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Civil Engineering All-In-One PE Exam Guide: Breadth and Depth Hardcover – May 27, 2009

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Ace the civil engineering PE exam on the first try!

Civil Engineering PE All-in-One Exam Guide covers all the material included on the Principles and Practice of Civil Engineering (PE-CIVIL) exam, given by the National Council of Examiners in Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Presented in the Breadth and Depth format of the actual exam, this authoritative volume features equations, diagrams, exam preparation strategies, and practice questions with solutions. Detailed and comprehensive, this book serves as both a complete certification exam guide and an essential on-the-job reference.

Covers all exam topics, including:

  • Structural: materials, member design, design criteria
  • Geotechnical: soil mechanics, foundations, excavation, seismic issues
  • Water resources and environmental: hydraulics, hydrology, water supply and quality, wastewater treatment
  • Transportation: capacity analysis, planning, freeways, multilane highways
  • Construction: scheduling, estimating, quality control, safety

About the Author

Indranil Goswami, Ph.D., P.E., has developed and taught review courses for Civil Engineering Principles & Practice (P.E.) and Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) exams since 2001. These courses are delivered in class and online environments. He has received teaching awards from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. He currently teaches in the department of civil engineering at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Series: All-in-One
  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (May 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071502653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071502658
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Indranil Goswami has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has taught and conducted research at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He 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 has taught PE (CIVIL) Review and FE Review courses since 2001. 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. He currently teaches both his PE Civil Review Course and the FE Review Course via live, online webinars.

Customer Reviews

His book is well organized and easy to understand.
MA2900
This All-in-One book was a great reference to have on the Civil PE exam (I took the Construction afternoon session).
K. Recksiek
I just took the PE exam last week and this book was my primary reference.
Andrew J. Kaufmann

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Crawley on May 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bottom Line:
Buy the All-In-One, the Lindeberg CERM and the NCEES practice problems and you will not be sorry.

Preparation:
I used this as my primary reference to prepare for the Civil PE exam. Like some other reviewers have indicated, this reference does not go into the level of detail as the Lindeberg CERM. In my opinion, this is a strength. I initially started my preparation from the Lindeberg CERM and found it to be overwhelming. I hadn't been exposed to much of this material (structural, geotechnical, transportation) for years and studying from the CERM was like drinking water from a fire hose. I purchased the All-In-One a couple of weeks into my preparation. I found this reference to be comprehensive, but well paced at the same time. As I studied a new topic, I would start with the All-In-One to re-familiarize myself with the material, then I would move on to other study materials (CERM and NCEES practice problems) to broaden my perspective.

Exam Reference:
During the exam, I used this as my primary reference. I went to this book for about 85% of the problems. When the All-In-One did not adequately cover the material I was looking for, I would turn to the CERM. The CERM covered my for another 10% of the problems. For the remaining 5%, I used my other references. This was a winning strategy that helped save time during the exam.

In case you want to know, I took the Water Resources and Environmental module in the afternoon. I did not take any preparation classes and did all of my studying on my own. For what it's worth, I passed the exam on the first try.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew L. Adams on May 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
DISCLAIMER: I wanted to wait until I had passed the PE Exam before writing my review. This review is written approximately 8-10 weeks since I was elbow deep into this book. My memory might not be so fresh.

The big question is how does this book measure up against PPI's Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam (CERM).

The CERM, as the title suggests, is a Reference Manual. The All-in-One book is more of a textbook. Being a textbook, there are a few spots where concepts are explained a little bit better than how they are explained in the CERM, but emphasis is on few. I read the chapters in this book in advance of reading the chapters in the CERM, I will say that using this as an intro helped to speed up comprehension of the information in the CERM.

As far as advantages of having this book, when I took my practice tests before the exam (I took three: NCEES, Kaplan, PPI), if I couldn't find what I was looking for in the CERM, I could usually find it in this book. Not to say that the CERM didn't have the information, it was just that the way the All-in-One book presented the information it was more apparent which equation to use for the problem. Sometimes the CERM suffers from information overload. However, on the actual test, there were one or two questions that were not in the CERM that were in this book. I'd like to tell you what they were, but the NCEES confidentiality agreement prevents me from divulging that information.

Another advantage I found were the tables.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MA2900 on September 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Let's face it, we all have limited time when it comes to studying for the PE exam. Michael Lindeburg's book is a very good reference manual but I never found the time to study all topics in such detail. Goswami's book does an excellent job covering the basics of what is most likely to be on the exam. His book is well organized and easy to understand. I would highly recommend this book in addition to Lindeburg's reference manual. I would also like to see a set of sample exams developed to go along with the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. ROBERTS on January 19, 2012
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I never bothered putting down the big bucks for the Lindeburg book, and did not study much. I went into the exam with just this book, the FE manual, and 6-minute book I never used. I'd say 90% of what was needed I easily found in one of those books, for both breadth and depth. (And as an aside, I by far had the fewest number of books of anyone, but honestly, with 6 minutes per problem, the fewer books the better, in my opinion.)

Yes, it is very boiled down, but that is really what I wanted. On exam day, you do not have time to relearn 4+ years of engineering. All I want is the formulas, and maybe a quick example. Lindeburg's depth may be helpful for spending tens or hundreds of hours studying, but for someone who spent little time studying, and just needed a reference, this was perfect.

I just had a few issues. First, on test day, I found mine was missing 2 pages. Unfortunately, it covered a topic on the exam. One question missed due to this error (and I could not find an errata page showing the mistakes, which I'm sure there as to be at least one). Second, sometimes I had to hunt around to find the definition of some variables in the formulas. It would be nice if, every time a formula is given, the variables are defined immediately below. I wasted valuable time flipping back a few pages to find what some subscript or Greek letter meant which easily could have been avoided.

Fortunately, no harm, no foul, as I passed.
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