Telecom grounding and bonding standard published by NECA and BICSI

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and BICSI jointly developed and recently published through ANSI a telecommunications grounding and bonding standard, NECA-BICSI-607-2011 Standard for Telecommunications Bonding and Grounding Planning and Installation Methods for Commercial Buildings.

NECA says the new standard will help contractors and installers enhance the planning, specification and layout of an effective telecommunications bonding and grounding system. The standard also specifies installation requirements for components of the telecommunications bonding and grounding systems.

This should be an interesting read. As one of my former co-workers at Henderson Engineers asked, is this intended to replace the current ANSI/TIA 607 standard?

I haven’t gotten to read this new standard yet, but BICSI employs a gentleman by the name of Ken Michaels to do all of their grounding training. I attended a BICSI Breakfast Club meeting in Houston last year and heard him speak. If I remember correctly, he thinks the ANSI/TIA 607 standard is over-kill when it comes to installing a dedicated telecom grounding system between all of the telecom rooms. (And in fact, according to him, that it could do more harm than good.) He instead would like to see a properly designed telecom grounding system (almost all projects apply the minimum standard requirements, if that) that utilizes the AC (power) grounding system instead.

BICSI obviously agrees with Michaels, otherwise they wouldn’t hire him as their grounding specialist. I suspect that the recent significant changes to the BICSI TDMM in regards to grounding were likely heavily influenced by Michaels. And now I suspect that this new NECA/BICSI Standard is attempting to elevate their current “best practices” to something substantially more solid – a standard rather than a guideline.


Tags: ,

About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s