Amperage – The strength of an electrical current.

ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Audio-visual contractor – A contractor that handles and maintains the performance of audio and visual technology.

Automotive plant contractor – A contractor that works on all parts of an automotive plant facility including the body/weld shop, final assembly building, paint shop, etc.

BIM – Also known as building information modeling. It is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions.

Blankets – These are used to insulate pipes to keep them from freezing; often covering pipes with heat trace.

Cable tray – A system used to support insulated electrical wire.

Chemical contractor – A construction company that is contracted by a chemical manufacturing company to perform work at their site.

Civil contractor – Contractor to GDOT that will be responsible for the civil work on a particular project.

CS – Compressor Station. A process for “cleaning” natural gas through different filtering methods, separating impurities such as water, dirt, stone, and sand; uses large engines; pulls gas from wells; located along a pipeline to keep gas moving.

Data Network Contractor – A contractor that provides data/networking systems/cabling services.

Dehydration station – Important step in extracting hydrocarbons; process by which water is removed from the product; station dehydrates the wet gas.

Downhill Welding – Top to bottom; towards gravity, so welding speed is faster with less heat flow.

Education construction services – Construction company that can complete construction for educational buildings such as elementary schools and college campuses.

Electrical systems contractor – A contractor that performs specialized construction work related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems.

Embedded conduit – Conduit that is underground, embedded in cement.

EMT – Electrical Metallic Tubing. Made of steel and bends to specific radius and direction.

Energy contractor – A contractor that provides construction services related to energy generation.

EV charging stations – An electrical vehicle charging station that connects an electric vehicle to a source of electricity to recharge electric cars. As an infrastructure construction company, VEC, Inc. completes EV charging station installations, including foundations.

Fittings – Electrical fittings are used to connect conduit to conduit, or conduit to a j-box (or electrical box).

FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. DOT agency tasked with keeping commercial vehicle related deaths and injuries at a minimum.

General contractor – A contractor that is licensed to manage a construction project and is responsible for the day-to-day supervising of a construction site.

GRC – Galvanized Rigid Conduit. A galvanized steel tubing that has a thick wall and is durable; threaded together with “union” or “coupling” for connection.

Healthcare construction companies – Construction company that can complete a ground-up hospital project to an interior renovation of a healthcare clinic.

Heat trace –Electrical wire used to keep pipes and vessels from freezing; maintains or raises the temperature of pipes and vessels; runs in physical contact along the length of a pipe.

High voltage substation construction – Construction that is completed on a high-voltage electric system facility.

Industrial construction company – A very specialized, niche construction company that deals with the construction of factories, power plants, warehouses, and other highly specialized facilities.

Infrastructure construction company – A company that specializes in infrastructure construction including large buildings, bridges, dams, pipelines, road networks, ports, railways, and aqueducts.

J-Box –Junction Box. Containers for electrical connections usually to conceal them from sight and deter tampering; this is where terminations are made or where wires are connected.

Mechanical contracting – A contractor that can handle a variety of projects including large scale plumbing, electrical, piping, and natural gas work.

Meyrs Hub – This is used to connect conduit to the j-box; sprayed for rust protection.

Microgrid – A small network of electricity users with a local source of supply that is usually attached to a centralized national grid but can function independently. As an infrastructure construction company, VEC, Inc. specializes in the equipment setting, wiring, and programming for microgrids.

MIG Welding –Method of welding in which the filler metal wire supplies the electrical current to maintain the art which is shielded from the access of air by an inert gas (usually argon).

Mission Critical Space – A space for any system that is essential to the survival of an organization.

MS –Meter Station. Station on the pipeline that tracks how much gas is going through the line.

Oil Construction Company –A company that provides infrastructure for the exploration, development, distribution, transmission and storage of crude oil.

Overhead utility line contractors – Contractors that service utility distribution lines and service laterals that are installed above ground.

Overhead utility line maintenance – The maintenance on utility distribution lines and service laterals that are installed above ground, either overhead, in an above ground conduit.

Penthouse –Where all the electrical equipment lives.

PHMSA –Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration. It is a DOT agency tasked with managing the hazards posed to employees, the public, and the environment associated with pipeline transmission and transportation of hazardous materials.

PIG –Pipeline Inspection Gauge. It is a device that fits into a pipeline that carries out a myriad of different pipeline maintenance functions; some clean while others inspect the integrity of the pipeline.

Pipeline facilities construction – Construction that involves laying pipes to serve their intended purposes which could be to flow either gas or liquids.

PPE –Personal Protective Equipment. Wearable gear used to protect from hazards; must be inspected before every use.

Raceway –Line of cable trays, conduit, or wires.

Renewable energy construction services – Construction that is completed on renewable energy facilities, which can include solar energy, wind power, geothermal energy, hydropower, etc.

Scope –Division of work to be performed under a contract in the completion of a project; broken into specific tasks with deadlines.

Seal Offs –Minimizes the passage of gases and vapors and prevents the passage of flames from one portion of a conduit system to another.

Single source construction services – The procurement of services from one selected construction supplier. VEC, Inc. offers single source construction services.

Skid –Welded together using steel I-beams; buildings or mechanical piping sit on skids, and skid sits on concrete piers.

Strut –Used to mount conduit, j-box, etc.

Strut Strap –Used to mount conduit to strut.

Sub-Arc Welding –Type of heavy electric arc welding using mechanically fed bare wire with the arc submerged in powdered flux to keep out oxygen.

Time & Material –also known as T&M, is an arrangement under which a company is paid based on actual cost of direct labor, actual cost of material/equipment, and agreed upon fixed add-on to cover overheads and profit.

Transmission line contractor – A contractor that works on large, high voltage lines that typically deliver power to smaller distribution lines that go to homes, businesses, and other buildings.

TPA –Third Party Administrator.

Underground Utility Line Repairs –Repair that is completed on underground utilities, including electrical cables, telecommunication and data cables, water and sewer pipelines, as well as gas and oil pipelines.

Uphill Welding –A type of welding that moves in an upward progression against gravity; weld travels more slowly and more heat flows.

Upstream –Refers to the phase of petroleum production in which exploration and productions (drilling) occur.

VDC –Virtual Design and Construction.

WP –Well Pad.

4 D or 4-Dimensional –3D model attached to a project schedule.

5 D or 5-Dimensional –4D model with cost attached.