Situation “normal”

If you're reading this column, it's likely that nothing catastrophic occurred to you or your plant at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of this new year.

By Len O'Neal January 1, 2000

If you’re reading this column, it’s likely that nothing catastrophic occurred to you or your plant at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of this new year. With the “Big Day” out of the way, so too is the hype and, hopefully, any computer-related glitches you may have overlooked in your Year 2000 preparedness.

So now that things have returned to situation “normal,” take a few minutes to check out the web sites listed below; these and more web resources can be found in the channels on Plant Engineering Online (

These sites may “shock” you, the self-proclaimed “Gateway to the Electrical Industry,” is a directory/search engine for the electrical construction industry that uses electrical professionals to help ensure their search results are always relevant to the needs of the electrical industry. Along with supplier listings for various electrical product categories, the site also provides listings of engineers, consultants, associations, publications, and more.

Keeping with sites dedicated to the electrical construction industry, the Electricians Toolbox ( is designed to share information that is useful to both electricians and electrical contractors. This site offers information in the form of definitions, formulas, theory, and downloads, as well as interactive features such as calculators, Q&A forums, and monthly code quizzes.

Speaking of code, if you’re looking for the latest information about the National Electrical Code or you need some training to keep your license current, Mike Holt’s National Electrical Code Internet Connection ( is a site worth adding to your list of favorites. Find out about Mike’s latest seminars, order one of his books or videos, subscribe to his NEC Newsletter, and more.

Maintenance and corrosion sites

Looking for a maintenance resource? Well, after getting your fill at Plant Engineering Online , jump over to the Plant Maintenance Resource Center ( With surveys, news, software and job information, and more, this web site is sure to have something for the maintenance-minded plant engineer.

At, you can access a wide variety of information resources related to protective paints, coatings, linings, and corrosion. Read the Corrosioneering newsletter, participate in their popular protective coatings forum, use one of several calculators in the protective coatings and linings toolbox, or search a database of related links, products, manufacturers, or trade associations.

Reading room

In addition to finding related web sites in the Plant Engineering Online channels, now you can find links to related books — available for purchase from our partner site, — in the Reading Room of each channel.