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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

The focus of the electrical contracting industry has always been energy. That’s obvious. But, reflect on the history of the industry for a few moments, and it’s just as obvious that the role electrical contractors perform with regard to energy has changed dramatically.

While examining the swath of data compiled about electrical fires, it’s easy to see the tragedy in deaths, injuries and property losses caused by the modern world’s most vital conveniences.

Thermal imaging technology that employs infrared (IR) cameras to detect and measure heat has many applications across a wide range of industries.

In the quest for greater energy efficiency, the focus on buildings intensifies. This concentrated awareness is understandable as residential and nonresidential buildings account for a large portion of society’s total energy consumption.


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A successful design/build project is completed on time and within budget, and meets the customer’s needs and expectations. Customers expect a reliable, maintainable system.

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VDV Design/Build
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Design/build is becoming the project delivery system of choice for many customers because it offers several advantages over traditional design-bid-build project delivery.

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Getting Ready for Boom Times
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Electrical contracting industry leaders’ talk could lead you to conclude that there is never a chance to critically examine your business practices. When the economy is booming and projects are ample, there is no time for it. When business is stagnating, there is no money for it.

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Entering the Strange World of Deductive Modifications
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Change orders can be expected in construction, including error and omission corrections in the contract documents, changes in design, taking account of changed conditions, and change orders for claims (overtime, delays, and interferences).

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Columbo No. 2 - Sags and Interruptions from Upstream Events
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Last month’s article focused on power factor (PF) capacitor switching transients. Although most power quality (PQ) disturbances originated from within a facility, we will again focus on an upstream event relative to the point-of-common-coupling (PCC), alias the service entrance.

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Covering the Bases
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Much project estimate information can be readily gleaned from the plans and specifications, but some requirements are hidden in “boilerplate” wording of the contract documents. A typical area that is often left in limbo is the utilities that are to be connected to the project.

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