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The Civil Engineering Reference Manual (CERM) is the reference most engineers choose to prepare for and use during the civil PE exam. Comprehensive beyond any other exam-focused publication, CERM provides the topical review, the data tables, and other resources necessary to pass this exam.

CERM is organized in general topic areas, corresponding to the knowledge areas tested on the exam. Within these areas, 87 chapters break the topics down into manageable units. Each chapter provides a concise review of both the theoretical and the practical aspects of the topic. Throughout the text, solved example problems demonstrate how to apply what's being discussed.

Among the features CERM offers are:

  • a thorough introduction to the current exam format, content, and organization
  • a suggested study schedule, plus tips for successful preparation
  • hundreds of solved example problems, reinforcing the concepts in the text
  • hundreds of tables, charts, and figures providing data at your fingertips
  • a full glossary of terms for quick reference during the exam
  • an exhaustive, fully cross-referenced index, so you can locate information quickly and easily when the pressure is on
The 9th Edition references the same structural and transportation codes (UBC, ACI, NDS, AASHTO, HCM, etc.) that are used on the current PE exam. You don't have to worry about using one edition of the code as you study, only to find another used on the exam.

With the Reference Manual and its accompanying products, you can be confident you're using the best preparation materials available for this PE exam. CERM won't take the work out of the preparation process, but it will make your study time as productive as possible. The manual's breadth of coverage, combined with its excellent index and glossary, make it a valuable, time-saving reference--before, during, and after the exam.

"For the exam, CERM is a must.... It has nearly everything you could need, all wrapped up in one binding. It's certainly the most efficient and effective reference per square foot of space on the exam desktop." --Troy Carmann, PE

"I recently received word that I passed the Civil PE Exam. I would like to thank PPI for putting together an indispensable study guide.... I am glad that I made the right choice in what book to buy." --Allen Patrick, PE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591263807
  • Publisher: Professional Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/2012
  • Edition description: Thirteenth Edition, New Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 1552
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael R. Lindeburg, PE, is one of the best-known authors of engineering textbooks and references. His books and courses have influenced millions of engineers around the world. Since 1975, he has authored more than 30 engineering reference and exam preparation books. He has spent thousands of hours teaching engineering to students and practicing engineers. He holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial engineering from Stanford University.
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Structural members subjected to axial compressive loads are often called by names identifying their functions. Of these, the best-known are columns, the main vertical compression members in a building frame. Other common compression members include chords in trusses and bracing members in frames.

The selection of a particular shape for use as a compression member depends on the type of structure, the availability, and the connection methods. Load-carrying capacity varies approximately inversely with the slenderness ratio, so stiff members are generally required. Rods, bars, and plates, commonly used as tension members, are too slender to be used as compression members unless they are very short or lightly loaded.

For building columns, W shapes having nominal depths of 14 in or less are commonly used. These sections, being rather square in shape, are more efficient than others for carrying compressive loads. (Deeper sections are more efficient as beams.) Pipe sections are satisfactory for small or medium loads. Pipes are often used as columns in long series of windows, in warehouses, and in basements and garages. In the past, square and rectangular tubing saw limited use, primarily due to the difficulty in making bolted or riveted connections at the ends. Modern welding techniques have essentially eliminated this problem.

Built-up sections are needed in large structures for very heavy loads that cannot be supported by individual rolled shapes. For bracing and compression members in light trusses, single-angle members are suitable. However, equal-leg angles may be more economical than unequal-leg angles because their least radius of gyration values are greater for the same area of steel. For top chord members of bolted roof trusses, a pair of angles (usually unequal legs, with long legs back-to-back to give a better balance between the radius of gyration values about the x-and y-axes) are used with or without gusset plates. In welded roof trusses, where gusset plates are unnecessary, structural tees are used as top chord members.

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Table of Contents

Topic 1: Background and Support
Systems of Units
Engineering Drawing
Linear Algebra
Analytic Geometry
Differential Calculus
Integral Calculus
Differential Equations
Probability and Statistical Analysis
Numerical Analysis
Energy, Work, and Power

Topic 2: Water Resources
Fluid Properties
Fluid Statics
Fluid Flow Parameters
Fluid Dynamics
Hydraulic Machines
Open Channel Flow
Meteorology, Climatology, and Hydrology
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry and Combustion
Combustion and Incineration
Water Supply Quality and Testing
Water Supply Treatment and Distribution

Topic 3: Environmental
Biochemistry, Biology, and Bacteriology
Wastewater Quantity and Quality
Wastewater Treatment: Equipment and Processes
Activated Sludge and Sludge Processing
Municipal Solid Waste
Pollutants in the Environment
Disposition of Hazardous Materials
Environmental Remediation

Topic 4: Geotechnical
Soil Properties and Testing
Shallow Foundations
Rigid Retaining Walls
Piles and Deep Foundations
Temporary Excavations
Special Soil Topics

Topic 5: Structural
Determinate Statics
Properties of Areas
Materials Properties and Testing
Strength of Materials
Basic Elements of Design
Structural Analysis I
Structural Analysis II
Properties of Concrete and Reinforced Steel
Concrete Proportioning, Mixing, and Placing
Reinforced Concrete: Beams
Reinforced Concrete: Slabs
Reinforced Concrete: Short Columns

Reinforced Concrete: Long Columns
Reinforced Concrete: Walls and Retaining Walls
Reinforced Concrete: Footings
Pretensioned Concrete
Composite Concrete Members
Structural Steel: Introduction
Structural Steel: Beams
Structural Steel: Tension Members
Structural Steel: Compression Members
Structural Steel: Beams-Columns
Structural Steel: Plate Girders
Structural Steel: Composite Steel Members
Structural Steel: Connectors
Structural Steel: Welding
Structural Steel: Introduction to LRFD
Properties of Masonry
Masonry Walls
Masonry Columns

Topic 6: Transportation
Properties of Solid Bodies
Roads and Highways: Capacity Analysis
Vehicle Dynamics and Accident Analysis
Flexible Pavement Design
Rigid Pavement Design
Plane Surveying
Horizontal, Compound, Vertical, and Spiral Curves
Construction Earthwork, Staking, and Surveying

Topic 7: Systems, Management, and Professional Project Management
Construction and Job Site Safety
Electrical Systems and Equipment
Instrumentation and Measurements
Engineering Economic Analysis
Engineering Law
Engineering Ethics
Engineering Licensing in the United States


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