Smart grid, smart cities, intelligent traffic signals, small cells—it seems like everything popular in new technology needs more fiber. That means installing more fiber optic cables, and that means more construction. How familiar are you with the outside plant (OSP) fiber optic construction process?
Created by: Jim Hayes
1. Because of the diversity of fiber optic OSP construction, it is important the contractor knows the _____ of the cable plant well.
A. Planned route
B. Link length
2. The details obtained from _____ will ensure potential problem areas are uncovered before the work begins and potentially save a lot of trouble later.
A. A permit application
B. A prebuild site survey
C. Data from map programs
D. One’s memory of the area
3. Working on or near a public roadway requires _____.
A. Permits from local authorities
B. Appropriate PPE for workers
C. Proper signs, marking cones and flaggers for blocked lanes
D. All of the above
4. Underground conduit is generally buried _____ under the surface of the ground.
A. 0.5 meters (1.6 feet)
B. 1 to 1.2 meters (3–4 feet)
C. 2 meters (6 feet)
D. Deep enough to cover with backfill
5. The most common cause of underground cable system failure is _____.
A. Water ingress
B. Lightning strikes
C. Bad splices
D. Dig-ups, or “backhoe fade”
6. The generally preferred method of burying conduit on road or sidewalk crossings is _____.
A. Sawing out road sections and trenching
B. Directional drilling or boring
C. Using a large backhoe
D. Crossing with aerial cable
7. Cables on the reel do not need to be tested before installation as long as they do not show physical damage.
8. When cable needs to be laid on the ground for intermediate or long pulls, it should be laid out in a(n) _____ to prevent twisting.
A. Large oval loop
B. Round pen
C. Area covered by tarps
9. Blowing fiber optic cable refers to an installation method that _____ the cable into the duct while _____ it on a high-speed stream of air.
A. Pushes; floating
B. Pushes; also pushing
C. Pulls; assisting
D. Blows; floating
10. All-dielectric self-supporting cables (ADSS) _____.
A. Need no additional support, like a messenger wire
B. Can be installed in lengths up to 6 kilometers
C. Can be installed on electrical transmission towers