Advanced Workshops

Emergency Restoration Primer for Fiber Optic Outside Plant

September 24, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Steve Wolszczak

BICSI – 3 CEC’s, ETA – 4 CEC’s

Cost $200

An outage can cost thousands of dollars every hour the system is down — so it is critical to have a recovery program in place when problems occur. Well-trained personnel are essential even before an emergency to conduct restoration planning. They need to understand each fiber optic component in the network, its potential failure modes and recovery strategies. Seminar attendees will learn precision fault location with practical examples. Attendees will learn how to configure, design and build (or specify) an Emergency Restoration Kit (ERK) appropriate to their network. After this class, attendees will have a thorough understanding of what is needed to deal with fiber outages. Each student will take home a planning guide that they can apply to their network post session. The course will progress from basics to more complicated topics. Most terminology will be defined, but a fundamental understanding of fiber optic communication and basic link design will be helpful in appreciating the content.

Attendees will review some fiber basics and the likely failure modes of fiber links including catastrophic cable cuts and learn how to identify vulnerabilities in their own network. They will take away a restoration planning guide for follow-up after the session.