Example Fiber Manager Workflow

The following example depicts a hypothetical Fiber Manager workflow. Your workflow will vary depending on your particular needs.

  1. One of the first steps in managing your fiber optics network is to add features such as fiber optic cables, end devices, patch locations, and splice points to your database. Fiber Manager allows you to place preconfigured cables, patches, splice points, etc. from a list of Favorites. This saves time and reduces data discrepancies.
  2. Once the features are placed on the map, Connection Manager is used to form network connections. Features are connected or disconnected within the network using the Connection Manager form.
  3. After establishing splices in the network, a Splice Report can be generated to display buffer tube, fiber strand, attenuation loss, and circuit information associated with all cables intersecting at one particular splice point. Often a splice schematic diagram is then created to display and print the fiber optic network splices. Run a Patch Panel Connection Report to list port connections, port availability, and circuits associated with a particular patch panel on your map.
  4. Use Fiber Trace to perform an end-to-end fiber trace on a single fiber within a fiber optic cable.
  5. Generate a Fiber Trace Report to display all the elements that are in the connected path of this one fiber.
  6. Use the information gathered from the Fiber Trace (step four and five) to determine where to create circuits (also referred to as light paths). Use Circuit Manager to create or edit circuits.
  7. Create a circuit schematic to display and print the fiber optic network circuits.
  8. The maps, reports, and schematics help you analyze, understand, and manage your fiber optic network.
    IMPORTANT: Splitting lines in Fiber Manager

    Do not use Esri's split tools to split edges belonging to your fiber network. Doing so can corrupt your data.

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