PPD  Calculations and Such
Does anyone know what type of calculations to expect for the PPD exam? Does this exam get into the deep cuts of structural, mechanical, and electrical calculations or is it all cursory knowledge level stuff?
Thanks,
Luis

Hi Luis,
I've been looking into this. I took PPD earlier this year and I'm retaking it later this month.
Have a look at the ARE 5.0 Demo Exam References (the tab near the top). I believe this will contain all the information we need to calculate anything other than costs, so I would be very familiar with it. I *think these references are the same for all the exams, but don't take my word for it. You can also find these equations towards the end of the ARE 5.0 Handbook.For PPD, I would focus in on structural concepts if you are not very familiar with them. There are a lot of structural references in the demo exam, and I was caught offguard my first time around on PPD by the number of structures questions. (So  definitely flip through the FEMA document going over lateral force resistance.) None of them were very mathheavy, however.
I am going through the Thaddeus lectures from an old ARE structures bootcamp. This has been extremely helpful. Reviewing that is pretty math heavy but that's actually helping me galvanize the concepts better than I would if I tried to memorize any equations. I would be comfortable/familiar with them though.
I hope that helps!
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