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May 15, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 9

Cast Your Vote Now!

ABI Hits Lowest Level in History of Survey

Bigger Decreases in Industrial Manufacturing Predicted for Second Quarter 2008

DOE Releases Funding Opportunity for SSL Core Technology Research Round 5

SCE Launches Nation's Largest Solar Panel Installation

Runway Design Requested in Ohio

Electrical Engineering Services Wanted in California

Business Brief

EFSI Sponsors Electrical Safety Month

Construct 2008

Pulp & Paper Industry Conference

Sponsored Q&A Partners

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    Do you want the opportunity to win a $100 gift check? If you're an EC&M subscriber, we invite you to help us select this year's Product of the Year winner. The deadline for voting is June 22, 2008. To make your voice heard, visit the EC&M Home page anytime before now and then. Click on "vote now and become eligible for a $100 gift check," located in the center of the page. You can click on a link for each of the 24 category winners to read a brief description of the product features and view a photo. Once you're finished with your review, you can click on the "vote here for your favorite" link, which allows you to enter in your contact information, choose your favorite product, and click submit. As an added incentive to capture your vote, five lucky voters will be randomly selected to receive one of five $100 gift checks -- so don't delay. Vote today!

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    AEMC's Ground Resistance Tester
    AEMC®'s rugged Digital Ground Resistance Tester with automatic calculation of test results -- Model 6470 -- performs grounding resistance, earth coupling measurement, soil resistivity, and bonding tests. This easy-to-use and accurate instrument measures up to 512 test results that can be stored in internal memory for later recall to the display or downloaded to a PC for analysis and hard copy reports with automatic fall-of-potential plots. Click here for more details.

    Around the Circuit
    ABI Hits Lowest Level in History of Survey
    The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped two points in March, marking its lowest level since the survey's inception in 1995. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine- to twelve-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C., reported the March ABI rating dropped to 39.7, following its steep nine-point decline in February - any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings. The inquiries for new projects score was 48.0, also the lowest mark in the history of the survey.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.

    Bigger Decreases in Industrial Manufacturing Predicted for
    Second Quarter 2008

    Although overall spending on construction projects in the industrial manufacturing industry has been on a downward slope, the decline has not been as significant as many analysts predicted, says a recent survey from Industrial Info Resources, Sugar Land, Texas. However, the first large decrease in spending within the industry is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2008. Whether that decline will continue into subsequent quarters is yet to be seen.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.

    DOE Releases Funding Opportunity for SSL Core Technology Research Round 5
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Core Technology Research funding opportunity (Round 5) on May 5. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, is soliciting applications from research organizations to perform high-priority core technology research activities that will advance the technical knowledge base for SSL to be used for general illumination applications

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.

    SCE Launches Nation's Largest Solar
    Panel Installation

    Rosemead, Calif.-based Southern California Edison (SCE) recently launched the nation's largest solar cell installation. The project is estimated to place 250MW of photovoltaic (PV) technology on 65 million square feet of roofs on southern California commercial buildings. According to the company, the installation plans were prompted by advances in solar technology that reduce the cost of installed PV generation. When combined with the size of SCE's investment, the resulting costs per unit are projected to be half that of common PV installations in California.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.

    ILSCO has reinvented the compression category with a new ClearChoice® solution.
    SureCrimp copper compression connectors reduce inventory requirements by accepting multiple conductor classes including fine stranded and building wire. UL-listed, CSA-certified, and range-taking when installed with approved tools and dies. Circumferential dies produce strong, long-lasting crimps with a tight crimp profile for greater pull-out strength. The increased contact area reduces resistance and eliminates the potential for flash.

