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June 30, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 5, No. 12


CONTENTS
AGC to Sponsor Development of Universal Document Exchange

Work Begins on Arkansas Center to Prevent Electric Blackouts

Fluor Opens New Global Headquarters

Faulty Satellite TV Installations Found in Minnesota

New Hampshire Requests Bids for Emergency Lighting Services

Louisiana City Seeks Contractor for Water Treatment Plant Renovations

Business Brief

Michigan Poll Reports "Lack of Time" as Biggest Excuse for Not Teaching Workplace Safety

H&PQ Conference: Seattle

ILEA Annual Conference


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    Around the Circuit
    AGC to Sponsor Development of Universal Document Exchange
    Washington, D.C.-based Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently reached an agreement with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) for the development of AGCxml, a set of standard industry schemes for exchanging electronic data among A/E/C business-process software applications.

    AGCxml will be one of the few document-exchange standards to address the interoperability issue in the construction industry, enabling any software products or tools using AGCxml to exchange information in a manner that is recognizable between authors using different software systems. AGCxml is intended to facilitate the reliable, electronic exchange of the business-to-business transactional data created by owners, contractors, and design professionals in the course of every design and construction project and found in such documents or forms as owner/contractor agreements, change orders, and requests for information.


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    Work Begins on Arkansas Center to Prevent Electric Blackouts
    Work has recently started on the National Center for Reliable Electric Power and Transmission at the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The center will be dedicated to developing ways to manage electricity to prevent blackouts. The center will include a facility to design and test electronic systems, using a 6.5MW power capacity. In 2005, the center received a $1 million appropriation from the U.S. Energy Department's GridWorks Initiative. It is to receive $2.5 million from the agency next year.

    Fluor Opens New Global Headquarters
    On June 5, Fluor Corp. officially dedicated its new global corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. The build-to-suit corporate headquarters was constructed on a 26-acre property located in the Las Colinas business district of Irving, Texas. The 140,000-square-foot, three-story, dual-wing building includes a commercial kitchen and dining area, employee fitness center, 100-seat auditorium, multiple meeting rooms, three-story glass-enclosed atrium, and a two-story parking facility. The building is constructed of concrete panels clad in natural Texas limestone and was designed and built to meet the certification requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building rating system.

    Faulty Satellite TV Installations Found in Minnesota
    Dish Network affiliate Galaxy 1 Marketing, Bettendorf, Iowa, has recently agreed to inspect 6,700 satellite TV systems installed in Minnesota between 2004 and 2005. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's random sampling of 100 installations discovered that 80 didn't meet the state's electrical code. The department said the improper installations increase the risk of lightning blowing out electronic gear, starting a fire, or injuring people, although no injuries or fires have been tied to the systems. According to the department, faulty grounding was the most common problem.


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    Project Watch
    New Hampshire Requests Bids for Emergency Lighting Services
    The State of New Hampshire is soliciting proposals from subcontractors to provide emergency lighting services for all buildings located on the campus of the New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord, N.H. Bidders are responsible for familiarizing themselves with equipment conditions, locations, and accessibility of the sites. Bids are due by 2 p.m. EST on July 5. For more information, visit the State of New Hampshires's Web site.

    Louisiana City Seeks Contractor for Water Treatment Plant Renovations
    The Purchasing Division for the City of Shreveport, La., is seeking sealed bids for renovations of a 2,400V electrical switchgear at the T.L. Amiss Water Treatment Plant. Construction and improvements include a 2,400V switchgear building, a backwash pump, high service pump controllers, wash water recovery pump controllers, and associated site piping, valves, electrical, instrumentation, and HVAC. There is a mandatory pre-bid conference at 11 a.m. CST on July 12. Proposals must be received at the Purchasing Office by 2 p.m. CST on July 20. A pdf of the bid papers is available on the City of Shreveport's Web site.


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    Business Brief
    Sarasota, Fla.-based Clockwork Home Services, Inc. recently acquired Atlanta-based Mister Sparky, Inc. Under terms of the deal, Clockwork is acquiring ownership, rights, and uses of all Mister Sparky trademarks; the Mister Sparky name; clients; and all other intellectual property and ownership of Mister Sparky's equipment, facilities, and operations. Mister Sparky employs a staff of 68 professionals in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Patrick Kennedy, founder and chief executive officer of Mister Sparky, Inc., will join Clockwork Home Services as vice president of franchise sales. Management of both companies has approved the transaction, which became effective on June 9.

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    Eye on Safety
    Michigan Poll Reports "Lack of Time" as Biggest Excuse for Not Teaching Workplace Safety
    In a recent poll of 700 Michigan business owners, operators, and managers, 25% of participants said that not having enough time was "the greatest barrier" in educating their workers on staying safe. The survey, conducted by Educational, Political, Industrial and Consumer Market Research Analysis (EPIC-MRA), Lansing, Mich., and sponsored by Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, reported that 11% of participants said that high employee turnover was the biggest barrier, and 7% of the participants each blamed availability of information and cost of training. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said that they were undecided as to what is the biggest barrier in providing workplace safety education.

    "Fewer accidents and healthier employees would mean lower insurance costs for Michigan businesses," says Ed Sarpolus, vice president of EPIC-MRA. "If the owners/managers have no focus on workplace safety and preventive health education, they cannot expect to have these healthier employees or fewer accidents."


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    Shows and Events
    H&PQ Conference: Seattle
    EC&M, PowerQuality, and PQNewsBeat present the 2006 Harmonics & Power Quality (H&PQ) conference in Seattle from July 20-21. Presenters at this year's conference will include: William Bush, director of engineering, Signals, Power & Grounding Specialists, Inc.; Bruce Lonie, president, PowerCET Corp.; Chris Melhorn, engineering manager, EPRI Solutions; and Alex McEachern, president, Power Systems Lab. For more information and to register, visit the conference's Web site.

    ILEA Annual Conference
    The 2006 International League of Electrical Associations (ILEA) Conference will be held in Chicago from July 26-29. This year's event will include a primer on continuing education and approved hours, as well as a keynote address on membership retention, recruitment, and how to attract the younger generation to your association. For registration information, contact ILEA at (402) 330-7227.
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