Electrical Contractors Source Info Online

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A recent survey conducted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), found that over 80% of electrical contractors now source essential technical information relating to their job online. This suggests that many electrical installation contractors are moving away from traditional print versions of technical publications and opting to use digitally sourced content instead.

The electrical contractor survey conducted by IET revealed that over 87% of the 1,333 electrical contractors surveyed stated that they often accessed electrical technical information via their PC, with a further 27% accessing information via smartphones such as iPhones and 19% via iPad's or other tablet devices.

IET Wiring Regulations Online

The research comes as the IET launches The IET Wiring Regulations Digital: Online, a suite of internet based online versions of its publications in electronic book (e-book) format. The new IET online publications available digitally include: the IET Wiring Regulations 17th Edition; BS 7671:2008 incorporating Amendment No.1, 2011; and the IET On Site Guide, as well as a range of the IET's expert electrical guidance and new titles which are added as they are published.

The suite of online publications has a number of new features which can help support industrial electrical installation engineers and commercial electrical services contractors in accessing and sharing vital information more easily. All of the publications contained in the platform are automatically updated to the latest edition giving electrical contractors peace of mind that they are accessing the most up to date electrical industry information when they need it. 'Wiring Regulations Digital: Online' also allows electrical installation organisations to share wiring regulations and installation guidance across a far greater number of employees by offering them a multi-user licence. To save time, the digital online publications are also equipped with an intuitive search function, which allows electricians to quickly find answers to their questions.

Geoff Cronshaw, IET's chief electrical installations engineer, recently said:-

"Wiring Regulations Digital: Online is very much the IET's response to the changing needs of electrical engineers and those teaching electrical standards in the UK. From our research, it is clear that a large majority of electrical contractors use online sources to gain technical information on wiring regulations and guidance. With this in mind, we've developed the online function to house a large number of our regulation and guidance publications."

"The software is available through an annual subscription which gives access to all of the latest regulations and guidance that every electrical engineer needs. Not only that, the platform also ensures that everyone has the most up to date standards and reference points to work from - helping to ensure that the correct standards and procedures for electrical wiring are practiced."

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