Coming Up in EC&M
BIM Technology and
Much has been written about the use of buiding
information modeling (BIM) and its efficiencies in design and
engineering. However, for the November issue of EC&M, we'd like
to hear from electrical contractors who have installed systems modeled
using BIM technology. If you have experience using BIM technology for
installation of electrical systems and equipment and would like to share
it for possible inclusion in the article, contact Staff Writer Beck
Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AEMC® Introduces New Dual-Display Clamp-On Meters
Models 670 & 675
AEMC®'s Models 670 and 675
are True RMS clamp-on meters that provide RMS measurements for today's
non-linear electrical environments. These meters are designed to measure
and display amps and volts at the same time. They are also auto-ranging
and provide the best measurement range and resolution for
troubleshooting. They are sized for comfortable, one-handed operation.
The tapered and hooked jaw design facilitates maneuvering in crowded
wiring and breaker panels, making it easy to select conductors.
Around the Circuit
NEMA Publishes EM
1-2010, "Exit Sign Visibility Testing Requirements for Safety and Energy
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has
published EM 1-2010, "Exit Sign Visibility Testing Requirements for
Safety and Energy Efficiency." The standard, last published in 2007, was
produced by NEMA’s Emergency Lighting Section.
To read more on this
story, visit EC&M's website.
NECA Releases New
Wiring Device Installation Standard
NECA 130-2010, "Standard for Installing and Maintaining
Wiring Devices," describes the installation and maintenance of
low-voltage wiring devices permanently installed on building premises
and wiring systems for residential, commercial, and industrial
applications in non-hazardous (unclassified) locations, such as for
convenience receptacles, lighting switches, disconnect switches, and
fixed, stationary or portable electric signs.
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story, visit EC&M's website.
Spending Marks 10-Year Low
Total construction spending declined to a 10-year low of
$805 billion in July, as investments in construction projects dropped
1.0% from a downwardly revised June total, according to the Associated
General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials note that
figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show depressed private-sector
activity, and local and state budget cuts are offsetting stimulus-funded
To read more on this story, visit EC&M's
Fluorescent Lamp Shipments Show Double Digit Increase
The T5 lamp shipments index published by Rosslyn,
Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
registered a reading of 152.0 during the second quarter of 2010, a 41.1%
increase from a year ago. The index reclaimed lost ground from the
previous quarter, rebounding by 19.8%. T8 lamp shipments also showed
robust growth, increasing 12.7 on a year-over-year basis. Conversely,
shipments of T12 lamps declined 2.6% and 7.9% for the quarterly and
year-over-year comparisons, respectively.
To read more on this story,
visit EC&M's website.
Marketing, Business, Training, and Product Resources
Schneider Electric Advantage portal gives you 24/7 access to free online
marketing, business, and training resources developed exclusively for
electrical contractors. One website provides access to Square D, Juno
Lighting, and APC products, services, and support that help you deliver
integrated solutions to your customers.
Register today at http://advantage.schneider-electric.us
and enter keycode s320w.
Contract in Pennsylvania
Brodhead Creek Regional Authority, Moore County, Pa., is
receiving bids for an electrical contract. The scope of work for the
electrical contract generally includes electrical demolition; electrical
power distribution; new diesel generators; instrumentation and control
system wiring; conduit and cable; lighting; motor control centers;
switchgear; electrical installation at the off-site force main odor
control system; and related electrical work. Sealed bids shall be
submitted and updated online until 2 p.m. EST September 30. All
documents and solicitation details are available at PennBid.
The City of Stillwater, Okla., is seeking proposals for
electrical installation for its transportation service center. Scope of
work includes electrical wiring, equipment, and accessories. Deadline
for proposals is 3 p.m. CST on October 4. For more information, download
a pdf from the Stillwater website.
GreenWizard, Inc. and Henderson Engineers, Inc., Kansas
City, Mo., have agreed to co-develop an online mechanical, engineering,
and plumbing (MEP) product-specifying and workflow tool. Specifically,
the tool will help engineers and designers identify the relevant
weighting and performance criteria for various MEP products.
Business Briefs, visit the EC&M website.
Millions to Support Wind Energy Development
The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced it is
awarding more than $5 million to support U.S. wind energy development.
Two projects receiving a total of $3.4 million over two years will
improve short-term wind forecasting, which will accelerate the use of
wind power in electricity transmission networks by allowing utilities
and grid operators to more accurately forecast when and where
electricity will be generated from wind power. Three additional projects
are receiving a total of more than $1.8 million to boost the speed and
scale of midsize wind turbine technology development and deployment.
These grants will help reach the goal of doubling U.S. renewable energy
To read more about funding for wind energy
projects, visit the EC&M website.
Index Stalls, Slumps
According to the National Lighting Bureau (NLB), the
modest but encouraging, steady growth exhibited by the NEMA Lighting
Systems Index (LSI) since the third quarter of 2009 has come to an end,
with second-quarter 2010 LSI performance falling 0.3% below
first-quarter 2010 results.
To read more about the lighting index
results, visit the EC&M website.
Eye on Safety
Electrocuted in Florida
On September 20, an employee of Davco Electrical
Contractors Corp., Boynton Beach, Fla., was electrocuted at NorthStar
U.S. Food Service, Port Orange, Fla., while working on buried electrical
cabling on the north side of the business complex. Wade Leonard Madol,
59, of Daytona Beach, Fla., was with another worker when he touched a
bare conductor. Both workers thought the power had been turned
off, according to Tonya Gilardi, spokeswoman for the Port Orange Fire
Department. The incident is under investigation by the U.S. Occupational
Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
Shows & Events
National Convention & Electric Expo
The 53rd annual IEC National Convention & Electric Expo
is scheduled for October 26-29 in Phoenix. Sessions include profiting
from the green building market, electrical safety lockout/tagout, and
winning bids using pricing content. For more information and to
register, visit the event's website.
The ISC Solutions, formerly ISC East, will take place
from November 3-4 in New York. The event will feature product
applications and conference content for healthcare, campus, and
government sectors. For more information and to register, visit the ISC
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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