PDD - PASSED!

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    Scott Barber

    Scott, congratulations!!

    I also passed PPD this morning and my study methods were very, very similar (add Building Codes Illustrated and subtract youtube videos, but that's about the only difference).
    I also had a number of construction document questions and I would say in addition to my experience, studying for PDD made those questions much easier. Another good reason to take them together!

    I'm sure it's a great feeling to be done! I started with PDD/PPD, so I have 4 to go but at least they're all "easier" in one way or another. 

    Hope you're able to celebrate being finished, thanks for sharing your input for others!

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    Randall Hunter

    Congrats Scott! I'm taking PDD in a couple of weeks. Passed PPD two weeks ago. I plan on utilizing Youtube for this exam moreso than any of the others. I've already found a few playlists previously made for PDD and so far some of the videos have been really helpful.

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    ANGELA FERRIGAN

    Hey Randall, would you mind sharing some of the playlists you found for PDD and if you have any suggestions on PPD videos that would be great. Congrats, Scott! Thanks for the study material list.

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    Randall Hunter

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV1PMB9OHPfZ84UKrYdWR4xVx9LfLP6Gh

    This is a list I came across, perhaps from another poster on this forum...? But for PDD and PPD if you just simply go to YouTube and search ARE PPD (or PDD), a ton of videos and playlists will pop up. There is no magic set of videos. I would just comb through them and find topics you want to know more about.

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    ANGELA FERRIGAN

    Got it....thanks!

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    Randall Hunter

    I think I've asked this before but it was for PPD. In the Handbook it says we will be required to size structural systems. Does this mean we should manage to know the general spanning lengths of every possible system...wood joists, wood I-beams, steel joists, concrete slabs, two way concrete, etc etc etc etc...

    My gut says no because so far none of the 5.0 exams have required memorization which is exactly what that would be. I can see knowing glu-lam beams will span further than simple wood beams but the "determine size of structural systems" section in the handbook has me curious.

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    Scott Barber

    I would take the handbook as directly as possible. I know most of 5.0 doesn't encourage or tries to limit the need to memorize, but in this instance I'd say it's necessary to know the typical spans of the systems. When I studied I tried to go beyond the "this system spans farther than this" and have a rough idea for typical spans of each of the more common systems.

    I didn't spend too much time studying this compared to the other material because of the number of questions that were likely to fall into that category (roughly 1/3 of the exam broken up into 6 objectives). It is a lot of info within that one objective, but I didn't stress too much over the possibility of having a small handful of questions that asked for that level of detail. 

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    Scott Margolies

    Randall,

     

    I would say try to know approximate spans and their application. I would not expect them to question you on span lengths but instead questions along the lines of factories would more likely have "X" type of structure.

     

    I personally didn't have any more math problems on PDD than I did on PPD.

     

    The focus of PDD very much becomes construction documents. Much more detail oriented.

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    ANGELA FERRIGAN

    This is all very helpful. I was considering getting Thaddeus' lectures online and now it sounds like I don't need to spend the $325 to do that.

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    Scott Barber

    I think the way 5.0 is structured (pun intended), you don't need to take Thaddeus' class. I actually had him as a professor in grad school and he was fantastic - but the level of detail you're tested on in 5.0 doesn't require all that extra effort to take his class. If you know basic structural calculations (shear/moment for uniform or point load, etc) you'll be good to go. 

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    ANGELA FERRIGAN

    Me too....UNCC alum? Class of 2010....you?

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    Scott Barber (Edited )

    Nice! Yeah I graduated with my masters from UNCC last May. It's cool seeing his name mentioned from people all over the US, he was one of my favorite professors and I still don't know how he's so good with remembering people's names. 

    I had kept my notes from his classes so a couple weeks before PDD a few of us went through them together to refresh on the calculations, but there really aren't many of those questions on the exam and they don't get too complicated. 

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    ANGELA FERRIGAN

    I know, right? I had no idea he was such a big deal...I mean, I knew he was an amazing prof, but to be known nationwide is pretty awesome. I'm sure he would be thrilled to know that we're discouraging people from purchasing his online tutorial.

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    Scott Barber

    I know! A few weeks ago I came a cross a free "Structural Cheat Sheet" which essentially covered all the important equations needed (turned out to be a tad overkill for 5.0), and I thought it'd be helpful to add to my notes. However, after downloading the file I saw his name at the bottom, realizing then why it looked so familiar haha. 

    While I don't think he'd be excited to hear us discouraging others from buying his class, I think he would understand that the transition made his class less relevant. Who knows, maybe he'll produce new stuff for 5.0, but either way I know he made a huge difference for many that were testing in 4.0.

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    Mel D.

    Scott, even though you said it was a tad overkill for 5.0 would you mind sharing the "Structural Cheat Sheet" you're referring to?

    I passed SPD, PPP, CDS in 4.0 and transitioned into the ARE 5.0 exams.  I am not having much luck so far in passing PPD, PDD.  I took PPD and failed twice so far and at the end of the month I am taking PDD for the first time.  I'm not feeling super confident about nailing PDD so any further advice or resources I would be happy to hear.

     

    Thanks!

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    Kelly Haines

    Mary;

     

    Many questions came from the calculations you will find in MEEB.  I have seen a link posted elsewhere in regards to a study guide to this book.  For PDD you will need to know a bit about building systems and detailing and where in a set to find the correct answer.  The CD set that is a reference material in PDD is hard to navigate so allow enough time to find the small notes.  Best of luck we can all see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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