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Springing forward

Spring has sprung -- along with a host of new developments at BICSI. Region 5 Director Greg Porter fill us in.


March 1, 2000  


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Welcome to spring! In keeping with the “newness” of the season, this column will focus on new happenings at BICSI — recent Board of Directors activities, fresh updates to our web site and current courses.

BOARD HIGHLIGHTS

Several changes were approved at the Board of Directors Teleconference, held on November 1, 1999. Notable items included a decision that BICSI will no longer produce the BICSI MemberLetter in 2000. Articles previously included in the MemberLetter will be incorporated into the BICSI News, which will be expanded from 12 to 16 pages and will be mailed to members and to BICSI registered apprentices, installers and technicians. The quarterly Region News will be mailed with the BICSI News.

In addition, two bylaws changes were approved during the teleconference. The first stipulates that Region Director candidates of a newly created region need only be a BICSI member for one year, as opposed to the previously required two years. In the second bylaw change, the description of Canada was modified to indicate that the country now has three territories, instead of two.

OTHER ISSUES OF NOTE

During the BICSI Board Meeting, held from December 2-3 in Tampa, FL, guidelines for non-U.S. publications were discussed. It was suggested that the translated manual price be equal to the current U.S. price and that it maintain integrity and consistency with the publication’s current look.

Two additional bylaws changes were also approved. The first change allows voting utilizing technologies other than traditional first class postage. The second bylaw change adds the office of Director, Region 6, (Europe). This region was officially established in 1999.

It was also pointed out that projected revenues for 2000 are $13,822,890 and projected expenses are $12,708,467. Projected revenues for 2000 are nearly $14 million, with anticipated membership reaching 20,000 by the year’s end.

WEB SITE UPDATE

Have you looked at BICSI’s web site lately? Click on www.bicsi.org and join the crowd! More than 1.4 million hits were recorded in the month of November, and there were more than 22,000 different users browsing through the nearly 5000 pages of membership and technical information.

Two new areas of particular interest are the “Online Public Forum” and the “Corporate Member” database. The “Online Public Forum” provides access to experienced telecommunications distribution designers and installers from around the world. You can ask questions, voice concerns, and post messages or documents on any aspect of telecommunications premises cabling issues. (To access this area on the site, click on “Online Forum” and then on “Public Forum”).

The “Corporate Member” list (Find a Vendor Database) is another good place to browse. It is a searchable database of BICSI corporate members, including a description of each company and services provided. Search by key words, and then link directly to the company’s web site.

NEW OUTSIDE PLANT COURSE

The latest addition to the BICSI roster of courses is OSP101: Site Survey and Media Selection — the first in a three-part series for outside plant engineering and design professionals. This course, a prerequisite for OSP102 and OSP103, will benefit outside plant designers and RCDDs who wish to pursue BICSI’s future outside plant specialty, planned for 2001.

Topics covered in OSP101 include: codes and standards, pre-job assessment for new construction, site survey for both new and the expansion of existing networks, right-of-way, scope of work, design estimate, and media selection (copper, optical fiber, and coaxial). Applicable safety codes and standards will also be highlighted.

The first OSP101 course took place in February in Tampa, FL, but the course will also be offered March 26-28 in Las Vegas, Nevada; May 2-4 in Fort Worth, TX; and June 11-13 in Chicago, IL. As always, the course can be offered in Canada if there are enough people interested in attending.

DATA DESIGN COURSES UPDATED

The material in former data distribution courses DA101-104 have been updated and reorganized into DA100 and DA110, reflecting material from the LAN and Internetworking Design Manual, 3rd edition.

DA100: Introduction to LANs and Internetworks is a three-day course explaining the fundamentals of data networking using a practical, real world approach. DA110: Designing LANs and Internetworks, a five-day course, provides an in-depth understanding of the design rules, configuration options, and media selection criteria for today’s most popular LAN and internetworking technologies.

Well, that is the news for this month. Stay tuned for the next BICSI Bulletin, in which I will provide a first-hand view of the BICSI spring conference in Forth Worth, Texas.CS


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