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Subject: Notice to Candidates of the SE Exam

 

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES OF THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS EXAM
May 2004

ENGINEERS IN CALIFORNIA TAKING THE SE EXAM WILL BE REQUIRED TO REFERENCE THE 2000 IBC BEGINNING IN OCTOBER 2004. 

WE REQUEST MEMBERS RECEIVING THIS NOTICE INFORM THEIR ASSOCIATES AND FRIENDS, WHO PLAN TO TAKE THE EXAM, OF THIS IMPORTANT NEW REQUIREMENT.

PLEASE BEGIN BY POSTING A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON YOUR COMPANY BULLETIN BOARD AND FORWARDING THIS EMAIL NOTICE. 

IT IS IMPORTANT THIS MESSAGE BE DISTRIBUTED TO YOUNGER ENGINEERS BEYOND THE SEAOSC MEMBERSHIP.

Information for engineers taking the exam in October 2004.

"Beginning with the October 2004 examination administration, Civil Engineers wishing to use the title "Structural Engineer" will be required to pass both a national structural engineering examination as well as a California state-specific examination. Each examination will be 8 hours in length, for a total of 16 hours, administered over two days. Each examination can be passed separately."  From the BOPELS website.

While the 8-hour California exam will test on the 2001 California Building Code, the 8-hour national portion of the SE exam will require reference to the 2000 IBC.   Visit the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors website for details of California exam requirements at http://www.dca.ca.gov/pels/.   Look for the notice dated 2-20-04 concerning the SE exam.  Details of the national exam topics and reference standards may be found on the NCEES website at
http://www.ncees.org/.   Study materials are available from NCEES.

For most engineers in California, the wind and seismic provisions of IBC 2000 will be especially unfamiliar and it is imperative that your preparation begins well in advance of taking the exam.  Preparation should begin with the review of the IBC and the fundamental source documents, NEHRP and ASCE 7-98 for wind and seismic design and the materials standards for general design as well as material specific wind and seismic design requirements. 

Structural Design Standards

Following is an abbreviated list of reference standards from the NCEES website.  Look for a link to "Structural Design Standards" for the detailed list.

AASHTO, 2002 (highways and bridges)
ACI 318, 1999 (concrete)
ACI 530, 1999 and ACI 530.1 1999 (masonry)
AISC/ASD, 1989 or AISC/LRFD, 1994 (steel)
NDS, 1997 (ASD Only) Alternates listed on website (wood)
PCI Design Handbook, 1999 (precast/prestressed concrete)
ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, 1998
IBC International Building Code, 2000 Edition (without supplements). 
Chapter 35 of the IBC provides a list of all standards referenced in
the IBC.

Note that IBC references national standards and you will need the standards listed above.  Not mentioned on the NCEES website, but probably also needed are:
1.    For seismic design of steel structures, AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings, 1997, including Supplement 1.  Hardcopies and free downloaded pdf's and may be obtained from the AISC website at http://aisc.org/.  
2.    For general, wind and seismic design, the AISI Specification for Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members, 1996, is referenced from IBC Chapter 22 for.   This publication may be ordered from http://www.steel.org.  Search for the title under "Publications".

Preparation
In addition to studying the design standards, the following resources are available:

1.    Obtain FEMA 368 and 369, NEHRP Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Building and Other Structures, (Provisions and commentary), 2000.  These documents will be helpful in understanding the IBC Chapter 16 seismic provisions.  They may by downloaded as free pdf's from the BSSC website: http://www.bssconline.org/index.html  Inexpensive (shipping costs only) hardcopies may be ordered by calling 1-800-480-2520.

2.    Review Seismic Design Manuals for IBC 2000. They are available from ICC web site at http://www.iccsafe.org.  

3.    Obtain and review study materials and sample questions available from NCEES website.

4.     The January 2004 issue of Structural Engineer magazine has an article written by S.K. Ghosh and John Henry that gives an overview with
explanations of the IBC seismic provisions. 

5.    Attend seminars concerning use of IBC 2000.  ACI is planning a seminar for application of wind and seismic provisions to concrete construction.

5.    The February 2004 Macro Seminar presented by the SEAOSC Seismology Committee included a presentation on the seismic provisions in ASCE 7-02 (similar methodology as ASCE7-98 and IBC 2000) with design examples and comparisons the CBC 2001.  The Power Point presentation may be purchased from the SEAOSC office by faxing (562-692-3425) or emailing (seaosc(--nospam--at)seaint.org) the SEAOSC office.  Cost (including tax and shipping) is $48.71 for members and $70.36 for non-members.  Include a credit card number and expiration date along with an address where to ship the publication.  Credit card information may not be accepted via telephone.

Possible seminar

Seminars to familiarize engineers taking the October exam with IBC 2000 may be offered by SEAOSC/SEAOC.   Though these will be intended for those taking the exam, it would be of general interest to engineers. 

If you would be interested in receiving information and notices related to the October exam, please email Bob Lyons at Rlyons(--nospam--at)BJASE.com.  Indicate whether you would be interested in attending an exam preparation seminar and if so, whether your interest is primarily in preparation for the exam or of general interest.  If you wish to comment without being placed on the email list, state so on you email.

Note that email notices and the exam preparation seminar will be available to all interested engineers and not limited to SEAOC/SEAOSC members.

Additional information

Beginning with the April 2004 exam last month, the PE exam taken in California also requires use of the 2000 IBC for the structural portion.  Future candidates for the PE may be interested in this information as well.