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60 attend first of six region meetings

New Brunswick Community College in Moncton hosts members and non-members at one-day event.


May 1, 2011  


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The first of six BICSI Canadian Region meetings was held in Moncton, N.B. on March 30 at New Brunswick Community College. The meeting was well attended with more than 60 members and non-members from the area, as well as many others from as far away as Halifax.

I was happy to also see several students from the college attend the presentations. Attendees were able to take in a great lineup of informative and educational presentations delivered by knowledgeable speakers.

I want to thank Errol Persaud, Dennis Metclafe and Ronald Broad for their support and the use of the facility. Thanks also to Richard Smith and to BICSI staff for their assistance in preparing this and all other Region Meetings.

Recently, BICSI released an update to its data centre design standard. Already one of the most popular publications within BICSI, the latest version of Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices contains the completed electrical and telecommunication sections, including an additional 160 pages of content.

Personally, I have had the opportunity to discuss solution options for many different challenges that face the folks involved with design, management or maintenance of a data centre.

It is interesting that the approach to these challenges were quite varied and often based on the most recent article written on the subject. It is great to now have a reference document that will give one proven guidelines that will assist in avoiding many of the potential pitfalls experienced today.

Another new release is the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual. (ITSIMM) , 6th edition. This newly expanded manual now has 1,059 pages covering pathways, grounding, fiber and copper installation, planning and project management and safety to name a few areas.

The addition of three chapters now brings focus to installation practices for data centres and health care. Included in the addition you will also find a greater emphasis on safety procedures.

Existing content from the ITSIMM , 5th edition has also been updated to reflect new installation technologies in the constantly evolving information technology systems (ITS) industry.

You can find this manual and all other BICSI manuals and standards at www.bicsi.org/publications.

BICSI is proud of its partnerships and friendship agreements with other leading associations and companies. One such recent partnership is with Cisco Systems Inc. BICSI and Cisco share a common mission in advancing the information technology industry and the systems that support today’s evolving business infrastructure.

Under the terms of the agreement, BICSI and Cisco will provide educational and training opportunities in addition to credentials and certifications for each other’s current customers and credential holders.

The synergy provides a great avenue for additional educational opportunities for both organizations’ customers.

This is great news as many of our members are actively taking Cisco courses and now will receive credits toward their BICSI credentials.

This reciprocal agreement is an exciting one for all involved with the information technology systems industry.

On the authorized training facility (ATF) front, I want to congratulate Rui Chana, Tony D’Assi and the staff of the Pre-Apprentice Training (PAT) Institute based in Toronto. They now join Pearson Electrotecnology Center of Lachine Que., as authorized to offer the BICSI IN101: BICSI ITS Installer 1 Training Course.

Several other colleges and institutions are realizing that there is a demand in the market for skilled ITS technicians, and it is good to see that some of these will be addressing that need.

Finally, the 2011 Fall Conference & Exhibition will soon be upon us and the call for speakers is out.

If you would like to share your knowledge on an ITS related topic, please consider being a presenter at the conference and apply at www.bicsi.org/fall.

As always, if you have questions, concerns or are interested in working to promote BICSI expertise, feel free to contact me at plevoy@bicsi.org.

CNS

Peter Levoy, RCDD, is the Canadian Region Director of BICSI and the vice president of Channel Sales with Anixter Canada Inc.’s Enterprise Cabling Solutions division.