engineering is an “umbrella-field” with numerous varying professional subsets, each requiring unique skillsets based on practical application of math, science, and engineering judgement. Please know, you don’t have the time to accrue the knowledge you need to score an 80/80 on the PE. It would take years of studying to accomplish such a feat. This is why you need to develop a strategy targeting the official NCEES exam specifications for your chosen PM session. Collection and Consolidation of Resources. After selecting your PM exam topic, you’ll need to compile the resources required for success (I’ve included the comprehensive list I used to pass the Civil/Structural PE). Having progressed/grown as an EIT, you should feel excited and confident at this stage of your career, but please don’t go crazy with your purchasing of reference material. There are hundreds of reference books, and you’ll be tempted to spend thousands to get your hands on them. You can’t learn the material through osmosis, so default to easily digestible material with a proven record of being useful to your particular exam. I probably spent $500 more than I had to because I wasn’t aware that I should have stopped collecting resources. For the PE exam, I used the following references (the books I opened during the exam have been starred* and the books I recommend you avoid are double starred**): Civil Engineering Reference Manual* CERM Practice Problems* PPI: Structural Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam** PPI: Structural Depth Practice Exams for the Civil PE Exam PPI: Structural Engineering Solved Problems** PPI: Six-Minute Solutions for Civil PE Exam Structural PPI: Concrete Design for the Civil PE and Structural SE Exams PPI: Timber Design for the Civil and Structural PE Exams PPI: Steel Design for the Civil PE and Structural SE Exams Geotechnical textbook – McCarthy: Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations* Structural steel textbook – McCormac: Structural Steel Design* Concrete textbook – Wight & MacGregor: Reinforced Concrete Mechanics & Design* NCEES PE Civil Engineering Exam Structural NDS timber design materials and supplement information AISC SCM 14th Ed.* ACI 318* ACI 530* ASCE 7-10* IBC-2012* OSHA 1926* PCI design handbook* Fanella: Structural Loads 2012 IBC & ASCE/SEI 7-10 It is worth noting that I borrowed 1) ACI 530, 2) PCI handbook, 3) OSHA 1926, and 4) NDS Timber materials because they’re expensive and specialized topics. Study Strategy Once your resources are organized, you’re ready to rock and roll. I’d like to note that my first purchase was the PPI structural package on 6/3/2016, and I started studying (half-heartedly) for the April 2017 exam in early August 2016. I had no interest in cramming for three months before the exam. My first attempts at studying were not very successful. I recognized that I wasn’t retaining the information I was going to need to solve text problems. In response to this, I started synthesizing the information from my textbooks, reference books, and other resources into Powerpoint files with easily recognizable color codes and illustrations/flow-charts. Studying went much better after I began creating what would be my best exam resource. In early November, I transitioned to studying concrete. I created a PPT for concrete, just as I had for steel. On November 11th, I purchased the CERM reference manual and practice problems. I incorporated this into my studying while I finished studying concrete. I studied geotechnics next because concrete foundation design was a good transition. The CERM does a good job outlining geotechnics for the AM session. For the structural PM, I did some supplementary studying on combined foundations (paid off). Once I had covered structural steel, concrete, and geotechnical engineering, I began moving through the breadth topics in the CERM. I only focused on the sections indicated in the NCEES exam specs. I did not study the environmental engineering or mathematics sections because they weren’t critical to my selected exam. My study path was the following: 1) Project planning, 2) Means and methods, 3) Geotech revisited, 4) Water resources, and 5) Transportation. As I finished a CERM chapter, I would stop and go through the practice problems in the companion book. I did not try to solve the problems. I went right to the solutions and noted the solution strategy in my PPT and special index. When the PE exam was 5 weeks away, I started taking practice exams. To avoid burnout and to make my money stretch further, I took “half-exams” every Saturday morning. This allowed me to gauge where I stood with my abilities and how familiar I was with my reference material. I failed the first half-exam, which was the AM portion of the NCEES practice exam. I was frustrated and upset because I made so many small stupid errors. This brings me to the point of reading comprehension. The PE exam is written to be deceptive and force the taker to read the fine print, which requires good time management. I finalized my PPT collections and studying about a week ahead of the exam. I printed my digital references and bound my loose paper. I went to Staples and bought a TI-36X calculator because it is solar & battery powered, plus I’m a TI guy. I also went to Walmart and bought a cheap mechanical watch (not digital). What to Do on the Day of the Test I made a very dumb error on the day of the test. I got to the exam location about an hour ahead of time, but I hadn’t packed my books in a suitcase or box. They were scattered in the back seat of my truck. Luckily a good Samaritan was able to let me borrow a plastic tub to bring my books inside. I’d recommend bringing a large suitcase. Also don’t forget your 2 Redbulls, it’s a long test and you need to be on top of your game. It’s good to be nervous, but NOT AFRAID. After the Text Do not torture yourself after the exam. I couldn’t stop obsessing with the mistakes that I could have made. Would they make or break me? It’s torturous. Just remember, your employer understands that this is a difficult exam and that it’s shrouded in mystery as far as grading goes. It is VERY common to be seated next to someone who has already taken the exam once or twice before. The people who previously failed the exam are likely better engineers than yourself (or at least treat them as such), especially if they are older practitioners, so don’t worry about the judgement of others. Final Commentary I can’t express the relief I felt when I saw the “Pass” on my NCEES account. Studying for another 4 months would have been crushing. I implore you to “do the time” up front. It requires tremendous sacrifice and discipline. I took a LOT of extra time to prepare myself and I want to demystify the exam a bit by sharing my thoughts and materials. Please find my compilations below. I've removed the screenshots I took from various published documents because I don't know anything about copyright and want to avoid being removed. 3-28-17 PE Special Index (2).pdf
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