Michael A. Crowley
October 6, 1997
The cableplant of Mount Holyoke College includes a large number of components.
These elements are contained in:
- Fiber optic
- Alarm systems: intrusion, fire, door
- Mechanical components
- Wire raceways
- Wall jacks
- Wall outlets
- Shelving for wire closets
- Fiber termination boxes
Those responsible for these include:
- Interbuilding runs
- Wiring closets, multipurpose
- Wiring closets, data only
- Telephone terminals
- Wiring cabinets
- Within-building runs
- Data and phone jacks on walls and other surfaces in buildings
For the most part, it is clear who is responsible for what component,
but there are items for which the responsibility is unclear and there
are other items for which the responsibility needs to "porous", i.e.,
where there is not definitive responsibility but where the responsibility
needs to be determined on a case by case basis.
- Telephone office
- Electronic Services
- Public Safety
Russ Boudreau is the individual responsible for the underground
conduit and cable system. While others may have significant
parts to play, such as the electricians or the telephone office,
Russ needs to know about anything having to do with the underground system.
Wiring closets, multipurpose
Susan Perry has suggested that Bill Farrington be the one responsible for
the wiring closets that contain multiple kinds of equipment: voice, data,
video, etc. Any changes to a closet layout by those whose materials
are contained in such closets should go though Bill. This includes
networking and the telephone office.
Wiring closets, data only; wiring cabinets
There are a number of closets in which there is only data equipment.
Networking will deal with these.
Telephone terminals are scattered throughout many buildings and are
best left to the telephone office.
Cabling within buildings consists of:
It is clear that the electricians should be responsible for electrical.
The ambiguity is in the data and telephone systems.
- Data, wire and fiber
We need to differentiate the design of the system
from the installation of the system. Networking
has designed the data layout and, to some degree, the telephone
cable layout in the residential hall networking project.
The telephone office has for the most part designed the
telephone cable layout. There has been, and should continue
to be, close collaboration in this design between networking
and the telephone office.
Insofar as the installation goes,
the electricians have pulled all the data cable for the
academic and administrative buildings. This suggests that
the Electrical Department should remain responsible for the
cable in the walls.
In the past, the intrabuilding phone cable has been pulled by
the telephone technicians. With the merging of the data and
phone cable systems, it is not clear that this division
remains a good one. I think there needs to be more discussion
about how telephone and data cables are to be installed.
Data and phone jacks on walls and other surfaces in buildings
This is something that needs to be kept a bit porous. If the
dataport is ripped off the wall Buildings & Grounds needs
to become involved. If the problem is in the dataport itself,
a new connector might need to be installed and perhaps the wiring
might need reconnecting, then the job could be done by
networking, telephone, or electrical shop personnel. In all
cases, networking or telephone personnel should be informed
of the event.
Traditionally done by the Electrical Department
Installation has been done by Electronic Services.
Design is a joint effort of Electronic Services and Public
Perhaps this should be the responsibility of Electronic
Services with design consultation with both Public
Safety and Buildings & Grounds.