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1,000 Total Questions Updated for 2009.
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Heavy math questions, graphs, pictures, charts included in question
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Questions created by a 38
Member team of experienced Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors,
editors, programmers and testers using only the content outlined by CA
Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors:
Engineering Surveying Examination:
Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers
Subdivision Map Act, 2008
Surveying 10th Edition, 1997
Surveying: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition, 1998
Surveying with Construction Applications, 2006
Definitions of Surveying and Associated Terms, 2005
Seismic Principles Examination:
Design of Wood Structures ASD/LRFD, 2007
2006 Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures
2006 IBC Structural/Seismic Design Manual, Volume 1
2006 IBC Structural/Seismic Design Manual, Volume 2
2007 California Building Code, Volume 2 (CCR, Title 24, Part 2, Volume
Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
ATC-20 Procedures for Post earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and
ATC-20-1 Field Manual: Post earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings,
Seismic Principles Exam Question Content:
Seismic Data and Design Criteria (27% of total problems)
1. Understand earthquake data that influence the design of projects
2. Understand geotechnical issues that may influence design of projects
3. Recognize design performance goals for a project
4. Recognize laws, codes, and standards governing seismic design
Seismic Characteristics of Engineered Systems (24%)
1. Determine appropriate seismic-resisting structural system
2. Recognize seismic performance and damage vulnerability of structures
3. Understand methods for seismic strengthening of existing structures
(e.g., buildings and bridges)
4. Recognize seismic requirements for lifeline systems (e.g., power,
communications, water and sewage, natural gas, liquid fuels)
5. Understand the seismic requirements for earth structures
Seismic Forces (20%)
1. Determine structural characteristics required to calculate seismic
2. Determine UBC seismic design forces for buildings
3. Determine seismic forces for elements of structure, nonstructural
components, and equipment
4. Determine seismic forces for non-building structures (e.g., tanks,
5. Determine seismic forces by the response spectrum method
Seismic Analysis Procedures (18%)
1. Determine the distribution of seismic forces to structural elements
based on their rigidities
2. Perform the seismic analysis of rigid diaphragm structures
3. Perform the seismic analysis of flexible diaphragm structures
4. Recognize analytical methods that utilize computers
5. Recognize purposes of nonlinear and inelastic analyses of structural
Seismic Design (11%)
1. Understand the detailing requirements that are critical for seismic
2. Recognize the need for construction quality monitoring and inspection
of seismic design aspects of projects
Engineering Surveying Exam Question Content:
Equipment and Field Activities (15% of total problems)
1. Recognize the purposes of different types of surveys
2. Determine the field survey instruments and equipment required to
perform engineering surveying measurements
3. Practice within the laws regulating engineering surveying
4. Recognize common construction surveying methods and procedures
5. Perform field surveying operations for a traverse survey
6. Perform field surveying operations for a horizontal layout
Field Measurements (11%)
1. Perform the measurement of horizontal distances
2. Perform the measurement of angles
3. Perform the measurement of elevations from leveling
1. Perform basic geometric and trigonometric calculations
2. Determine the properties of a horizontal curve
3. Determine the properties of a vertical curve
4. Perform leveling calculations from field data to determine elevations
5. Perform traverse survey calculations to determine point locations
6. Perform error adjustment methods and procedures for surveying
7. Perform rectangular coordinate system calculations
8. Perform calculations to determine quantities of construction
Surveying Office Procedures (41%)
1. Perform reduction of field data for plotting
2. Recognize information from legal boundary and easement data pertinent
to engineering surveying projects
3. Recognize the use of datums for horizontal and vertical control
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