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2008. To make your voice heard, visit the EC&M Home page anytime before now and
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The competition has honored innovation and excellence in product
development in the electrical industry for the past seven years.
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
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
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.
more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.
Decreases in Industrial Manufacturing Predicted for
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.
more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web
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
activities that will advance the technical knowledge base for SSL to be
used for general illumination applications
To read more on this
visit the EC&M Web site.
Nation's Largest Solar
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.
copper compression connectors reduce inventory requirements by
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
with a tight crimp profile for greater pull-out strength. The increased
contact area reduces resistance and eliminates the potential for flash.
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
10R/28L. Additional work includes the design of a new southern parallel
taxiway, design of a new perimeter road, establishing navigational
design of airfield lighting, survey and geotechnical work related to
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
Wanted in California
The Purchasing & Contracting Division of the City of
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone at (619) 235-5855.
Save on Mechanical
Starting at only $0.51, our aluminum Mechanical Lugs & Splices are
for both copper and aluminum conductors. Each connector is re-usable
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. www.elecDirect.com - or call toll
Fenton, Mo.-based Kaiser Electric has been named the
electrical contractor/engineer on the 62,000-square-foot Park East
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
features you would expect to see and more. Maintenance tasks are
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
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
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
ESFI Web site.
Shows & Events
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
documents, hidden risks of green construction, and expediting project
close out. For more information and to register, visit the Construct
Pulp & Paper
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
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