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Research Reports
As of March 28, 2017

The Future for Union Electrical Construction

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Leaders of union electrical construction, including organized contractors, are creating their future. Decisions taken and actions initiated today may well determine whether the industry survives. Commonly held assumptions may not be useful in shaping a new future.

The Impact of Variation on Electrical Contractor Profitability

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Reduction of variation (or six-sigma operation) has helped many industries lower cost and improve productivity. By controlling variation in many aspects of their work, numerous industries have been able to stay competitive against international low-cost producers.

A Comparison of Operational Costs of Union vs. Non-Union Electrical Contractors

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This study was commissioned to investigate the main differences between unionized electrical contractors (ECs) and open-shop contractors, as well as to identify the main cost drivers and how they differ between the two. Throughout this study, we determine the impact of various cost drivers on union contractors.

The Effects of Absenteeism & Turnover on Labor Productivity for Electrical Contractors

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Labor costs for electrical contractors can reach 40 percent to 60 percent of total construction costs. With that much invested, contractors need a workforce that is both stable and productive. Our research has found two common problems that reduce productivity: absenteeism and turnover.

Establishing a Best Practices Program for Electrical Contractors

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Employees at all levels of management and labor spend a great deal of time and effort finding ways to improve their performance and the company’s performance.

Optimal Operational Model for Electrical Contractors

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The purpose of this research was to investigate the productivity improvement principles used in various industries and to suggest implementable models for use in the electrical construction industry. The research was very successful.

Eye on the Future: Visions, Challenges, and Trends in Electrical Contracting

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The engineering and construction industry undertakes the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance activities that transform resources of labor, capital (money, materials, and equipment), and knowledge into the facilities required to meet a broad range of physical, economic, and social needs.

Sequencing Guidelines for Electrical Contractors

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This report summarizes the research activities performed by the University of Washington and Penn State University on “Sequencing Guidelines for Electrical Contractors.” The goal of this research is to provide a set of rules and guidelines for productive project sequencing to be used by the field in im

Quantifying the Cumulative Impact of Change Orders for Electrical Contractors

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Change is inevitable on construction projects, primarily because of the uniqueness of each project and the limited resources of time and money that can be spent on planning, executing, and delivering the project.

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