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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 - 10)

A Necessary Tool for the SE Exam Review by William
I liked how I could compare the new SERM book with the old one to make certain I was covering all my bases when the codes changed. I'm already pressed for time so this really helped me skip a lot review that I would have needed to do otherwise. (Posted on 10/3/2019)

Excellent in many different ways Review by Amazon Customer
Excellent in many different ways. Excellent for SE review but also great for professional practice. Unlike many other study references before, the errors / errata is minimal. At least for what I've studied so far. It's great work! (Posted on 10/3/2019)

This is the bible for the structural vertical forces PE test Review by Amazon Customer
This is by far the best book for studying for the vertical forces day of your structural PE test. Outside of the code books (ACI, AISC, etc) it is about the only book you need for the first day of the exam. The author has another book for the lateral day, though it is not as good as this one in its format and layout. This book is also fairly useful in your day to day structural engineering activities. Honestly if I had this book in college it likely would have helped then too.

If you truly study this book cover to cover and understand everything in it in addition to the reference codes and material standards you will pass the first day of the structural PE exam. One more thing is also necessary though, speed. You have to work fast to complete everything on the exam in the time allotted. This book helps with that as it is concisely laid out by material and then by design concepts. For example all of concrete is in one section, it then breaks it down by beam design for bending, beam design with compression steel, shear, etc. Each design concept section defines the variables at the front describes all the equations and concepts and then gives an example. There is a lot of content on a single page with 3 columns and a smaller font. it makes the book very concise and very useable in test environment. I would LOVE for this guy to rework his lateral forces book to be more like this formatting and layout style. With regards to the lateral forces day of the exam you will still be using this book for some of your material design, but this book is not sufficient for calculating the lateral loads themselves. This guys other book is very helpful in that regard. Additionally you will need to know ASSHTO wind design, with only ASSHTO seismic briefly being covered in this book.

In short if you are taking the structural vertical forces PE exam, buy this book first. Study it and pass the exam. (Posted on 10/3/2019)