b'Thoughts of Future and PastCONTRACTORS SPECULATE ABOUT TECHNOLOGYF Surprising developments thatbeen very focused on whats in it for me? By Susan BloomFor many of us, the year 2020 seemed so far away, but now its here and many of the tech- came to pass While Im surprised that this approach has nologies, products and processes that seemedAlternativeDeliveryMethodsWhatsbecome so relevant, I also wish more owners implausible years ago have become standardsurprised me most was the use of alternativeand general contractors would embrace it.ways of working. delivery methods in the electrical contractingThe Evolution of CommunicationsSev-Electrical contractors share some of the tech- industryspecificallyintegratedprojecteral things have shocked me over the past 50 nologiesandindustrypracticestheyneverdelivery,saidBrandonStephens,divisionyears in my career, but one of the biggest has imagined would take off, things they thoughtmanager at Rosendin Electric, a century-oldbeenthetotalcommunicationcapabilities would definitely materialize but didnt andcontracting firm based in San Jose, Calif. Itwe have today, as well as the ability to look what they see as the industrys most up-and- surprised me because its such a major shifton the internet for material and procedural comingproductsandtrendsintheyearsin the way construction has historically beendirection,saidGeorgeReynolds,division to come. Perhaps we can revisit this articledoneandbringstrust,transparencyandmanager at Sargent Electric Co., Pittsburgh, in 2040. teamwork to an industry thats traditionallyfoundedin1907.Fromthepagers,flip www.ecao.org16'