FiberOptic.com Updates Fiber Characterization Standards

Comprehensive fiber characterization is a complex subject that requires detailed knowledge of many aspects of fiber optics and considerable skill and judgment in defining test programs carry out the tests, validating the data, analyzing and interpreting the results to provide comprehensive, authoritative documentation that is often used as a basis for making very expensive decisions
Due to this complexity FiberOptic.com has developed the special “Certified Fiber. Characterization Engineer” course so that delegates can learn how to characterize fibers with confidence.
Having certified thousands of students and tested thousands of fiber spans, FiberOptic.com’s services division know as Adtell Integration is setting the standard for competence in performing fiber characterization and also education with the “Fiber Characterization Tech” course and certificate.
Fiber Characterization Training (3 Days)

Training Code: TR-FCT

Objectives:

In this extensive hands-on training each student will:

  • Learn about the tests that are required for fiber characterization
  • Learn about transmission limits as a function of bit rate and application
  • Learn about the effects of Chromatic Dispersion and Polarization Mode Dispersion on high speed signals such as 10G, 40G, and 100G
  • Learn about OTDR theory and bi-directional splice characterization
  • Learn about ORL and the consequences of high ORL
  • Learn how to measure Chromatic and Polarization Mode Dispersion
  • Conduct all tests required for fiber characterization
  • Test one complete span and compile all test data into a comprehensive report
  • Use an OLTS, OTDR, CD and PMD tester

Summary

This three-day course will provide you with all the knowledge and requirements that are needed to effectively characterize your optical infrastructure. You will learn about all the requirements for engineering and for qualifying the optical fiber links that utilize specific bit rates in regards to both metro and long haul spans.

After taking this course, students will have a detailed understanding of advanced OTDR configuration, cause and effect of trace events, and other advanced trace analysis techniques including bi-directional splice characterization and optical return loss testing.

Course Type

This course includes a hands-on portion and must be taken at one of our training locations. An online option for this course is currently not available.

Brief Course Synopsis

  1. Introduction to Fiber Characterization
    • What is Fiber Characterization?
    • Why is it needed?
    • Legacy Networks and Today’s Networks
  2. Fiber Optic Basic Review
    • Transmission Basics
    • Light Propagation
    • Causes of Optical Loss
    • Types of Fiber
  3. Inspection and Cleaning of Fibers
    • Inspection Tools
    • Proper Cleaning Practices
    • Inspection Assessment
  4. End to End Loss
    • Connector Loss
    • Splice Loss
    • Power Budget Calculations
    • Test Methodologies
    • OTLS Functionality
  5. Optical Return Loss
    • Consequences of High ORL
    • ORL Limits
    • ORL Test Tools
    • ORL Testing
  6. OTDR
    • How an OTDR Works
    • Reflectance
    • Dead Zones
    • Setting up the OTDR
    • Manual Measurements
  7. Chromatic Dispersion
    • Causes of Chromatic Dispersion
    • Limits of Chromatic Dispersion
    • Chromatic Dispersion Testing
    • Compensation
  8. Polarization Mode Dispersion
    • Causes of PMD
    • Mode Coupling
    • PMD Limits
    • PMD Testing
    • Isolating High PMD Areas
  9. Bi-Directional Trace Analysis
    • Post Analysis Software
    • Creating Templates
    • Applying Templates
    • Generating Splice Reports
  10. Reports
    • Transferring Data
    • Compiling Data
    • Generate Report
  • Hands-On Workshop (Optional) – This optional hands-on workshop is designed for those who desire more intensive hands-on training for immediate entry into their        specific field of study. Students typically take advantage of this workshop by adding an additional day to any of FiberOptic.com’s hands-on training courses.

Target Audience

This course is designed for installers, system managers, technicians, engineers, designers, contractors, and supervisors.

Although not required, Fiber Characterization Basics (TR-FCB) is the recommended online prerequisite for this course.

Benefits

After taking this course, students will have a detailed understanding of advanced OTDR configuration, cause and effect of trace events, and other advanced trace analysis techniques including bi-directional splice characterization and optical return loss testing.

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