April 29, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV No. 8




CONTENTS
New Alliance Formed to Help Northwest Industries Increase Energy Efficiency

BISCI Launches Wireless Design Specialty

New Online Resource Schools Contractors On Legal Issues

IEEE to Develop New Surge Protection Standard

General Contractor Calls for Electrical Sub on South Carolina Project

New York State Office of General Services Takes Electrical Bids on Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn

Eye on Safety

IEEE/IAS Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference

Connections 2005

A/E Project Management Summit 2005

NETA Annual Technical Conference 2006 Call for Papers


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    Around the Circuit
    New Alliance Formed to Help Northwest Industries Increase Energy Efficiency
    The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, based in Portland, Ore., recently launched the Industrial Efficiency Alliance (IEA) to help industries in the Northwest adopt more energy-efficient business practices. According to Bob Helm, P.E., the Alliance’s industrial sector senior manager who has been named to lead the new venture, the IEA will offer training, information, best practices, and cooperative marketing opportunities to industrial plant managers, corporate officers and their suppliers in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington for using energy more efficiently. With help from suppliers, which include engineering consultants and equipment manufacturers, the IEA supports a "whole systems" approach -- pumps, motors, compressed air, and refrigeration -- to energy efficiency, as opposed to merely swapping out individual components. The group claims that this approach offers customers energy savings of 10% or more, compared to 2% or 3% for components alone. For more information on the IEA, call (888) 720-6823 or visit www.industrialefficiencyalliance.org/.


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    BICSI Launches Wireless Design Specialty
    Network designers with proven wireless knowledge are in greater demand these days, as the use of wireless technology continues to skyrocket. To meet this demand, BICSI has created the RCDD/Wireless Design (WD) Specialty certification. Any active RCDD with at least two years of documentable experience in wireless design may sit for the exam. Those awarded the WD Specialty certification will have demonstrated knowledge and expertise in selected areas of wireless design, including regulations, standards, and codes; wireless fundamentals, system components, and design considerations; point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems; personal area networks; and wireless local areas networks. And within the two-year registration period after passing the exam, all RCDD/WD Specialists must attend a minimum of 30 hours of WD-specific training. For more information, call (800) 242-7405 or visit www.bicsi.org.

    New Online Resource Schools Contractors On Legal Issues
    Providing the latest information on legal and business issues as they relate to the construction industry, www.MidwestConstructionLaw.com, is now available for construction firm owners and managers. Featuring articles written by attorneys on topics such as contracts, billing and payment, labor and employee policies, general business practices, real estate, liability, and insurance, the site also incorporates a daily blog written by construction expert David C. Seitter. Visitors to the site will also find construction news headlines, a construction resource center, and access to construction outlook data as well as a free report titled "How to Use Your Law Firm to Get the Most From Your Construction Business."

    IEEE to Develop New Surge Protection Standard and Revise Others
    The IEEE recently announced it’s working on a new standard for surge voltage protection in AC rotating machinery. IEEE PC62.21.1 standard, "Recommended Practice for the Application of Surge Voltage Protective Equipment on AC Rotating Machinery Rated 1000V or Greater and Less than 30kV, Generators and Single-Turn Coil Motors," will provide guidance in selecting and applying surge protective devices for rotating generators. In addition, the organization is also revising several existing standards, including updates to IEEE PC62.23, "Application Guide for Surge Protection of Electric Generating Plants," IEEE P649, "Standard for Qualifying Class 1E Motor Control Centers for Nuclear Power Generating Stations," and IEEE PC57.12.34, "Requirements for Pad-Mounted, Compartmental Type, Self Cooled; Three-Phase Distribution Transformers, 5MVA and Smaller; High-Voltage, 34.5kV Nominal System Voltage and Below; Low-Voltage, 15kV Nominal System Voltage and Below." For information on the IEEE Standards Association, visit standards.ieee.org/.


