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Civil Engineering All-In-One PE Exam Guide: Breadth and Depth, Second Edition

Civil Engineering All-In-One PE Exam Guide: Breadth and Depth, Second Edition

Civil Engineering All-In-One PE Exam Guide: Breadth and Depth, Second Edition
By Indranil Goswami

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Book Description

"All-in-One is All You Need."

The most complete, up-to-date civil engineering PE exam guide

Ace the civil engineering PE exam on the first try! Fully revised for compliance with the new PE Civil syllabus, new specifications, and the latest design standards, Civil Engineering PE All-in- One Exam Guide, Second Edition, covers all the material included on the Principles and Practice of Civil Engineering (PE Civil) exam, given by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Featuring more than 200 pages of new material, this edition includes a new chapter on highway pavement design.

This authoritative volume is presented in the Breadth and Depth format of the actual exam and contains equations, diagrams, exam preparation strategies, and more than 150 end-of-chapter practice questions with solutions. Designed to help you pass the exam with ease, this detailed, comprehensive resource also serves as an essential on-the-job reference.


  • Structural: loadings, analysis, mechanics of materials, materials, member design
  • Geotechnical: subsurface exploration and sampling, engineering properties of soils and materials, soil mechanics analysis, earth structures, foundations, retaining structures
  • Water resources and environmental: hydraulics, hydrology, water treatment, wastewater treatment
  • Transportation: traffic analysis, geometric design, transportation planning, traffic safety
  • Construction: earthwork construction and layout, estimating quantities and costs, scheduling, material quality control and production, temporary structures

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #735311 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Published on: 2012-08-14
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.40" h x 1.90" w x 7.50" l, 3.95 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 1152 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Indranil Goswami has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. During the past 14 years, he has taught and conducted research at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Dr. Goswami is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland and he has served as the president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. Dr. Goswami taught PE (CIVIL) Review and FE Review courses in Baltimore from 2001 – 2006. In 1998, he was nominated for the Bliss Medal for Academic Excellence by the Society of American Military Engineers and in 2003, received the Educator of the Year Award from the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5Can pass the PE with only this book. Very happy with experience!
By Arturo Arias
Hands down the best prep for the PE exam. I know it sounds like an exaggeration let me explain why. The Lindberg book is the size of a phone book with a layout like an encyclopedia or a medical textbook. No engineering book follows such a convoluted format. Goswami's book is set following basic concepts to complex details. I was able to read the entire book cover to cover and get a sense of being able to understand all the subjects on the PE. The book includes some great practice problems that are only a little harder than the NCEES practice exam questions but easier than the horrible 6 Minute Solutions. The book has an easy to follow index and you are able to use this book much more efficiently than Lindberg. I have thoroughly compared the geotech section in Lindberg to Goswami's and for example; on the Shallow square foundations Lindberg gives you the the general formula with values to modify the equation for a square foundation. Goswami gives you the formula for a square foundation without confusing you no values to modify. Also Goswami gives you a table with more values for Phi instead of having you interpolate like Lindberg. There might be some complex detail lacking for the depth section of the PE. It would be impossible to include this in the book. Sort of what Lindberg tried to do and failed. So you still need advanced section references.

The Lindberg book was really expensive. Honestly I could have done without it. Just buy Goswami's guide and get reference materials for the in depth section. Buy early edition reference books and the whole package should run you about 400 for geotech. Half if you got Lindbergs.

Goswami also gives a great review class for the PE google his name. You study before hand from this book and ask him tough questions in a webminar. I talked to people that took school of PE and that class is basically for people that are unable to study. The school of PE class goes over formulas and theories. Don't waste your time studying in a class. Do it beforehand and troubleshoot hard questions with Goswami. Goswami is a Structural PE at Morgan State in Maryland. No other class has a PhD teaching it. Oh and did I mention Goswami's class is half of what school of PE charges and about 1/3 of what the Test café rip off charges.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
2Didn't work with my learning style.
By Edward M. G.
At least for me, this book was not especially helpful for the PE exam/ The formatting of the information and sample questions was dissimilar from the setup of the exam and sample exams from NCEES that it left me frustrated. I spent more time notating the book to "translate" the relevant sections into the exam breakdown that I actually used it as a reference. The information was good, but I really needed something more in line with the actual exam. I took it to the exam, but I don't think I ever even opened it.
I recommend sticking to sample exams and other information offered directly from NCEES since the formatting will match the actual exam, saving you time and effort on exam day where you will already be stressed enough.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5All I needed
By Gaby
This book was well worth it and so much cheaper than the alternative. I used it from the beginning of my studies. I had a CERM borrowed from work and realized that was way too much and too confusing when I started studying. Granted I did put in a lot of studying hours mostly doing problems from Goswami's problem sets (which are much harder than the test), but I can say that this book is all I needed for the morning and afternoon geotech.
I recommended this book to a few people and they all agree that's what they should have used the first time.
Keep in mind though, that for Geotech, a lot of it is theory, concept and experience. So, if you're relying on this book to teach you that, you might be in trouble. You need to go back to your school notes, labs, field work etc... for a refresher on that.

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