July 8, 2008 -- BICSI (www.bicsi.org) has released the fifth edition of its Information Transport Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM). The standards-based, vendor-neutral publication is a resource for cabling installation personnel that provides extensive and detailed information on pathways, spaces and associated hardware, and structured cabling and optical fiber systems within commercial buildings.
According to BICSI, reflecting the latest technologies, the ITSIMM provides the fundamental knowledge for the proper installation of copper and optical fiber systems for anyone working to achieve the following BICSI registration designations: ITS Installer 1; ITS Installer 2, Copper; ITS Installer 2, Optical Fiber; and ITS Technician.
The ITSIMM manual includes nine chapters with 320 figures and 55 tables, formatted into specific copper and optical fiber sections that allow for concentrated study and review of BICSI best practices. In addition to the single-volume, three-ring binder manual, the ITSIMM is available on a searchable CD-ROM and includes all text and graphics. The manual or CD-ROM may be purchased separately for $129, or as a combination set for $258.
"In keeping with the BICSI strategic plan, the significant contributions by international volunteers has resulted in a universally oriented document which was a major goal of the update," notes Ray Craig, RCDD, NTS, owner of Craig Consulting Services in Coppell, Texas, and BICSI's Technical Information and Methods (TI&M) Committee ITSIMM subject matter expert team leader (SMETL). .
Originally published in 1997 as the Telecommunications Cabling Installation Manual (TCIM), about 35 percent of the fifth edition consists of new or modified text, and about 60 percent of the manual has undergone a formatting change from the previous edition. The most notable change is a new chapter providing information relative to specific applications such as health care facilities, wireless applications, security, building automation systems and installation of special circuits. The manual also now contains an updated appendix outlining available Codes and Standards around the world.
"The fifth edition is unique because it provides both an educational and reference document for the purpose of providing a solid foundation for the proper design of current infrastructure and training and education for today's ITS installation personnel," concludes Craig.