I have had the opportunity to travel around the United States over the past few weeks, touring the Illinois Institute of Technology and attending ELECTRI International’s recent meeting in Florida. I realized during this trip that technology is changing more rapidly than had been anticipated in the construction industry.
When I look at estimating software, management software and innovations such as building information modeling, it can be overwhelming to think about where electrical construction has come from and where it is going. But this technology cannot be ignored. We must enhance it by recruiting and retaining the best and brightest personnel.
As we move forward, we must realize technology has improved our lives—and our communities—like never before. Our homes have smart systems that help us enjoy entertainment and provide security for our families. In the commercial industry, technology impacts our lives with building automation systems, causing our building to be more energy efficient. In industrial facilities and the healthcare market, technology helps us with process controls and patient care.
Moreover, we must be diligent about taking advantage of every resource that helps us understand how technology has impacted our industry. Technology will make us more effective, efficient and profitable if we embrace it in our companies for our customers.
Whether you’re an owner or a project manager or serve as field personnel, I want you to be inspired to stay informed on the latest developments in technology. Many publications are provided by ELECTRI International, manufacturers, distributors and universities around the country to help. To move forward, you and your organizations must implement the latest technology at every level.
About The Author
David Long is the current CEO of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). From January 2018 through March 2019, he served as NECA's president.