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Around the Circuit
ABI Reaches Highest
Score Since 2007
After stepping back in October reversing into the
negative territory, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rose more than
three points in November to reach its highest mark since December 2007.
As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI
reflects the approximate nine- to12-month lag time between architecture
billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects
(AIA), Washington, D.C., reported the November ABI score was 52.0, up
from a reading of 48.7 the previous month. This score reflects an
increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an
increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.4, down
slightly from a mark of 61.7 in October.
To read more on this story,
visit EC&M's website.
Metro Areas Added
Construction Jobs Year-Over-Year in November
Construction employment either increased or remained
steady in a growing number of metropolitan areas — 120 of 337
— between November 2009 and November 2010, according to a new
analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated
General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. Association
officials say construction employment is improving slightly thanks in
large part to temporary federal funding for stimulus and military
To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.
on SDoC Endorsed by OSHA
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) recently announced that it will continue to require third-party
certification via the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL)
program for electrical products used in American workplaces and refrain
from adopting Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC). OSHA's
decision endorses the position taken by Rosslyn, Va.-based National
Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in comments submitted to the
agency in January 2009.
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Management Systems Gains Momentum
The Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) market, a
growing segment of the larger building efficiency industry, is gaining
momentum as an alternative, cheaper means for end-users to implement
energy efficiency applications in commercial buildings, according to a
new report on BEMS from Pike Research, Boulder, Colo. Conceived out of
the market demand for a lighter, less-expensive and strictly
energy-related automation and management systems for commercial
buildings, the BEMS market includes both specialized and broad-based
solutions. Such solutions range from reactive energy efficiency
optimization software to predictive supply and demand side energy
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Services in Kansas
Sedgwick County, Kansas, is seeking proposals for
on-call electrical services for any and all of the 60-plus buildings it
leases or owns. The contract includes new and repair on-call electrical
work. The deadline for proposals is at 1:45 p.m. CST on January 4. For
more information, visit the county website.
Contract in Wyoming
The Wyoming Department of Administration and
Information, Procurement Section, Cheyenne, Wyo., is receiving sealed
bids for the Unicover Humidity Modifications project in Cheyenne, Wyo.
The project includes installation of electrical controls. A mandatory
pre-bid meeting will be conducted at 10 a.m. MST on January 11. Bids
will be accepted until 2 p.m. MST on January 25. For additional
information and to obtain bidding documents on this project, please
visit the State of Wyoming's website
and click on "Projects Now Available."
ABB, Zurich, Switzerland, and Baldor Electric Co., Fort
Smith, Ark., have agreed that ABB will acquire Baldor in an all-cash
transaction valued at approximately $4.2 billion, including $1.1 billion
of net debt. "We are deeply impressed by the skill and passion of the
Baldor team and their excellent customer relationships," says Ulrich
Spiesshofer, executive committee member responsible for ABB’s Discrete
Automation and Motion division, into which Baldor's business will be
integrated alongside the existing Motors and Generators business. "The
strength of Baldor’s people and executive team, which will continue
under the new ownership, will play a key role in our mutual success."
For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M website.
Program to Help Industries Save Energy, Boost Profits
AlabamaSAVES (Sustainable and Verifiable Energy
Savings), a $60 million revolving loan program, will be a new tool to
help Alabama businesses make upgrades that save energy, reduce operating
expenses, and create work for state residents. Two-percent interest-rate
loans of $250,000 to $4 million will be available to help existing
industrial and commercial businesses finance energy-saving improvements
to their facilities.
For more about this revolving loan program, visit
the EC&M website.
Eye on Safety
to Fines for Nebraska Company
Federal regulators have proposed fining a Nebraska
biofuel company $60,000 for safety violations connected to the
electrocution of a subcontracted worker at the company's Burwell, Neb.,
operation. Next Step Burwell LLC committed five serious citations and
one willful citation, according to the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), including exposing workers to electrical hazards
and failing to provide adequate training.
Two Next Step workers were
shocked when they cleaned out a cable tray and a subcontracted employee
was fatally injured when he checked the same tray..
Shows & Events
The 2011 IEEE/IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) will
take place in Toronto from January 24-28. Topics for tutorials at this
year's event include arc flash, the misuse of voltage, stray current
analysis, and why electrical workers risk working live. For more
information and to register, visit the event's website.
2011 IEC National
The 2011 IEC National Leadership Conference is scheduled
for January 27-29 in Orlando, Fla. Sessions include "Profit Mastery,"
"Building Win-Win Relationships," and "Recognizing Your Leadership
Brand." For more information and to register, visit the event's website.
Electric West 2011
Electric West is scheduled for February 22-24 in Long
Beach, Calif. Topics for this year's sessions include:
For more information and to register, visit www.electricshow.com
Practices & Profitability
- Code Changes &
- Measurement and Testing
Quality and Reliability
- Renewable Technologies/Green
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