ELECTRI International Program Review Committee Selects Research Finalists

Thursday, December 05, 2013

ELECTRI International received 72 research proposals in response to its 2013/2014 Request for Proposal sent to leading research institutions throughout North America.

The Program Review Committee took a critical look at each suggested project to determine, first and foremost: How will the results of this research help make our electrical contractors better at what they do?

Following the Committee's analysis, nine research proposals have now been selected as finalists:

  • Innovative Tool to Increase Daily Productivity: Formalizing the Foreman's Backlog, Cindy Menches, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Managing Worker Fatigue on Transmission/Distribution Line Work, Matthew Hallowell, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Smart Energy Academy for the Electrical Construction Industry, David Riley, Penn State University
  • Evaluation of CW & CE Classifications, Thomas Glavinich, University of Kansas
  • Lessons Learned in Prefabrication, Todd L. Sirotiak, Diversified Construction Services
  • From Field to Office: A Management Training Program, Susan Bogus, University of New Mexico
  • Overcoming Barriers to CW/CE Implementation, Todd L. Sirotiak, Diversified Construction Services
  • Measuring Productivity and the Impact of Prefabrication on Productivity, Mark Federle, Marquette University
  • Characterizing the Impact of Prefabrication on Productivity in Building Electrical Construction, Phil Lewis, Oklahoma State University

Each principal investigator will be invited to present the research initiative proposal to the ELECTRI Council at its January 29-31 meeting in Boca Raton, FL. The Council determines which projects to commission for 2014 and work begins in the spring. The first formal Task Force meetings to help guide and monitor each project will take place at the Council's July 2014 meeting in Toronto.


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