Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

July 5, 2021

Breaking Down the Construction Language BarrierBy Lauren Ginsberg

Construction is a high-stakes industry where effective communication is critical to achieving successful project outcomes. But what happens when teams are not speaking the same language or using the same naming conventions: chaos.

Breaking down the language barrier in construction is critical and the difference between project success and failure. Speaking a common construction language not only creates high-performing teams but eliminates the risk of miscommunication that can cause rework, schedule delays, and cost overruns.

To support teams and minimize time spent on unnecessary tasks, we announced ISO 19650 workflows in Autodesk Construction Cloud that enable contractors to comply with industry standards and client requirements, ensuring successful project delivery.

“Managing construction documents across the project lifecycle ensures that teams have consistent, well-structured, and easily identifiable project information at each stage of the project. This drives efficiencies and reduces risk, improves quality, and increases productivity,” says Lee Barnett, Digital Delivery Manager at Curtins.

The Importance of Standards and Specifications in Construction

Contractors are on a continual quest to improve on-site productivity. Adopting a common data standard is one way for project stakeholders to consistently capture, store, and distribute information to improve collaboration, communication, and coordination. This helps to streamline construction processes to reduce inefficiencies on the jobsite and improve overall performance.

“With construction standards, we can establish a uniform way of working to drive predictability and control over our projects,” says Gert-Jan Ditsel, BIM Manager at Dura Vermeer. “By using standards on our projects, we can easily configure, search, and distribute information more quickly and efficiently to deliver a high-quality project for the owner.”

How a Common Data Environment Supports ISO 19650 Workflows

ISO 19650, an international standard for managing information over the whole lifecycle of a built asset has meant that our industry now has a common language to talk about and understand data.

“As a European contractor delivering highly complex engineering projects globally, an international collaborative language for the management of digital information is a must-have,” says Natasha Renwick-Curran, Group Document Controller, Mercury. “ISO 19650 sets out the requirements for a Common Data Environment (CDE) that can lead to consistent and effective data capture and exchange that drives better project delivery across all our geographies.”

The ISO standard calls for project data to be stored and managed in a specific way, and as a result, project teams need a compliant environment to store data.

Autodesk Construction Cloud is a CDE that supports customers in complying with ISO 19650 standards. The platform facilitates greater collaboration between teams to avoid duplication and mistakes by collecting, managing, and disseminating up-to-date documentation across the entire project team. With a cohesive way to review, share, and publish design and construction documentation, stakeholders have access to the right information at the right time.

3 Ways ISO 19650 Workflows in a CDE Provide Better BIM Management

1. Customizes Naming and Labeling of Documents

“Research shows that teams waste approximately 20% of time searching for information on projects,” says Renwick-Curran. “With workflows that now support ISO 19650 standards in Autodesk Construction Cloud, we can establish and create naming standards that allow us to easily and quickly find documents.”

With standard naming conventions, teams can enforce document control to ensure that information is stored in the right place. In addition, consistently organizing files eliminates guesswork and enables teams to work more confidently.

2. Provides Access to Real-time Information

“Delivering incorrect information can result in project delays, increased costs, and safety risks,” says Ditsel. “Document management standards create standardized operations across multiple projects throughout the entire business, which makes us more efficient.”

With a cloud-based platform, teams can access project data regardless of location. In addition, with files shared on a common data environment, teams have visibility into updates in real-time and can more easily navigate project information.

3. Increases Collaboration across Multidisciplinary Project Teams

“ISO 19650 provides a framework to manage information including exchanging, recording, versioning, and organizing for everyone in the supply chain involved during the whole lifecycle of the project,” says Juan Tena Florez, Regional Digital Design Manager at KEO International. “By promoting the use of standards, we are driving consistency in how we are communicating across the project and have higher levels of collaboration between project teams.”

As the construction industry continues to adapt to digital workflows through BIM, we’re going to need to see document management standards enforced at the project level across project phases from design through construction. With this approach, information will become increasingly structured, allowing teams to improve efficiencies.

Getting Started with Standardized Workflows

“As an organization, we recognized early on that BIM was not just an evolution in drawing technology, but the catalyst for a broader shift in the way teams work together on construction projects,” says Barnett. “For the first time, BIM created a framework and quality standards that everyone in the built environment could embrace, enabling greater collaboration.”

When everyone can communicate with complete clarity, it will minimize confusion, ease tension and uncertainty, strengthen ties, and promote a more unified, supportive team. In addition, by supporting a common data standard in Autodesk Construction Cloud, teams can work more confidently and spend more time on value-added tasks.

Learn more about how workflows in Autodesk Construction Cloud that support customers’ compliance with ISO 19650 can help reduce information loss, increase consistency and quality in data, and save costs to optimize project delivery.


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Vivi WhiteVivi White has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) by the Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

“As Chair, I am pleased that the Ontario Government recently appointed Vivi White to the Board,” said Annette Bergeron. “The Electrical Safety Authority’s efforts over the years have greatly improved the safety of the people of Ontario. It’s an important mandate and requires a strong, talented and diverse board as we transform into a modern regulator.”


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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion



Grimard is More Competitive and Produces Estimates 3X Faster with Procore

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FlukeElectrical distribution problems are not always immediately identified as issues with power quality. An example of this is a thermal-magnetic circuit breaker. When it trips, the indication is generally a short circuit, ground fault, or overload. At times this can be put down to an old breaker that needs replacing.

However, it’s important to investigate the types of loads on the system and monitor harmonics for a potential disturbance. This article explores common issues with power quality and how to troubleshoot those issues.



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EIN Romex 12 2 Recall 400This recall involves a yellow electrical wire, 12/2 NMD90 75M Romex SIMpull cable, sold by the spool. Products were also sold at Home Depot designated as article 108196.  Only cables with a time stamp between 12:41 and 18:02 are affected by this recall. 

The recalled product contains a neutral wire that is a smaller 14-gauge wire, contrary to the stamp on the wire identifying both the neutral and “hot” wires as 12-gauge (i.e., "12/2"). 

The recalled product contains a 14-gauge neutral wire instead of 12-gauge (as labelled), thus it may not perform as expected in 12-gauge applications, resulting in a risk of those applications having impaired performance and/or compliance with safety codes or standards.

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