February 28, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV No. 4




CONTENTS
Study Reports No Cost Savings From Online Reverse Auctions

Professional Engineers Market Their Services on the Internet

Texas Government to Spend Millions of Dollars on Architectural and Engineering Services

Cast Your Vote Now!

Arizona Hospital Invites Subcontractors to Bid on Clinic Remodeling Project

Texas High School to Undergo $2 Million in Renovation

BICSI 2005 Winter Conference Field Report

Eye on Safety

NETA Conference

Electrical Expo

Globalcon


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    Around the Circuit
    Study Reports No Cost Savings From Online Reverse Auctions
    Reverse online auctions may promise to deliver cost savings in several industries, including construction, but a new study from two Louisiana State University professors found no data to support these claims. The researchers reviewed hundreds of published articles, papers, and reports on the auctioning of commodities and services to come to their conclusion. The second phase of the study will evaluate the effect of online reverse auctions on bidding processes, project relationships, and work quality in the construction industry. To learn more about online reverse auctions, read "Buyers Beware: The Ins and Outs of Reverse Auctions" on page C14 of the February issue of EC&M.


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    Professional Engineers Market Their Services on the Internet
    If your company is thinking about launching a professional Web site, you no longer have to have ".com" at the end of your URL. A Boston-based Internet registry has tailored domains for the engineering industry. EnCirca has developed an "eng.pro" domain that allows an engineer to use a fully functioning Internet address that can be used for e-mail, Web sites, and marketing in search engines. The company has already introduced other industry-specific domains such as law.pro for lawyers, med.pro for medical doctors, and cpa.pro for accountants.

    Texas Government to Spend Millions of Dollars on Architectural and Engineering Services
    The Texas government spent more than
    $874 million on architectural and engineering services in the last two fiscal years, according to the Austin Business Journal, and new construction projects are in the pipeline. Texas A&M University plans to build a new campus in San Antonio, which will open in 2009. The university has also solicited bids from firms interested in providing electrical and engineering services for campus projects. The McLennan Community College board of trustees also voted to hold a countywide election on a $73 million bond package for campus construction projects, such as a new science building, additional classroom space, and an emergency services training center.


    Cast Your Vote Now!
    Do you want the opportunity to win $100? Then visit the EC&M Web site by March 24 to cast your vote in EC&M's Product of the Year competition and help us to identify the best new product introduced in 2004 for the electrical industry. When you visit the EC&M Product of the Year page, an automatic poll will pop up. (Note: If you have a pop-up blocker program, it may prevent you from seeing the poll.) You then need to type in your contact information, choose your favorite product, and click submit. It's that simple. A panel of eight judges narrowed the field from 136 entrants to 25 category finalists, and now we need your help to determine the Platinum Award winner. The competition has honored innovation and excellence in product development in the electrical industry for the past five years.


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    Project Watch
    Arizona Hospital Invites Subcontractors to Bid on Clinic Remodeling Project
    The University Physicians Hospital in Tuscon, Ariz., plans to remodel the Kino Behavioral Health Services Clinic. Sealed bids should be sent to Pima County Procurement, Design and Construction, 130 W. Congress St., Administration Building, Second Floor, Tucson, AZ 85701 by 2 p.m. on March 16. The scope of work includes the partial demolition and rebuilding of the first floor of the clinic and involves both fire alarm and electrical work. For more information, view the bid notice.

    Texas High School to Undergo $2 Million in Renovation
    Browning Construction Co. encourages subcontractors to bid on a new construction and renovation project at the Jefferson High School in San Antonio. Bids are due at
    2 p.m. on March 10 and should be sent to Browning Construction Co., 903 Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78212. The project will span eight months beginning in May 2005, and a significant amount of the work must take place during the school's summer break. For more information, view the bid notice.



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    Zone Exclusives
    BICSI 2005 Winter Conference Field Report
    Today's telecommunications systems now carry more than just voice and data. As buildings are increasingly using Internet protocol, the information carried on a building's system can vary from security supervision to building control or automation. To reflect this current trend, BICSI has changed its mission to serve the information transport industry. The telecommunciations association made the announcement at the recent BICSI 2005 Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla. Visit EC&M's Web site to read the full article.

    Eye on Safety
    The IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) gives engineers a professional venue for publishing their research results and sharing information on ways to minimize hazardous situations. The committee has been around since 1987, but it became an IEEE society last January. Since that time, the PSES has become the only IEEE society to offer completely electronic services. Members communicate through an automatic e-mail server and discuss regulations and standards online. The virtual society will soon launch an online newsletter and plans to publish a journal in 2006 on the PSES Web site.


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    Shows and Events
    NETA Conference
    More than 20 industry experts will present technical papers on such topics as safety, rotating equipment, and circuit breakers at the 2005 InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) conference March 21-24 in New Orleans. The trade show will feature more than 70 suppliers, and the seminars will offer in-depth training from field experienced instructors. View a PDF of the conference program or visit the NETA Web site for more information.

    Electrical Expo
    The St. Louis Electrical Board (SLEB) invites electrical contractors to attend the 2005 Electrical Expo
    March 22-23 at America's Center in St. Louis. Thousands of users, specifiers, purchasers, and installers exchange ideas through seminars and product displays. The nine seminars will cover such topics as power quality, electrical hazards, and lighting design. For more information, visit the SLEB Web site.


    Globalcon
    Learn about the latest developments in the energy industry, compare energy supply options, and discover cost-conscious project implementation strategies at Globalcon 2005 from March 23-24 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J. The multi-track conference, which is sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers, will emphasize four different areas: HVAC and building systems, lighting efficiency, combined heat and power/distributed generation, and plant and facilities management. For more information, visit the Globalcon Web site.
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