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  1. SEStress

    Random Topics 3.1

    You're sleeping your life away!
  2. Is anyone interested in group study for the SE exam in the Atlanta, GA area?
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    Codes and References

    I don't know if this matters to you or not, but the PCI is no longer used for the SE exam. All precast questions have been removed. I'm sure they will eventually remove the cold formed AISI questions as well.
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    ATLANTA STUDY GROUP FOR THE SE EXAM

    You could always swap and take gravity later (or do both). This could be valuable experience you are passing up as I've already learned some hard lessons from the lateral exam being a lowly east coast non-seismic engineer.
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    ATLANTA STUDY GROUP FOR THE SE EXAM

    I don't think I could make it there but gotomeeting or Skype study sessions aren't out of the question. I always study better in groups.
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    ATLANTA STUDY GROUP FOR THE SE EXAM

    48 views and not a single reply. I know there are at least a dozen people taking the SE exam near the Atlanta area. I am mainly interested in studying the lateral portion of the exam. A study group would be a great help to every single one of us. We can use my office and I have practice exams, the Seaoc books, and all of the references.
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    Individual Liability and Asset Insurance

    Why would you do this as an individual and not at least form an S-corp or an LLC? As engineers we will always be at least somewhat personally liable, but it would make more sense to me to put as much distance between you and any possible lawsuit as you can. Purchasing business error and omission insurance is easy for a company and protects you as an individual.
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    Results From October SE?

    Well, if I can get over this hurdle, I will start a new account and become a supporting member. Hopefully I will be able to guide others on the East Coast in the awful mess that is seismic design.
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    Results From October SE?

    Might as well get it over with.
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    Results From October SE?

    I made a 29 out of 40 but I don't want to post it for 2 reasons. (1) The distribution is embarrassing as I scored above average in less criteria than I prefer to disclose and (2) it is likely enough information to narrow down who I am and I prefer to remain as anonymous as possible while on this forum disclosing my scores. Hopefully this will ease your curiosity. To be honest, I really thought I had it this time. I was expecting a 36 in the morning and three acceptable with one improvement required but they pulled some shenanigans with the wood portion of the exam in the afternoon and I couldn't find the information in the new NDS within the specified time limit. I knew what I did wrong but I can't go into further depth without likely getting banned by @knight1fox3 again. Anywho, I appreciate your reply to the MS requirement in the other thread. It's always good to have other opinions, the more you know and all.
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    results

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    Results From October SE?

    You're probably going to see me on the news.
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    Results From October SE?

    Fantastic. Congrats.
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    Results From October SE?

    It's ok. You're kind of like my spirit animal anyway. To hate you would be like hating oneself.
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    Results From October SE?

    It's ok. I have big shoulders. We can be friends again.
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    Results From October SE?

    @AMS6158@tj_PE@GTTrekkie You guys gave me a fudgey. I am insulted. I was legitimately trying to be helpful. I will now go back to trolling.
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    Results From October SE?

    Results are out.
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    Results From October SE?

    Who knows. Just because the last 2 cycles were on Friday doesn't mean anything, but I don't have any more info than you do other than the OCT 16 SE released results on Monday Dec. 12. The SE results usually release a few days after the PE. I just want the results and I want them now. I am about to ritually sacrifice my stapler to the engineering gods.
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    Results From October SE?

    I am suspecting this is the magic hour... My nerves can't handle another day.
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    Results From October SE?

    I hope this isn't the case. If I didn't pass, I might get NCEES tattooed on my derriere. Guess where the C goes.
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    Results From October SE?

