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BIM & Estimating

Building Information Modeling (BIM) was originally designed to create architectural 3D renderings of a project before construction began. BIM quickly became an excellent tool for contractors to coordinate equipment interferences or clash detection for better collaboration between trades. In either case, BIM's objective is to create a 3D computerized model of a project to work out construction designs and conflicts prior to incurring construction costs to ensure that budgets, schedules, and quality are maintained once construction is underway.

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How the Trump Tax Changes Will Affect Your Exit and Your Business

Early November 2016 saw the end of one of the most contentious political presidential elections in quite some time. Each candidate had distinctly different plans for the direction they wanted to take this country.

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Industry Outlook: Why 2017 Is the Year of Prefabrication, Safety, and Innovation

Every year for the last four years, forecasting experts have mistakenly predicted that the demand for new construction would accelerate. And every year for the last four years, the increase has been more gradual than expected. Now that the election is over, a more drastic industry turnaround is long overdue, and I predict we will experience it in 2017.

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How Can Your Organization Become PEF Patriot?

New for 2017, IEC is launching a program that will allow contractor members and chapters the opportunity to support IEC’s advocacy efforts by becoming PEF Patriots, sponsors of IEC’s Political Education Fund...

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Regulatory Reform Bills Pass the House

In the early days of the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives has passed two pieces of legislation that would bring much needed reforms to the regulatory process...

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Notable Regulations That Took Effect in 2016/2017

IEC has put together a brief list of regulations that impact the merit shop electrical contracting industry that took effect in 2016 or take effect in 2017...

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DOL Releases Final EEO Apprenticeship Rule

On December 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its final rule to modernize the equal employment opportunity (EEO) regulations that implement the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937...

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Republican Congress and New Administration Takes Shape

Next week, President Donald Trump will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States...

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NEC and Worker Safety Nov/Dec 16

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is a document that seeks the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. We all too often forget about how important the NEC is to those working on, in, or around electrical equipment. Some State Code adoption hearings include discussions of delaying adoption of the NEC due to cost of the provisions within these requirements or even the cost of buying new books and conducting training. The most disappointing experiences in my book are the discussions that never happen as states drag their feet and take a casual approach to NEC adoption; yet another way to indirectly achieve a delayed adoption of requirements that are there to save lives and property.

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In Uncertain Times Make Your Business Sure

If we want to be insulated from the ebbs and flows of the market, we’re probably in the wrong business – even though there isn’t another industry we’d choose to commit to. Construction is continually exciting; it drives the economy. At the same time, it’s also heavily affected by capital spending, government budgeting and regulation, labor availability, and consumer confidence – in short, just about everything at play in the economy’s ups and downs. That means that far beyond our control there are simply fat times, lean times, and we-just-don’t-know-yet times. So as the industry holds stable in its slow recovery, and while owners and economists can’t guarantee what 2017 will bring, electrical contractors have the opportunity to make themselves sure about the future of their business by investing in the future now.

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