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Salary bump after licensure
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I am curious to know if it is logical to believe that after you become an RLA, (versus just a designer), if you should expect a significant increase in pay?I ask this only out of curiosity, and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tosh K Mar 9, 2016.

LARE EXAM SECTION 1 ADVICE
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I have not yet setup when exactly I want to start taking the exam, however, I would like to start taking the exams so I can get licensed within the next year or so.  What is the best source, and…Continue

Tags: advice, study, guidance, help, 1

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joshua Elam Dec 28, 2014.

Grading & Drainage tips, tricks and autocad tools
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Hello All,I am looking for ways to become more efficient when doing grading and drainage plans within autocad.  I graduated 18 months ago. I was wanting tips, tricks or autocad tools that people have…Continue

Tags: efficiency, effectiveness, calculations, autocad, drainage

Started this discussion. Last reply by Calico Nov 20, 2014.

All sheets in one file?...
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Ok so I work for a great firm, but most everything is done old school (not neccessarily hand drawing only, but in autocad I fill that we could be saving so much time and energy by doing things the…Continue

Tags: sheetsets, help, layouts, templates, layerstates

Started this discussion. Last reply by Amy Åkerlund Mar 6, 2014.

 

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Tosh K replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'Salary bump after licensure'
"Pay is tied to work produced - we get paid for the work produced (not hourly rate, though it's not entirely unrelated).  When proposals and contracts are written up, the hours for tasks is approximated, with the associated rate and the…"
Mar 9, 2016
brian matthew walker replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'Salary bump after licensure'
"That was actually pretty encouraging! Thanks for that. It does sometimes feel like it is hanging over my head, Like I have something I have to get done!"
Feb 26, 2016
brian matthew walker replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'Salary bump after licensure'
"I appreciate your responses! Just to be clear, I do not anticipate being handed a raise based on a sheet of paper I took a test for. I just wasn't sure if a set billable fee directly determined how much you pay for the person who billed the…"
Feb 26, 2016
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'Salary bump after licensure'
"Also, It is not lost on your employer that you are more marketable if you are licensed. It can make your employer think that it is a good time to make sure that a valued employee does not have any reasons to test the market and evaluate your pay…"
Feb 26, 2016
Dennis J. Jarrard, PLA, CLARB replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'Salary bump after licensure'
"Andrew and Chris are right it doesn't automatically mean a raise.  Billable rates are based on the position you hold with the firm.  Like Andrew mentioned having your license certainly makes you more marketable and most firms like to…"
Feb 26, 2016
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'Salary bump after licensure'
"I don't know what is typical, but it does add to your marketability if/when you either nee or want to work somewhere else and especially if you step out on your own. The best time to get licensed, in my opinion, is when you can. If you should…"
Feb 26, 2016
brian matthew walker replied to Robert Anderson's discussion '3D Design'
"I typically create the base in autocad (flatten if needed), then import the drawing into Sketchup.  I use a lot of plugins to further cleanup the drawing in SU, also to join line, purge any unnecessary layers.  Then run "make…"
Feb 25, 2016
mark foster replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'pool construction details'
"A good source:  http://watershapes.com/"
Apr 30, 2015
Ryland Fox replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'pool construction details'
"Alan's look fairly similar to ours.  We always put that they are schematic in nature with the mechanics to be designed by the pool contractor. The we review the pool contractor's drawings for finishes and sizes."
Apr 27, 2015
Devid Sapher replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'pool construction details'
"We can not find online source for lecture but we an find out few good blogs or sites over Google where we can get tips."
Apr 24, 2015
Joshua Elam replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'LARE EXAM SECTION 1 ADVICE'
"I have a full box of materials.  Literally an entire box filled with all the information you could ever need to study for all the sections.  I've accumulated this great collection over the years.  If you are interested in buying…"
Dec 28, 2014
Tosh K replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'LARE EXAM SECTION 1 ADVICE'
"Ready, Set, Practice.  Also Hinze's Construction Contracts (chapter 9 or 10, no need to go over the whole book), you can buy an older edition as the new ones are rather pricey.  They're about the only things I looked at."
Dec 1, 2014
Calico replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'Grading & Drainage tips, tricks and autocad tools'
"If you are using LT, you are basically grading by hand on paper, scanning your design for use as a reference, and then refining your sketched contours while digitizing. If your contract docs are prepared with a 1' contour interval at 1" =…"
Nov 20, 2014
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'Grading & Drainage tips, tricks and autocad tools'
"Here is one specific example for a specific circumstance that may inspire you to your own strategies (I also use LT). I often make a small circle into a block that I name "c" that I use in conjunction with the measure command. If I have a…"
Nov 20, 2014
Mark Di Lucido replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'All sheets in one file?...'
"I suggest adopting what can easily and quickly be learned, employed, and shared across multiple firms as opposed to procedures that are harder to learn and require strict adherence to standards but supposedly offer the most time/cost saving. That…"
Mar 5, 2014
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to brian matthew walker's discussion 'All sheets in one file?...'
"A lot of us work in residential and we are not xreffing 30 drawings together. That is a whole separate world that a lot of us don't have to deal with and have little interest in going there. We completely understand the need and…"
Mar 4, 2014

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Site Measuring Revisited Again 2 Replies

I've put up a couple of discussions in the past regarding tools and methods for site measuring to supplement a survey or for a small project. Back in November I saw the video below and decided to buy the Disto S910 because of its ability to export a…Continue

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