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BICSI Releases New Edition of Outside Plant Manual

BICSI recently announced the release of its Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM), 5th ed. This new edition of the OSPDRM offers a complete update to the previous edition. A new chapter has been added which includes sections on passive optical networks, wireless broadband, and intrusion detection and alarm circuits. In addition, the original 13 chapters from the previous edition have been condensed into 11 chapters, with much of the 4th ed., material reformatted into new appendices. The chapter on pathways and spaces underwent a major revision with the addition of detailed design information on aerial, underground and direct-buried infrastructure.

With a total of 909 pages, the OSPDRM, 5th ed., contains 11 chapters and six appendices.

Chapters include:

  • Introduction to Outside Plant
  • Cable and Connector Types
  • Cabling Topologies
  • Pathways and Spaces
  • Splicing Hardware
  • Bonding, Grounding (Earthing), and Electrical Protection
  • Right-of-Way
  • Project Design
  • Maintenance and Restoration
  • Other Technologies
  • Special Design Considerations
The manual is available in print, CD-ROM, downloadable, and multi-user versions. This manual replaces the 4th ed., and will be used in conjunction with BICSI’s outside plant (OSP) suite of courses in the coming months. Those wishing to may purchase a combination of the 4th and 5th eds., at a significant discount. More information on the manual and the available discount can be found at
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