Around the Circuit
Decrease for May ABI
In May, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell two
points to 43.4, according to the American Institute of Architects
Down from the 45.5 mark in April -- any score above 50 indicates an
increase in billings -- the decrease extends the downturn in design
activity at architecture firms. The inquiries for new projects score
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AEMC's Model 5070 megohmmeter is the only fully automated 5000V
graphical insulation tester. It provides insulation measurements to
10000G ohms (10 ohms). Test results include DAR, PI, DD, capacitance,
and leakage current as well as programmable temperature correction of
The Model 5070 also offers the ability to
up to three step voltage profiles (40V to 5100V), each containing up to
five steps. The Model 5070 has an RS-232 interface and an extensive
memory function that permits storage results in files specific to the
device under test. Model 5070 can be fully programmed and controlled by
a PC. Includes DataView software for data storage, analysis, and report
here for more details.
AGC Asks Congress to
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC),
Arlington, Va., recently called on Congress to provide an appropriation
of at least $6.8 billion for the Corps of Engineers Civil Works program
in fiscal year 2009. According to AGC, the Administration's proposal of
$4.4 billion for the program -- an $800 million cut over the amount
granted by Congress for fiscal year 2008 -- falls short. AGC and its
members have long advocated for investment in flood protection efforts
to secure homes, businesses, and other critical infrastructure from
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The National Association of Electrical Distributors
(NAED), St. Louis, recently joined forces with other construction
organizations — led by Arlington, Va.-based Associated General
Contractors of America (AGC) and Atlanta-based Construction Owners
Association of America (COAA) -- in support of ConsensusDOCS, which
includes more than 70 contracts and forms and addresses all project
delivery methods. As a result of NAED's membership, its members can
purchase contracts and forms at a special, discounted price available
the ConsensusDOCS Web site.
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Begins on North America's Largest Solar PV Energy Park
Toronto-based SkyPower Corp., and SunEdison,
Mississauga, Ontario, recently broke ground on First Light, North
America’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) energy park, located on
approximately 300 acres of land in Lennox & Addington County, Ontario.
Construction of the 19MW solar park will occur in two phases and is
expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
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has reinvented the compression category with a new ClearChoice
SureCrimp copper compression connectors reduce inventory requirements
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 a
tight crimp profile for greater pull-out strength. The increased
area reduces resistance and eliminates the potential for flash. www.ilsco.com
Wanted in California
The Engineering Division of the Utilities Department of
the City of Palo Alto is seeking proposals for an upgrade to its
Control Center (UCC) for video, room sound system, paper map boards,
consoles, tables, lighting, and incorporation of existing UCC security
systems. The deadline for proposals is July 8. For more information,
contact Carolynn Bisset by phone at (650) 329-2460 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Replacement Needed in Texas
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Austin,
Texas, is requesting bids from contractors to replace electrical
distribution systems and emergency generators in multiple buildings at
the Terrell State Hospital, Terrell, Texas. A pre-bid conference is
scheduled for July 2 at 10 a.m. Bids are due by July 22 at 2 p.m. For
more information, visit the commission's Web
Is your facility safe from arc flash hazards?
Use elecDirect’s line of arc flash safety labels to properly label
potential arc flash hazards. Ten styles to choose from to help ensure a
safe work environment. Each label is only $2.75 and comes in a standard
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The Shaw Group, Baton Rouge, La., recently entered into
a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of its
transmission and distribution engineering business to Pike Electric,
Mount Airy, N.C., for approximately $24 million in cash. Under the
of the agreement, Pike Electric will acquire substantially all of the
assets and assume a majority of the liabilities of Shaw Energy Delivery
Services (EDS), a division of Shaw's Power Group. The transaction is
expected to be completed in Shaw's fourth quarter
fiscal year 2008.
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Eye on Safety
$50,000 for Electrical Accident
Ontario Courts recently fined Arcamm Electrical
Services, Mississauga, Ontario, $50,000 in connection with an injury to
a worker last summer. The electrical contractor pleaded guilty in
connection to an incident where an employee working in the electrical
room of the company was injured while removing a 60A circuit breaker.
During the hearing on June 10, it was found that the power to the
electrical panel was not disconnected and locked out. As a result, an
explosion caused injuries to the worker's face and head. A Ministry of
Labour investigation concluded that Arcamm Electric had not established
or implemented any written procedures for its employees who were
with electrical installation.
Shows & Events
Code Change Conferences
In two informative and interest-filled days with Mike Holt, you'll
about major NEC changes that will impact your work, whether you're an
electrician, contractor, engineer, designer, or plant/facility
maintenance person. You'll also earn continuing education hours and
professional development hours.
Two conferences are scheduled for later this year:
--September 4-5 in Portland, Ore.
--September 8-9 in San Antonio
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