Free Civil Videos

Free Civil Videos!

I am so proud of the amazing team of instructors we have assembled to teach our Civil PE Exam reviews.  They are all passionate about teaching in addition to being very skilled their field of expertise. I have been so impressed with how they have embraced the Dr. Tom Method and have worked so diligently to create excellent lessons, problems and study plans for our exam reviews. Like me, they just love to see the light bulb go on when a student finally understands how to solve a problem.

That’s why our civil instructors are offering additional Free Civil Videos – to help people make that leap of understanding. As they come across topics in the MERM and problems on the NCEES Practice Exam that need greater clarification beyond our DTC PE Exam Review, our civil instructors are creating these videos to help folks understand them better.

Our goal is to keep adding new free videos as we come across topics that need them. The more I’ve worked with engineers and helping them prepare for the PE Exam, the more I have realized what a difference getting your PE can make in a person’s life. I get so excited when our participants pass the exam. That really is what I enjoy most about all this, helping to change people’s lives. And now I’ve got these fantastic civil instructors to help me do that for civil engineers as well.

– Dr. Tom

NCEES Civil PE Practice Exams – Instructional Companion Videos

The goal of these videos is to address selected problems on the NCEES Practice Exams that have solutions that caused confusion with participants in our Civil Engineering PE Exam Review Courses.

DTC recommends that anyone taking the PE Exam purchase the NCEES Practice Exam for the exam they are taking. It is an essential exam review resource. https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/

We’re reviewing Civil AM: Transportation Problem 128 in the NCEES Civil Practice Exams together because we typically solve vertical curve problems to find elevations along a curve (such as the elevation at a particular point or the high/low point). The key for this problem is to recall that taking a derivative of an equation will provide the slope, so by taking the derivative of the parabolic equation and using the given information, the slope at the given point can be determined. Give it a try, then watch the video.

DTC recommends that anyone taking the PE Exam purchase the NCEES Practice Exam for the exam they are taking. It is an essential exam review resource. https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/

We’re reviewing this problem together because this involves an evaluation of traffic count data in a way that is non-typical (a single day of traffic counts is used to represent a month). The key for this problem is to read and understand the problem clearly (the NCEES improved the wording of the problem through an errata). The problem is looking for a seasonal factor that can be used to multiply the Average Daily Traffic (ADT) to arrive at an estimate of the peak or seasonal daily traffic volume.

DTC recommends that anyone taking the PE Exam purchase the NCEES Practice Exam for the exam they are taking. It is an essential exam review resource. https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/

Problem 120 in the NCEES Civil Practice Exam for Water Resources & Environmental is like many on the exam, it gives you some extraneous information. You have to be careful to read the problem and use the correct depth of flow. It’s a two part problem where you begin by using the Manning equation for flow rate to determine the flow rate in the channel, then use that rate to determine the time to discharge the given runoff volume. Watch your units, and enjoy the video!

DTC recommends that anyone taking the PE Exam purchase the NCEES Practice Exam for the exam they are taking. It is an essential exam review resource. https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/

Problem 510 is found in the PM practice exam for Water Resources and Environmental—but don’t be afraid to try it if you are just taking the AM portion as it’s a great problem to practice open channel flow computations!

DTC recommends that anyone taking the PE Exam purchase the NCEES Practice Exam for the exam they are taking. It is an essential exam review resource. https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/

Civil PE Exam – AM Exam Instructional Companion Videos

The goal of these videos is to address tricky concepts that are important to understand if you are taking any of the Civil Engineering PE Exams.

The combination of horizontal and cross-sectional elements onto one image can be difficult to understand and interpret. In this video, we break down the key points of a horizontal curve and explain how and when the slope of the roadway changes to obtain the necessary cross slopes. Step-by-step, both the outside and inside edge of pavement elevations (relative to the centerline) are described.

– Dr. Daniel Findley

This video covers a core element of a roadway’s operation – level of service. The general topic of density is an Civil AM topic, while the application of density for measuring a freeway’s level of service spans into the Transportation PM area. Density, in terms of passenger cars in 1 mile of one lane of a freeway, is tied to the level of service that drivers experience – the higher the density of vehicles, the worse the level of service.

– Dr. Daniel Findley