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Structural Engineering Reference Manual

The NCEES SE Exam is Open Book - You Will Want to Bring This Book Into the Exam. 

Structural Engineering Reference Manual for the SE Exam


Alan Williams' Structural Engineering Reference Manual, Ninth Edition (STRM9) offers complete review for the NCEES 16-hour Structural Engineering (SE) exam. This book is part of a comprehensive learning management system designed to help you pass the SE exam the first time.

Structural Engineering Reference Manual, Ninth Edition (STRM9) features include:

  • Covers all exam topics and provides a comprehensive review of structural analysis and design methods

  • New chapter that covers the Loads section of the NCEES exam

  • Exam-adopted codes and standards are frequently referenced, and solving methods—including strength design for timber and masonry—are thoroughly explained

  • 270 example problems

  • Strengthen your problem-solving skills by working the 52 end-of-chapter practice problems

  • Each problem’s complete solution lets you check your own solving approach

  • Both ASD and LRFD/SD solutions and explanations are provided for masonry problems, allowing you to familiarize yourself with different problem solving methods.

Topics Covered 

  • Bridges

  • Foundations and Retaining Structures

  • Lateral Forces (Wind and Seismic)

  • Prestressed Concrete

  • Reinforced Concrete

  • Reinforced Masonry

  • Structural Steel

  • Timber

Referenced Codes and Standards

  • AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (AASHTO)

  • Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 402/602)

  • Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318)

  • International Building Code (IBC)

  • Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7)

  • National Design Specification for Wood Construction ASD/LRFD and National Design Specification Supplement, Design Values for Wood Construction (NDS)

  • North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members (AISI)

  • PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete (PCI)

  • Seismic Design Manual (AISC 327)

  • Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic with Commentary (SDPWS)

  • Steel Construction Manual (AISC 325)

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Customer Reviews (View All - 11)

A must for the SE Exam--and your bookshelf. Review by Daniel
Great review of structural concepts for the 16-hour SE exam, especially for topics you may not have seen in some time. Cites applicable code provisions for cross-referencing. Example problems are clear and thorough. You'll definitely want this book in your arsenal for the SE exam, if only as a backstop. After you pass, it makes a great reference for everyday use in the office.

The treatment of lateral forces is a bit light. Considering 8 hours of the exam is devoted strictly to wind and seismic design, this book spends one chapter on wind and seismic force generation. You'll definitely want supplementary material if you plan to dive into detailing requirements. There is a chapter on basic bridge design force generation, which has helpful explanations, but is not sufficient to cover the entirety of the AASHTO code.

The material in the book is terrific, and directly applicable to the topics covered on the 16-hour SE exam. It is by no means comprehensive, however, so plan your studying accordingly. (Posted on 7/27/2020)

Great reference and study manual Review by Mohamed
I am still going through it, but so far so good (Posted on 10/3/2019)

Great Book Review by Amazon Customer
Best structural design book out there, getting this and the relevant codes, good enough for the PE afternoon. Well, I don't know about the SE yet. A few minor errors but otherwise fine. Just passed the PE and this book had a great role in that. (Posted on 10/3/2019)