August 16, 2004 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. III No. 15
CONTENTS
Electrical Contracting Foundation Launches Photovoltaic Research Project

Critical Power Coalition to Address Power Quality and Reliability Issues

Mazzetti & Associates Acquires Portland, Ore.-Based CBG Consulting Engineers

URS and Parsons Brinckerhoff Contract With the United States Postal Service

Port Authority Calls for Bids for Airport Lighting Project

Clermont, Fla., Seeks Firms to Perform Electrical Improvements to Lift Stations

Reducing Ground Loops

Eye on Safety

Electrical Manufacturing Expo '04

World Engineering Congress

NFPA World Safety Conference and Expo


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    Around the Circuit
    Electrical Contracting Foundation Launches Photovoltaic Research Project
    To measure the size of the photovoltaic industry, the Electrical Contracting Foundation is funding a research project that will recommend strategies for electrical contractors to get into the business. The study, which will be led by Thomas Glavinich, a professor at the University of Kansas, will also describe best practices for installing photovoltaic systems. The National Electrical Contractors Association will use the results of the study to develop a National Electrical Installation Standard on photovoltaic systems. Photovoltaic systems were once used solely for off-grid applications, but new photosensitive roofing and glazing materials are now expanding the use of solar energy. Entire buildings are being turned into electrical generators, which reduces the peak demand on electrical utility grids. For more information, visit the Electrical Contracting Foundation Web site.


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    Critical Power Coalition to Address Power Quality and Reliability Issues
    On Aug. 14, 2003, a series of events led to one of the largest blackouts in North America's history, which cut off power to 50 million consumers in the Northeast and Canada. To improve the quality, reliability, and continuity of electrical power, vendors and end-users have formed the Critical Power Coalition (CPC). The national organization plans to build a presence in Washington, D.C., promote the sharing of best practices, and differentiate the needs of the critical power industry from those of the grid power industry. Visit the CPC Web site or download a white paper for more information.

    Mazzetti & Associates Acquires Portland, Ore.-Based CBG Consulting Engineers
    Mazzetti & Associates, a San Francisco-based multi-disciplinary engineering firm, acquired Portland, Ore.-based CBG Consulting Engineers to expand its presence on the West Coast. CBG offers mechanical and electrical consulting and design services for hospitals, laboratories, higher education, and other facilities in the Pacific Northwest. "We are very excited to have an established group of engineers who have a reputation for excellence in client care representing Mazzetti & Associates in the Pacific Northwest," says Walt Vernon, president of Mazzetti & Associates, which was founded in 1962 and has 100 employees.

    URS and Parsons Brinckerhoff Contract With the United States Postal Service
    URS Corp., a San Francisco-based engineering and technical services firm, recently announced a joint venture with Parsons Brinckerhoff Construction Services, Inc. The two companies were awarded a nationwide construction management support services contract with the United States Postal Service. The firms will provide construction management assistance and design and design/construction management review services for a two-year base period with two additional four-year option periods.


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    Project Watch
    Port Authority Calls for Bids for Airport Lighting Project
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will accept bids for the removal and replacement of high mast light towers at the Newark Liberty International Airport until
    2:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. Contractors must send their sealed proposals to the Director of Procurement, Attn: Bid Custodian, One Madison Ave., 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10010. For more information, call Cory Mermer at (973) 792-3915 or e-mail cmermer@panynj.gov.


    Clermont, Fla., Seeks Firms to Perform Electrical Improvements to Lift Stations
    The city of Clermont, Fla., is looking for qualified companies to perform electrical improvements to a dozen of the city's lift stations. Contractors must attend a pre-bid conference at 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 at the Clermont City Hall at 685 West Montrose St. in Clermont, Fla. Sealed bids, in triplicate, will be accepted until 2 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Clermont City Hall. For more information, read the bid notice.


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    Zone Exclusives
    Reducing Ground Loops
    When it comes to ground potential, sometimes the shortest distance between two points is a loop. If you're having problems with your process controls and electrical instrumentation, there's a good chance the source is a ground loop. Editorial Director John DeDad examines how to reduce them with signal isolators. Visit EC&M's Web site for the full article.

    Eye on Safety
    New Jersey electrical contracting firms are putting safety first by completing a 30-hour safety training program. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed the program to fulfill the requirements of many insurance companies. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164 in Paramus, N.J., offers the training class to its 3,900 members to meet end-users' demand for advanced certification. "The construction industry has seen a surge in the number of requests from commercial, industrial, and residential developers, builders, and contractors for skilled workers who have successfully completed and achieved this OSHA certification," says J. David Milazzo, president and training director of Local 164.


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    Shows and Events
    Electrical Manufacturing Expo '04
    Earn continuing education credits and learn about new technologies for motors and transformers at the Electrical Manufacturing Expo '04. The Electrical Manufacturing and Coil Winding Association, Inc. is sponsoring the event, which will take place Sept. 20-22 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Attendees can select from conference session tracks such as motor design and manufacturing, testing procedures and quality audits, and industrial motors and drives. For more information, visit the Web site or call Linda Calkins at (440) 232-5830.

    World Engineering Congress
    Electrical professionals are invited to take a trip to Austin for the World Energy Engineering Congress from Sept. 22-23 at the Austin Convention Center. The show will focus on renewable and alternative energy, lighting efficiency, thermal storage, and many other areas. For more information, visit the Web site.

    NFPA World Safety Conference and Expo
    Do you have a story, case study, or practical method related to electrical, building, or life safety? If so, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) invites you to submit a proposal to speak at the 2005 NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition June 6-10 in Las Vegas. The educational tracks include building and life safety, NEC forum, codes and standards, detection and suppression, fire and emergency response, public education, disaster preparedness/business continuity, business management, research, and premises security. Visit the NFPA Web site to see the call for proposals, which are due on Sept. 24.

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