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  1. Just want to say despite only being a few sessions deep, that this course has been outstanding so far. Professor Ibrahim is clearly passionate about the subject matter and answers all questions in chat and is very thorough. Never do you get the sense he's just going through motions. Whether this translates to a pass or fail has yet to be seen, however I'm certain that this course will at least give students a fighting chance. Now I need to go do my workshops and multiple choice homeworks. Lol.
  2. David's book is useful. What the best part is in my opinion is that it's shown the aashto code while massive is in a way nice and seriously all inclusive and as long as you can navigate through it, it becomes relatively straight forward to use. I've busted mine into three separate binders. Binder 1 is index and chaps 1-4. Binder 2 is chaps 5-9 which are the material specific chaps Binder 3 are the other chapters. So far I havent needed to go in and out of multiple binders. I've also put copies of the load combinations and definitions in the front of each one.
  3. I'm taking the EET lat and vert classes. First time test taker. Been PE for 10 years and in my mid 30s so I feel your pain. The first class this past weekend seem to go well, I thought it was a bit slow through the definitions but it's nice bc you get the feeling you'll only have time to cover this stuff once between now and the test. I started light studying in January. Already about 150 hours in thru June. I'm figuring with the classes and work shops I'll be doing another 100 per month basically so I'll be right around 450-500 when the test comes. Hoping that is sufficient. I one shot the EIT and the PE. I know the SE is much harder but I also know in my personal career 3 separate people that took and passed the SE and there is nothing special about them versus me. I think these boards can be a bit toxic with people who under perform and then go on about how hard it is. I guess we'll see. Hit me up in the personal messages I'd love to hear about your experiences and if you have any advice for a first time test taker. Also we can discuss materials. I've likely purchased almost everything there is out there and so I can make some recommendations.
  4. I got the wood stuff down...and organized. Bridge prep is my last topic until I go into full problem solving mode / EET class.
  5. David Connor's book -- so far it is really helpful. I've learned the following things from it so far: 1) I've broken my LRFD code into two binders, one smaller binder with the index first, and chapters 1-4. The second binder has everything else. 2) The bridge problems are actually kind of easy, as long as you know how to use an index. Granted I've only got through the first 15 or so. But not being a bridge guy my process has been this: 1) Open David's book, read question 2) Using index find relevant section in AASHTO 3) Plug and chug into the equations. 4) Check answer 5) Realize that I forgot some obvious thing, (which is why is book is so helpful b/c the solutions are very broad and give pro-tips for similar questions) My one question to all you folks, are you if you're studying, or did you if you took it already, bring the AISC Influence line document from like 19-seventy-whenever? Also, are there any cheat sheets that anyone recommends, like, if you have this length bridge then place your truck here, or tandem load there? I've found similar tables providing reactions for single spans, but is that all there is?
  6. I'd like to see questions regarding cellular / castellated beams. In my line of work I see many perforated sections for MEP. I usually go on to lecture the GC and EOR why we don't like to mutilate steel, and if it is a must then it should be engineered ... not torch cut in the field by pipe fitters, (I can't even get a millwright or iron worker to properly hack 'n' whack my steel)...lol.... If I'm lucky enough to actually get a PE stamped calc, sure enough, there is no mention in it of intended hole(s) and subsequent accommodations. Its very aggravating. #EndRant
  7. If I was in a large enough earthquake I'd likely need new underwear.
  8. Bwwwhahahahahaha... Yeah they're intense, I'll likely cut them down before test day. If I could ever finish that damn Connor book ... I'll need working that the next week as bridge month (per study plan) wraps up.
  9. I must say - the binders for this course are serious business. I'm looking forward to the class starting in July. I've already started listening to the lectures on from the last cycle. I need to wrap up my bridge review (may), and finish steel (june). July - test day will be this course, and working problems, after problems, after problems... getting excited. Went through the binders and recognized almost everything in them and didn't feel like I had any gaps in my prep yet. Anyone else taking the online course this July with them?
  10. I'm taking the test in Michigan, I don't expect a lot of people to be there. Michigan doesn't recognize the SE … yet. I work for a company that recently went through some layoffs, and having the SE license (likely from Illinois), will give me more options in the future in case I have to relocate. There are also companies in MI that I'd work for that do out of state work that require SE in those states. So the folks getting all up in arms over a particular state and whether or not the SE is recognized in that state need to just settle down and worry about themselves. Even if someone works in a state that doesn't recognize it, and they have no plans to move, I'd still be impressed and proud of that accomplishment.
  11. That's good to know. Thanks for the update Daivd.
  12. I'm bracing myself for the worst if there is a code change....although it'll be a joy to shear all those new moments with you guys learning the new load standard. All we have to do is just simply support each other and everything will be just fine.
  13. To the folks having already taken this test ... Without violating any NDAs, I'm curious as to how far down the strut and tie rabbit hole to go ... 1) conceptual only, basic chapter 23 stuff 2) Elements of number one with quantitative items, like identifying B and D regions and laying the truss models out... 3) Elements of 1 and 2, with full blown analysis, and detailing Not asking for any example problems or specifics, just in general, if you were going to recommend to someone who is trying to balance their time would you recommend level 1, 2, or 3? My current skills in S&T are right around a 0.9 ... Just have a basic handle on the concepts and still need to brush up on detailing, so I have to work up to level 1 regardless.... But do I go to a level 2 or 3?
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