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    Scott Barber

    Congrats, Julie!! And great write-up, thanks for sharing your input!

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    Jingyu Lee

    Thank you for your input, Julie.

    Regarding "Wind, seismic and moment forces (simplified and details to resist)", which reference would you recommend to study for detailing to resist? I studied structural portion, but I couldn't find good literature/references to study for details. 

    Congrats!!

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    Julie Kidder

    The details were an area I didn't specifically study, so I don't have sources at hand.  I'd start with FEMA 454 on earthquakes, but I don't know if they have details.  On wind loads recalling some solutions I'id read about for hurricane resistant housing helped me reach an answer.

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    Brianne Papendick

    Has anyone used black spectacles as a resource for this exam (specifically the lecture series)? I've been a little underwhelmed by the practice tests for PPD.  The format of listening to lectures / taking notes is helpful for me, but I don't want to invest a lot of time into it if the topics for this exam aren't covered thoroughly enough 

     

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    Shraddha Strennen (Edited )

    I have listened to all the Black Spectacles lectures.  For this particular exam my response is - meh.  It's helpful if you need to understand the base concepts for the exam (a foundation).  It's not helpful in passing the exam.  Their other exams and lectures were more helpful but, still not that amazing.  I took all 6 exams in a short, intense period of time using mostly Black Spectacles.  PDD is the only one I failed.  I felt grossly under prepared for it - not entirely because of Black Spectacles but, they definitely didn't help much. If the format works for you and you need the foundation then, maybe try it for a month.  There is a PDD Mock Exam on Feb 21.  If you decide not to purchase it then, maybe look out for the video of the webinar a few days after.  I find those more helpful as it involves application of the concepts which is the exam format.

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