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  1. T-2 days...

    How’s everyone set? At this point just looking forward to getting this over with after 3 months stuck in the books every weekend. And I hear Friday is going to be 80 degrees here in NY. Typical exam weather!
  2. Civil-Structrual

    Congrats to everyone who passed. However I was unsuccessful with a score of 48/80. What's your failing score?
  3. I'm currently designing a residential apartment building. It is set up with 2 "block" types. One is a 2 story version; the other is a 3 story. CLT Floor system, so I'll be analyzing it as a rigid diaphragm. The architect has multiple combinations of these "blocks" to form a couple variations of the building. I'm hoping to be efficient with my design and calculations and be able to analyze the "blocks" separately as laterally and vertically independent systems that just happen to be adjacent to each other, but I'm wondering how others interpret the code re: seismic joints required in between the two buildings. I have done a group of (3) townhomes and the related permit comment was to verify that the three units are independent of each other, so that's what I was hoping I could do here, but my PM raised a great point that I want to further investigate about the seismic joint requirement. also, does anyone have any useful CLT lateral resources? the fabricator has "goal" design values but no testing done yet - they will get there but are on an accelerated design path. They are hoping for 2-way panels with minimum post locations. I've located a few, but none give a full picture of system values/capacities compared with span tables, for example.
  4. 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
  5. Help: EET Course - On Demand

    I signed up for the EET on demand course (structural depth) and starting it today. Is there a class schedule that I can follow? I feel like I’m missing something. I was given the instructions on how to reach the videos and then the big binder and that’s it. I don’t even know where to start. The recording contents are in no particular order and I’m finding myself trying to search for the appropriate video title for the first section of the binder. I take it we just dive right in and start from beginning to end with what’s in the binder? Please help if any of you have taken the on demand course or are taking it now.
  6. Hi All, I'm not a huge fan of taking classes to study for things, especially standardized exams. I feel like the most effective solution is to do as many sample problems as possible that are as similar to the exam as possible, that cover all subject areas. Some questions: 1.) Does anyone know of any good resources for sample exam problems? 2.) NCEES appears to have a single sample exam for the civil breadth + structural depth, do you know where we can find more? Are there different versions? https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/315 3.) My boss has a sample exam from NCEES, copyrighted in 2014 (I think this is the same as the current sample exam), does anyone have any older/alternate NCEES practice exams? 4.) Does anyone know of any good study resources in addition to sample exams? Thanks! Regards, Spencer
  7. Unfortunately, I failed the PE structural depth exam again. I will be attempting it for the 3rd time this coming April 2018. I am very frustrated and worried I will not be able to pass. I did not graduate with civil engineering and do not practice structural engineering in my profession. However, I did take a number of structural analysis courses and have a higher interest in learning structural than the other Civil depths. But, the structural depth is kicking my ass right now. I am in the utility design industry so many have suggested doing construction depth. I feel that I am already deep into structural and spent a lot of money on it already that I am going to just keep going. My first attempt, I got 42/80. My second attempt, I got 41/80. It's an embarrassing score. I took a PPI course both times. The course was good for breadth and okay for depth. I just signed up for EET's Structural Depth on-demand course. Looking at my diagnostics, I have issues in similar areas throughout the two times I've taken the exam. Do any of you have other suggestions or pointers I should take in order to pass this third time? I am really feeling like I cannot pass. Who goes from a 41/42 score to a passing score? I feel really defeated right now. A passing score means a promotion and much higher pay for me, so I am trying to keep my eye on the prize, but it is so hard to do after two fails. I will admit, my second time, I did not study as much. I had so much going on, I think I studied around 100 hours only. I did not feel confident before or after the exam. Please help with any suggestions or words of wisdom. Thanks EB.
  8. SE Results are Out

    New thread to post to see which states have posted results for 2017 Fall SE Exam. Best of luck to all!
  9. I failed my first attempt at the Civil PE - Structural Exam this past April. A bit of background about me: I did not graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering or Structural. I am a Biological Engineer with a focus in structural systems. I've been working four years as an engineer in a field of its own, utility design. Therefore, I don't have much exposure to anything civil or biological. The reason I chose the structural exam was because I enjoyed learning and taking structural courses in college. I figured the other disciplines will bore me. I took steel, wood, and multiple analysis courses. Additionally, there are so many more resources to help pass the civil exam than the biological exam. My first attempt, I completely bombed. However, I think it wasn't too bad given that I do not work in the field and only studied 2.5 months prior to the exam. It was really tough studying because I wasn't familiar with the majority of breadth topics, but knew the depth was going to be hard so I focused most of my studies on the depth. Below is my diagnostics. I would love to get any help possible. I'll be taking the PPI course again soon. I took it the first time, but I was so focused on studying for the depth, that I did not pay attention. I am hoping the second time around will be a pass. Any tips for someone who is not in the field to pass the Civil Structural? Changing disciplines is not an option. My work already paid for the thousands of dollars in course and reference materials.
  10. EET review classes

