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  1. Titleistguy

    C factors

    So I'm thinking for sauna... Bending stresses: Definitely Ct, Cd, Cf, Cr, Cfu ... Cm here is interesting. No Cl. No Ci. Even when not studying, and trying to relax, and all you see is SE stuff.... Everywhere.
  2. I'm very close to just printing these all out and putting in one binder. I sometimes get annoyed with timber design because I'll pull my wood stress values from supp, the C factors from supp and spec, and then have to slide on thru SDPWS for some nail spacing ... oh hey - whats that, design that lag screw connection ... ok, lets see, I need an appendix I, a table in chap 12, some values from chap 11, we'll need to do a drive by in the supp to check wood capacity, oh and then about 2-3 fingers of Johnny Walker Blue, because you know what ... I earned it. Were the folks at the AWS drunk when they divided this in 3 and laid it out? Why can't it just all be in one document, I'd settle for that, keep it organized how it is, but for god sakes, just one document would be nice. #endrant
  3. CLTs are cool... I'm always a bit jealous of people that get to do Timber on a regular basis
  4. As a follow up ... Within the subject of steel... Brownfield / retrofit of old existing heavy industrial facilities is my favorite. Industrial because I love big shapes and 1000k loads. And old facilities because it's like being a detective... Getting out an old AISC 360, and the historical shapes data base and trying to figure out how we're going to shoe horn some new process in or out. That's gratifying. Plus I feel like I've been my most clever / creative when constrained with existing clearances, erection or constructability issues, maintaining existing process and so on. If I can't get coal dust or engine oil in my face then it's not a real day in the field. I love trying to reverse existing framing and load paths, reinforcing riveted built up columns. And almost always working without as-builts...bc c'mon who here actually had had a client keep drawings from a plant built in the 1920s, 30s or 40s....hell, I can barely get as-builts for plants built within the last 30 years. I've done Greenfield, designed plants (fully or in part) and running truss models and designing shear lugs ad nasuam gets old quick. No challenge to me... Oh hey that W12x whatever purlin doesn't work ... Ok make it a W12x whatever size bigger, maybe we'll sharpen pencil on Cb or examine beam stability from bottom flange loads vs top flange loads (which is in fact very interesting to go down that road but rarely within the schedule). The Greenfield challenges to me are less engineering and more coordination with other disciplines and construction lead times ... Needing a mill order 10-12 weeks ahead and we don't have the final process layouts from the owner, trying to send out bid sets for the foundation and the owner hasn't finalized the building envelope... That gets a bit dicey. And those are the big sexy jobs granted that make the front pages of websites and so forth but I'll take a dirty old steel plant needing remediation 10/10 times.
  5. A bit of fun here ... You got the big four (timber, steel, concrete, masonry) ... What's your ranking? In terms of liking to design , not necessarily your most experienced. Mine are: 1. Steel 2. Timber 3. Masonry 4. Concrete I genuinely dislike concrete, probably bc of all the trauma I've endured ... caused by the ACI 318. But really it boils down to when dealing with composite materials it seems like everything becomes empirical and arbitrary. I understand it's not completely but there are things intuitive about steel and timber that I feel is lacking with masonry and concrete. Hope everyone's studies are going well.
  6. Bentley's pricing is brutal. Latest versions of Risa now can let you set deflection criteria for when it recommends shape sizes which is nice but that's why I always preferred Ram Elements bc they did that many years before. Also the calculation outputs for Ram Elements were always far better than Risa in terms of organization and showing intermediate calculated values.
  7. Why does it matter if you pass by how much or fail by how much? It's not like college where you can meet your professor in office hours and discuss or even negotiate a point back here and there. I'm with the ncees on this...either you pass and then move on ....or you fail and get data. If I were to fail, it wouldn't matter if it was by 1 or 10, because first, a fail is a fail and second, the next test will be different so therefore the only useful metric is the area you need to work on ... Which is what they give you. Besides ... To be honest do you really want to know if you failed by only one AM question?? Because I promise you, just like hearing your buddy's fantasy football squad, no one cares, people only want to know ... Did you pass? Or did you fail?
