Schneider Electric: How Electrical Contractors Can Benefit from Rethinking Traditional Ways of Working – A Lesson from Roundabouts

There have been many game-changing developments in the construction sector, accelerating the modernization of the industry in recent years. For example, recent technological innovations are driving the digital transformation revolution that is prompting many electrical contractors to reconsider workflows and seek new strategies to modernize their businesses.

We’ve outlined some of the growth opportunities available to entrepreneurs in previous blog posts, including leveraging partnerships and digital tools and the role of offering value-added services in increasing revenue streams.

However, going digital is simply digitizing existing processes to increase productivity.

For electrical contractors who want to future-proof their business, add value and accelerate growth, it’s essential to rethink traditional ways of working.

By exploring possible improvements during the design and construction phases while being open to new opportunities and technology-driven approaches, contractors can engage with more players in the construction value chain and maintenance.

In other words, it’s time to consider non-traditional design methods and embrace new ways of thinking about how everyone involved in the facility lifecycle can and should interact.


What can roundabouts teach electrical contractors?

Designing improved sustainability into everything we do is an ever-evolving process that requires regular analysis of goals and outcomes, and the catalyst of unorthodox thinking to achieve better results. The circular intersection, or roundabout, is just one example of how a new approach to infrastructure design can bring substantial benefits.

Compared to most intersections using traffic lights, roundabouts have been shown to reduce vehicle speeds while reducing accident and serious injury rates. They also help improve traffic flow, reduce fuel consumption and pollution. Perhaps most importantly, roundabouts cost less to implement and maintain while requiring no electricity to operate, making them a more sustainable long-term solution for managing traffic flows. .

Roundabouts demonstrate that superior and more sustainable results can be achieved by reimagining something as ordinary as intersection design. The same goes for the traditional design bidding process used in new construction or building upgrades. It is time to take a fresh look at the procedure to open up new opportunities and expand the value chain.


Advocate for change

That fact is that today’s buildings need digital technology that:

  1. Improves tenant/occupant experience and comfort

  2. Supports new service delivery models

  3. Adapts to changing facility management requirements

  4. Is sustainable, emitting less carbon emissions

However, while every facility includes complete mechanical and electrical infrastructure, the equally crucial digital infrastructure, or “smart layer,” that connects, manages, and analyzes these systems is often overlooked. Without codes or standards providing a blueprint for designing digital systems, choosing the best integrated solution to achieve the desired facility management results can be a daunting challenge.

Overcoming this situation requires a change in the definition of project requirements by increasing engagement and collaboration between the appropriate decision makers during the design and budget phases. In our white paper, “Designing for Facility Management 2.0: Changing the Way Digital Systems Are Specified to Achieve Smart Building Outcomes”, a more purpose-driven and collaborative design tendering process is examined, including enhanced collaboration with key construction stakeholders, including electrical contractors.


Electrical Contractors Need to Engage Customer Earlier to Better Meet Business Goals

But why does the design-build process need to be reformed? Consider the impact of:

  • Strained or outsourced facility management services

  • Limited in-house expertise

  • High turnover limits the ability of many organizations to meet their value and cost goals without the latest digital building technologies and services

  • Architects and designers have new approaches to educating homeowners about digital building technologies while meeting the needs of operators whose goals go well beyond regulatory legal requirements.

  • How electrical contractors can and should get involved earlier in the design tendering process of a project to ensure that traditional value engineering activities during the construction phase remain fully linked to the objectives of customer business value.

Successful use of a reinvented design-build process requires increased stakeholder collaboration and the continued implementation of technological advancements. This makes the support of a strong partner ecosystem an essential part of success. An IDC infoBrief examining digital ecosystems concludes:

“Digital leaders show the strongest revenue growth. Your best opportunity for account growth lies in understanding your customers’ digital capabilities in order to engage at the right level and with the right message for the evolution of their electrical infrastructure. .”

Our Future Partnerships program is built on the fundamental pillars of simplification, openness and digitization and is designed to help electrical contractors learn and do more while fostering new perspectives and new ways of working. .


Partner to cultivate relationships, transform processes and expand opportunities

Going digital offers new opportunities for electrical contractors to build long-term customer relationships. By embracing new technologies, offering value-added expertise, and fostering a customer-centric mindset, electrical contractors can secure recurring revenue streams and develop lasting business relationships throughout the lifecycle. of the solution.

Work with Schneider Electric and learn more about “Designing for Facility Management 2.0: Changing the Way Digital Systems Are Specified to Achieve Smart Building Outcomes”. And to learn more about the opportunities and benefits that working with us can bring to electrical contractors, visit our partner page.

Patricia D. Rutt