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What is Building Information Modeling (BIM)

What is BIM? BIM is a business process for generating, leveraging and managing building data to design, construct and operate the building during its lifecycle. It covers geometry, spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components, project management, and post-construction facilities management. BIM uses 3D, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to […]

Infrastructure 11 January 2017

7 Benefits of Patch-by-Exception

From operational and cost savings to advantages in manageability, security, and aesthetics, Patch-by-Exception delivers a range of benefits as a structured cabling solution. Below we explore 7 additional areas that benefit from PBE. 7 Patch-by-Exception Benefits Added Security In PBE, all active equipment can be safely locked away in cabinets, as cabling technicians do not […]

Enterprise Infrastructure 4 January 2017

Structured Cabling Solutions – PBE: Moves, Adds and Changes

Patch-by-Exception (PBE) offers multiple advantages as a structured cabling solution, from cost and operational benefits to installation, administration and maintenance advantages. Additionally, PBE presents advantages when it comes to moves, adds and changes. Patch-by-Exception and Moves, Adds and Changes We’ve previously explored what PBE is, and how it works when it comes to disconnection modules. […]

Enterprise Infrastructure 21 December 2016

Understanding The Cost and Operational Benefits of Patch-by-Exception

The Cost and Operational Benefits of Patch-by-Exception As we have previously explored, Patch-by-Exception is an alternative cabling solution that offers multiple benefits; from improved performance, to better manageability, security, and aesthetics. However, PBE also presents cost and operational advantages, which we will explore below. The Cost Benefits of Patch-by-Exception PBE design not only provides industry-leading […]

Enterprise Infrastructure 14 December 2016

What Is Patch-by-Exception and Why Do We Need It?

Patch-by-Exception For engineers looking for an easy, inexpensive yet high performing cabling alternative, Patch-by-Exception offers a solid solution. Helping to save time and money while improving performance, manageability, security and aesthetics, we explore what Patch-by-Exception is, and the need behind its use. Why We Need Patch-by-Exception The most common method of installing communications cabling systems […]

Enterprise Infrastructure 9 December 2016

The Network Operating Costs of Fiber Cable Management Systems

Fiber Network Operating Costs: As a means of keeping operational network costs down, service providers around the world are increasingly turning to systems integrators to install their networks. This practice allows the service provider’s technicians to focus on operations and maintenance, rather than network installation. There is, however, an inherent risk in this practice. As […]

Fiber Optic 30 November 2016

Fiber Cable Management Best Practices

Exploring Fiber Cable Management Best Practices: Rack Size and Rear Access The decision between 19- or 23-inch racks, ETSI racks or cabinets, as well as between front and rear Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) access or only front access, has implications for the operation and reliability of the ODF system. As a rule, the larger the […]

Fiber Optic 23 November 2016

Splicing Connectors: On-Frame and Off-Frame

Splicing Connectors The splicing of outside plant (OSP) fibers to connectorized pigtails, to allow termination panel access to the OSP fiber, can be done in two basic configurations: on-frame and off-frame. On-Frame Splicing On-frame splicing (See figure 1) is performed within the confines of the optical distribution frame (ODF), whereas off-frame splicing is done away […]

Fiber Optic 16 November 2016

Optical Distribution System Architecture: Cross-Connect

When configuring an optical distribution frame (ODF), one of the first considerations is the decision between interconnect and cross-connect systems. As with the location of optical components, this decision has large implications for the network’s future growth, reconfigurability, cost, and reliability. Cross-Connect Systems Architecture A cross-connect ODF architecture provides a dedicated termination point for both […]

Fiber Optic 9 November 2016

Optical Distribution System Architecture: Interconnect

When configuring an Optical Distribution Frame (ODF), one of the first considerations is the decision between interconnect and cross-connect architectures. As with the location of optical components, this decision has large implications for the network’s future growth, reconfigurability, cost and reliability. Interconnect Systems Architectures Interconnect involves the OSP cable being spliced to a pre-connectorized pigtail, […]

Fiber Optic 2 November 2016