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ELECTRI Reports Available

Friday, March 17, 2017  
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ELECTRI International is pleased to announce the publication of two new research Reports.
The investigation for IDENTIFYING BIM-RELATED COSTS DUE TO CHANGES was done by Hisham Said, Santa Clara University, and Justin Reginato, California State University, Sacramento. This research examines ways that BIM and pre-fab enable greater quality and enhance field installation coordination. It analyzes how BIM and prefabrication become very expensive to use, especially for specialty contractors, if owners are changing plans once BIM models are developed or prefab has commenced. This report

  • investigates the costs associated with late changes and how they impact a contractor’s ability to execute the scope of work
  • provides effective suggestions and recommendations, developed from interviews with several successful specialty contractors
  • presents a process for tracking costs plus separate checklists for the electrical contractor, general contractor and owner
  • highlights the extra BIM and prefabrication costs borne by electrical contractors due to late changes and provides sensible tools for avoiding these costs
  • will help specialty contractors, general contractors and owners create an environment in which BIM and prefabrication will help deliver the projects that owners desire at the lowest possible cost and highest level of quality.

The research team for Applications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Electric Utility Construction was led by Lonny Simonian, PE, PMP, California Polytechnic State University, and Matthew E. Taylor, Washington State University. More and more businesses are dealing with Drones, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems), and RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircrafts). The cost for these flying robots is plummeting while their capabilities are soaring and multiple business sectors are likely to be disrupted by this new technology.  This Research focuses on the landscape of quickly improving hardware and solidifying FAA regulations. This combination is bringing about a critical opportunity for contractors to establish a cutting-edge program to leverage UAVs for utility system monitoring, along with requisite qualifications, safety, and training. This report

  • Provides a broad overview of current capabilities and US regulatory framework.
  • Proposes a set of applications useful for electrical line construction and maintenance, along with example training and operating guides.
  • Offers a starting point for interested businesses to come up to speed quickly on the opportunities and challenges related to UAVs in the current technological/legislative landscape.

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