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

March 2004
Wireless networking is a growing segment of the voice/data/video (VDV) market offering a great deal of opportunity for the electrical contracting firm. The establishment of wireless network standards, advances in wireless technology and the need for mobile broadband connections is driving this market. READ MORE
February 2004
The telephone and networked personal computer (PC) have become indispensable tools in today’s fast-paced business environment. Together, these two information appliances allow firms to stay connected with their customers and suppliers as well as gather and share information internally to improve customer service, productivity and profitability. READ MORE
January 2004
Distributed generation (DG) is the term used to describe the placement of small-scale electric generating capacity at or near the load that it serves. In recent years, interest in distributed generation has been growing due to concerns about the ability of the electric power grid to provide an adequate, reliable, and economic supply of electric energy to urban areas. READ MORE
December 2003
Advancing technology is allowing the integration of power, communications and control systems to improve building performance. Owners understand the operational and economic advantages of systems integration and are looking for help in achieving these benefits in both existing buildings and new construction. READ MORE
September 2003
Just like Tom Cruise’s character in the movie “Top Gun,” your customers “feel the need for speed” in their Internet connections and networks. A recent FCC report on high-speed Internet access showed that broadband Internet access increased by 55 percent in the United States in 2002. READ MORE
August 2003
Advances in small-scale generation technology coupled with growing environmental concerns, a changing energy market, evolving public policy and customer need for reliable and economical electric power supplies will provide a new growth market for electrical contractors. READ MORE
July 2003
Electrical contractors can obtain needed equipment by purchasing it, leasing it or renting it. Electrical contractors use each of these three equipment acquisition methods every day and each method has its advantages and disadvantages. READ MORE
May 2003
The demand for broadband Internet access along with advancing network technology continues to provide unprecedented opportunities for electrical contractors. Electrical contractors continue to benefit from the need to expand and improve network infrastructure both inside buildings and the outside infrastructure that connects them. READ MORE
April 2003
Finding the right team is only the first step The popularity of design-build as a project delivery system continues to grow in the United States as more and more owners embrace it. There are a variety of ways that your firm can become involved in this growing market. Your firm can contract directly with the owner as the design/builder on predominately power, communications or control projects. READ MORE