Passed PDD and done!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Matthew -- Congratulations!

    That is an indescribable feeling -- well done!  I got done about 3 weeks ago -- I'm still feeling it!

    Your weekend starts NOW!

    Cheers!

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    Ana Barragan

    Congratulations Mathew! And thank you for posting such a great list of resources; the youtube play list is fantastic! I have bookmarked it and will be referencing it heavily, along with the rest of the items on the list. Enjoy your new status of licensed architect!

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    Dana Taylor

    Hi Matthew,

    Congrats on being done! Thanks for your post. I'm testing in 3 weeks and your study strategy sounds very similar to mine.

    Did you find that there were any resources that specifically helped you with any calculations/sizing? Did you find practice problems for things like cost estimating or structural sizing, or did you just wing it? I am wondering if these calculation-type problems will have all the information necessary within the question, or if you have ideas for practice resources.

    How did you feel the PDD case study compared to PPD? I took PPD a few weeks ago and my feeling is that the case studies will be similar. Are there any particular resources that helped you/would have helped you prepare for the PDD case study?

    Lastly.. I'm afraid to ask but, which did you think was harder, PPD or PDD, and why?

    Any guidance you could give would be much appreciated. Congrats again and thanks for your post! I always prefer seeing success stories on this forum... I find them very encouraging.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Hi Dana -- I'm sure Matthew will respond as well.   Generally, the two exams are a lot alike.  

    Here are my PDD notes if it helps you in any way:

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/115009584768-PDD-post-exam-notes- 

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    Matthew Taylor-Rennert

    Dana, 

    Thank you!

    In my studying, I used a few resources to learn about the basics beam loading situations, common shear and moment diagrams. I knew nothing of this before studying a few weeks ago, so when I started it was a bit confusing, but I think after going through it a few times I started to get the jist of it. I practiced resolving some beam reactions, for both uniform loaded beams and point loads. I also practiced calculating max moments for a few different situations. 

    I watched the first few sections of the Dilip Khatri videos on youtube. Found a few other random structural notes, jennies notes for structures I think helps. Also, there's this website that will do beam calcs for you, so you can make up your own beam situation, try to resolve reactions, moments, etc. on paper, and then input it into the website and see if you got it right. 

    http://beamguru.com/online/beam-calculator/

    Designer hacks & Ballast practice questions I'm pretty sure has a decent amount of various calculation type problems feathered in. 

     

    I think overall PDD covers a bit more content, so overall maybe a little more challenging than PPD, but pretty comparable. I think I noticed the pass rates for PDD are actually a little higher than PPD. 

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    Scott Margolies

    I know its been over a month for this thread but I just wanted to say thank you matt for that youtube playlist.I had already gone through a lot of the Dilip Khatri videos but to have those and the other videos in one place was very helpful.

     

    Congrats on your pass and being done.

     

    I'm taking PDD in a couple of weeks and am planning on covering everything you did and hopefully it all works out.

     

    Thanks again.

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