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December 15, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 23


CONTENTS
LonWorks Becomes ISO/IEC Standard

Missouri Compiles List of Ready Projects

Lighting Systems Index Reaches 10-Year Low

States Reveal Budget Shortfalls

Parking Lot Lighting Project in Georgia

Electrical Engineering Services in South Carolina

Business Brief

N.C. Building Panel to Review GFCI Requirement

BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition

Electric West 2009


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    Around the Circuit
    LonWorks Becomes ISO/IEC Standard
    San Jose, Calif.-based LonMark International, a non-profit, member-driven standards development and industry trade association supporting the LonWorks control-networking technologies, recently announced that the voting members of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Geneva, have formally approved LonWorks control networking technology as ISO/IEC 14908, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. The four parts of the standard set comprise the core protocol: the twisted-pair; free-topology-wiring transfer medium; the powerline transfer medium; and the use of the Internet Protocol (IP) as a tunneling transfer medium.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web site.


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    Missouri Compiles List of Ready Projects
    The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Jefferson City, Mo., released a list of 34 transportation projects, costing a total of $510 million. "We stand ready to quickly deliver 34 transportation improvements that would mean jobs, increased safety, and a better quality of life for Missourians," says Pete Rahn, MoDOT director. "These are much-needed projects that will benefit Missouri citizens, and we urge Congress to act positively on an economic stimulus package that includes a minimum of $25 billion for transportation infrastructure projects."

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web site.


    Lighting Systems Index Reaches 10-Year Low
    Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently released its third-quarter Lighting Systems Index, which indicates that lighting equipment shipments contracted 4.3% from second-quarter 2008's level, reaching a 10-year low, according to the National Lighting Bureau (NLB), Silver Spring, Md. Third-quarter 2008 performance receded to the 92.5-point level. The prior low point was reached during the fourth quarter of 2006, which reached a 93.5-point level, followed by the first quarter of 1999 at 94.5 points.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web site.


    States Reveal Budget Shortfalls
    Results from a survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures show that states face a $32 billion budget gap, after already closing a $40 billion gap since the start of the current fiscal year. The organization is projecting a $65 billion gap for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1 for most states.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web site.


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    Project Watch
    Parking Lot Lighting Project in Georgia
    The Gilmer County, Ga., Board of Commissioners is seeking proposals from general contractors for the construction of two parking lots located in the downtown area of Ellijay, Ga. The project will be bid in three packages, including electrical, which features parking lot lighting and sidewalk lighting. A mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held at 2 p.m. on December 16. All proposals must be submitted no later than December 29 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the project architect, JKH Architects, Dalton, Ga., at (706) 278-4242.


    Electrical Engineering Services in South Carolina
    Richland School District Two, Columbia, S.C., is accepting resumes from qualified firms to provide electrical engineering services on an indefinite delivery basis for three years with the option to renew for two additional years. All resumes must be received by 10:45 a.m. on January 15. Direct all questions to George Gooch, manager of maintenance and energy resources, Richland School District Two, Service Support Center, Columbia, S.C., at (803) 736-3774.


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    Business Brief
    Norwalk, Conn.-based EMCOR Group recently announced that the Portland, Ore.-based branch of its Dynalectric subsidiary has received a contract for the installation of electrical systems involved in the expansion of the Shriners Hospital for Children Portland, Ore. Dynalectric Oregon will be responsible for the installation of electrical systems, including power lighting, voice and data, security, nurse call and HVAC controls.

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


    Eye on Safety
    N.C. Building Panel to Review GFCI Requirement
    The N.C. Building Code Council, Raleigh, N.C., will review the rule that requires ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in rooms other than bedrooms. The state legislature recently asked the council to take a second look at the code change, stating that the issue didn't get a full and fair discussion the first time. The council is scheduled to vote on the issue in June.


    Shows & Events
    BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition
    The 2009 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition will take place from January 18-22 in Orlando, Fla. Topics for seminars at this year's event include fiber-optic system performance, shielded cabling, and the next-generation wireless facility. For more information and to register, visit the BICSI Web site.





    Electric West 2009

    The Electric West Show, to be held March 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with the Power Quality Reliability Conference, is the perfect place to brush up on the latest NEC topics — and earn continuing education credits in the process. Geared toward electrical contractors, consulting and specifying engineers, electricians, and plant facility personnel, there’s something for everyone at the Electric Show. The biggest electrical marketplace in the western United States, this event attracts 250 exhibiting companies and more than 6,000 attendees every year. Here's a preview of some of the NEC seminars planned for next year's event:

    • One- and Two-Family Dwelling Unit Electrical Systems
    • Changes to the 2008 NEC
    • Swimming Pools and Similar Installations (NEC Article 680)
    • Introduction to the 2009 NFPA 70E
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