Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam



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ISBN: 978-1-59126-508-5
Copyright: 2015
Page Count: 1648
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • Michael R. Lindeburg, PE

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    Michael R. Lindeburg, PE, is one of the best-known authors of engineering textbooks and references. His books and courses have influenced millions of engineers around the world. Since 1975, he has authored over 40 engineering reference and exam preparation books. He has spent thousands of hours teaching engineering to students and practicing engineers. He holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial engineering from Stanford University.



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    Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, Print (Hardcover) (CERM15), 15th Edition

    The NCEES PE Civil Exam is Open Book - You Will Want to Bring This Book Into the Exam

    Michael R. Lindeburg PE’s Civil Engineering Reference Manual (CERM15) offers the most comprehensive review on the market. The content is always up-to-date to the latest exam specifications and codes. Time-tested, detailed instructional design provides you with the most efficient and effective review. The Civil Engineering Reference Manual is the reference manual to tab and bring with you on exam day. Often found on the bookshelves of many civil engineers, the Civil Engineering Reference Manual (or CERM as it is known) is a valuable career reference after the exam.

    The Civil Engineering Reference Manual (CERM15) includes:

    • Complete exam review for the Breadth portion of the PE Civil exam:

      • Project Planning

      • Means and Methods

      • Soil Mechanics

      • Structural Mechanics

      • Hydraulics and Hydrology

      • Geometrics

      • Materials

      • Site Development

      • Plus, a brief overview of each Depth section

    • More than 100 appendices containing essential support material

    • Over 500 clarifying examples

    • Many common civil engineering terms defined in an easy-to-use glossary

    • Thousands of equations, figures, and tables

    • Support for both U.S. customary and SI units

    • A comprehensive, multifaceted index for easy book tabbing and reference during the exam


    Practice, practice, practice is the most common exam tip we hear.  Practice builds exam confidence and strengthens time management skills. Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam (CEPP15) pairs with the Civil Engineering Reference Manual (CERM15) and includes uniform chapter sequences, nomenclature, terminology, and methodology. Focus your practice in those areas where you need the most support. After you’ve practiced, take the Civil PE Practice Examination (CEPE6) to simulate a realistic NCEES exam experience. (Click here for details of our complete PE Civil Breadth exam prep bundle. PPI curated review bundles contain everything you need to pass and you save 15%).

    For complete review of the Civil Depth disciplines, be sure to purchase your Depth exam review materials.Designed to complement CERM15, each depth reference manual and practice exam covers all exam topics for that specific Depth exam.

    Construction: Thomas Korman's Construction Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam (CECN2). Click Here for the complete PE Civil Construction exam review bundle

    Geotechnical: Bruce A. Wolle's Geotechnical Depth Practice Exams (CEGEPX). Click Here for the complete PE Civil Geotechnical exam review bundle

    Structural: Alan Williams' Structural Depth Reference Manual for the PE Civil Exam, Fifth Edition (CEST5). Click Here for the complete PE Civil Structural exam review bundle

    Transportation: Norman R. Voigt's Transportation Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam, 2nd Edition (CETR2). Click Here for the complete PE Civil Transportation exam review bundle

    Water Resources and Environmental: Jonathan A. Brant and Gerald J. Kauffman's Water Resources and Environmental Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam (CEWE). Click Here for the complete PE Civil Water Resources exam review bundle

    Click here to view the Free PPI Civil Engineering Reference Manual Index (CERM15IDX), 15th Edition. Examinees often download, print and put the index in a binder (as required by the NCEES), and bring it into the exam for easy reference.



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    Customer Reviews (View All - 59)

    4 stars Review by Tse-Ming
    All the answers that you can find on this book for morning sessions. (Posted on 3/27/2017)

    Needs Corrections Review by Michelle
    1) My copy came with the hard cover dented and the return time expired before I realized it was so short of a time period.
    2) I have already submitted 3 errata for code references. It is like every time I open a page, I see something that is not accurate. This makes me leery about using it much on the exam. I know it is the first printing but if I have already found this many errors, why are there no posted errata already?
    3) I really haven't used it much. I am taking the Civil: Structural exam. I have been focusing on the depth section and have had to refer to my code books more often to solve the example problems. When I need more information, I try to use the Reference Manual but it doesn't have enough explanation and I usually end up going back to one of my text books. I am hoping when I start working on the breath section it will help me more with the other disciplines. (Posted on 4/23/2016)

    Comprehensive Manual That Covers Topics Beyond Those Found in a Typical Civil PE Exam Review by Amazon Customer
    This thick and heavy book is incredibly comprehensive and covers topics far beyond the subjects questioned in a civil PE exam. For example, it includes facts and figures regarding the impact of declining US infrastructure, such as the state of bridges.

    The author says the updated edition was extensively revised, removing substantial content to make room for the most updated data in regard to material consistent with NCES-adopted codes and standards. You can also register this book with PPI, where you can get updates, corrections, exam updates, discounts and more.

    The book is broken down into nine topics: Background and Support, Water Resources, Environmental, Geotechnical Structural, Transportation, Construction, Systems, Managemetnt & Professional and Support Material. Within each of these topics are subheadings covering each field in more detail, such as field materials testing, groundwater and seepage, codes and construction, engineering economic analysis. The fifteen appendices cover a wide range of topics such as properties of air at atmospheric pressure, dimensions of seamless steel boiler tubing, properties of superheated steam and circular channel rations. There are diagrams and charts for various properties such as steel, aluminum, magnesium, concrete, etc.

    While the book doesn’t contain a lot of practice questions (for that, the author recommends "Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam: A Companion to the Civil Engineering Reference Manual"), its primary function is as a “knowledge base” to prime you for the practice questions. I found the index and glossary most useful.

    In addition, I liked the author’s humorous and jovial tone, essential to helping any hard exam bearable. This resource is well-done and offers a great amount of information for any engineer taking this test, and even afterwards, as a reference you’d want to keep handy in your library. (Posted on 2/26/2016)