Thomas E. Glavinich

Freelance Writer

Thomas E. Glavinich was an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas. His tenure as one of Electrical Contractor's most trusted and reliable source of industry research ended in 2014 when he passed away. Click here for more about Tom.

Articles by Thomas E. Glavinich

November 2004
State of the art technology continue to provide electrical contracting firms with opportunities. Customers need help selecting, installing, maintaining and upgrading their voice/data/video (VDV) systems. As these systems become increasingly integrated, interdependent and complex, the electrical contracting firm should try to become the customer's preferred supplier of VDV services. READ MORE
November 2004
Distributed generation (DG) refers to the practice of locating small-scale electric generating units at or near the load served. With distributed generation, individual buildings or complexes can have a local electric power supply that provides some or all of the facility's electric energy needs. READ MORE
October 2004
Getting the most out of your system An important characteristic of an intelligent building is its ability to sense ambient conditions and react to them. This ability resides in the building’s control systems, the primary purpose of which is to direct the performance of building systems and processes. READ MORE
August 2004
Customers are increasingly using performance specifications to define power, communications and control systems for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities. These systems often require either the integration of equipment or subsystems from multiple vendors or the selection of one vendor’s proprietary system over several other proprietary systems. READ MORE
July 2004
Distributed generation (DG) locates small-scale power generating units close to the load served. These small-scale generating units include traditional rotating machinery such as diesel generators and gas turbines as well as emerging technologies such as microturbines that produce 60-Hertz (Hz) alternating current (AC). READ MORE
June 2004
Photovoltaic (PV) modules convert sunlight into electrical energy that can be used to provide power for specific loads within a building in a standalone system or as a supplement to the building’s utility power supply in an integrated system. Advances in PV materials and manufacturing techniques coupled with increasing electric utility rates are making PV more attractive to building owners. READ MORE
June 2004
Risks include hackers, jamming and more The popularity of wireless networking continues to grow for both businesses and individuals. Wireless networking allows people to obtain data and share information anywhere there is a wireless access point without being tethered to the wired network. READ MORE
May 2004
A quiet conversation in a noisy room The explosion of wireless applications in recent years has resulted in concern that the radio frequency (RF) spectrum is not broad enough to support future demands. “Open spectrum” is an emerging technology that could alleviate this concern and fundamentally change the way we think about the airwaves. READ MORE
April 2004
Prepare to deal with this emerging technology Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is finding wide application in a variety of industries. Electrical contracting firms need to be aware of this new technology and how its customers can use it. Below you will find an introduction to RFID and a discussion of current and future RFID applications. READ MORE