    Anyone knows if the classes offered by EET are good? The price looks fair, it has 45 hs of instruction (with 4 hs of exam simulation). Thanks
  11. I'm working on designing a two story building (same as the attached sketch) & here are the conditions:- The building is 72 ft x 32 ft;- The lower level should be all concrete & waterproof, the top level is CMU with an A-frame roof;- The building is in a flood zone & the first floor will be completely submersed in water when it floods;- This is an industrial structure in a water plant.I have not designed a structure like this before & I have concerns about the lower level; What are the main things to look out for or be concerned about in my design? Do I need drainage? Or a retaining wall (or other methods of stabilizing the soil) so the soil on the bottom of the building wouldn't be washed off over time? Is it a concern for the passive pressure of the soil behind the building causing overturning or sliding down the slope?What would you recommend for the foundation? A slab? Piles?...I'd appreciate your advise and help!
  12. Group help?

    maybe this is best for the repeat testers: Anyone looking to go halfsies on a course? now that the specs are changing again, we could sure use all the help we can get. including sharing the required codes :-)
  13. Aluminum Alloy Properties

    At work I've been tasked with running a variety of calculations on a pre-existing sand-cast aluminum pole, but I cannot for the life of me find the material properties for the alloy the manufacturer is using. It's an 356.0-F Aluminum pole, and the only information I can dig up is Yield and Tensile strength, which is certainly a start, but I need Compressive strength, shear strength, and bearing strength to complete the calculations I'm supposed to do. Does anyone have any idea where to find this information? My colleagues and I are hesitant to purchase ASTM B26, since we are not sure if it actually has the information we need. If anyone has any suggestions, or can confirm that the specification would have the relevant information, I'd greatly appreciate it!
  14. I wanted to see if someone can take a look at my Diagnostic report from April 2017 for the Civil/Structural PE and recommend some study material for me in order to help me raise my score the next time around. In the attached Diagnostic report I put what I believe was the national passing score average next to my results. The items I show in green are the ones that I did better or equal to the national average. The items in Blue are the ones where I did slightly less than the national average but I have the material to better prepare myself for the next exam. The items in Red are ones where I did not do well and where I am a little lost on where to find sample exams problems for them so that I can better my score. Basically I scored a 45/80 and I believe that if I raise this score to a 56/80 I will pass the next time. I realize that this is going to be a difficult task because it is an approximately 20% increase. However, I just want to be able to see an improvement each time I take the test so that I do not get discouraged. I believe I was below the national average on Breadth by 3 problems and I believe I was below the national average on the Structural Depth by 8 problems. To give you a little history on my background, I am an Electrical PE and I spent the last 5 months before the Structural PE Exam in April studying about 45hrs/week. I went through the following material: 1) CERM, 2) PPI Practice Problems for the Civil PE, 3) Goswmi two breadth exams, 3) Civil Engineering Academy breadth & structural Depth exams & Youtube videos, 4) Mike's Civil PE Exam Guide. I am looking for practice problems in the following topics: 9) Analysis of Structures: Loads & load applications, 11) Design & Details of Structures: Material properties, 12) Design & Details of Structures: Component design & detailing. I learn by doing practice problems. Thank you in advance for your support.
  15. Waiting....

