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Graduation and Continuation

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Ted Smith

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  1. 29 May, 2019
    Preplanning and the Plan of Tomorrow Meeting
    In our industry or perhaps in life in general, people are used to hearing excuses from other people. Getting reliable commitments from a person takes time and effort – and it is worth the effort because it makes the planning process more reliable. People might be unwilling to make a commitment for certain reasons. Often this is an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about other people and to determine the root cause of the issue. Receiving a reliable commitment is only one part of the
  2. Being Organized and Being a Leader
    27 May, 2019
    Being Organized and Being a Leader
    One of the easiest ways to improve productivity is to keep your materials organized and your workplace cleaned up. Setting the standard by insisting everyone on your crew complete their work and then leave it like they were never there, makes you and your crew professionals. There is a direct relationship between how productive and satisfied your crews are to how organized you are. No one in the electrical trade likes to look for material, they like to work with their hands and end a day feeling
  3. 04 May, 2019
    20 Useful Tips for Using Bluebeam
    TOP 20 HELPFUL TIPS, TRICKS & SHORTCUTS FOR BLUEBEAM REVU by Daniel Mertz  Here you will find helpful tips, tricks & shortcuts for Bluebeam Revu. Tools are only as good as our ability to use them. That’s why we want to help you power up your knowledge of Bluebeam Revu. The Revu Tool Kit is a collection of useful tips, tricks, and keyboard shortcuts to supercharge your workflows. 1. Call out multiple areas on a drawing from a single comment Place the Callout tool on the PDF, then right-click
  4. Customizing Toolbars in Bluebeam REVU 2018 Quick Tips
    27 Sep, 2018
    Customizing Toolbars in Bluebeam REVU 2018 Quick Tips
    Here are some quick tips straight from Bluebeam. Both toolbar and panel icons are found in toolstrips. A toolstrip refers to the empty gray bars to the left, right or top of the interface where toolbar or panel icons appear. Shapes toolbar Here are a few easy ways to distinguish a toolbar icon from a panel icon: A toolbar will always have a string of dots (……) near its top or left side called a handle. After clicking on a tool, the Dynamic Properties bar often becomes active. Panels and
  5. Delays and Disuptions...Is there a difference?
    07 Aug, 2018
    Delays and Disuptions...Is there a difference?
    We often talk about delays in construction. I have found that the discussions concerning delays are frequently really discussions about disruptions. Understanding the difference between these two terms may be of help in identifying impacts to a project and may help you and your project manager receive compensation for impacts to your project cause by others. A delay is an event or series of events that take place on a project which causes the critical path schedule items to not be performed
  6. 12 May, 2018
    Leader and Trainer
    Being an electrical superintendent is an extremely difficult and demanding job. You are ultimately responsible for planning your project, communicating that plan to your crews, ensuring your crews have one hundred percent of the tools, information, and materials they need to work safely and efficiently and do all of that while juggling a constantly changing construction environment and schedule. All of that is assuming there are no problems which arise that must be dealt with quickly, which of
  7. 09 Mar, 2018
    The job is not finished until the paperwork is complete.
    A true,. yet frustrating fact of business and construction. We have chosen a career as electricians because we like to build things, we like to work with our hands. We like to problem solve, take on challenges head on, and get dirty in the process. Hard work has never made us back down and no problem comes up that we are not prepared to conquer. Yet, a single document can frustrate us to no end. I understand, after all, if we liked doing paperwork, we would have sought out a career in an office,
  8. Testing and Troubleshooting Plans
    07 Feb, 2018
    Testing and Troubleshooting Plans
    A testing and troubleshooting plan is required for all construction projects. The purpose of the testing and troubleshooting plan is to meet our corporate requirements of having a reviewed and approved written Energized Work Plan for all energized work. All projects will have to do some testing and troubleshooting and this will have to be done live. It becomes cumbersome to write our an Energized Work Plan each time you need to do some testing. We have provided you with an ability to meet OSHA
  9. Accident Reporting and Investigations
    11 Jan, 2018
    Accident Reporting and Investigations
    First and Foremost, Call The Director of Education and Loss Prevention and inform them of the accident. Secondly, start an Accident Report using iAuditor. The iAuditor Accident report asks the questions that need to be answered. Do this right away, don't wait. The more information you can record right away the better. Hand your device to someone else and have them start taking pictures, and entering information if you need to keep doing something else. Remember to get the persons involved