E-news for the Construction Division October 2006

NCEES Adds Construction Module to Civil PE Exam

The Board of Directors of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) recently approved new specifications for the Civil Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. The specifications include new content areas focused on construction engineering.

The Civil PE exam is a breadth and depth examination. All examinees work the same breadth portion in the morning and then choose one depth module to work in the afternoon. The topic areas of the current depth modules are environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources. Beginning with the spring 2008 exam administration, the exam will include a construction engineering depth module.

The Council has been discussing and researching the possibility of a construction depth module in the Civil PE exam for more than five years. In 2001, the Council voted to include construction issues in its study to update Civil PE exam content. As a part of this study, NCEES surveyed more than 10,000 licensed civil engineers to determine the knowledge areas needed to practice. The survey group represented various fields and geographic locations and included more than 1,600 construction engineers. Survey responses confirmed the need for a construction module.

Many codes, specifications, and regulations now require a licensed professional engineer to design various production and safety systems used to execute the construction process, and it is becoming more common for construction engineers to coordinate other licensed design professionals in design-build projects. NCEES has responded to issues related to the design-build construction process by creating a position statement to recognize the need for licensed professional engineers to be in responsible charge of all engineering services included in design-build projects.

The NCEES Construction Engineering Exam Subcommittee is currently creating questions for the new depth module based on the new specifications. The subcommittee, also chaired by Johnston, is made up of 27 licensed construction engineers working with the Civil PE exam committee. More detailed information about the specifications and content areas of the exam will be published after the fall 2007 exam administration.


NSPE Launches University Outreach Initiative

NSPE and the Practice Divisions have launched a University Outreach Initiative to increase their presence at ABET-accredited schools across the country. The goal is to help existing NSPE student chapters provide valuable networking and support to students on the path to licensure as professional engineers and to bring an NSPE presence to schools that do not currently have NSPE student chapters.

As members of NSPE and the engineering workforce, the Practice Divisions are encouraging members to support this University Outreach Initiative through grassroots activities. One such activity includes members contacting alma maters, or local ABET-accredited universities, in an effort to further NSPE’s mission of guiding students toward licensure and helping them to prepare for their future careers as professional engineers.

Therefore, if you would like to help with the NSPE University Outreach Initiative, download and send this letter to your alma mater, or local ABET-accredited university. If you have any questions about this initiative, contact Marcia Prichard.

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PEC Presents Hot Construction Web Seminars

October 17, 2006 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. E.D.T.
Identification and Monitoring of Construction Components
Clive P. Hohberger, PHD, Vice President of Technology Development,
Zebra Technologies Corporation

November 8, 2006 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Building Information Modeling – Why Owners and Contractors Want It
Mani Subramanian, CCM Executive Vice President, Vanir Construction

January 23, 2007 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Sustainable Design – Advantages of LEED Certification
Tom Hicks, Vice President of LEED, US Green Building Council

February 21, 2007 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Green Building – Where’s the ROI and Marketing Advantage
Gary J. Saulson, Head of Corporate Real Estate, PNC Financial Services

March 21, 2007 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Brownfields Sites – Grants and Incentives to Cleanup and Redevelop
John A. Sartor, PE, PP, Senior Vice President, Paulus, Sokalowski and Sartor, LLC (P S & S)

April 8, 2007 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Through the Roof – Escalating Construction Costs
Michael Kennedy, Principal, Stantec Consulting, Inc.

Register here for One or All today!

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NSPE Ethics Forum - Protection of the Public Health and Safety

NSPE Web Seminars: Ethics Forum
Protection of the Public Health and Safety 

October 18, 12:30–1:30 PM E.D.T.

Professional Competence and Qualifications for Practice

November 15, 12:30–1:30 PM E.S.T.

Honesty and Integrity in Professional Practice

Register today!

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Contact the PEC Executive Board

PEC 2006-07 Executive Board Roster

Arthur DeWit, P.E., F.NSPE
Lake Havasu, AZ

Immediate Past Chair
E. Terence Foster, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE
Omaha, NE

Leonard "Bud" Darby, P.E.
Alexandria, VA

Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
Omaha, NE
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Neff, P.E.
Gainesville, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair 
Paul Bakken, PE  
Centennial, CO

Central Region Vice Chair
Carl Meglan, P.E.
Pickney, MI

Western and Pacific Region Vice Chair
William Beery, P.E.
Hilo, HI

PEC Staff Liaison
Kim Granados, CAE

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