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  • 07 Nov 2016 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Current pass rates for the new SE exams (from ncees.org):

    Pass rates

    The following pass rates are from the April 2016 exam administration and reflect the percentage of examinees who attained acceptable results by component. To pass the SE exam, acceptable results must be attained on both components.

    Exam First-time takers   Repeat takers  

    Volume Pass rate Volume Pass rate
    SE Lateral Forces Bridges 49 31% 48 25%
    SE Lateral Forces Buildings 326 50% 253 37%
    SE Vertical Forces Bridges 54 50% 24 25%
    SE Vertical Forces Buildings 334 49% 186 31%

  • 07 Nov 2016 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Texas Board of Professional Engineers will be offering free ethics webinars at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on December 7, 2016. More info: http://engineers.texas.gov/webinars.html

  • 24 Aug 2015 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The International Code Council provides free, public access to the I-Codes at the following website:

    Online ICC Code and Standard access

  • 08 Feb 2015 11:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I spent last week in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete, the annual trade show of the concrete equipment, tool, and formwork industry. Spending a week amongst the construction industry reminds one that attention to means and methods in important, and that it changes over time. Even the process of forming and placing an age-old material such as concrete, placed from trucks that have changed very little in decades, does change every year.

    We all have to stay in tune with changes in our business. Yet through all of these changes, the single, consistent factor that distinguishes good projects is good engineering. And yet this is one thing engineers mention to me constantly, with emphasis on it being an area that needs improvement. Maybe it is the perception of a few, vocal “old timers”. Maybe it points at a deeper issue, such as a systemic failure of universities or ABET or NCEES. Or it could be that as we adapt to the aforementioned changes, are subject to increasing time pressure, and have to deal with the limitations of a modern, computer-driven workplace, we leave behind a little too much of the old ways. When slide rules ruled, designs were undertaken using approximate methods and limited numerical precision, with the understanding that good engineering resulted in good structures. It is not the degree of precision nor the cleverness of a computation that determines whether a design works, it is the engineering judgement embedded in the design.

    We all bring our own experience to the table with each project.  We learn from everyone with whom we work. Especially during our formative years following graduation, when we start our practice, we pick up good and bad habits. We should strive to teach those we mentor not only what they need to know, but how to continue this lifelong learning and adaptation. We should impart the value of differentiating when a change benefits us and our clients from when it might be a distraction from the primary task of engineering safe, effective structures. And above all else, we should be the best engineers we can be. National Engineers Week, February 22-28, 2015, is a good time to refocus on this effort.

  • 23 Jan 2015 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Thursday, January 22, I had the opportunity to meet with faculty and students at TAMU-Commerce to discuss SEAoT and structural engineering. The meeting made me realize that the program fits a niche in the market that needs filling. Graduates of the program will be able to work with their feet in two worlds: construction project management and structural engineering. The program received ABET accreditation in 2012, and currently has 85 undergraduate students. The curriculum includes basic structures and design courses, including concrete and steel design. Many of the students are interested in pursuing a career in structural engineering (with a similar proportion leaning toward construction management.) It seems that fostering this desire and helping them understand what structural engineers do for a living will help the students and enrich our members.

    The Dallas Chapter board of directors has given tentative approval to help the school form a student chapter of SEAoT. To that end, we are working with SEAoT and the university to begin the formation of the chapter as a student organization.

    I also extended an invitation to the students to come to Dallas for our April (wood) and June (tilt-up) seminars, so I expect to see a number of the students attend these meetings.

    From time to time we will be contacting members about office and jobsite visits for students, and as always, we are open to your ideas and input.  Please contact me or any of the officers or board members if you want more information.

    John Turner, January 23, 2015

  • 19 Jan 2015 12:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An updated flowchart describing when a PE is required for building projects has been posted to the TBPE website.

    http://tbpe.state.tx.us/downloads/TBPEDiagrammatic2014.pdf

  • 21 Dec 2013 2:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    As we move into 2014, SEAoT Dallas is modernizing how we communicate with members and keep track of our contacts.  We hope this new website provides a place for us to announce meetings and other events, manage emails to our contacts, and generally streamlines the monthly process of organizing meetings and notifying everyone.

    Please be sure to update your information here and on SEAoT.org.  If you no longer wish to receive emails from the chapter, links are provided for that at the bottom of each mailing.
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