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Research Reports
As of September 22, 2017

Successfully Managing Limited-Energy Systems Projects

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Limited-energy systems (LES) are becoming an increasingly large part of the commercial, industrial, and institutional construction dollar; and this trend will continue.

New Business Opportunities for U.S and Mexican Electrical Contractors

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The Mexican electrical market offers unique business opportunities for US contractors and manufacturers through collaboration and strategic alliances with their Mexican counterparts. In general, profitability margins would be better, for both US and Mexican contractors, if they work as a team.

Negotiating Loss of Labor Efficiency for Electrical Contractors

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The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance for the electrical contractor and subcontractor on presenting loss of labor efficiency claims. Following these guidelines will enhance the likelihood of recovering the additional labor costs.

Surviving Utility Deregulation

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Electric utilities have enjoyed regulated monopolies for many decades. This has changed. All over the country utilities are being required by state lawmakers to make alternative sources of power and services available to customers.

A Survey of Performance Evaluations in the Electrical Construction Industry

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When the subject of improving performance and productivity is examined, it is important to know what tasks workers are doing and how well the workers are doing them. This report examines industry practices concerning job performance evaluations.

A 21st Century Action Plan for Electrical Contractors and Their Workforce

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Electrical contractors rely on a highly skilled and motivated workforce to maintain a competitive advantage and meet market demands. Having a full understanding of workforce issues and a grasp of the future marketplace is central to successful business planning.

Achieving Greater Customer Satisfaction through Labor-Management Partnership

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Market share for unionized contractors has declined over the last 25 years. To regain it, organized labor must partner with contractors to address customer needs. This project designs a cooperative program to create a labor-management partnership.

An Economic Analysis of Portability

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Opportunities in the construction industry for union contractors and labor are becoming increasingly more competitive as the marketplace shifts to one where there is greater nonunion competition.

Safety Risk Management for Electrical Transmission and Distribution Line Construction

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Prior research has established that electrical contractors involved in the construction and maintenance of electrical transmission and distribution (T&D) lines are at extremely high risk of electrocution.

Impact of Overtime on Electrical Labor Productivity: A Measured Mile Approach

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Electrical contractors are frequently faced with the need to compress or accelerate the construction schedule as a result of added scope, delays and/or a late start of activities. The most common approach to schedule acceleration is the use of overtime.

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