    Project Watch
    Runway Design Requested in Ohio
    The Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA), Columbus, Ohio is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from firms interested in and qualified to provide professional design services for the relocation of runway 10R/28L at Port Columbus International Airport. The primary scope of work involves the design of a new runway 10R/28L approximately 702 feet south of the existing runway 10R/28L. Additional work includes the design of a new southern parallel taxiway, design of a new perimeter road, establishing navigational aids, design of airfield lighting, survey and geotechnical work related to the design, and providing construction representation. The deadline for submitting SOQs is 2 p.m. on May 29. For more information, you may download a pdf from the CRAA's Web site.

    Electrical Engineering Services
    Wanted in California

    The Purchasing & Contracting Division of the City of San Diego is inviting submittals of Statement of Qualification (SOQ) from highly qualified firms, joint ventures, or individuals desiring to be considered for placement on the joint City/County/Port consultant rotation list for electrical engineering professional services for the calendar years 2009-2010. The statements must be received by 5 p.m. PST on July 3.

    The request for qualifications may be viewed and printed in pdf format from the city's Web site. Parties interested in submitting a SOQ must request the original Microsoft Word submittal forms by contacting John Mendivil, consultant services coordinator, by e-mail at or phone at (619) 235-5855.

    Save on Mechanical
    Lugs & Splices

    Starting at only $0.51, our aluminum Mechanical Lugs & Splices are rated for both copper and aluminum conductors. Each connector is re-usable and needs only a hex wrench for assembly. I-Beam Lugs, Lay-In Lugs, and Panel Board Lugs are UL-listed and CSA-certified. Great quality, great price, great delivery. Use Coupon Code EZONE508 at checkout to receive 10% off your next order. - or call toll free 800-701-0975.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Fenton, Mo.-based Kaiser Electric has been named the electrical contractor/engineer on the 62,000-square-foot Park East Lofts development in St. Louis City's Central West End neighborhood. Kaiser Electric is providing wiring for the lighting, voice/data, fire alarm, security, cable television, and power systems within the condominiums, retail space, and parking garage. Construction on the estimated $24 million development began in June 2007 and is expected to be completed in October 2008.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.

    Check More, Fix More, Spend Less!
    The new Agilent U1240A series enables you to check more with all the DMM features you would expect to see and more. Maintenance tasks are greatly simplified with frequency and capacitance and dual temperature functions. And new features, like a switch counter, harmonic ratio, and differential temperature, further extend your capabilities with just a push of the button. Click to learn more.

    Eye on Safety
    EFSI Sponsors Electrical Safety Month
    The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), Rosslyn, Va., is again sponsoring this month's observance of National Electrical Safety Month. According to the organization, more than 46,000 workers suffered electrical injuries within the last decade, and nearly 300 workers die every year from exposure to electrical hazards. To help prevent these injuries and to promote awareness of electrical hazards, ESFI currently is developing an electrical safety workplace toolkit. Among other resources, the kit will include a DVD covering four major topics: NFPA 70E, electrical safety for industrial and construction workers, job planning for qualified persons and work permits, and de-energizing and testing before touching.

    The kit, which will be launched in June, primarily focuses on the industrial and manufacturing industries but will also include a segment for construction safety. For more information about Electrical Safety Month, workplace electrical safety, and tips to prevent electrical hazards in aging homes, visit the ESFI Web site.

    Shows & Events
    Construct 2008
    Construct 2008: The Art of Science and Building is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the Construction Standards Institute (CSI) Annual Convention from June 3-6 in Las Vegas. Educational sessions at this year's event include topics such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Internet security for online design documents, hidden risks of green construction, and expediting project close out. For more information and to register, visit the Construct 2008 Web site.

    Pulp & Paper Industry Conference
    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Industry Applications Society (IAS) present the 54th annual Pulp & Paper Industry Conference from June 22-27 in Seattle. Papers to be read this year include "Developments in Industrial Lighting," "Effect of Arc Flash Test Configurations on Arc Rating of PPE," "Electrical Safety Standards & Regulations," and "Application of High Resistance Grounding with New Technology to Reduce Hazards." For more information and to register, visit the event's Web site.

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