Cabling Foothills Lab Building 0
||NETS technicians Armando Cisneros,
Jerome Martinez, Fabian Guerrero, and Mike Martinez prepare to install
Category 6 twisted-pair cable capable of running 10Gb/s. This cable
provides hard-wired connectivity to all of the offices in the new
building named FL0. The ACD staff in this building now enjoy the
benefits of state-of-the-art copper, fiber-optic, and wireless
For decades, the Network Engineering and Telecommunications Section
has been updating the cabling in existing buildings constructed
as early as the mid-1960s. The technical staff became proficient in
meeting these cabling challenges, but in FY 2006, a new opportunity
presented itself: cabling a new building during its construction.
UCAR built a new building named FL0 in 2005 and 2006 to house
the NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD). This was the first
time that NETS had the opportunity to design and install a network
infrastructure in a brand new building, and this project presented
many new challenges. ACD now has the current state of the art in
fiber-optic and copper cabling as well as wireless network access
throughout the building. NETS also cabled the RAL computer room in
FL0, then updated two radar pads used by EOL. This was a multi-month
project that has now been successfully completed.
This project advances NCAR's strategic goal of "Developing and
providing advanced services and tools." It is supported through the
UCAR Communications Pool indirect funds.