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    Project Watch
    General Contractor Calls for Electrical Sub on South Carolina Project
    Randolph & Son Builders, Inc., Pineville, N.C., is requesting bids from minority and women subcontractors (Minority/Women Business Enterprises or M/WBE) for construction work, including electrical, on the York Maintenance Complex project in Rock Hill, S.C. Bids are due by 9 a.m. EST on May 4, 2005. Plans and specifications can be purchased at LDI Reproprinting Center Charlotte, or they can be reviewed at the Randolph & Son Builders' office. Call (704) 588-7116 for directions.

    New York State Office of General Services Takes Electrical Bids on Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn
    The New York Office of General Services is accepting bids for electrical work to the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, located at 681 Clarkson Ave. in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bids must be received by 2 p.m. on May 18 by the Office of General Services, Design & Construction Group, Contract Administration, 35th Fl., Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242. Bids must be accompanied by a certified check, bank check, or bid bond in the amount of $21,200 for electrical. The completion date for the project is 450 days after the agreement is approved. Prospective bidders will be allowed to visit the jobsite to take field measurements and examine existing conditions during a pre-bid meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on May 12, at 322 East 49th St., Brooklyn, NY. For assistance pertaining to the site visit only, call Jill Knight at (914) 948-0345, ext. 0. The bidding and contract documents are available on CD only, and can be obtained for an $8 deposit per set plus a $2 shipipng and handling fee by calling (877) OGS-PLAN.


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    Zone Exclusives
    Eye on Safety
    OSHA is teaming up with the Idaho Associated General Contractors and Idaho Building Contractors Association to co-sponsor seven sessions on "Safety and Health Training in the Residential Construction Industry" throughout the state in the coming months. OSHA's Boise office initiated the training, which is a key feature of a "local emphasis program," aimed at reducing job hazards in the residential construction industry. Company owners, managers, supervisors, and foremen will learn about OSHA standards for residential construction, criteria for fall protection systems and equipment, and how to prepare for safety inspections. The cost for each training session is $10 for AGC and IBAC members and $15 for non-members. To register or for more information, contact Lisa Losness, Idaho AGC safety program manager, at (208) 344-2531 or llosness@idahoagc.org.


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    Shows and Events
    Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference
    Hosted by the Schenectady Section of the IEEE, the Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference (I&CPS) will be held May 8-11 at the Prime Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Offering sessions on topics ranging from photovoltaic power sources, arc-flash hazards, and grounding to hydroelectric power, load profile synthesis, and wind power generation, the event will provide a wealth of information on the most important topics facing power systems engineers today. For information on conference registration, click here, review the meeting schedule, or see a copy of the technical program.

    Connections 2005
    Scheduled for May 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, Calif., the Digital Home Conference and Showcase is touted by show planners as the largest international executive conference for digital home technologies in the world. Produced by Parks Associates in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association, this event offers five tracks: Digital Entertainment and Multimedia Applications, Home Networking and Residential Gateways, Consumer Mobility and Device/Content Portability, Applications, Services, and Consumer Value, and Home Management: Controls, Security, and Health. To register online, click here, or for more information visit the Web site.

    A/E Project Management Summit 2005
    Scheduled for May 24-25 at the Radisson Hotel Boston, this two-day summit will focus on how to achieve a company-wide, proactive project management mindset. Attendees will learn to develop leadership strategies to create a firm-wide culture of effective project management, improve organizational structure and resource planning for the project-based business, enhance project manager performance by nurturing and developing project managers, and leverage technology to enhance project performance. Register online or download a conference brochure.


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    NETA Annual Technical Conference 2006 Call for Papers
    It's time to start thinking about planning your presentation topics for next year's NETA Annual Technical Conference, to be held March 20-23, 2006 in Memphis. Focusing on testing and maintenance for power distribution equipment, the conference will offer a multiple track format. Previous topics have included a review of the basics, new methods, technologies, and advancements, testing procedures, safety procedures and OSHA laws, new types of electrical power equipment, uptime and reliability issues, energy management/efficiencies, and the effects of deregulation. Interested parties should e-mail a 100-word abstract to NETA by June 1, 2005, to neta@netaworld.org or call (303) 697-8441 with questions. Papers are due by Dec. 1, 2005. For more information, visit the Web site.

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