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December 30, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 24


CONTENTS
Digital Classroom

States Add Construction Jobs in November but See Year-Over Year Declines

Nebraska NECA Chapter Opens Windmill Training Facility

IEC Welcomes North Carolina as its Newest Chapter

Construction Prices Jump in November

Electrical System Upgrade in Utah

Highway and Traffic Lighting and Signal Design in Alaska

Business Brief

Manufacturing Technology Consumption Down in 2009

Report Reveals Future of the Worldwide Construction Industry

Electrical Contractor Dies from Injuries Caused by Fall

ESW 2010

2010 ABC National Convention

Electric West 2010


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Digital Classroom
    The February cover story of EC&M will focus on online learning. We'd like to discuss the pros and cons of online learning experiences from distance learning for advanced degrees to simple learning modules. If you've recently taken a course online or merely watched a Web cast, we'd like to hear from you. Contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com with your comments for possible publication in the article.


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    Around the Circuit
    States Add Construction Jobs in November but See Year-Over Year Declines
    Construction employment increased in 26 states this November as a result of warm, dry weather, according to a recent analysis of employment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the analysis, conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va., found construction employment decreased everywhere except North Dakota over the past 12 months.

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


    Nebraska NECA Chapter Opens Windmill Training Facility
    The Nebraska Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and Locals 22, 265, 231, and 1525 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) officially opened a new wind power training structure at the Electrical Training Facility in Omaha, Neb. NECA and the IBEW are partners in the Electrical Training Facility where the windmill is located.

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


    IEC Welcomes North Carolina as its Newest Chapter
    Alexandria, Va.-based Independent Electrical Contractors' (IEC) National Board of Directors recently announced the chartering of the association's newest chapter, North Carolina IEC.

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


    Construction Prices Jump in November
    Federal data showing sharp increases in the prices of key construction materials, such as diesel, copper, and brass mill shapes, likely foreshadow future increases in construction costs, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. The November producer price index (PPI) report, recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics provide the strongest indication yet that construction prices are heading up, the association notes.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical System Upgrade in Utah
    The City of Orem, Utah, has issued a request for proposal from qualified engineers/architects for the preparation of a detailed engineering design document to bid for energy upgrades to the Orem City Center complex. The deadline to submit proposals is 3 p.m MST on January 6. Questions concerning this project should be directed to Bill Bell, chief building official at (801) 229-7053. For more information, visit the City of Orem Web site.


    Highway and Traffic Lighting and Signal Design in Alaska
    The Northern Region State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Division of Preconstruction Services, Traffic Section, is soliciting professional services to prepare project-specific designs of power supplies and other associated electrical components for highway lighting systems and traffic signal systems. This work may also include design of parking and highway lighting systems and automatic vehicle classification systems in their entirety, or portions of such systems. Submittals must be received no later than 4 p.m. AKST January 19. For more information, visit the State of Alaska's public notice Web site.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Irving, Texas-based Shermco Industries recently announced its work on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) rail system. Shermco has been contracted to test the power of the DART Green Line at each of its 24 substations.

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


    Manufacturing Technology Consumption Down in 2009
    October U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $152.68 million, according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Mclean, Va., and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA), Rockville, Md. This total was down 2.8% from September and down 49.0% from the total of $299.28 million reported for October 2008. With a year-to-date total of $1,372.31 million, 2009 is down 65.9% compared with 2008.

    For more on U.S. manufacturing technology consumption, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Report Reveals Future of the Worldwide Construction Industry
    The FMI/CMAA Tenth Annual Survey of Owners portrays a construction owner community responding to changing economic conditions by looking to service providers for more comprehensive support across the entire building lifecycle. Survey results were presented at the CURT 2009 National Conference in Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 17, 2009. This year’s survey sought to measure current owner attitudes against those of 2006, and to project changes in owner needs and expectations between now and 2014.

    For more on this report, visit the EC&M Web site.


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    Eye on Safety
    Electrical Contractor Dies from Injuries Caused by Fall
    On December 27, Erik Gates, 47, owner of Gateco Electric, Thousand Oaks, Calif., died from blunt-force chest injuries after he fell through a skylight while working on the roof of the Xirrus, Inc. building, Newbury Park, Calif. Gates fell about 30 ft, according to Dean Fryer, spokesperson for California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). Gates appeared on several episodes of the Discovery Channel program MythBusters.


    Shows & Events
    ESW 2010
    The 17th annual IEEE/IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) will be held February 1-5 in Memphis, Tenn. Topics for technical sessions include personal protective grounding, arc flash events, and electrical equipment in hazardous locations. For more information and to register, visist the IEEE Web site.


    2010 ABC National Convention
    The 2010 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Convention will take place from February 3-7 in San Diego, Calif. Sessions at the Construction Leaders Symposium include "Green Building and What it Means to Your Business," "Surety Bonds for Contractors," "How to Effectively Bid on Government Contracts," and "Catching the Upturn: Ensuring Your Organization Is Prepared to Return to Prosperity." For more information and to register, visit the ABC Web site.





    Electric West 2010

    The Electric West 2010 and Power Quality conference will be held March 16-18 in Las Vegas. Topic tracks at this year's event include measurement and testing, power quality and reliability, renewable technologies/green business, and residential/industrial/commercial applications. For more information, visit the Electric West 2010 Web site.

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