Electrical: Data and communications cabling and pathways

Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
1 AIA CES approved learning unit (LU) available
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Data and communications cabling distributes information from one place to another. The concept is simple enough. However, it quickly becomes more complex. NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) and other codes and standards provide guidelines—and impose limitations—regarding the distances, support, and composition of the cables that distribute information throughout buildings.

Adding to this complexity is getting the cabling from one place to another. System design also includes supporting and protecting the cables throughout the campus or facility from physical damage and/or fire or power systems via conduit, cable trays, raceways, and cable routing assemblies. When designing network distribution systems, engineers must consider where cables, and the systems that support and protect them will be used; the types and quantity of cables to be supported; and applicable codes and standards.

Other issues include distance limitations, selecting cables to support new technologies, cable insulation, and firestopping.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the applicable codes and standards: NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC), and other codes and standards as they apply to data and communications cabling.
  • Analyze and compare the differences and similarities among the cabling support and protection systems including conduit, cable trays, raceways, and cable routing assemblies.
  • Assess the firestopping issues associated with the various cabling support and protection systems including conduit, cable trays, and raceways.
  • Outline best practices for applying wiring and cabling support and protection systems.

Presenters: 

  • Tim Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, Associate Principal, TEECOM, Portland, Ore.
  • David Wells, RCDD, Director of Telecommunications, NV5, Las Vegas 

Moderator: Jack Smith, Content Manager, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Pure Power, CFE Media

Sponsors: Eaton, Legrand

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