BICSI releases 5th edition of OSP design manual

July 1, 2011
909-page volume includes new information on passive optical LAN, wireless broadband, intrusion detection and alarm circuits.

BICSI has released the 5th edition of its Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (DRM), an 11-chapter, 909-page volume that soon will be the basis for the association's suite of courses covering OSP cabling system design.

It replaces the 4th edition of the DRM, which had 13 chapters. BICSI calls this 5th edition "a complete update" to the previous edition. A chapter that is new to the 5th edition covers passive optical networks, wireless broadband, intrusion-detection and alarm circuits and other information. BICSI also says that much of the material from the 4th edition has been reformatted into new appendices. The 5th edition has six appendices that follow its 11 chapters. The association says the chapter on pathways and spaces underwent significant revision, including the addition of detailed design information on aerial, underground and direct-buried cabling infrastructure.

The Outisde Plant Design Reference Manual 5th edition is available in print, CD-ROM, downloadable and multi-user versions.

The manual's 11 chapters are titled:

  1. Introduction to Outside Plant
  2. Cable and Connector Types
  3. Cabling Topologies
  4. Pathways and Spaces
  5. Splicing Hardware
  6. Bonding, Grounding (Earthing), and Electrical Protection
  7. Right-of-Way
  8. Project Design
  9. Maintenance and Restoration
  10. Other Technologies
  11. Special Design Considerations

You can find more information on this and other publications available from BICSI here.

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