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  1. Wade_TX

    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

    I missed this thread
  2. As the quantity and weight of reference books kept adding up in the weeks leading to the exam, I started to get a little worried about how I would get all of it into the exam with me. I also didn't want to waste any time during the test stacking and unstacking books. My solution was to build a book carrier between study breaks. Building it was actually a good stress relief. The picture below is what the rough draft looks like. During the exam, I laid it down on the ground next to me and had easy access to my books. I didn't have to work to keep them organized or fight to get them out (something to do with gravity and friction). I also turned all the books so that the spine was on the inside and I wrote the title on the outer pages(fore edge). If they are all facing the right direction, your tabs at the top of the page will fit nicely as well. I didn't take a picture of the end result, but I added a 2x2 across the top, and screwed a 2x4x6" to a 2x6x8" to use as a wedge between the 2x2 and the books. The 2x4 dimensions allow you use the block for 6 different lengths and keep your books standing. I ordered the following cart from Amazon. A similar version can be found at home depot. I strapped it all up to the cart, and I was good to go. In Austin, most people had to carry their material down a set of stairs. It was like carrying a baby elephant, but I was glad that mine was all compact and only one piece. https://www.amazon.com/ZENY-Aluminium-Collapsible-Shopping-Supermarket/dp/B00Q4MGHHI/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1517431683&sr=8-2-fkmr2&keywords=170+lb+trolly
  3. Wade_TX

    Stuff to bring to test

    This is probably overkill, but I took the Civil: Structural and I built a book carrier between study breaks. Building it was actually a good stress relief. The picture below is what the rough draft looks like. During the exam, I laid it down on the ground next to me and had easy access to my books. I didn't have to work to keep them organized or fight to get them out (something to do with gravity and friction). I also turned all the books so that the spine was on the inside and I wrote the title on the outer pages(fore edge). If they are all facing the right direction, your tabs at the top of the page will fit nicely as well. I didn't take a picture of the end result, but I added a 2x2 across the top, and screwed a 2x4x6" to a 2x6x8" to use as a wedge between the 2x2 and the books. The 2x4 dimensions allow you use the block for 6 different lengths and keep your books standing. I ordered the following cart from Amazon. A similar version can be found at home depot. I strapped it all up to the cart, and I was good to go. https://www.amazon.com/ZENY-Aluminium-Collapsible-Shopping-Supermarket/dp/B00Q4MGHHI/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1517431683&sr=8-2-fkmr2&keywords=170+lb+trolly
  4. Wade_TX

    How would I test bamboo vs. steel reninforcement?

    That sounds like a great experiment! I agree with Matt. The first step is to research why reinforcement in concrete is important.
  5. Wade_TX

    Happy New Year!

    Study hard! Good luck!
  6. It is just a discussion right? Correct me if I am wrong, but this is a great place to get gather information and connect with other engineers. Who or where else is there a place to ask these questions? I agree that going after ABET will cost way more time and money than it is worth, and hopefully the information provided has shown that there are still any ways of becoming an engineer. The negativity is whats too damn high
  7. Geo, Have you contacted ABET to see if they have a statement as to why they do not accredit the degree if the accord does? I am curious to know if there is something specific that they require that was not specifically offered in 1988 or if there is a process to submit your completed curriculum to see if you meet their standards. I understand your suspicion about ABET, but I have also never heard of a company or employer relying on one organization to be the judge and jury on a what qualifies as a sound engineering degree. I can see where this raises some red flags. Again, I haven't done a lot of research on this, but it does spark my curiosity. I hope you see the need for this local accreditation board. You are right about bridges, buildings and other infrastructure getting built all over the world, but that does not always mean it is up to American standards. As an example, if a skyscraper gets designed by a licensed engineer in a fictional country like ANIHC, that does not automatically qualify the engineer to practice in the US. I am not in any way saying that the UK or Western Europe does not have sound engineering practices, because that couldn't be farther from the truth, but I am simply stating the importance of the local accreditation.
  8. Sad but true with a lot of things.
  9. Wade_TX

    Greetings

    What state do you live in? Some states allow you to take the PE any time after you pass your FE. Some states require 4 years of experience before you can take the PE. I am pretty sure all states require a minimum 4 years of experience under a PE, passing scores on the PE and FE exams and a 4 year degree from an accredited college before you can apply for a PE license.
  10. Not the only unethical issue he has posted on here.
  11. GeoP, I can imagine that that has been a frustrating road with a lot of roadblocks in between. I am not sure if you are still looking to reach your goal of becoming a professional engineer here or if you wanting to settle the score with ABET, but the latter seems like a lot of time and effort for little reward. According to the law in Texas (133.31), it would appear that if your degree is approved by the Washington Accord then it is considered an "accredited" degree. Also, you may be eligible for an FE Exam waiver if you have the 8 years of experience. Then all you have to do is pass the PE exam, which is a cake walk. Just kidding about the cake walk but it is achievable. Here is a link to the Texas laws. 10001.302 and 133.31 seem to deal with your case. I don't know if you live in Texas, or have considered it, but it's pretty neat here. https://engineers.texas.gov/downloads/lawrules.pdf
  12. PEAKY BLINDERS Season 4 is out!
  13. Thanks guys. I am glad to hear there is an attempt to plan farther into the future than I originally thought. Hopefully the process will safely speed up one day.
  14. Wade_TX

    structural software

    Do any of you find that one design software is better for a certain material? For example software X is better for wood design and software Y is better for Steel.
  15. Wade_TX

    Greetings from MS

    Congrats on passing!
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