recently announced the publication of two new research reports.
The investigation for
Identifying BIM-Related Costs Due
to Changes (Index #F3416) was
done by Hisham Said, Santa
Clara University, and Justin Regi-nato, California State University,
This research examines ways
that BIM and pre-fab enable greater quality and enhance field
installation coordination. It analyzes how BIM and prefabrication become very expensive to use, especially for specialty
contractors, if owners are changing plans once BIM models
are developed or prefab has commenced.
The research team for Applications for Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles in Electric Utility Construction (Index #F3415) was led
by Lonny Simonian, PE, PMP, California Polytechnic State Uni-
versity, and Matthew E. Taylor, Washington State University.
More and more businesses are dealing with Drones, UAVs
(Unmanned Aerial Vehicles),
sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial
Systems), and RPAs (Remotely
Piloted Aircrafts). The cost for
these flying robots is plummeting
while their capabilities are soaring and multiple business sectors
are likely to be disrupted by this
new technology. This research
focuses on the landscape of
quickly improving hardware and
solidifying FAA regulations.
Go to www.electri.org to obtain the reports.
Industry Leaders Gather in San Antonio for NECA Now 2017
NECA Now has grown ever bigger after another success this year in San Antonio.
Held in late March at the JW Marriott Hill Country, registration for NECA Now 2017
surpassed totals from the 2015 event. It focused on leadership development with presentations by top business experts. Other sessions covered a variety of current topics
such as business development, operations, financing and personal development.
The event’s top speakers included James Benham, a technology solutions expert who
discussed the latest trends, solutions and devices in building technologies and how they
will rewrite the rules for construction projects, and Jonah Berger, a marketing professor
at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, who examined the behavioral
science that underlies important questions about popular products and ideas and why they catch on.
Throughout the conference, attendees spent time networking and catching up with friends and colleagues. Interactive
breaks offered attendees the chance to explore new topics and get insight on issues that are important to them. NECA’s Premier Partners were also on hand to talk about the latest offerings and services that are available to electrical contractors and
to join in the discussions.
NECA Develops New Safety Guide for Conducting Job
NECA has developed a new guide for use by our member’s employees in the field to
understand how to conduct proper job briefings. The NECA Guide to Job Briefings (Index
#5401-17) is the newest addition to NECA’s safety publications.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Fire Protection
Association have developed requirements to ensure that job briefings are performed and
documented properly. The guide provides examples and templates to meet both of these
requirements and provide training to employees.
The guide is available in print form or as part of a PDF digital resource kit.
“The NECA Guide to Job Briefings is a must for every jobsite and service truck,” says Wesley L. Wheeler, NECA’s
Director of Safety.
Visit www.necastore.com for more information.
ELECTRI International Introduces New Publications
Discussing BIM-Related Costs, Drones