Industrial Networks

Well, I passed my RCDD – Registered Communications Distribution Designer. It’s a certification concerned with Layer One networking issues – wires, conduits. telcom room layout, etc.. It’s by a group called BISCI.

This is the second time I passed the exam. I had it in 1999 and let it expire — I wont this time.

But the big thing I noticed this time was the lack of concern for industrial facilities. BICSI recommendations focus on commercial office space. You need a telcom closet on each floor, plan for 3 outlets for each 100 sq. ft. These don’t apply in a factory or other industrial buildings. Most floor only need 5 drops total and don’t need a closet.

I have spent the past 15 years building networks for industrial facilities for Honeywell, Georgia-Pacific and now for Computer Science Corp (CSC). I plan to spend this year working on making a white paper and presentation for Building Industrial Networks that could become a chapter for the next BICSI manual.


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