Technical Workshops

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Manufacturers and distributors often have the best research and development teams in the industry. They constantly study trends and develop new technologies that are designed to help electrical contractors be more effective and efficient on the job. Again this year, NECA has partnered with our exhibitors to bring you eighteen (18) technical workshops in the areas of power, improving productivity, alternative energy opportunities, new management tools, security, and life safety. These fifty (50) minute in-depth Technical workshops are included with trade show registration.

The Technical Workshop Classrooms are located in booths 345 & 351

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Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
1:00-1:50 PM     It’s Time to Think Outside the Grey Box 
The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling both hardware and software solutions that will improve every aspect of electrical distribution systems. In order for electrical contractors to take full advantage of this opportunity they need to think outside the grey box and retool their service model.    Presented by John Forsyth and Duke Dunsford, Schneider Electric


1:30-2:20 PM     Emerging Technologies to Deliver Power and Data
No matter their age, commercial buildings are expected to have more power and connectivity. This session will discuss the emerging technologies that allow seamless and subtle integration of power and cables into any surrounding, whether new construction or retrofit.     Presented by Clint Strong  and     Steve Batchelder, Connectrac


2:00- 2:50 PM    Wireless Lighting Control Made Easy
Whether it is a new installation or retrofit system, the lighting market will continue to expand.  This session will discuss simple and scalable wireless lighting control systems that are easy to design, set-up and manage. Presented by Jim McGrath, Crestron


2:30-3:20 PM     Asset Tracking in the Digital Age
This session will discuss how to create better safety, accuracy and efficiencies, including how RFID and mobile apps apply to tools and safety equipment tracking.  Presented by Mike Piazza and Tom Bamford , WESCO – Hi-Line


3:30-4:20 PM     Planning for a Power Over Ethernet Environment
Explore the evolving code and regulatory landscape pertaining to Power Over Ethernet (PoE) installations. This session will discuss the associated ramifications of PoE to ensure preparedness for safe and long-lasting installations.  Current and proposed TIA and NEC standards, data cable fill charts and PoE power ampacity limitations will also be discussed.  Presented by Bob Crain, Legrand


4:00-4:50 PM     New Ways to Visualize 3D Models
This session will discuss and demonstrate how users can now visualize their 3D models using mixed reality to overlay their design model to existing conditions.  This allows users to find issues such as clash or interaction and communicate real-time with the team    Presented by Saeed Eslami, Visual Live 3D, LLC


Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
12:00-12:50 PM                 Advances in Load Center Technologies and End-of-Life GFCI Breaker 
Limitations Load centers really haven’t changed much over the years and traditional GFCI breakers can compromise safety by providing power even after they fail.  This session looks at advances made in load centers including: addressing GFCI failure, simplified installation features, what LED status indicators can tell you and new cosmetic designs.  Presented by Rob Spragis, Leviton


12:30-1:20 PM  Leveling the Playing Field
Electrical contractors face complex and dynamic challenges with new technology appearing everyday.  Separating truly valuable potential solutions from distractions can be difficult.  This session will discuss emerging technologies, trends and best practices to help level the playing field and grow your business. Presented by: Jeff Burmeister and Joe Guzman, Kahua


1:00-1:50 PM     Reliable Jobsite Connectivity is Driving Productivity and Reducing Costs   
Technology on the jobsite has become the catalyst for massive productivity gains and cost-out strategies for electrical contractors. This session will discuss how bringing reliable internet connectivity directly onto your jobsite rather than keeping it isolated to the jobsite office or trailer can further these gains. Presented by Michael Minc, Stanley Black & Decker


1:30-2:20 PM     Third Level Telematics: How to Drive Success by Connecting Data & Strategy        
This session will discuss the evolution of telematics from a location based solution to a higher level focus on driving success by connecting data to strategic initiatives. Real life situations to show how a valued partner used flagger force traffic control services to become an industry leader will be discussed.  Presented by  Antonio Fernandez, GPS Insight and Mark Bender, Flagger Force


2:00-2:50 PM     Safety and Ergonomics to Improve Productivity on the Jobsite
Electrical contractors must remain vigilant about employee fatigue and how it relates to jobsite injuries. This session will discuss the correlation between fatigue and productivity and show how recovery time and fatigue rates can be mapped to improve productivity and decrease ergonomic injuries.  Presented by: Raffi Elchemmas, Milwaukee Tool


2:30-3:20 PM     Compression Connections and Cloud Based Technology 
This session will discuss trends in crimp technology and future innovations.  Foolproof connections, crimp data storage and cloud based information make crimping easier and safer. Presented by: George B. Robertson and Marc Licata, Thomas & Betts


3:00-3:50 PM     Key Considerations When Buying Surplus Equipment
Surplus equipment is used by many electrical contractors to keep their projects on time and on budget. This session will discuss why so many contractors use surplus equipment, what certifications are available, how to select a reliable vendor and how to avoid pitfalls during procurement.  Presented by: Jay Adams, Relectric


Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
9:30-10:20 AM  The Last Line of Defense: PPE to Improve Your Company’s Safety Culture and Bottom Line
Electrical contractors don’t need to choose safety over the bottom line.  This program will discuss considerations for selecting personal protective equipment that provides compliance, safety, an improved safety culture and bottom line initiatives.  Presented by: Scott Francis, Westex by Milliken


10:00-10:50 AM                Next Generation Power Distribution in the Commercial Environment   
This session will discuss how Adaptive Cabling Distribution can provide flexibility for both IT and power infrastructures to meet the needs of today’s modern buildings.  This technology will help eliminate the need for core drilling and power poles with easy lay-in installation and simple and profitable relocations.  Presented by: Earl G Geertgens, Free Axez


10:30-11:20 AM                Support Selection: The Right Support for the Right Application    
This session will help attendees understand rooftop elements in order to select the support system to meet code requirements and protect the roofing system. Presented by: Robb Davis, Roof Sleeper Support/Miro Industries


11:00-11:50 AM                Expand Your Skillset to Join the e-Mobility Revolution     
This session will cover the basics of installing the latest electric vehicle charging infrastructure in three simple to understand steps. Consider joining the e-mobility revolution and open up new business opportunities.  Presented by: Dennis Pascual, Tritium


11:30 AM-12:20 PM        OSHA Silica Regulations: Impact & Best Practices
This session will help attendees learn about OSHA §1926.1153, the Respirable Crystalline Silica Regulation, and how to successfully implement a compliance program for electrical construction employees.  We will discuss the impact this regulation has already had on the industry as well as best practices and options for compliance.  Presented by: Khadija Talley and Ben Laures, Hilti