May 2011

Cover Story

Beyond Borders

May 23, 2011 4:48 PM, By Beck Ireland, Staff Writer

Electrical design firms on this year’s Top 40 list expand services and focus on globalization...

Other Features

Negotiating Your Way to Better Profits

May 24, 2011 3:46 PM, By William J. Lynott, Freelance Writer

Why sharpening your negotiation skills can make such a big difference on your next business deal...

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

May 24, 2011 4:28 PM, By Doug Post, P.E., Interstates Engineering

The pros and cons of using underground and “in-the-slip” conduit installations...

How to Use Chapter 9 in Your Next Design

May 24, 2011 11:37 AM, By W. A. “Al” Werning, Freelance Writer

Tips on how to determine proper raceway size...

Creating a Safety Culture for Construction Sites

May 24, 2011 4:05 PM, By Marty Rouse, CSP, Rosendin Electric, Inc.

Rosendin Electric demonstrates how it has achieved such a successful safety record and created a company-wide safety culture...

National Electrical Code

Updated Requirements for Services and Overcurrent Protection

May 23, 2011 3:57 PM, By Mike Holt, NEC Consultant

Understanding the revisions in NEC Article 230...

Illustrated Catastrophes

May 23, 2011 5:18 PM, By Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

As usual, never consider the following commentary associated with these photos as a formal interpretation of the National Electrical Code (NEC). Without criticizing anyone or any product, the following scenarios present us with serious safety questions...

What’s Wrong Here?

May 25, 2011 10:24 AM, By Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

Can you identify the Code violation(s) in this photo?...

Stumped by the Code?

May 23, 2011 4:20 PM, By Mike Holt, NEC Consultant

Your most pressing National Electrical Code (NEC) questions answered...

Industry Viewpoint

The Top 40 in Review

May 24, 2011 4:32 PM, By Mike Eby, Editor-in-Chief

A look back at the last five years of performance among the industry’s leading electrical design firms...

Forensic Casebook

The Case of the Exploding Capacitor

May 23, 2011 5:11 PM, By Leonard Greene, P.E., Orbital Engineering and Consulting, LLC

Oil-filled power factor correction capacitor failure produces fireball that leaves plant operator with severe injuries...

Inside PQ

The 4-1-1 on Variable-Frequency Drives

May 24, 2011 11:32 AM, By Rajan Battish, P.E., LEED AP, RTKL

Basic design and operation principles behind variable-frequency drives (VFDs) ...

Contractor Connection

Wachter Acquires Professional Services Firm

May 23, 2011 4:25 PM

Wachter Technology Services to provide design, configuration and monitoring services for network technologies...

EOTP Allows Guarantee Electrical Co. to Maintain Solid Financial Footing, Pursue Acquisitions

May 23, 2011 4:39 PM

Employee Ownership Transfer Plan (EOTP) enables Guarantee Electrical to pursue acquisitions...

Gaylor Receives ABC’s National Excellence in Construction Award

May 23, 2011 4:41 PM

Work on Essroc New Line Project earns contractor award from Associated Builders and Contractors ...

Rosendin Electric Announces Promotion of Six Key Personnel

May 23, 2011 4:41 PM

Six key personnel at California electrical contractor earn promotions...

Estimating 101

Understanding the Estimating Process - Part 5 of 12

May 23, 2011 4:56 PM, By Linda Candels, Candels Consulting

When it comes to the take-off, there’s much more involved than just counting...

Eye on Safety

Foot Protection

May 23, 2011 5:00 PM

The latest footwear products for electrical workers...

Product Spotlight

Focus on Controllers

May 24, 2011 3:38 PM

Several features have been added to the GRAFIK Eye QS Wireless lighting controller, including a load type configuration that provides optimized dimming for the Cree LR4 and LR6 LED loads...

Analyze This

Analyze This, May 2011

May 23, 2011 3:46 PM

Level of builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in April, which is down one notch from the previous month...

New Products

New Products, May 2011

May 24, 2011 11:39 AM

Submittal Manager is an Internet-based software tool that allows users to build professional-looking job submittals...

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