  8. Never really used STAAD PRO, used Risa 3D and Risa Floor for many years and Ram Elements, and Ram Structural Systems which I believe has since been purchased by Bentley. In general I find most of these softwares are all the same but different and it's just a matter of preference. Risa costs have got pretty absurd. I've always wanted to learn Etabs and SAP but never worked anywhere that used those. Good luck with your search!
  9. The hardcover is so nice and elegant, I hate the paper back.
  10. I posted a thread on NEHRP a while back I couldn't agree more that those are excellent and infact the main contribution to the CIP concrete diaphragms, chords and collectors is a guy name Moehle. He wrote a book called Seismic design of reinforced concrete it's an excellent resource. I'd recommend the CRSI doc listed above in addition to the ACI SP(17)-14 volumes 1 and 2. I'd recommend the Wight text book and the PPI concrete design guide.
  11. For wood I'd just work the homework problems in the text book corresponding to the test syllabus topics and then whatever you can find in the currently available PPI materials. This test isn't about having an example problem for every possible permutation of every possible topic it's about having a general approach and understanding of the basics. So for wood ask yourself what kind of stuff here would be critical to know? Understanding when how and where to use the C factors. How to use ASD vs LRFD. How glulams are different and connections. Also there are many many existing ppt and PDFs published online of wood connection examples and beam and column and glulam examples. Wood (maybe second to steel) imo is the easiest to prepare. Understand how to use the SDPWS tables (all covered in Breyer) is also critical and there are many many examples in the Breyer book on how to use them.
  12. To David's point ... I've spent alot of money on references... Just for masonry alone I bought the: MDG - https://masonrysociety.org/mdg7/ RMEH - https://shop.iccsafe.org/reinforced-masonry-engineering-handbook-8th-edition-1.html And the CMAN book ... The CMAN book by far covers everything you'd need to know and is organized and laid out the best and maybe most of all it's cheap.
  13. Just do problems out of Breyer. What edition do you have? When are you taking the exam?
  14. I haven't taken the test yet, let's be clear lol ... Just giving you some ideas. But your lineup is solid I'd suggest this for concrete -- http://resources.crsi.org/resources/design-and-detailing-of-low-rise-reinforced-concrete-buildings1/ As far as Breyer goes I wouldn't worry too much about the latest version, BUT I'd download the American Wood Council...they have many on their website ... You don't need them all just get one or two of the newer ones covering the Shear walls / Diaphragms. PPI course will be helpful. I'm in the EET course now and it's outstanding so far so I'm sure yours will be good as well. I'm a bit of an over preparer so I'll have stuff that I won't bring eventually. But since I started studying I have learned one thing working problems and doing them over and over is the best practice. Not necessarily a guide per se. I have my Hibbler structural analysis book that I use to work problems out of to stay sharp on moment dist, slope deflection, conjugate beam and so on. Same with Wight (concrete) and Geschwinder / Salmon & Johnson / or whatever steel book you prefer. There is an ICC book I'd suggest there covers loads and in my opinion is the best companion for ASCE 7, it's called Structural Loads from ICC NCSEA. Good luck and just keep working problems.
  15. I personally think the most useful one is vol 1. For steel 2012 hasn't changed so you're good there. For bricks I'd say the CMA book from the other thread is light years ahead of the other possible resources... Especially the MDG that thing is only good for dropping on bugs. For wood the Breyer text book is hands down (imo) the best option there, I'd buy that and a subscription to the chegg website where you can get homework solutions and just grind problems. Concrete is a toss up between the CRSI Low Rise guide (organized by SDC which is just super useful)... I also like SP(17)-14 Vol 1 and Vol 2 from ACI ... They're functionally equivalent to the old PCA notes books. Which as an aside I still like PCA notes for ACI-11 as a reference and just print out the ACI 318-11 to ACI-14 provision mapping table and update as required. Now don't get me wrong I do own the SEAOC books but if I have to make Sophie's choice and cut something from the reference pool it'll be those (sans vol 1). I think their examples are a bit too in depth and there isn't enough of them. Good luck with your studies.
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