Practical Fibre Optics for Engineers and Technicians

THE WORKSHOP

This comprehensive workshop will provide you with the necessary background to understand the fundamentals of fibre optic systems and their individual components including fibres, cable construction, connectors, splices and optical sources and detectors. Various pitfalls associated with the implementation of fibre optic systems are discussed and workable solutions to these problems are provided. It will provide you with the knowledge to develop the required techniques for design, installation and maintenance of fibre optic systems.

The workshop places significant emphasis on the practical techniques of component installation and system design. You will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with mechanical and fusion splicing and with fitting the popular industrial fibre connectors. A fibre optic link design software package is provided to allow you to practice actual link design practicals using various parameters.

Finally, you will have the opportunity to practice using various fibre optic test equipment such as optical sources and power meters.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Consulting engineers
  • Control engineers and technicians
  • Electrical engineers
  • Instrumentation engineers
  • Instrumentation technicians
  • Maintenance engineers and technicians
  • Process control engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Project managers
  • Systems engineers
  • Telecommunications engineers

CONTENT SUMMARY

REGISTRATION AND INTRODUCTION TO FIBRE OPTICS SYSTEMS

  • Introduction
  • Outline of workshop
  • Historical background to fibre optics
  • Comparison of fibre optics and copper systems

DEFINITIONS, BASIC PRINCIPLES

  • Data communications
  • Communications channels
  • Transmission modes
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Revisiting copper

THEORY OF FIBRE OPTICS TRANSMISSION

  • Fundamental principals of operation
  • Light transmission nature of glass
  • Numerical aperture
  • Modal propagation in fibres
  • Multimode/singlemode/step-index/graded index
  • Bandwidth of fibres
  • Modal and chromatic dispersion
  • Absorption/scatter/bending/radiation/mismatches
  • Other types of fibres

CONSTRUCTION OF FIBRE OPTIC CABLES

  • Cable objectives
  • Tensile ratings
  • Structural elements
  • Housings – loose tube/slotted core/tight buffered
  • Sheaths and moisture barriers
  • Classes of cables – aerial/underground/subaqueous/indoorCONNECTING FIBRES
  • Optical connection issues
  • Fibre end preparation
  • Splicing fibres – fusion/mechanical
  • Connectors
  • Optical couplers

OPTICAL DRIVERS AND DETECTORS

  • Light emitting diodes
  • Lasers
  • Transmitters modules
  • Safety considerations
  • PIN photodiodes
  • Receiver modules
  • Optical amplifiers

INSTALLING FIBRE OPTIC CABLES

  • Initial preparation – site survey/design
  • General installation rules and procedures
  • Bending radius/cable tension/cable reels
  • Cable trays/conduits/lubricants
  • Indoor cable installation/leaving extra cable
  • Outdoor cable installation/environmental conditions
  • Splicing trays/organisers/termination cabinets/patch panels/distribution panels/breakout boxes

FIBRE OPTICS SYSTEM DESIGN

  • Initial design considerations
  • Future capacity/reliability/operation wavelength
  • Repeaters and amplifiers
  • Design loss calculations/link loss budgets
  • Design bandwidth calculations

TESTING OF FIBRE OPTIC SYSTEMS

  • Concepts of optical measurement
  • Continuity testing
  • Insertion loss testing
  • Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (OTDR)
  • Bit Error Rate (BER) testing
  • Eye diagrams
  • Laboratory fibre tests

TECHNOLOGIES THAT USE OPTICAL FIBRES

  • Low speed modems
  • 10 base F/FDDI/FIORL
  • ATM
  • LANs/MANs/WANs
  • Analog modulators for video and microwave links
  • HDTV

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