Modified: October 6, 2022

Welcome to Seismic Design Review

Seismic Design Review (SDR) provides civil engineering candidates the most comprehensive products to help them effectively prepare for the 2.5 hour CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) portion of the California Civil Professional Engineers Examination.

For over 30 years, the SDR seminars and SDR workbook have been helping candidates prepare for the California Civil P.E. exam. As the CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) exam passing statistics show, SDR seminar participants have twice the exam passing rate of those who have taken the exam without SDR's help.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

On August 30, 2022 BPELSG announced on their homepage that until further notice, the Seismic Principles Examination will continue to test on the 2019 California Building Code (CBC). Advance notice will be provided when the test is updated to the 2022 California Building Code (CBC). BPELSG indicates that they will provide notification at least 6 months in advance of transitioning to the 2022 California Building Code (CBC).

As a result of that announcement, the content of the current SDR Workbook and the current 2020 SDR On-Demand Webinars (based on the 2018 IBC/2019 CBC and ASCE 7-16) will remain applicable for any CSP exam taken in 2022-Q4, 2023-Q1, 2023-Q2, and quite possibly 2023-Q3.

The release of the new SDR Workbook based on the 2021 IBC/2022 CBC and ASCE 7-16 is being postponed until BPELSG decides what quarter they will begin testing on the 2022 CBC. The Winter 2023 SDR Live Webinars have been cancelled and a Spring 2023 or Summer 2023 SDR On-Demand Webinars will be offered instead with future dates to be determined.

NOTE: All Live Seminar attendees, Live Webinar participants, and On-Demand Webinar - ALL Lectures participants will be provided access to a 55 question online computer-based testing (CBT) sample exam prior to their CA special civil seismic principles examination. This online CBT sample exam is timed (2.5 hours) and results will be providing immediately upon the completion of the exam. Participants will be allowed to take the online CBT sample exam twice.

Intro Video for the 2022-Q4, 2023-Q1 & Q2 CSP Exams

Seismic Design Review – Special Civil Seismic Principles Exam Preparation Products:

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Seismic Design Review Live Seminars

Taught by Steven T. Hiner, MS, SE, this 4-day (30-hour) intensive seminar series is specifically tailored for individuals who do not possess a strong background in structural analysis and/or principles of earthquake resistant design. Focusing on the review of exam specific areas, solving realistic exam-similar practice problems, along with tips and strategies, these seminars will help you effectively prepare the for the CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) examination.

There will be NO Live Seminars in 2022 or 2023.

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Seismic Design Review Live Webinars

The Live Webinars are presented in the same manner as the Live Seminars, but over a period of five weeks. The Live Webinars include intensive and structured review of the important topics, problem solving practice, along with the tips and strategies that will be needed to pass the exam. The Live Webinar format allows you to ask questions and participate in the course from the convenience of your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet device.

There will be NO Live Webinars for the remainder of 2022.

The Winter 2023 SDR Live Webinars have been cancelled pending the BPELSG final decision on which quarter in 2023 they will begin testing on the 2022 California Building Code. Either Spring or Summer 2023 SDR Live Webinars are expected to be offered at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the 2023 quarter testing on the 2022 CBC.

The Spring or Summer 2023 SDR Live Webinars will be based on the 2021 International Building Code (IBC), 2022 California Building Code (CBC), and ASCE 7-16.

The SDR Workbook - 2021 IBC and ASCE 7-16 version, which must be purchased separately from the SDR Live Webinars, will be available at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the 2023 quarter testing on the 2022 CBC.

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Seismic Design Review On-Demand Webinars

Access selected portions or all of the approximate 32 hours of video content recorded from the 2020 Live Webinars.

The On-Demand videos are bundled into four individual lecture modules that match the content presented in the four Live Seminar lectures.

To prepare for the 2022-Q4, 2023-Q1 or 2023-Q2 CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) exam, you may purchase access to ALL of the 2020 SDR On-Demand Webinar lectures, or purchase access to individual On-Demand Webinar lectures. The current On-Demand content is based on the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), 2019 California Building Code (CBC), and ASCE 7-16.

To prepare for the CA Civil Seismic Principles (CSP) exam which will be based on the 2022 California Building Code (2023 quarter to be determined), the 2023 SDR On-Demand Webinars will be created from the recorded and edited Spring or Summer 2023 SDR Live Webinars (dates to be determined) which will be based on the 2021 International Building Code (IBC), 2022 California Building Code (CBC), and ASCE 7-16.

The SDR Workbook - 2021 IBC and ASCE 7-16 version, which must be purchased separately from the SDR On-Demand Webinars, will be available at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the 2023 quarter testing on the 2022 CBC.

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Seismic Design Review Workbook

2018 IBC (2019 CBC) version – SDR Workbooks are NOW in stock and available for order and shipping.

Workbook includes lecture notes, example problems (with comprehensive solutions), 456 multiple choice problems (similar to the exam format), multiple choice solutions, important definitions, notations, short-cut tables, TWO - 55 question sample exams, sample exam solutions, and an index for quick access to the information you will need when taking the exam.