on March 22, 1999:
Passed the California
SE Exam on the first attempt!
intensively used SE Review Manual by Ben Yousefi & Mehrdad Maher.
I have two copies.
The one with my notes I leave for my own reference; the other - a brand
new one (1998) - is for sale.
- contact me at scgordin(--nospam--at)hotmail.com
Here are the
answers to your questions:
This book was
written by two SE's from San Diego. It essentially represents a compilation
of the 1990-95 SE exam problems (without the bridge problems) with detailed
The book favorably
differs from other materials (for example, I tried books by Chelapati,
by Buchner "247...", and the latest one, by Williams), as it is very simple,
exhaustive, and right to the point. The best thing about the book is that
it is a "no-nonsense" engineering manual (essentially, an extra-thick structural
calculation pad) with the accurate references to the pages and chapters
of the UBC, ACI, AISC, and other manuals. From my perspective, those references
are, in fact, the most valuable thing for the exam.
There are some
misprints and some solutions I do not necessarily agree with. However,
I found some professional pleasure in detecting those flaws and in doing
some "on-the-margins" arguing with the authors.
The book for
sale is based upon the 1994 UBC. That obviously affects the seismic (references
to FEMA 267) and steel provisions. However, the book can be successfully
used for the preparation for the exam, as well as for the routine engineering,
in conjunction with the aforementioned 1997-UBC-based book by Williams
(Seismic Design of Buildings and Bridges).
The extra book
I have was never used or even opened (you should see my "working copy",
now totally priceless). I bought the book for ~$200, and I am asking $140
plus S&H (Priority Mail, $10.00).