Electrical, power systems in government buildings/military facilities

Four out of every 10 engineers who responded to the 2016 Electrical & Power Study make product selections for government buildings/military facilities.

By Amanda Pelliccione March 11, 2018

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Electrical & Power Study indicated that 40% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for government buildings/military facilities—and eight in 10 of these engineers are responsible for determining requirements/writing specifications for these projects. Below are five electrical and power system findings as they relate to government building/military facility projects:

  1. Systems specified: The top five electrical or power systems or equipment being specified into government buildings/military facilities are circuit breakers, fuses, etc. (81%); emergency and standby power (81%); transformers (78%); electrical distribution (77%); and transfer switches, ATS, etc. (75%).
  2. Specifications: Engineers are most frequently issuing performance electrical or power system specifications (77%) for government building/military facility projects, followed by open (alternate or substitute) specifications (68%).
  3. Challenges: When working on electrical or power systems for government buildings/military facilities, engineers are having the most difficulty with insufficient budgets for high-quality designs (82%) and meeting a client’s expected delivery date (69%).
  4. Future concerns: Budget/cost (25%), lack of a skilled workforce (24%), and new technologies (16%) are the top concerns among engineers regarding electrical or power systems designed for future government building/military facility projects.
  5. Comparing systems: Overall quality is highly important when selecting an electrical or power system for a government building/military facility; engineers are also looking at service support, previous experiences with manufacturers, and product technical advantage for these systems.

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