Modified: March 18, 2019

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 Special Civil Seismic Principles portion of the California Civil Professional Engineers Examination.

For over 28 years, the SDR seminars and SDR workbook have been helping candidates prepare for the California Civil P.E. exam. As the Special Civil Seismic Principles Exam passing statistics show, SDR seminar participants have twice the exam passing rate of those who have taken the exam without SDR's help.


Effective January 2020, the Board will begin using the 2019 California Building Code (CBC) and the ASCE 7-16 as the building code and seismic load standard for the CA civil seismic principles exam.

The current content for the Live Seminars and On-Demand Webinars will continue to use the 2016 CBC (2015 IBC) and ASCE 7-10 through the remainder of 2019 for exam applicants who plan on taking the seismic principles exam in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th quarters of 2019.

Exam applicants who DO NOT plan on taking the seismic principles exam until 2020 should wait to register for Live Seminars, Live Webinars, or On-Demand Webinars which will all be updated and based on the 2019 CBC (2018 IBC) and ASCE 7-16 ... starting in January 2020.

NEW: All Live Seminar attendees, Live Webinar participants, and On-Demand Webinar - ALL Lectures participants will be provided access to a 55 question computer-based testing (CBT) sample exam prior to their CA special civil seismic principles examination. This 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 CBT sample exam twice.

NEW Intro Video for the 2018 & 2019 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 (28 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 Special Civil Seismic Principles Exam.

Live Seminars will be held in Pleasanton, CA in September 2019.

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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 offered during all of 2019.

Please refer to the 2018 On-Demand Webinars option noted below.

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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 2018 Live Webinars.

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

Purchase access to ALL of the On-Demand Webinar lectures, or purchase access to individual On-Demand Webinar lectures.

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Seismic Design Review Workbook

2015 IBC (2016 CBC) version – SDR Workbooks are now in stock and available for order and shipping.

Workbook includes lecture notes, example problems (with comprehensive solutions), more than 435 multiple choice problems (similar to the exam format), multiple choice solutions, important definitions, notations, short-cut tables, 55 question sample exam, sample exam solutions, and an index for quick access to the information you will need when taking the exam.