Newsletter - Issue 127
Included in this newsletter:
- New Members
- New FIA Qualification Scheme member
- Dates for your Diary
- FIA 2017 Summer Seminar – updated seminar presentations & new main sponsor
- FIA Accredited Installers – the official list for May 2017
- New and updated White papers – Singlemode fibre types and Infrastructure Ownership transfer Management
New Members of the FIA
The FIA council would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members: –
FIA Qualifications Scheme
Dates for your Diary:
5th & 6th June 2017, Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, NN12 8QH
AIS future dates:
5th June 2017, Whittlebury Hall, prior to start of the Summer Seminar
21st September 2017, Southern UK, exact location TBA
22nd September 2017, Northern UK, exact location TBA
23rd November 2017, Southern UK, exact location TBA
24th November 2017, Northern UK, exact location TBA
6th December 2017, The Manor House, High St, Buntingford, SG9 9AB
New and updated FIA white papers
Following a request by an FIA member, a new White Paper has been produced entitled “Managing the transfer of ownership of an optical fibre cabling infrastructure”.
The transfer of ownership of a cabling infrastructure (be it metallic or optical fibre) to a 3rd party is fundamentally different than a clients acceptance of such an infrastructure which has been subject to a supply contract. The latter relies on the terms of the supply contract – and a well written technical and acceptance testing specification will enable contractual disputes between the installer and the client to be resolved based upon the contents of that specification.
By comparison, the transfer of ownership of the cabling infrastructure leaves the new “owner” in an unenviable position of not having been in control of the either the installation or its specification but being required to be responsible for its ongoing performance.
In such circumstances, there are number of steps that can minimize the risk of the transfer process and the new “owner” has to satisfy themselves that such steps have been applied – or to invest, possibly heavily, in backtracking to institute such steps if they have not already been applied.
The White Paper describes some of the key considerations to organise the process. Find it here.
Also, the FIA White Paper describing the wide variety of singlemode optical fibres has been updated to reflect the latest international standards. Find it here.
Record activity in the FIA standards forum
Visitors to the Standards Forum page on the FIA web-site over the next three months will find a huge package of draft standards undergoing revision or amendment from BSI, European and international bodies.
British Standards publications BS 6701 and BS 8492 are being amended to reflect the impact of the EuroClass for fire performance. We expect BS6701 to include the following text:
- “For new installations and the refurbishment or extension of existing installations within the external fire barrier of buildings and other structures, installation cables which are subject to the Construction Products Regulation shall, as a minimum, meet the requirements of EuroClass Cca-s1b,d2,a2 in accordance with BS EN 13501-6.
- All other cables within the external fire barrier shall meet the minimum recommended requirements of BS EN 60332-1-2.
- The installation of cables penetrating the external fire barrier of buildings shall conform to the BS EN 50174 series of standards.”
This represents a slight change from what was reported in the last FIA Newsletter.
At European level we will see the pre-vote drafts of all the EN 50173 standards which are undergoing full revision. These will be available for download and comment until mid-June 2017. In addition, EN 50174-1 and EN 50174-2 are also being revised – with one of the main topics being the planning and assessment of cabling to support remote powering up to an including the 90 W delivery system of IEEE 802.3bt Type 4. The pre-vote drafts of these standards will available on the SF web-page over the summer.
Finally the voting drafts of the six new ISO/IEC 11801 standards will also be available over the summer.
FIA Summer Seminar 2017
The Summer Seminar plans are developing, with more speakers on subjects as diverse as trenching technologies and 400G Ethernet within the Data Centre! We are also pleased to announce our new Main Sponsor, Hubbell Premise Wiring for providing support for the event and welcome Emtelle UK for both joining the FIA and providing sponsorship for our main event.
Our thanks also goes out to our other sponsors, without whom we would be unable to run the seminar: –
We are also pleased to announce that DYMO will be providing the first 60 seminar attendees with their XTL300 printer system: –
For the full details of the event, including sponsorship opportunities, click here.
FIA Accredited Installers – the official list for May 2017
If your organisation is interested in joining the scheme, contact the AIS Director, Frank Kler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ABM ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING LTD.
- BREXONS LIMITED.
- CABLE DYNAMICS LIMITED.
- CIS SERVICES LTD.
- COMPUTER-LINKS LTD.
- FES LTD.
- GCL LTD.
- HAMPTON TECHNICAL SERVICES LTD.
- HUNTER COMMUNICATION SERVICES LTD.
- INFINET DATACOMS LTD.
- INTERCONNECT NETWORK SYSTEMS LTD.
- ITM COMMUNICATIONS LTD.
- J BRAND LIMITED.
- LYNX NETWORKS plc.
- NETWORX 3 LTD.
- OPEN NETWORK ASSOCIATES LIMITED.
- PARAGON DATA SERVICES LTD.
- PR POWER INSTALLATIONS
- RAMPTEC LIMITED.
- RE-MARK GROUP.
- THE KIRBY GROUP.
- TWISTNET COMMUNICATIONS LTD.
- WIRRAL INSTALLATIONS LIMITED.
For full details for all of the FIA AIS Accredited Installers, click here
Conditions of Accreditation
As a member of the FIA Accredited Installer scheme companies shall send staff to attend a minimum of two (free-of-charge) AIS
Technical update Seminars per year. This is an essential part of the AIS scheme and it is imperative for both the company and the
FIA that attendance is in-line with the scheme requirements – failure to attend at least two seminars will result in suspension.
Withdrawal of Accreditation
AIS accredited Installers will be removed from the list if their attendance at the quarterly AIS seminars is inadequate. While the FIA
Council fully understand the difficulties companies have making time available to attend these events, such attendance is a
requirement of the Accredited Installer Scheme and it is unfair on the other members of the scheme if some do not meet their
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