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September 24, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 18



CONTENTS
BIM Technology and Installation

NEMA Publishes EM 1-2010, "Exit Sign Visibility Testing Requirements for Safety and Energy Efficiency"

NECA Releases New Wiring Device Installation Standard

July Construction Spending Marks 10-Year Low

NEMA's T5 Fluorescent Lamp Shipments Show Double Digit Increase

Electrical Contract in Pennsylvania

Electric Installation in Oklahoma

Business Brief

DOE Awards Millions to Support Wind Energy Development

Lighting Systems Index Stalls, Slumps

Electrician Electrocuted in Florida

IEC National Convention & Electric Expo

ISC Solutions

Code Change Conferences Are Coming


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    BIM Technology and Installation
    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 beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    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.
    Visit: www.aemc.com.


    Around the Circuit
    NEMA Publishes EM 1-2010, "Exit Sign Visibility Testing Requirements for Safety and Energy Efficiency"
    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.

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


    July Construction 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 construction spending.

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


    NEMA's T5 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.


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    Project Watch
    Electrical 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.


    Electric Installation in Oklahoma
    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.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    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.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M website.


    DOE Awards 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 generation capacity.

    To read more about funding for wind energy projects, visit the EC&M website.


    Lighting Systems 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
    Electrician 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




    IEC 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.


    ISC Solutions
    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 Solutions website.


    Code Change Conferences Are Coming
    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 Hotel
    • St. Louis October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside Chalet
    • Chicago November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
    • Seattle November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
    • Philadelphia November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
    • Boston December 6-7, Venue to be determined
    • Orlando December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport

    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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