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Three Research Projects Ready to Launch
As of June 20, 2018

Published on: 
January 29, 2016

At its recent meeting, the ELECTRI Council voted to select three major initiatives to be researched during 2016.

Collective Bargaining and Collective Business Development. A Strategic Initiative for the Electrical Industry, Richard Barnes, C. Richard Barnes and Associates, LLC

The unionized electrical industry has experienced a precipitous drop in market share over the past three decades. This research will focus on breaking that cycle and developing a strategy that recognizes our commitment to the Collective Bargaining Process while simultaneously developing a strategy of Collective Business Development. The research team will look at eight observations needed for behavioral change and develop a train‐the‐trainer program around these observations. The deliverable will provide all material needed to present this program at any level within the participating institutions.

Identifying BIM Related Costs Due to Changes, Hisham Said and Justin Reginato, Santa Clara University

This project will determine the true costs associated with making changes to BIM models. This will, in turn, aid electrical contractors in educating owners and their representatives about the importance of complete project scopes and designs before developing BIM construction models and the true costs associated with ill-timed BIM changes. This study will help owners make educated decisions regarding BIM models and also help electrical contractors articulate the costs of those changes should owners not exercise good judgment with respect to making changes

Applications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Electric Utility Construction, Lonny Simonian, California Polytechnic State University

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) represent an important and growing industry, due largely to their ability to significantly reduce the cost of numerous tasks, relative to traditional approaches. This project will investigate the applicability of UAVs to tasks related to energy transmission, including surveying, preventative inspection, and damage assessment. The primary deliverables from this research will be 1) a research whitepaper that contains a financial analysis comparing conventional approaches versus UAVs, the framework for a safety/training program, a transition roadmap to develop a UAV program, suggested UAV best management practices, and an outline for an ELECTRI short course; 2) a ½ hour webinar, and 3) an online article.