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March 1, 2001  

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If you think the standard uniform for a cabling installer is blue jeans and a golf shirt with a company logo, think again. There are a whole group of cable installers out there who are part of Canada’s military, and they wear uniforms with the “signals” identification on the shoulders. These are the folks who are part of the military’s “Linemen” — those responsible for cabling, both inside and outside plant installations. Unlike their civilian counterparts, these people are also responsible for setting up (and restoring) communications just about anywhere, in peacetime and under war conditions.

I am happy to report that they use a good deal of BICSI’s documentation in their training. And when they recently held their annual conference in Cornwall, Ontario, from February 18-20, they invited BICSI to exhibit at their “trade show”, along with many manufacturers and distributors in the premise cabling industry.

The Cornwall event, which had close to 200 attendees, had training, networking and evening activities. At a closing dinner, Arnie Murray of National Defense Headquarters presented the winners of the BICSI draw with a LAN and TDM CD. I would like to thank Arnie for giving me the opportunity to meet with Canada’s military members. We received a lot of good feedback and suggestions.


Once again, BICSI’s Florida conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort set new attendance records — with the final counts just shy of 3800 attendees. Thirty-nine members passed their RCDD exam (one of them fellow Tyco employee, Jim Young) and 22 members received their LAN Specialist designation.

Next year’s conference will be the last one at the Coronado, as we will be moving to the new Opryland facility in Orlando. During the conference, the Board of Directors received a “hard hat tour” of the building, which is well under construction.

And while we are on the topic of conferences, I should mention that reserving a room for the fall conference in New Orleans will be easier than ever. Rather than contacting each hotel, simply contact the BICSI Housing Bureau to secure a reservation. For more details, please see the BICSI web site at or call (847) 940-2153.


If you need additional CECs (Continuing Education Credits) towards your RCDD or LAN Specialist designations, here are the credits available for upcoming BICSI events:

Conference RCDD LAN Installer
Feb. 26-28 9 5 2
Apr. 18-20 11 10 2
May 7-10 15 5 3
July 2-5 15 6 2

As always, you can get CECs for non-BICSI courses as long as they are industry related. To do so, you must forward a copy of the agenda and course outline to BICSI headquarters for approval. You will also need to submit proof of successful completion of the course. Some courses have already been approved, so check out the BICSI web site for more information.


In other BICSI news, McGraw-Hill has produced a hardcover version of BICSI’s Telecommunications Cabling Installation Manual (TCIM), now available in bookstores and online. Based on the second edition of the TCIM, the book’s cover price is US$74.95. BICSI will also have a supply of the hardcover version to sell. A third edition of the TCIM (in a 3-ring binder format) will be available this summer.

BICSI is also offering a discount on its commercial voice/data cabling video. Effective immediately, members who purchase the Introduction to Commercial Voice/Data Cabling Systems video and workbook will pay US$99 for any video/workbook set purchased after the first one, which is priced at US$249. Non-members will pay US$129 for each video/workbook set after the first US$349 video/workbook is purchased.


In closing, I would like to offer greetings to BICSI’s newest staff additions: Paul Franko, Assistant Shipping Coordinator; Karla Markell, Customer Service Representative; and Kristy Scott, BICSI News Editor. (Note: Former BICSI News Editor Terry Cone has been promoted to Managing Editor, Publications.)

It’s great to have you all at BICSI.CS

Greg Porter, RCDD is Region 5 Director of BICSI and Business Development Manager for Tyco Electronics Canada Ltd., Markham, ON.

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