Chapter Corner

Newsroom & Insights: February 2016

Review Your Safety Plan

The beginning of a new year is a great time to refresh your focus on safety. Take this time to brush off your safety plan and get your head back in the game. Triggers are useful ways to initiate good practices. We use triggers for many safety related tasks; one good example is the replacement of batteries in smoke detectors when we change the clocks each year. As you take this opportunity to initiate a focus on safety, here is a list of items that you can use to stir discussion with your team on this topic.


Don't Just Bid: Plan to Bid!

Life’s on the up at the moment…all of your electricians are fully employed and your forward pipeline of work is stretching out ahead of you further than you’ve seen for years. Things just couldn’t be better, but then a bid inquiry lands from a general contractor that you just can’t ignore. It’s a company that’s given you a lot of work in the past and you want to do more work with them in the future. You just can’t afford to upset them, so what do you do?


Retail Center Provides Lessons for Estimators

There's a heck of a lot involved in estimating construction projects. If anyone needs a dramatic case-in-point, there's a 9-building retail center near Tucson - the Tucson Premium Outlets in Marana, Arizona - to remind everyone of what can happen.


Lean Construction Techniques Help Define Costs for More Competitive Bidding

Many electrical contractors are finding that adopting lean construction techniques allows them to estimate costs more accurately. As a result, 40 percent of electrical contractors now consider prefabrication and modular construction a core part of their strategic initiatives, while 82 percent of contractors use building information modeling (BIM) in some form and expect their BIM use to increase by 50 percent over the next two years.


IEC National Welcomes Electrical Enlightenment as a Bronze Industry Partner

IEC National is pleased to welcome Electrical Enlightenment to the association as a Bronze Industry Partner. Electrical Enlightenment is a provider of electrical estimating services for residential, commercial, industrial, technology, and utility electrical construction.