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Overview of Cable Management Practices – Part 1

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Although the last ten years have been trending toward wireless, the wired industry continues to grow. For security reasons, military, tech, government, and financial organizations forbid data transmission via wireless on premises. SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) also consider wired communications more secure, and it is the medium used for delivering power as well.

The following will discuss the four main practices of cable management and their advantages and disadvantages. Part 1 will discuss Concrete Trenching and Floor Decking. Consult with experienced professionals to make your cabling project a long-term success.

CONCRETE TRENCHING

Mostly utilized within single-story buildings, concrete trenching is made up of channels carved into the concrete subfloor through which run cable and conduit. During construction, trenches are occasionally created during the concrete pour. However, they are must be cut into the concrete subfloor with a concrete saw.

After cable and conduit are laid, the installation of floor boxes is the next step. For safety, trenches may be filled with concrete after the electrical system is installed.

Advantages

A traditional method that is very well known, concrete trenches do not take up additional space for their installation inside a building.

Disadvantages

The installation of concrete trenching is comparatively expensive, and it is noxious and noisy. In order to install trenches and cabling, the building will need to be closed during construction. Structural engineers need to be consulted to ensure a building’s structural integrity. Companies leasing a building must also receive the approval of the property management firm. As the layout is “permanent”, additions and changes may also require the patching of trenches that are no longer needed.

FLOOR DECKING

Usually found within multi-story buildings, floor decking involves running electrical conduit through the ceiling underneath the floor that it will serve. Tunnels for the conduits are cut or drilled into the concrete, and space is provided to accommodate outlets and electrical boxes.

Advantages

A traditional method utilized in multi-story buildings, floor decking does not take up additional space. In comparison to concrete trenching, much less cutting of concrete is necessary.

Disadvantages

The process of installation during construction is very time consuming. The layout is quite inflexible, making additions and changes, such as the rerouting of cables, very difficult. These will cause disruptions and hurt business continuity as two floors will be affected during the process.

Part 2 will discuss Overhead Cabling/Cable Drops and Underfloor Cable Management.

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