Web-related Industry News

PipeDirect Launches Virtual Office Trailer

PipeDirect launced its new Web site, www.pipedirect.com, for resource management in the construction industry. The company has spent two years developing its proprietary software, the Virtual Office TrailerT (VOT), working with industry insiders to provide a new standard for Web-based construction project management.

As an application service provider and an e-distribution portal, VOT allows contractors to manage their company resources and individual projects via the Internet.

Elkay Water Cooler Service Manuals Now Online

Elkay Mfg. Co. has made its Water Cooler Service Manuals available exclusively on its Web site, www.elkay.com, allowing service centers to have continuous access to the most current version of any of these manuals. To access these manuals, log onto the site and click on "Tech Data," and then the "Water Cooler Service Manuals" button to select the document needed.

Hobart Builds Welding Community With Web Site Forum

Hobart Welders' interactive chat, located at www.hobartwelders.com, provides an outlet for people to ask questions, offer tips and discuss the finer points of welding. The site averages between 25 and 35 questions each day with a number of responses to each. Questions submitted to the forum may be related to processes, filler metals, welding gases and accessories.

In addition to Welding Talk, the site contains a "Products" display area featuring specifications of all Hobart products, and "Welding 101," which includes a glossary of common welding terms and helpful tips. Visitors also may order product spec sheets, locate the nearest service provider or register to receive e-mail updates.

PHCC Alabama Launches Online Apprenticeship Program

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of Alabama has launched an online apprenticeship program for plumbing and HVAC apprentices. Called "Targets for Learning," the online video-streamed program provides a standardized curriculum, and is a four-year course as mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The 48-week course instruction consists of three hours per week classroom, plus on-the-job training by the employer. The student has seven days to complete the three hours per week of classroom work. For more information, contact PHCC Alabama Executive Director Bob Mosca at 205/987-5100, or learn more about the program at www.alphccapprentice.org.