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The 2001 California SE exam also required some knowledge of both ASD and
LRFD methods.

Rick Drake, SE
Fluor Daniel, Aliso Viejo, CA


"Gerard Madden" <GMadden(--nospam--at)> on 03/13/2001 01:51:53 PM

Please respond to seaint(--nospam--at)

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Subject:  2001 CA SE Exam

I was looking at the CA PE Board's website at lunch and came across a
bulletin regarding the 2001 SE exam.

As many of you know, (From SEAOC Newsletters & Post to the list from Ron
Hamburger) the format is supposed to change to the NCEES I, II, and a 3rd
part on Seismic Design by 2004. The bulletin states that in response to
this, they have changed the format somewhat from what the Western States SE
exam used to be. It might be useful to those planning to take the test to
review. I'm not sure how major these changes are.

One thing I found troubling was that certain questions will force you to
use either ASD or LRFD, not choose the one you want to use. Which requires
you to learn both.

>From what I understand, the state of Washington has already switched to
NCEES with a 3rd part for seismic. Can anyone confirm or deny this and
possibly tell us anything useful? I can't take the test until 2002, but I'm
beginning to scope out study aides and the like in preparation.


Gerard Madden, P.E.
Civil Engineer

Middlebrook + Louie, Structural Engineers
71 Stevenson Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: 415.546.4900
Fax: 415.974.3680
Email: gmadden(--nospam--at)

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