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Vol. X, No. 16
AGC Reports Annual Slight Construction Employment Increases in Metropolitan Areas
Manufacturing Technology Orders up 103.9% from June 2010
National Demand-Response Directory Launches
Pike Research Releases Report on Microgrids for Campus Environments
Electrical Construction in Pennsylvania
Electric Utility Construction and Operation and Maintenance in Florida
Lessons Learned from Large-Scale Fire Alarm Installation at Two California Hospitals
EMCOR Group, Inc. Subsidiary Awarded Contract for Installation of Pump Station Power Systems for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Picayune Strand Restoration Project
DOE Launches New Tools to Accelerate Adoption of Electric Vehicles
AGC and NASBP Release New Edition of the Construction and Surety Industries' Primer
Construction Backlog up 10% in Second Quarter
OSHA Cites American Pulverizer Co. for Electrical Violations
2011 IEEE/IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
IAS 2011 Annual Meeting
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AGC Reports Annual Slight Construction Employment Increases in Metropolitan Areas

Construction employment increased in 136 out of 337 metropolitan areas between July 2010 and July 2011, declined in 148 areas, and stayed level in 53, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. Association officials noted that the local employment data remains mostly stagnant amid declines in publicly-funded construction activity.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders up 103.9% from June 2010

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $459.39 million according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), McLean, Va., and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA), Rockville, Md. This total, as reported by companies participating in the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, was up 15.3% from May and up 91.7% when compared with the total of $239.68 million reported for June 2010. With a year-to-date total of $2,453.78 million, 2011 is up 103.9% compared with 2010.

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National Demand-Response Directory Launches

Skipping Stone, a Los Angeles-based energy consulting firm providing market assessment, strategy development, strategy implementation, talent management, and managed services, announced recently the formal launch of the National Demand Response Directory, a reference guide to all the commercial and industrial demand-response programs in the United States. The directory provides a summary report for more than 450 demand-response program providers, including links to the provider websites. More than 1,300 commercial and industrial demand-response programs across the country are defined within the summary reports, many with links directly to the program details.

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Pike Research Releases Report on Microgrids for Campus Environments

Microgrids, which are pockets of distributed energy resources that can be isolated from the utility power grid, represent an attractive option for single-owner campus environments, according to a new report from Boulder, Colo.-based Pike Research. Campus microgrids, especially for educational institutions, are currently the leading segment of the microgrid market in terms of actual online operating capacity. Interest in microgrids is now spreading beyond the educational institution market to other campus segments, as well, including commercial, government, health care, industrial, and research campus markets.

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Project Watch

Electrical Construction in Pennsylvania

The Easttown Municipal Authority, Devon, Pa., is seeking bids for the electrical construction contract at its Devon Hunt Pump Station. Scope of work includes all electrical work for new wastewater pump station including electric service, wire and conduit, lighting, variable frequency drives, emergency generator, autodialer and telephone service, and demolition of existing pump station. Deadline for bids is 10 a.m. EST on September 28. For more information, visit the PennBid website.

Electric Utility Construction and Operation and Maintenance in Florida

The City of South Daytona, Fla., is soliciting proposals for the provision of services necessary for the operation, maintenance, and ongoing construction of a newly formed municipal electric utility. Scope of work includes distribution system operation and maintenance services, public information assistance, and transition services. A mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST on September 8. The deadline for bids is 2 p.m. EST on September 29. For more information, visit the South Daytona, Fla., website.

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Web Exclusives

Lessons Learned from Large-Scale Fire Alarm Installation at Two California Hospitals

A small fire breaks out in a hospital's outpatient wing. Immediately, the fire alarm system kicks into action. The hospital engineering staff is alerted to the activated device location, the fire department is called, and an audible chime strobe informs the public. Meanwhile, in the ambulatory care's private mode area, nurses are notified via the chime strobe and an alarming device on the nurse call system. Now, emergency egress can calmly take place in the affected areas. Of course, such a potentially disastrous scenario would only proceed so smoothly if a code-compliant fire alarm/voice evacuation system had been carefully specified and installed — and a well-trained facility staff was manning the system.

To read more about the installation of integrated fire alarm/mass notification systems at the renovated VA Palo Alto Health Care System campus and the new John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif., visit the EC&M website.

EMCOR Group, Inc. Subsidiary Awarded Contract for Installation of Pump Station Power Systems for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Picayune Strand Restoration Project

EMCOR Group, Inc. recently announced that its Dynalectric Co. subsidiary has been awarded a contract for the installation of the power distribution systems for the pump station at the Faka Union Pump Station for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Picayune Strand Restoration Project, Collier County, Fla. Dynalectric Co. joins EMCOR subsidiary Harry Pepper & Associates, Inc., which was awarded a contract for the construction and installation of the pump station, as announced in December 2010.

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DOE Launches New Tools to Accelerate Adoption of Electric Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the launch of two online tools designed to help communities better prepare for widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). DOE has developed a template to help local governments design permits for residential EV charger installations and accelerate the approval process. DOE has also released a training video to provide inspectors and electricians with a guide to facilitate inspections and installations of home EV chargers.

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AGC and NASBP Release New Edition of the Construction and Surety Industries' Primer

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) announce the release of the new, revised edition of the construction and surety industries’ primer on the surety bond product, The Basic Bond Book. The construction and surety industries have relied for two decades on this resource to introduce contract surety bonds to those entering the construction and surety industries.

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Construction Backlog up 10% in Second Quarter

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently reported that its construction backlog indicator (CBI) rose 10% in the second quarter of 2011 to an average of 8.1 months, up from 7.3 months the previous quarter. The CBI is 12% higher than one year ago. CBI is a forward-looking indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future.

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Eye on Safety

OSHA Cites American Pulverizer Co. for Electrical Violations

OSHA has cited St. Louis-based manufacturer American Pulverizer Co. for one repeat, 31 serious, and one other-than-serious safety violation. OSHA's inspection of the reduction equipment manufacturing facility was initiated in February under a local emphasis program focused on electrical safety in general industry establishments. Proposed penalties total $121,100.

"There is no excuse for such lack of attention to hazards in the work environment," said Charles Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "It is imperative that employers take the necessary steps to provide a safe workplace for all employees in order to prevent needless injuries or worse."

The repeat violation relates to a lack of grounding continuity in electrical equipment. A similar violation was cited in October 2006. The serious violations address hazards associated with cranes, lockout/tagout of energy sources, powered industrial trucks, electrical equipment, flammable liquids and gas, welding, housekeeping, and machine guarding. The other-than-serious violation involves a record-keeping deficiency.

Shows & Events

2011 IEEE/IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference

The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) of the Industry Applications Society (IAS) of IEEE will present its 2011 IEEE/IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference from September 19-21 in Toronto. Topics for technical sessions at this year's event include electrical equipment maintenance, electrical safety and arc flash hazards, electric motor storage, and induction motors. For more information and to register, visit the IEEE website.

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

The 2011 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is scheduled for October 4.7 in Toronto. Topics for education sessions include green building basics, LEED rating systems, residential remodeling, and green building codes, incentives, and mandates. For more information and to register, visit the Greenbuild website.

IAS 2011 Annual Meeting

The IEEE Industrial Applications Society (IAS) 2011 Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 9-13 in Orlando, Fla. Technical sessions include "IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Phenomena Collaborative Research Project," "Hybrid Fuzzy Bang-Bang Mode Controller for Electric Motor Drives Applications," "Connectivity of DC Microgrids Involving Sustainable Energy Sources," "Getting Ready for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations," and "Combined Electric Light and Daylight Systems Ecodesign." For more information and to register, visit the IEEE website.


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