Electrical, Power

2018 Electrical & Power Study

Six electrical, power system survey findings

By Amanda Pelliccione December 17, 2018
The top three building types for which respondents specify, design, or make product selections are office buildings, industrial/manufacturing facilities/warehouses, and hospitals/health care facilities. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Electrical & Power Study identified six high-level findings impacting the electrical and power industries today:

  1. Electrical, power revenue: The average engineering firm specifies about $2.98 million annually for electrical and power systems in new and existing buildings, up 4.4% over 2016 data.
  2. Systems specified: Eight in 10 engineers currently specify circuit breakers, fuses, etc.; cable, wire, etc.; and electrical distribution systems or equipment.
  3. Selection involvement: Eight-three percent of respondents are responsible for determining the requirements/writing specifications for electrical or power systems. Another 68% research and evaluate options, while 65% recommend the brand or supervise/consult on projects.
  4. Specifications: Twenty-eight percent of respondents always write performance electrical or power specifications, and another 46% frequently write this type of specification.
  5. Design factors: Ninety-seven percent of engineers agree that product quality is the most important factor to their specification of one electrical or power system over another, followed by technical advantage (87%), service support (86%), and manufacturer’s reputation (86%).
  6. Top challenges: Eight in 10 engineers agree that an inadequate budget for high-quality design is a difficult challenge affecting the future of electrical and power systems, engineers, and/or the industry; other top challenges include speed of project delivery (73%), and energy efficiency (66%).

Access the full 2018 Electrical & Power Study here. View additional research from Consulting-Specifying Engineer: www.csemag.com/research

Amanda Pelliccione
Author Bio: Amanda is the Research Director and Project Manager of Awards Programs for CFE Media and its publications.