January 2014: Construction Outlook


If the 2013 economy were a horse race, it often trotted more than galloped.


Winners of Showstopper Awards at the 2013 NECA Show in Washington, D.C., r­epresent a broad...

The current economic climate in Washington, D.C., is uncertain at best. Last minute approval of...

An easy workflow delivers informative rendered results for an exterior site in AGi32

From simple apps for mobile devices that store product data, to more sophisticated, computer-based software...

A section of the tunnel from the back of the TBM

The city of Columbus, Ohio, has a problem. For years, untreated wastewater has overflowed from...

The drive to use technology to improve productivity and efficiency is not limited to factories...

On a similar plane, the evolution of digital technology has transformed almost every aspect of...

Studies increasingly show effective lighting promotes worker productivity and satisfaction.

Lighting strategies to optimize worker performance are alive and well. 
In fact, the correlation between...

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| January 2014
Each year, we receive construction forecasts that we presumably use to determine what to expect for the promise of work during the coming year.

, 1. Amprobe's LT-10 lamp tester, 2. Cree's LED lamp, 3. Day & Night Solar's Sun Commander Series 8000, 4. Eaton's Cooper Wiring Devices' USB-charging receptacle, 5. Fluke Networkds' 1730 three-phase energy logger, 6. Greenlee's G3 Tugger cable puller, 7. Legrand's Itray, 8. Leviton's USB charger, 9. L.H. Dottie's insulated tool kit, 10. The Mag Daddy, 11. Milwaukee Tool's hooded sweatshirt, 12. Schneider Electric's Square D Model 6 arc-resistant MCC, 13. Southwire's SimPull CoilPak, 14. Spexco's wire/cable raceway, 15. SP Products' support plate, 16. Thomas & Betts' Carlon horizontal Adjust-A-Box, 17. Trimble's TX5 3-D laser scanning system, 18. Biribright's Benchmark Series LED lamp, 19. Wahoo Innovations' Escoret light pole and material cart, 20. Westex's TrueComfort fabrics
| January 2014
Winners of Showstopper Awards at the 2013 NECA Show in Washington, D.C., r­epresent a broad assortment from simple to complex, ranging from a heated, hooded sweatshirt to a so

| January 2014
Energy services is a growth market for electrical contractors that builds on their service contracting, design/build and project management capabilities.

| January 2014
There is no shortage of hype and futuristic rhetoric when it comes to the innovation that is taking place these days in the field of energy technology.

| January 2014
The next function of electrical estimating software (after the database, which I covered last month), is having a way for you to enter your takeoff into the estimating system.