Seismic and Wind Forces: Structural Design Examples, 5th Edition

The 5th edition is updated by Alan Williams to the 2018 International Building and ASCE/SEI 7-16. In Chapters 1 and 2, sections of ASCE 7 are presented, analyzed and explained in a logical and simple manner and then illustrated by examples. Each example concentrates on a specific section of ASCE 7 and provides a clear and concise interpretation of the issue. Chapters 3-6 deal with the seismic design of steel, concrete, wood and masonry structures.

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It is an 8-hour exam. It contains 80 total questions: 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour AM session, and 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour PM session.
The PE structural exam is the only open-book exam remaining. All other PE exams are now closed-book computer-based exams, commonly referred to as CBT.
The PE exam can be difficult. The exam tests your competency in all aspects of engineering and should not be taken lightly. You should plan on taking several weeks to prepare and study before sitting for the exam. To see the average pass rate of first time test takers during the last exam, click here.
The PE exam tests for a minimum level of competency in engineering. You need a minimum of four years of post-college work experience to be able to sit for the exam.

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