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Meeting of the Minds

First joint session of Canadian and U.S. Northeast regions attracts 70 members.

October 1, 2003  

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Over 70 members of BICSI’s Canadian and U.S. Northeast Regions recently came together for a groundbreaking joint meeting in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Presentations began with an update on “What’s New at BICSI” from Ed Donelan and John Bakowski.

The day continued with information sessions on VoIP from Cisco Systems, a blown fiber demonstration from General Cable, back-up and recovery strategies from LLI Technologies, Inc., and wireless networking from BICSI Master Instructor Don Nelson, RCDD.

Russ Oliver, BICSI’s president-elect, was on hand to address the members and discuss BICSI issues.

East Coast Meeting

In the meantime, more than 90 people participated in a special East Coast meeting last month of BICSI’s Canadian Region, held at the New Brunswick Community College in Moncton, N.B.

The site offered an excellent classroom setting for both the presenters and BICSI members, industry professionals and students who attended the meeting. Featured presentations included video security from Anixter and a standards update from NORDX/CDT.

Students from the college received some much-needed real life examples of networking solutions and future telecom developments. This networking opportunity also provided the students with contacts for planning their careers in the telecommunications industry.

Lastly, students received information on BICSI’s role in serving both its members and the industry by providing technical manuals, training, registration programs, member newsletters, job board, representation on codes and standards-setting bodies, and legislative advocacy.

I’d like to thank the NBCC team of Dennis Metcalf, Ron Broad and Don Daigle, and Dick Curry of Plexus for their assistance.

NDRM sample chapter online

In this column last month, I gave a description of the new fifth edition of BICSI’s Network Design Reference Manual. Now you can check out a sample chapter online. Visit, click on Publications for details on the manual and a preview of Chapter 10: Network Storage.

The chapter describes the technologies used to store and archive organizational data. A storage infrastructure manages the files generated by users and minimizes data loss caused by device failure. Chapter 10 has 42 pages, 20 figures, and six tables.

Data design course

BICSI is adding a new data design course to its class roster, DA403: CATV Distribution Design. The first course will be taught just prior to the 2004 Winter Conference in Orlando from Jan. 9-11.

The three-day course will teach how to layout and specify components for a complete community antenna television (CATV) system in a single building or a campus environment.

The course outline for DA403 includes a CATV overview, components, cable types, system design, headend function and equipment, and cabling loss calculations. The course concludes with a case study where students will perform a complete CATV system design including all necessary cabling loss calculations.

For more information on DA403, call BICSI at 800-242-7405 (toll free USA/Canada) or visit The course costs US$895 for members and US$995 for non-members

Online transcripts

With just a point and a click of the mouse, BICSI members can now print a transcript of their up-to-date earned continuing education credits (CECs) and other BICSI information through the site at

Once there, click on Members at the top of the home page, scroll down to Members Only, log into the section by entering your member and pin number and then click on member transcript. The record contains your member expiration date, registration periods for RCDD, LAN and OSP Specialties, courses and conferences attended, as well as CECs received, required, and the balance needed for each registration.

The form also contains an e-mail address for questions or concerns about the CECs recorded.

The transcript service will also be available for BICSI Registered Installers, Technicians, and Residential Installers in the near future.

BICSI’s Public Forum

Imagine having access to experienced telecommunications designers and installers from around the world? All you have to do is visit the General Forum on BICSI’s Web site.

The forum functions as a medium of open discussion or expression of ideas. On the General Forum, you can ask questions, voice concerns, and post messages on any aspect of telecommunications premises cabling issues.

Since BICSI’s Web site receives a million hits each month, you should get plenty of answers.

Go to, click on Forums at the top of the page. Then go to General Forum. You do have to log in, but you don’t have to be a BICSI member.

Roman Dabrowski, RCDD, is the Canadian Director of BICSI and a sales consultant with Bell Nexxia. He can be reached via e-mail at