PE Civil Reference Manual, Sixteenth Edition

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Copyright: 2018
Page Count: 1648
Format(s): 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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    PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Edition (previously known as Civil Engineering Reference Manual)

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    CERM16 - The Reference Manual every PE Civil examinee needs!

    Michael R. Lindeburg, PE’s PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Edition (CERM16) is the only reference you need to prepare for the Breadth portion of the PE Civil exam. This comprehensive manual follows NCEES exam specifications and addresses complex topics by parsing them into condensed, understandable, readable sections. Offering a complete review of all exam topics, this reference manual is up-to-date to the current exam specifications and design standards, and employs instructional design to enable comprehensive understanding that builds exam confidence. The PE Civil exam is an 8-hour, open book exam. Use this reference manual to fully prepare for the exam, and bring it with you on exam-day for your must-have reference.

    Add on the PE Civil Companion for the 16th Edition, which offers a convenient side-by-side companion offering a comprehensive index with thousands of entries covering all topics; over 100 appendices; and over 550 common civil engineering definitions.

    Pair this reference manual with Practice Problems for a comprehensive review, and the Quick Reference to maximize your problem-solving efficiency and build exam-day readiness.

    This manual is included in all PE Civil Complete Exam Bundles.

    PE Civil Reference Manual, Sixteenth Edition (CERM16) 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

    • Brief overview of each afternoon Depth exam

    • Up-to-date codes including: AASHTO, HCM, IBC, ACI and more

    • Recommendations for a study schedule to keep you on track

    • Exam tips for exam-day readiness

    Please note: Important NCEES Code Updates effective with the October 2018 exam - Download the Free PDF

    About the exam

    The NCEES PE Civil Exam is an 8-hour open-book exam that contains 80 questions. The exam is a breadth and depth examination. You will work the breadth section in the morning and one of the five depth modules in the afternoon. Depth modules include: Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation and Water Resources and Environmental.

    After you pass

    PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Ed. (CERM16) will serve as an invaluable reference throughout your civil engineering career.

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    The Gold Standard, Nothing Beats It ... Review by Customer
    If you are reading this review, you know this series is the "gold standard." And, you likely know that purchasing a "previous edition" is ill-advised (since each new edition contains the most helpful and up-to-date material). Therefore, do know that this is the exact text you need PE Civil Exam.

    Instead of simply just jumping into the main text, do take time to read the preface and introduction. Read the preface to understand the author's passion for this material (it is weirdly enjoyable). After that, dig into the introduction to prepare you for the minutia of text-taking. The introduction addresses topics such as how the exam and graded/scored, what the pass rate is, and how to approach multiple-choice problems. It also addresses thorny issues such as exam subversion. The author digs deep here to point out some details that could actually become problematic such as using your own pencil, having an unapproved calculator, or even possessing a cell phone. (So read this!)

    The text has independent chapters. Therefore, you can select an area of deficiency (or that requires polishing) and focus there. However, be certain to examine chapters about which you feel confident. Review is a very necessary aspect of this exam.

    Professors using this text for an exam class should also consult instructor supplementary material (as is advised by the author).

    I know the price is daunting, but this book works (and has for years and years). Of course, you can sell the same day you celebrate your passing the PE Civil Exam (or keep it as a reference). (Posted on 4/3/2020)
    Five Stars Review by Customer
    If you're studying for the PE Civil exam, this is a very complete compendium. (Posted on 4/3/2020)
    Excellent!!! Review by Customer
    This book will be essential on my upcoming PE exam! (Posted on 4/3/2020)
    A must for the PE exam Review by Customer
    This is a must have reference for the PE exam.

    Though it's not a very good study book/guide. (Posted on 4/3/2020)
    Essential for PE Civil Exam Review by Customer
    This book is probably the single-most important book you will need for the PE civil exam no matter which afternoon section you take. I took transportation and I found the information on the water resource related topics extremely relevant to the AM section. It also has good information on pavement design and construction which are frequent questions. I even used it for the PM section on a number of problems since the information was more condensed than the actual reference material NCEES specified for certain topics. (Posted on 4/3/2020)
    Such a great reference. Review by Customer
    Easily the most important reference book you'll need during the test. Definitely use it to study and you'll definitely learn where every reference you need will be. It will also be a great reference for your career in the future. (Posted on 4/3/2020)
    It's expensive, but I passed on the first try. Review by Customer
    Really, that's all you need to know. Go take a few practice tests, use the book. Flag sections as you go. You'll be set for the first half of the test. (Posted on 4/3/2020)
    Very practical and useful for the PE Review by Customer
    Very practical and useful for the PE. Also, it will be useful after doing the PE (Posted on 4/3/2020)
    Efficiently tailored for the PE Breadth Exam. Review by Customer
    If you bring this book and an AISC handbook to the morning PE Civil breadth exam, then you have everything you need, easily accessible. It would have been a nightmare to bring an equivalent amount of information in the form of various course textbooks. It was an excellent resource for the Oct 2019 exam. (Posted on 2/24/2020)
    Must have to pass Review by Customer
    It's the CERM.... The most important book you can have and it's at a good price.

    It's quality is like that of any other textbook.

    To pass I also recommended having/making/ buying an equation sheet. It saves a lot of time. (Posted on 2/24/2020)

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