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New NDRM to debut

Three members of BICSI's Canadian region played a major role in the development of the manual.

August 1, 2003  

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The fifth edition of BICSI’s Network Design Reference Manual (NDRM) will make its debut in September. Three members of BICSI’s Canadian Region have played major roles in the development of this new manual. Peter Olders, RCDD/LAN/OSP Specialist, is the Chair of Panel 100 of BICSI’s Technical Information and Methods Committee, the group charged with the manual’s production.

Cory Boon, RCDD/LAN Specialist, and Steve Kepekci, RCDD/LAN Specialist, are members of Panel 100, as well as the contract writers of the NDRM.

The new manual continues the BICSI tradition of providing comprehensive, vendor-neutral descriptions of current networking technologies. The NDRM is the basis for the RCDD/LAN Specialty exam.

The NDRM, 5th edition contains 13 chapters and provides in-depth, up to date information on the following topics:

Networking–local area networks, remote access, and internetworks;

Connectivity–cabling systems, wireless networks, and telecommunications circuits

Fundamental technologies– Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP), and network storage

Administration–security and network management, and

Emerging applications–Voice over IP (VoIP), real-time video, and video content distribution

It also contains three appendices featuring reference material that covers numbering systems and conversions, IP addressing and subnetting and network technologies other than Ethernet.

The document was first published in 1995 as the LAN Design Manual as a result of the number of projects involving data cabling was increasing rapidly. In 1999, the manual changed its name and scope to become the LAN and Internetworking Design Manual, 3rd edition. The manual changed once again with the fourth edition in 2001 to become the Network Design Reference Manual.

This edition minimized the distinction between local and wide-area networking as it became common to access the same network resources from any distance.

Written to keep pace with constantly evolving technologies, the fifth edition of the NDRM is intended to serve as a comprehensive, vendor-neutral reference to understanding organizational networks.

Regional meetings

We held two meetings during the last week of June, one in Calgary at the new IBM building downtown and one in Vancouver at Science World. There was a great turnout of BICSI members with excellent presentations and networking opportunities. I was pleased to meet so many interesting people and look forward to seeing everyone at future events.

More regional meetings are planned for Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Sept 5th), Moncton (Sept. 12th) and Ottawa in November so stay tuned for more details.

2004 Winter conference

Mark your calendars now for an exciting BICSI event where you can learn from industry leaders, hear professional development speakers, and network with colleagues from around the world.

You’ll also see exhibits featuring the latest industry products and services. The conference will take place January 12-15 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando.

Pre-conference activities will in-clude several opportunities for day-long educational seminars as well as traditional BICSI training. Exams for the RCDD, LAN Specialty, and OSP Specialty will also be offered before the official start of the conference.

BICSI’s Annual Awards Banquet is a special feature of each winter conference where awards are presented to members or industry professionals who distinguish themselves by service to the association or the industry.

Association business and region meetings will also be conducted at the conference, so I hope to see many members of BICSI’s Canadian Region at the event.

Besides all the professional advantages, it’s a great chance to enjoy some beautiful weather.

On a related note, 19 BICSI design and installation courses will be offered just before and just after the conference.

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

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