    So how long do you think we'll have to wait for the results? It looks like the for the last two April exams the results came out 8 weeks after the exam date. If that holds we will get the results June 16th.
  16. Hello Friends, I am new to this forum. I am a structural engineer with 10+ years of experience. Currently working in GE Power (India). I did my graduation in civil engineering from India. I am planning to have a PE certification. Can I apply for this? First of all my education credentials. How to validate it? Second is about FF exam. I think, I have to give FE exam. Last is about state. Which state shall I choose? Looking for your kind support. How should I proceed? Please guide me. Thanks. SBarwal
  17. Complete Coverage of Both Breadth and Depth, Updated to Current Exams →Start Immediately—Live Online Courses Include OnDemand Lectures for Free →Lectures Present Brand New, Exam-Like Problems You Can't Find Anywhere Else →Specialist Instructors Guide Your Review, Including Test-Taking Strategies and Time Management Tips Breadth and your choice of depth (Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation or Water Resources & Environmental) offered together for the first time. https://ppi2pass.com/pe-exam/prep-course/civil-pe
  18. Concrete Manual: Based on the 2015 IBC and ACI 318-14 Has anyone used the book above? I am very comfortable with ACI and the other codes/standards relevant to Residential Structural Engineering. I am wondering if this book actually helps with application and detailing or if it is a summary/outline of the manuals titled. Thank you, EB!
  19. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding which structural problems to do as preparation for the structural AM portion of the exam? I have the 15th Edition CERM Practice Problem book, but I'm getting bogged down with all the structural problems that they provide. It seems like many of the problems provided are geared more towards the PM portion of the exam rather than the AM portion.
  20. We have a little over a month left until the April PE exam. I've chosen to do the structures depth, but I am starting to really worry because I do not know enough. Here's a bit about me, I have a general Civil background but I do utility engineer design. There isn't a depth that really fits what I do, maybe construction? However, I took a few structural courses in college and structures is the most interesting topic for me, so I went ahead with structures. However, I've been hearing that structures is the hardest depth and it's still is difficult even for those who do it for work every day to pass the exam. I'm starting to really worry now that I chose the wrong depth. Can anyone assure me I didn't make a mistake? Or if there's anyone in my shoes where what you do for work is not at all similar to any of the depths? It'll also be good to get someone who is a structural engineer, their perspective on someone who isn't a structures guy at all but taking the structures depth. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
  21. I am preparing to apply for and take the PE exam. I am struggling with which discipline to take the exam. In school my emphasis was structural, but my internship and jobs after graduation have been focused in transportation. Has anyone else struggled with this? Is it difficult to take the exam under a discipline for which you didn't focus on in school?
  22. Hello Everyone, I figured I should introduce myself since I have been lurking about these forms a bit for the last few months. I am a Structural Engineer working in Utah. My background does not set me up well for this, I graduated college with a Mathematics and Environmental Engineering degrees. I worked for a buckling restrained brace (BRB) manufacturer where I learned about steel connection design. When the company was purchased by a competitor (and eventually shut down) they were kind enough to pay for me to take the SE exam, and for the PPI course. I took both SE exams in April, failed them booth. I took the vertical part in October, and failed it also. So now that I can't take the PPI course again I figured it would be best to get a study group, or at least accountability partners as I study for taking the exam (again). I am a registered PE in five states. California and Alaska being the most note worthy. I also am in the Navy Reserves. I have been gainfully mostly (f)unemployed for the last year as my non-compete with my previous employer expires. I also have been working for a local small structural engineer doing wood design. So I am coming to the point where I need to start working more and find a more real job. My other interests is big data analytics (I wrote a Master's Thesis on it), biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing (got out 60 times in the 15-16 winter, already at 6 times for this winter), backpacking, and studying for the SE exam (ugh). I also enjoy politics, in a more philosophical sort of way. I am also relatively active in a local Rotary club. I was active in the local Structural Engineers Association of Utah, but I am taking a year off from that group. Cheers,
  23. 16 hour structural exam afternoon

    I recently failed the gravity portion of the structural exam. I believe I misunderstood as to what one portion of one of the afternoon problems was asking and thus missed a "critical" design check. However, I was wondering, does anyone have theories as to what the bread and butter of the afternoon exam is? I'm assuming that bending AND shear will be asked on each problem - thus if for some reason you didn't calculate shear on a particular problem you'd know to double check your answers on the problems? Also, in general does anyone have advice for second time takers of the exam?
  24. Hello all, I am currently a new graduate from University of California, San Diego with a degree in BS Structural Engineering. I have been interning at a mid-size structural design firm for about 2 months now in the Bay Area. Palo Alto to be exact. My starting hourly wage was only 15 dollars an hr. And now that I have interned for two months, the principal is offering me a full time position with a wage of 18 an hr. Now...I know am inexperienced with the exception of my intern experience here. However, from my ask around from my friends and colleagues, I know i should be aiming for around 55k-60k. This offer is no where near that. 15 an hr was fine for interning cause I just want experience. Is my salary expectation skewed? Should I take this offer (it is at will)? Maybe I should take the offer, get some experience and then leave in like a couple of months? With the exception of the salary, I love this job. I get to work on a variety of projects, i like my coworkers and the hours are reasonable. Please advise...I am so green haha. Thanks everybody
  25. What's the best way to self study for the PM? I was thinking about buying the Structural Depth Reference Manual (SDRM) but I've read bad reviews. Instead, I might get the Structural Engineering Reference Manual (SERM) - but I'm afraid of wasting time working through problems that are much more difficult than the PE test. I am not very likely to go for the SE (~10%) unless the laws change or a future employer requires. However, the SERM would be very usefully for my current job and career path. Or is the only way to study is to work on as many practice problems I can find and eventually I'll cover all the topics? For the AM, I am buying the CERM for sure, likely a used 1 year old edition.
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