Repairing Corrosion Caused by Problem
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently
issued interim remediation guidance to help homeowners struggling to rid
their properties of problem drywall linked to corrosion of electrical
components in their homes. If your electrical contracting firm has
repaired corrosion caused by problem drywall and would like to share
that experience for possible inclusion in an article in the October
issue of EC&M, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at
(913) 967-1806 or e-mail at email@example.com.
AEMC®'s Clamp-On Ground
Resistance Testers Models 3711 & 3731
Instruments clamp-on ground resistance testers measure ground-rod and
small-system grid resistance without the use of auxiliary ground rods.
Both meters measure ground resistance from 0.01Ω to 1200Ω
without disconnecting the rod under test. They also measure ground
leakage current from 1mA to 30Arms. The large jaw (1.25 in.)
accommodates ground conductors up to 1000MCM. The Model 3731 includes
both an alarm function and a memory function, which will store up to 99
field measurements. www.aemc.com
Around the Circuit
Billings Index Up Only Slightly in June
There was a negligible increase in the Architecture
Billings Index (ABI) last month. As a leading economic indicator of
construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to
12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction
spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C.,
reported the June ABI rating was 46.0, up slightly from a reading of
45.8 the previous month. This score reflects a continued decline in
demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in
billings). The new projects inquiry index increased from 55.5 to
To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.
Add Jobs in June
Construction employment edged closer to stabilizing in
June, as half the states either added construction jobs or kept the same
number as in May, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) reported in
an analysis of federal employment data released today. Compared to June
2009, construction employment rose in six states, the largest number of
states to post year-over-year increases since October 2008.
more on this story, visit EC&M's website.
Backlog Indicator Expands to 7 Months
Washington, D.C.-based Associated Builders and
Contractors (ABC) recently reported that its latest Construction Backlog
Indicator (CBI) increased to 7 months in May — a 27% increase from
January of this year. CBI is a forward-looking indicator that measures
the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the
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Lead Commercial Smart Grid Pilot Program through Illinois-Korea
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago
(BOMA/Chicago) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to
lead a Chicago-based commercial office building smart grid pilot program
as part of the Korea-Illinois smart grid collaboration. This venture
will be funded by the Korea Smart Grid Association and two of Korea's
largest energy and technology companies, KT Corp. and LG
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As the leading electrical integrator in the
United States, Lectrus custom engineers, builds, and
integrates electrical power equipment into robust metal enclosures. It
typically teams with electrical OEM and generator partners to provide
fully integrated, mobile power assemblies that save time, money, and
space when compared to conventional site-built structures.
Electrical Improvements in Detroit
The Wayne County Airport Authority, Detroit, is
soliciting bids for electrical improvements at Willow Run Airport,
Ypsilanti, Mich. This project includes the relocation of edge lights to
meet the current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. Bid
deadline is 2 p.m. EST on August 6. For more information, visit the
Airport Minority Advisory Council website.
Services in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is
requesting proposals from engineering, procurement, and construction
companies interested in providing services to engineer, procure, and
construct the balance of plant facilities and install a 600MW
simple-cycle generating facility to replace Units 5 and 6 at the Haynes
Generating Station, Long Beach, Calif. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. PST
on August 10. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Business
Assistance Virtual Network website.
San Jose, Calif.-based Solexant Corp., developer of
third-generation ultrathin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology, recently
announced the selection of the city of Gresham, Ore., for the location
of its first commercial-scale nanocrystal manufacturing facility. Upon
completion, the 100MW plant will be Oregon's first thin film solar
manufacturing plant and the largest nanotechnology manufacturing
facility in the world.
For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M
Consumers' Interest in and Infrastructure Expectations for Electric
A new report from the Electric Power Research
Institute(EPRI) reveals that 95% of people in Southern California say
they would prefer to charge their electric vehicle at home. The survey,
conducted in conjunction with Southern California Edison, found that 62%
of respondents have a 3-prong, 120V outlet that fulfils the basic
requirement for home charging: located close to the vehicle, typically
in a garage, carport, or driveway. For 240V charging, approximately 83%
report having 240V service in their residence but may require an
additional outlet closer to the vehicle.
For more results of the
survey, visit the EC&M website.
International Operational Sustainability Standard for Data Center
The Uptime Institute recently introduced "Tier Standard:
Operational Sustainability," a new standard for data center owners,
operators, and managers. This standard addresses a facility’s
management behaviors and risks that affect long-term data center uptime
by aligning the infrastructure's capabilities, as defined by the tier
classification system (I-IV), with its ongoing management.
more about the standard, visit the EC&M website.
Consumer Education Campaign on Lighting Changes
The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced plans
for a new consumer education initiative that will be timed to the
upcoming changes in light bulb regulation. The initiative aims to
provide greater awareness of the overall benefits of the legislative
changes and new, greener technologies, such as LEDs and CFLs.
more about the consumer education initiative, visit the EC&M website.
Construction Could Recover by Late 2011
According to the American Institute of Architects' (AIA)
semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, despite modest improvements
in the overall U.S. economy, non-residential construction spending is
expected to decline by more than 20% in 2010 with a marginal increase of
3.1% in 2011 (in inflation adjusted terms).
For more information on
the forecast, visit the EC&M website.
Eye on Safety
OSHA Cites Jet Engine
Components Manufacturer for Electrical Violations
Whitcraft LLC, an Eastford, Conn.-based, jet engine
components manufacturer faces nearly $140,000 in federal fines for 44
alleged violations of electrical, mechanical, chemical, and other
hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited
unguarded or inadequately guarded moving machine parts that exposed
workers to risk of injury and electrical and explosion
Jeffrey Paul, president and co-owner of Whitcraft, says the
company has made many improvements and committed $150,000 for more work.
He says he is surprised by the size and extent of the proposed fine.
Shows & Events
2010 Petroleum and
Chemical Industry Technical Conference
The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) of
the Industry Applications Society (IAS) of IEEE has scheduled its
technical conference for September 20-22 in San Antonio, Texas.
Technical sessions include maintenance strategies for a new era in
electrical safety, applying high-resistance neutral grounding for
medium-voltage systems, and direct current circuit breaker primer. For
more information, visit the IEE PCIC website.
Code Change Conferences Are
The 2011 NEC is coming. Will you be ready for the
changes? By attending one of EC&M's Code Change Conferences,
presented by NEC expert Mike Holt and sponsored by EC&M University, you'll
learn everything you need to know about major NEC changes that will
impact your work, whether you're an electrician, electrical engineer,
electrical designer, plant/facility electrical maintenance person, or
electrical inspector. Check out the following conferences for a location
and time that's right for you.
- Atlanta October 11-12, 2010, Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport
- St. Louis October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside
- Chicago November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
- Seattle November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference
- Philadelphia November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City
- Boston December 6-7, Venue to be determined
- Orlando December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando
If you're a registered professional engineer and attend one of the
2011 NEC Code Change Conferences, you'll be granted professional
development hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing. The program is
also certified as an approved provider of Code Update training by those
states requiring continuing education hours for re-licensing of
journeymen, master electricians, and electrical contractors.
Register now to
attend one of the these events. For more details on the conferences and
a full program, visit EC&M's website.
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