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Overview of Cable Management Practices – Part 1

20 Mar 2017

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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How to Install a Patch Panel

27 Jun 2013

The process of installing a patch panel onto a wall begins with the preparing the wall to hold the rack. Most offices have drywall walls. Sometimes the walls are concrete if they lie along the structural boundaries of the building. This installation involved mounting the patch panel onto a wall that is drywall on top of concrete.

The photos below will illustrate what is involved in mounting a rack that holds the patch panel and switch.

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Drop or Dropped Ceiling

23 Dec 2009
 Network Cat5 ,Cat6A drop or dropped ceiling is the ceiling that is hung below the main (structural) ceiling. It may also be referred to as a false or suspended ceiling, and is a staple of modern construction and architecture. The area above the dropped ceiling is called the plenum space, as it is usually used for the HVAC air return. The plenum space is also very commonly used to conceal piping, wiring, and ductwork.

A typical dropped ceiling consists of a grid-work of metal channels in the shape of an upside-down "T", suspended from wires from the overhead concrete structure. These channels snap together in a pattern – typically a 2' x 2' or 2' x 4' grid. Each cell is filled with a lightweight "tile" or "panel" which simply drop into the grid. Tiles can be selected from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, plastic, or mineral fibres, and can come in almost any color. Light fixtures, HVAC air grilles, and other fixtures are available which can fit the same space as a tile. Most tile material is easily cut to allow fixtures in other shapes, such as incandescent lights, speakers, and fire sprinkler heads.

The suspended ceiling was originally developed to conceal the underside of the floor above and to offer acoustic balance and control in a room. The acoustic performance of suspended ceilings has improved dramatically over the years, with enhanced sound absorption and attenuation. This is sometimes achieved by adding insulation known as Sound Attenuation Batts (SABs), more commonly referred to as "sound batts", above the panels to help deaden sounds and keep adjacent rooms quieter.