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I've gotta say, this has been an entertaining thread to follow...I've been equally as unproductive at work refreshing this.

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The pass rate is already super low. Either the cut score will be lowered or kept same. I do not believe the cut score would increase in any circumstances. 
And BTW, we got our hotness back and are at all time #7 structural thread. 

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Well, everyone needs to get back from lunch and talk to me. I am lonely in my consideration of this SE lateral test. It reminds me of Schrodinger's cat. Until I have seen the result, I have both passed and failed this test.

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59 minutes ago, TheStructuralEngineer said:

The pass rate is already super low. Either the cut score will be lowered or kept same. I do not believe the cut score would increase in any circumstances. 
And BTW, we got our hotness back and are at all time #7 structural thread. 

I agree, there is no way they would increase the cut score to allow a higher pass rate.  I have talked to the test writers and they are very proud of how hard they make the exam, they want to keep the SE title as exclusive is possible.

The test has only gotten harder over time, before LRFD days it was a three part exam and you could pass each part individually.  Now if you fail any session (morning or afternoon) you fail the whole thing.  If anything they will make the test more difficult.

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They could make it more realistic....like have a question that changes its mind on what it wants, 5 times, then settles on something that is practically impossible to design.

 

you know, like your typical architects.

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2 minutes ago, Glengineer said:

They could make it more realistic....like have a question that changes its mind on what it wants, 5 times, then settles on something that is practically impossible to design.

 

you know, like your typical architects.

First, it would have to tell you "This is exactly what I want." Then, it would have to say "Ok, I have a revision, but it didn't change much!"

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Pullin' for you all to get those passes! I'll be in your boat in a few years.

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3 minutes ago, SEStress said:

First, it would have to tell you "This is exactly what I want." Then, it would have to say "Ok, I have a revision, but it didn't change much!"

They did have some "contractor wants to cut holes in stuff" questions. 

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1 minute ago, GataGunna said:

They did have some "contractor wants to cut holes in stuff" questions. 

I have learned that my chances of keeping my lateral systems unaltered are much greater if I don't label them until the 100% set. It seems to me that the minute I label my lateral system, my clients want to either move it or cut holes in it. It is like I paint a target on it. True story.

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13 minutes ago, GataGunna said:

They did have some "contractor wants to cut holes in stuff" questions. 

Should be 'contractor has already swiss cheesed your framing, then got caught by an inspector.  how do you fix it?'

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5 minutes ago, SEStress said:

First, it would have to tell you "This is exactly what I want." Then, it would have to say "Ok, I have a revision, but it didn't change much!"

The unit will only weigh roughly 1500#....here’s the cut sheet.  Unit weight = 7850#.

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12 minutes ago, Dagny Taggart said:

Should be 'contractor has already swiss cheesed your framing, then got caught by an inspector.  how do you fix it?'

When did the inspectors quit doing their job? The used to make contractors tear garbage out that was obviously wrong. In my experience it has been the past 5 years when they have started dumping everything back in the engineer's lap. I usually just hold out my hand and say "I'll fix it for eleventy billion dollars." The problem either goes away or I have drinking money (only way to stay sane in this business).

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Just now, Glengineer said:

The unit will only weigh roughly 1500#....here’s the cut sheet.  Unit weight = 7850#.

I'm going to start designing units for the air tonnage if they can't get me the proper cut sheets at the beginning. Oh you want a five ton unit? I'll design it as if it weighed 5 tons.

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I'm pulling for you guys too 

I'm an "old fart" who just did the CA SE3 so this kind of exam is foreign to me.

Keep up hope and you will pass!!!

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1 minute ago, Structural Dude said:

Best way to avoid architects is to design bridges.

That's also the best way to avoid being cool...

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21 minutes ago, SEStress said:

When did the inspectors quit doing their job? The used to make contractors tear garbage out that was obviously wrong. In my experience it has been the past 5 years when they have started dumping everything back in the engineer's lap. I usually just hold out my hand and say "I'll fix it for eleventy billion dollars." The problem either goes away or I have drinking money (only way to stay sane in this business).

In the precast world...it seems no matter who screws it up, it comes back to me to fix.  Heaven forbid I actually say it’ll incur a cost though! 😂

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Don't forget after you come up with a design solution, you get hear about how it is over designed and that they have been doing it another way for years. 

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5 minutes ago, Structural Dude said:

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I'm just glad someone caved and asked this question before I did today.

Surely tomorrow is the day.

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10 minutes ago, Structural Dude said:

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This is getting frustrating! 😥

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22 years in Engineering, and I have never been so anxious #onthebubble

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1 minute ago, tomp said:

22 years in Engineering, and I have never been so anxious #onthebubble

Man, you live in Colorado. They have relatively new legal anxiety medication.

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22 minutes ago, Structural Dude said:

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Check out this sweet image I captured of a train going across this bridge.

So what does AASHTO say about trains?  I barely understood what it said about tandem/trucks!

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