Fiber U

Outside Plant Fiber Optic Construction

Lesson 2: Project Preparation And Guidelines

Objectives: From this lesson you should learn:
The process of preparing to build a fiber optic OSP network
The complex issues that must be addressed by the design and planning of the project
Site surveys
Guidelines for worker health and safety
Managing traffic around the work site
Post installation repairs and restoration

Outside plant (OSP) installations of fiber optic cables can be much more diverse than other installations since every project is unique. OSP installs may include underground, direct burial and aerial cable, perhaps even some underwater cable. A single link may include several types of installation, for example aerial in one section, pulling in conduit on a bridge crossing and burying the rest of the cable.  

Cables may end when pulled into buildings or terminated at the top of poles where surveillance cameras or wireless access points are located. Splices where cables are concatenated can be placed in pedestals, buried underground or hung in aerial splice closures. 

The diversity of OSP installation makes it extremely important for the contractor to know the route of the cable to be installed intimately. The installation may call for several permits, environmental impact statements or other issues related to local rules, codes or ordinances. Safety guidelines go beyond the normal since  personnel will be
working around citizens, traffic, etc. that require special rules for safety.

This section will focus on those issues and the planning necessary to address before a project begins.

Student Assignment:
Read the references and take the quiz (Test Your Comprehension)

Online FOA Reference:

FOA OSP Construction Guide: Project Preparation and Guidelines 

Book:  FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optic Construction, Pages 5 - 13

Test Your Knowledge: Online Quiz

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