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Civil PE Professional Engineer exam Construction module,Third Edition Paperback – March 10, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Ruwan Rajapakse; Third Edition (Fourth Edition available) edition (March 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972865764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972865760
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,705,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Construction module third edition combined with the construction module practice problem books are all what you need to pass the construction depth exam. --geotechweb

About the Author

Ruwan Rajapakse, PE, CCM, CCE, AVS has been teaching the PE exam for many years. He has been a professional engineer for two decades in construction and design. Mr. Rajapakse's other books are Civil PE Geotechnical engineering, Geotechnical engineering rules of thumb and Pile design and construction.

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This book needs a table of content.
Dara Soum
Work all the problems in this book and the NCEES practice CE Construction book and you will have a very good understanding of the material on the test.
Jeff
At the time, this was the only book out there for the CM portion of the PE exam...it may or may not be when you read this.
AJ

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tae H. Kim on April 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bought 1st edition and 2nd edition from the author. He changed and added couple examples to justify his reasoning for the update. The third edition is not an exception to his way of money making business. I recommend any potential buyers to go to a local book store and compare his books. They are "very" similar. If you want to have a piece of mind of owning a construction study for the afternoon module. It's better to buy something else or buy used first edition for a penny. Do not waste hard earned money on this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on June 25, 2012
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I bought this book along with the practice problems book a couple of weeks ago and received them last week, so this review is only based on that duration.

I am going to take the construction module for the 2nd time this October. I had little time to prepare for the first one, relying mainly on the CERM and CE handbook. Those manuals have a lot of information covering the CE field. I have been out of college for 10+ years and I work mainly in the structural and project management side of things. Subjects like water resources and traffic I have not dealt with in 15 years. The manuals will have formulas but will not teach you how to arrive at a solution. Obviously you should be able to work problems in the specific field you work in, but for the stuff you're not likely going to touch at your job, a crash course is what you need. If you are going to be licensed you need to know the how's and why's.

The CE PE Construction module looks to be a very good teaching book, based on my survey of the material covered in the book, reading and working problems from the first 30 pages, and knowledge of what is on the actual test. It has plenty of step by step solutions - not a lot of "where did this come from?".

This book hits heavily on geotech, surveying, scheduling, temp structures, OSHA, material removal, eng economics, and project management. It touches on structural, concrete, and traffic (horizontal & vertical curves). No water, hydrology, waste water, or traffic sight distances/ requirements. So you will need other references (CERM or the like) for the things not covered.

The cons of the book is the layout and a typos.
1)There are no chapters and some subjects change mid page.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Aikens on August 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
An excellent Study aide for the Professional Engineering Civil Construction Module A complete, step-by-step solution is provided for each problem. The Author approaches the material clearly and in a comprehensive manner he presents all of the basic to advanced concepts that you will experience in the afternoon construction module. The text provides you with the problem-solving practice you need to successfully prepare for the exam. It is a complete study guide, covering subjects such as: Earthwork Construction and Layout, Estimating Quantities and Cost, Construction Operations and Methods, Scheduling, Material Quality Control, and Production, Temporary Structures, Worker Health and Safety and Environment, and other relevant special topics. The subject matter is presented in a clear and concise manner utilizing real-world Illustrations and accurate drawings, which are present throughout this text. The problems selected make this reference book useful to the reader before and after the exam; after the exam, it can be utilized as a tool in the practice of Professional Engineering.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By enginerd96003 on August 17, 2010
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I just started reading through this book. As previously mentioned there is no table of contents and no index, which are probably the most important things if you plan on using a book during the PE exam. I imagine myself coming to a problem that requires me to look up simple equation, but I can't find it because I forgot to tab every single page. Also, the author obviously doesn't have an understanding of the English language. Maybe a little proof reading would have been a good idea? I gave it 2 stars just in case it turns out to be better than I am expecting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PE-Ness on January 23, 2011
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There must be at least 5 to 10 mistakes per page in this book. The grammar is very poor with spelling mistakes throughout. I also found several mistakes in his equations. This book is terrible!! If you purchased this book already, be very aware of what you are reading, and make sure the subject matter makes sense before you move on. This book is only helpful if you already have a decent understanding of the subject matter. If you don't, you will get caught up in his mistakes. GOOD LUCK!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dara Soum on March 6, 2012
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This book needs a table of content. The way this book is laid out is very awkward; the way the information is grouped, such as title, topics, and important information that should be highlighted, is extremely poor, if not failing. There is a lots practice problems that comes with the book, but would be pain to navigate through as a open-book reference for the PE Exam. Pro: a fair amount of practice problems. Con: reads like notes from a freshman college student's notebook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dsanders9564 on November 12, 2014
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If one pays real close attention, you will notice that a lot of the reviews that are displayed under the reviews for the "Civil PE Professional Engineer Exam Module, Fifth Edition" DO NOT apply for this edition. The Fourth Edition was published in 2012, and the Fifth Edition was just released in mid-2014. So, be careful what reviews you use to determine if the publication is worthwhile.
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