Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) serve as the backbone of operational systems, ensuring consistency, standardization, and improved project execution. In this educational session, participants will explore the significance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the electrical contracting industry based on ELECTRI International research. By examining real-world examples from industries like aerospace and military, attendees will understand how SOPs contribute to stability, safety, and success.

Addressing the Changing Workforce in Electrical Contracting

Small, simple steps can drive meaningful change and foster conversations to shape the future of the construction industry’s labor outlook. This session will analyze vital industry data, explore demographic insights, workforce perceptions, and key challenges facing electrical contractors through focusing on findings from the ELECTRI International study titled “Addressing a Changing Trade Workforce: Strategies for Electrical Contractors.” Innovative solutions and actionable strategies will also be developed by looking at workforce dilemmas and focusing on the often-overlooked worker viewpoint.

Cracking the Code: Data-Driven Negotiation Strategies for Fair Contracts in Construction 

General contractors and subcontractors can utilize data to achieve mutual understanding and fairness during contract review. This session will show the most common pitfalls in negotiations and project execution, and then reveal strategies for successful outcomes. ELECTRI and Document Crunch research will be leveraged to touch on the current state of the market and help contractors understand where they stand against their peers when it comes to contract risk and how to make informed decisions about the contracts they are signing.

ELECTRI International Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge (ECIC)

The Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge (ECIC) is ELECTRI International’s annual challenge for NECA Student Chapters. Student Chapter teams agree that the popular challenge is stimulating because it makes them focus on problem solving by thinking in new, creative ways. This year’s student challenge focused on innovation and student’s creativity.

Each faculty advisor and student team worked with their local NECA chapter and contractors to deliver a proposal containing building information modeling (BIM) tasks for the Trimble Phase 2 project. Students put themselves in the position of an electrical contractor to perform tasks related to layout and coordination of various electrical systems in the project. The teams used the same computer software that industry leaders typically use. During the competition, the student teams tackled challenges that BIM engineers face when completing a project. These challenges included creating a BIM execution plan, a detailed work assignment log, a prefabrication plan, installation drawings, and more. They also had the opportunity to work with various forms of software that BIM engineers use in the industry. This included modeling electrical systems using Revit, doing coordination in Navisworks and Trimble Connect, and leveraging technology solutions offered by Trimble for office and field construction professionals.