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Fiber Optic Association’s Fiber Optic Cabling Installation Checklist

In any project, renovation, upgrade or installation, planning is always one of the most critical stages. Proper planning leads to proper execution and the elimination of a great number of hurdles and obstacles that may have otherwise popped up along the way. In the world of fiber optic cabling installation, the need for planning is even higher as you’re dealing with a very high-tech product with high-tech demands.

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc has released a comprehensive checklist that’s built and designed for the planning stages of an upcoming fiber optic cabling installation. While each project is vastly different and the list might need some tweaking, it’s a great jump into exactly what is needed to plan a fiber optic cabling installation. The checklist is broken into 4 parts, a Pre-Install Checklist, Before Starting the Install, During the Installation and After Completion. Here are a few tips, according to the FOA, to add to the checklist:

Pre-Install Checklist

  1. Main Point of Contact/Project Manager Chosen
  2. Link Communications Requirements Set
  3. Equipment and Component Requirements Set and Vendors Chosen
  4. Link Route Chosen, Permits Obtained
  5. Cable Plant Component and Vendors Chosen

Before Starting the Install

  1. All Permits Available for Inspection
  2. Sites Prepared, Power Available
  3. All Components on Site, Inspected, 24-hour Security Arranged

During the Installation:

  1. Inspect Worksmanship
  2. Daily Review of Process, Progress, Test Data

After Completion of Cable Plant Installation

  1. Inspect Worksmanship
  2. Review Test Data on Cable Plant
  3. Set Up & Test Communications System

Following this checklist as you embark on your own fiber optic cabling installation will help set the foundation for success in every aspect of your project.