2007 BICSI pre-conference seminar info for Jan. 22

January 17, 2007 -- The pre-conference seminar schedule and information for Monday, January 22 is as follows.

January 17, 2007 -- The 2007 BICSI Winter Conference will be held January 22 - 25 in Orlando, Florida. The pre-conference seminar schedule and information for Monday, January 22 is as follows:

9 a.m. – Noon
Pre-Conference Seminars (choose 1)

Fundamentals of AV, by Jeffrey Coil, RCDD, Graybar Electric (Grand Rapids, MI), Kris R. Kuipers, Newcomb & Boyd (Atlanta, GA), Tony M. Warner, RTKL Associates, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) and Scott Wills, InfoComm International (Fairfax, VA) -- (3 CECs - RCDD, NTS Specialty, OSP Specialty, WD Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

Thinking of expanding your AV knowledge and expertise? The newly released InfoComm/BICSI AV Design Reference Manual provides access to the most current information available. This overview session covers all chapters in the manual, with an emphasis on its organization and specific subject matter. Guidance will be given regarding other resources and organizations necessary in the design of AV systems such as those described in the manual.

Converging Standards Infrastructure Design and Network Architecture to Create a Redundant and Resilient Enterprise-Wide Network, by Richard Johnston, RCDD, Suffolk County Community College (Selden, NY) -- (3 CECs - RCDD, NTS Specialty, OSP Specialty, WD Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

This presentation will describe how a multi-campus college implemented a long-range plan to evolve into a redundant and resilient network infrastructure that supports voice, video and data traffic using state-of-the-art equipment, cabling practices and management systems. It will include specific references to how diverse issues were resolved using "Best Practice" methods and standards to achieve multiple goals.

Update on IEEE Std. 1100 -- Powering and Grounding Electronic Equipment; The New 2006 Edition, by William Bush, Panduit Corporation (New Lenox, IL) -- (3 CECs – RCDD, NTS Specialty, OSP Specialty, WD Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

This seminar presents the background and significant updates since the 1999 Edition. The telecommunications and information technology chapter (9) is extensively revised and greatly expanded. The scope includes from the campus area (outside plant) to the building closet. This new edition represents the most comprehensive singular work on this vital subject matter and also includes surge protection and electromagnetic compatibility. Numerous important Annexes are also added. Several BICSI documents are noted within the standard and harmonization is promoted where feasible.

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m - Pre-Conference Seminar

What Happened to My Division 17?, by John Kacperski, RCDD, WTC, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) -- (6 CECs - RCDD, NTS Specialty, OSP Specialty, WD Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

This presentation reviews key changes to the construction Specification Institute's (CSI) Masterformat 04 and some of the effects that these changes could have on BICSI members. The presentation will be conducted for CDD/Designer, BICSI Installers and Technology Project Managers to assist them with gaining a better understanding of how they might use these new tools in the construction phases of buildings.

1:30-4:30 p.m.
Pre-Conference Seminars (choose 1)

The HD RCDD, by Earl Hennenhoeffer and Richard Snyder, Z-Band, Inc. (Carlisle, PA) -- (3 CECs - RCDD, NTS Specialty, OSP Specialty, WD Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

There are two major trends that are affecting and significantly changing the BICSI world. One is High Definition TV and the other is the merging of the BICSI and the audiovisual (AV) industries.

High Definition is probably one of the most talked about but least understood changes in the video world. Is it RF, baseband or IP? Do I have to use coax or can UTP be used? Which is better and why? This seminar will address those questions.

In addition, the structured cabling (BICSI) and AV (InfoComm) worlds are rapidly converging. As such, an RCDD must be able to understand key terminologies, such as 1080 i or 720 p as well as slope, dB, resolutions and other AV terms. The purpose of this seminar is not to make the BICSI member an AV expert, just to improve their knowledge in this fast and important field.

Realistic Grounding Methods -- Changes to the TDMM, by Ken Michaels, BellSouth Communication Systems (Altamonte Springs, FL) -- (3 CECs - RCDD, NTS Specialty, OSP Specialty, WD Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

Many changes have been incorporated in Chapter 8, Grounding & Bonding section of the BICSI TDMM, 11th edition. This presentation will itemize the significant changes of the chapter, explore the common grounding myths that have infiltrated the telecommunications world, and explain why, and when, to avoid relying on complex bonding and grounding infrastructure guidelines, such as those contained within the J-Std. 607 as a primary arrangement, for design criteria. Practical design methods are suggested and as are tips to identify any site's most common grounding problems that can affect even the best design.

20-Year-Old Concept of Measuring a Building's IQ Comes Full Circle, by James Carlini, Carlini & Associates (East Dundee, IL) -- (3 CECs - RCDD, NTS Specialty, OSP Specialty, WD Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

What "intelligent amenities" should a building have? What building is right for a tenant comparing connectivity, reliability, automation and other elements? Marketing a building or campus becomes totally different once you ask "How smart a building do you need?" instead of "How much space do you want to lease?"

Learn from James Carlini, who pioneered the whole concept in 1985 and how his test was used to compare downtown buildings and perform infrastructure assessments in places like Century City. With his insights, he became the Mayor's Consultant in planning the Chicago 911 Center which is rated #1 in the country by the Homeland Security Agency. What impact does measuring building intelligence have today?

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