Steel is actually one of my favorite structural materials. For some reason, the design outlined by AISC just seems much more straightforward compared to other materials (e.g. concrete). Perhaps I just had a really good professor in college… (thanks Professor Uang!) Anyways, if you are planning to take the PE or the SE but have […]
Introduction If you have studied or have done some wood design, you certainly have came across the “beam stability factor”. It looks something like this ((NDS Equation 3.3–6): Now, I am not going to go into details about all the variables; I mainly just wanted to talk about the final CL factor. As you already […]
While studying the ASCE 7 Chapter 11 & 12, do you frequently get lost in its”wall of text“? No problem, we are here to help! Ian has created and shared three very valuable flow charts (you can download them below). By following along while studying, you will gain a much better understanding of many of the seismic design requirements […]
Since I’ve been practicing structural engineering in California, I’ve kind of taken my experience with seismic design for granted. Not only it’s something that we do nearly every single day, it’s also required in order to get the PE license (CA has an additional 4-hour seismic portion on top of the regular NCEES 8-hour exam for the PE […]
Most of you visiting this site are probably in the process of preparing for the SE exam. However, some of you may have stumbled here because you are taking the PE exam with “Civil-Structural” focus.
In the last post, I talk about how to determine the required reinforcing for a rectangular beam. To elaborate more on the same topic, I am going to show you how to actually calculate out the capacity (using my handy dandy flowchart). This most likely is just a refresher for many of you but it […]
Have you heard of Mu/4d? That’s something I learned at work from one of my bosses who has been a licensed SE since 1984! It’s basically a quick way to check your numbers for concrete flexure (which I will show you later in the post). Apparently that’s how engineers used to do quick checks – […]
OK, now that you have decided to take the exam and have just paid your registration (or exam) fees. It’s time to start studying! I hear you scream: “But the exam is months away!” “Is it enough if I just take a course…?” “I think I should be studying but I am really not sure […]
In Part I, we have talked about the benefits, uncertainties, and cost/effort. Let’s put that all together and see what it all means and the steps you can take to help yourself make an informed decision.
I know the feeling. Everyone around you seems to be passing the exam with flying colors and now it’s your turn. It has been a few years since you passed your PE and it’s time to decide whether you should take the next step. Deciding to take the exam was a big decision for me. […]