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There will be plenty of work for the ITS experts who design, install and maintain networks for the future.

July 1, 2010  

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Based on interaction I have with information technology systems (ITS) infrastructure professionals who have responsibility for projects in Canada, I see work is being continuously created by the demand for greater bandwidth networks.

Whether it is demand for services available on FTTH networks or the information they allow you to access in data centres around the world, there is work for those professionals who have the knowledge and experience to design, install and maintain networks for the future.

If you have had a chance to view the YouTube clip “Did You Know?” — which illustrates the progression of information technology — you can see that the demand for data and the latest technologies is growing at an unprecedented pace. Will it continue?

Given the birth rate of the world, there is no reason to think it won’t. BICSI is prepared to help support the professionals who will be providing this technology.

For those who have responsibilities for data centres, you may be interested to learn about and benefit from the newly released BICSI 002-2010, Data Center Design Standard and Implementation Best Practices.

The demand for data centres and the push for greater capacity, increased efficiency and higher levels of utilization have caused data centres to become more complex to design and bring on-line. Today’s data centre designer is often required to have knowledge in a mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems, areas not typically found in the same reference manuals or standards. BICSI 002 addresses this need.

Collected within its pages are requirements, recommendations and additional information that should be considered when working with site selection, thermal systems and security.

Additionally, this standard provides references to other documents and standards effecting data centres, aiding the designer, owner or operator in understanding specific requirements and recommendations.

All BICSI standards are written to define current practices and drive improvement in quality and performance over the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security and audio & video technologies, and encompass optical, fiber, copper- and wireless-based distribution systems.

Coming up in September, Canadian BICSI members will be able to vote for the positions of Canadian Region Director and Secretary in the annual BICSI Board of Directors elections.

On Sept. 1, you will be invited by e-mail to make your selection by electronic ballot. Please take a moment between Sept. 1-30 to choose the persons you feel will improve the ITS industry here in Canada as they represent you on BICSI’s global Board of Directors.

Later this fall, there are a number of opportunities to participate in BICSI technical educational sessions where subject matter experts will offer valuable information about the evolving ITS infrastructure.

These include the 2010 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Sept. 12-16 and Canadian Region Meetings in Calgary in October and in Ottawa and Toronto in November. All conference and meeting information is available at

Beyond 2010, we can look forward to what dozens of BICSI subject matter experts and editorial staff are currently updating — two technical manuals — both of which are scheduled for release in 2011.

The Information Transport Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), 6th edition, used by BICSI-certified Installers, Technicians and anyone else interested in IT-focused codes, standards and best practices, will offer updated information that helps improve users’ productivity.

Following the ITSIMM’s release is the Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM), 5th edition.

This manual offers guidance to the networks that connect users of ITS within buildings to the outside world using safe, survivable and cost-effective recommendations to those having responsibility for these facilities.

Between the Data Center Standard, the ITSIMM and the OSPDRM, BICSI is making a lot of information available to ITS professionals who want to improve their ability to have rewarding careers in the industry.

BICSI staff members are also working with individuals in the Canadian government to improve the level of technical expertise through electronic means that will allow more consistent use of ITS terminology.

The intent is to improve the use of correct terminology used to define what government ITS infrastructure contracts are asking for.

Due to convergence, a myriad of terms have been used and misused, causing a lot of confusion and lost productivity or increased cost due to misquoted work.

If you have questions about any information contained in this article or you have thoughts on items that you feel will benefit the ITS industry, please feel free to contact me. CNS

Richard Smith, RCDD, NTS, OSP, is the Canadian Region Director of BICSI and the manager of Aliant Cabling Solutions in Moncton, N.B. He can be reached at