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Civil Engineering All-In-One PE Exam Guide: Breadth and Depth, Third Edition
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The most complete, current civil engineering PE exam guide
Thoroughly revised to comply with the new PE Civil syllabus, effective April 2015, and the latest specifications and design standards, Civil Engineering PE All-in-One Exam Guide, Third Edition, covers all the topics on the Principles and Practice of Civil Engineering exam, given by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). This edition features two new chapters on building analysis and design and quantity estimating as well as new and updated material throughout.
Presented in the Breadth and Depth format of the actual exam, this authoritative volume provides equations, diagrams, exam preparation strategies, and more than 190 end-of-chapter practice questions with solutions. Designed to help you pass the exam with ease, this comprehensive resource also serves as an essential on-the-job reference.
Covers all exam topics, including:
- Structural: loadings; analysis; mechanics of materials; materials; member design
- Geotechnical: site characterization; soil mechanics; laboratory and field testing; earthquake engineering; earth structures; groundwater and seepage; shallow and deep foundations; retaining structures
- Water resources and environmental: hydraulics; hydrology; water quality, treatment, and distribution; wastewater treatment
- Transportation: traffic analysis and planning; geometric design; intersection analysis; signalization and traffic control; traffic safety
- Construction: earthwork construction and layout; estimating quantities and costs; construction operations and methods; scheduling; material quality control and production; temporary structures; health and safety
- Amazon Sales Rank: #375832 in Books
- Brand: McGraw-Hill Professional
- Published on: 2015-07-06
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 9.50" h x 2.10" w x 7.50" l, 4.85 pounds
- Binding: Hardcover
- 1344 pages
About the Author
Indranil Goswami, Ph.D., PE, is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland and he teaches and conducts research at Morgan State University. Dr. Goswami has served as the president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. He has taught PE (Civil) Review and FE Review courses, and received the Educator of the Year Award from the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers in 2003.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Can 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Good overview of topics with focus on PE exam
Two huge benefits of this book made it indispensable for my PE study:
1. This book seems to have been written expressly for the Civil PE Exam, which means that it is organized more closely to how the exam is organized, and gives you a targeted study tool to prep you for the exam.
2. Available in electronic format, which meant that I could take it with me while traveling (unrealistic with the other books). Also, searching was much easier.
However, I would suggest having supplemental materials in case you find explanations that are not comprehensive enough. Occasionally, I did find terms that weren't extremely well-explained, a couple topics for the exam were missing, and some variables were not clearly defined. That supplemental book for me was the PPI "bible," which I found helpful as a reference but did not help focus my study for the exam. Together with these two books and a practice exam, I passed the April 2013 exam on the first try.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
All I needed
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.