    Time to start today's shenanigans.
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    SE Exam - Computer Based Exam 2024

    You have some excellent points and I certainly appreciate the input from an academic perspective. I do have a few items I would like to add though. 1) I didn't necessarily mean an MS is needed to take the PE. I meant a young structural engineer is not adequately trained and cannot demonstrate a minimal competency for an engineering license without the addition of more classes than are currently taught at a BS level (semantics, I know). This may not be the case with all disciplines but from my perspective, the Civil Structural exam personifies many of the topics you've discussed. First and foremost, the exam has nothing to do with putting a building together, but more about solving simple statics, indeterminate, materials, and design problems. It brings to mind exactly what you described as "students not knowing a beam is something more than a line on a circle and a triangle." I don't recall seeing any questions concerning complex system design on this exam. 2) I think an accelerated 5 year MS would be an excellent compromise. I don't think students should have to toil away forever to pursue their career but I do expect ALL of our hires to have some understanding of the 4 main construction materials (wood, steel, concrete, and masonry). Though it could be argued that masonry is similar to concrete on the LRFD design side, new employees are going to struggle and frustrate me without an in depth understanding of at least concrete. More often than not, BS grads barely understand how to design concrete columns due to the interaction of axial and bending loads. 3) I would argue that finite element analysis understanding is imperative for 2 reasons. First, I do not want to be teaching new hires finite element methods. Second, I don't want my engineers using finite element programs without understanding how they work. 4) The steel professor probably needs to split his material across 2 classes. Not only could he cover the valuable material you described, but he could add even more like gusset connections and special seismic detailing. This would be perfect for the 5 year MS program. It would also prepare grads for the SE exam. I was poorly prepared for special seismic detailing due to performing all of my engineering on the east coast out of high seismic areas. 5) Wood design is the most different from the other materials due to its anisotropic properties. This is not something I want to spend my time teaching new hires either. I already have my hands full with metal studs, aluminum, and more in depth design with the common materials. 6) I agree that students are sorely lacking in critical thinking skills. I would disagree this is solely academia's fault. To some extent it may be due to the fact that academia does not cull enough students, but my take on this is generational. I believe the lack of critical thinking skills is largely due to a fear of failure. Young college grads are afraid to try anything they don't fully understand due to their sheltered upbringing and parents not instilling basic societal knowledge into their children. In other words, "It's OK to fail as long as you learn from it and not everyone gets a trophy." Again, I appreciate the feedback and rather than continue to post my gripes I am going to list off what I believe to be the most important classes to young structural grads (obviously beyond the math courses required to understand these concepts). 1)Statics 2)Mechanics of materials - basic indeterminate structures 3)Structural Analysis - indeterminate structural analysis methods such as moment distribution, integration method, Bernoulli and Timoshenko beam theory, etc... 3)Wood/timber design - incorporating shear walls, connections, lateral torsional buckling, and basic column design 4)Steel design - incorporating all of the items mentioned in your post and adding special seismic detailing at a minimum 5)Concrete design - incorporating shear walls, beams, T-beams, torsion, shear, punching shear, slabs, interactions at column/beam joints, and special seismic detailing. 6)Masonry design - basic column, pilaster, beam, and shear design while incorporating special seismic detailing. 7)Finite element methods - at least a basic understanding of how stiffness matrices are constructed and solved given the different end restraints. These items would produce a perfect hire for me right out of college but sadly much less than half of this knowledge is present in graduates with a BS degree and many with an MS lack a significant portion of these qualities. Given the current restrictions upon academia, I don't see how the above items could be covered in a satisfactory manner without the addition of at least a 5 year accelerated MS program.
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    Thank you RBHeadge PE!!!

    I resemble that remark. Sometimes you just have to own it, sir.
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    SE Exam - Computer Based Exam 2024

    I'm not so sure it's stupid. It would raise our billing rates which have historically been pitifully low compared to other professional services. I'm kind of sold on it since I would bet that an undergrad in engineering is MUCH different now than it was when I graduated in 2006. I'm sure you've probably been out even longer. Are you aware that abet accreditation essentially requires you to take such a breadth of classes that there is essentially no specialization with a bachelor's degree? I know in my firm, there is absolutely no way that I would hire someone with less education than a MS. A student simply cannot cover all of the construction materials before they graduate with a bachelors and it is a waste of money for businesses to educate them. Most schools we hire from now are actually eliminating masonry design (which is ABSOLUTELY BONKERS). In all seriousness, I would like to hear your take on why it is stupid as I've seen quite a bit of your material on eng-tips and respect your opinion.
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    Results From October SE?

    In 2016, they were released on December 12. I believe that was a Monday.
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