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From its beginnings of supporting the telegraph, outside plant (OSP) cabling and infrastructure has evolved into the vital element that supports all voice and data communication globally. Even today's cellular wireless networks are supported by a wide array of OSP cabling and infrastructure, empowering individuals to communicate as they need.

Written by industry experts representing thousands of completed projects, the Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM) focuses on outside plant properties, with the detailed information contained applicable to all projects large and small. In addition to covering traditional infrastructure subjects such as cabling and pathways, the OSPDRM also covers items not typically found within interior design work, such as right-of-way, permitting and service restoration.

The OSPDRM, 6th edition, consists of 11 chapters and 6 appendices, as well as a glossary:
  • 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
  • Appendix A: Codes, Standards, Regulations and Organizations
  • Appendix B: Concrete and Cement Applications
  • Appendix C: Legal Considerations
  • Appendix D: Suggested Optical Cable Code
  • Appendix E: Balanced Twisted-Pair Cable Transmission Characteristics
  • Appendix F: Balanced Twisted-Pair Splice Closure Configuration
The OSPDRM, in conjunction with the OSP series courses, serves as a detailed study reference for the BICSI OSP Design exam.

Document History

  1. Outside Plant Design Reference Manual, 6th Edition


    Outside Plant Design Reference Manual, 6th Edition

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  2. BICSI Outside Plant Design Reference Manual

    Outside Plant Design Reference Manual, 5th Edition

    • Historical Version