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Fiber Optic Sensing Association Releases Cable Installation Considerations for Power Utilities

October 25, 2019

Fiber Optic Sensing Association
Contact: Mark Uncapher

Fiber Optic Sensing Association Releases Cable Installation Considerations for Power Utilities  

WASHINGTON DC, October 25, 2019 - The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier trade association for distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS), has released an educational primer to inform the power industry on how to deploy sensing technologies: Cable Installation Considerations for Power Utilities.

The document provides guidance on the selection and installation of cables for fiber optic sensing in the power utilities domain. The most prevalent sensing technology for power utility applications is Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS), which monitors temperatures along power cable assets, informing on the past and present electric current loads. Utility network Operators also use Acoustic systems (DAS) for cable fault detection and location. This new document is the product of FOSA’s Technology Committee.

“Our mission is to educate engineers and operators in the various markets we serve, including the sensing cable installation process. This document should serve to provide a strong introduction to the kind of installation considerations to be factored into the power utility industry, where often there is a fiber embedded in or close to the power cable to be monitored. Cable Installation Considerations for Power Utilities provides guidance on best practices for the selection and installation of cables," added JJ Williams, FOSA Chairman.

"Cable Installation Considerations for Power Utilities distills considerable technical information into a concise nine-page primer providing guidance to end users, installation contractors and others. We anticipate its being a valuable resource for users," said Mark Uncapher, FOSA Executive Director.

The full text of FOSA’s Cable Installation Considerations for Power Utilities is available here.


ABOUT THE FIBER OPTIC SENSING ASSOCIATION FOSA is a non-profit organization created in Washington DC in 2017 with the mission of educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing. Through webinars, videos, white papers, public presentations and public policy advocacy, the organization provides information on the use of fiber optic sensing to secure critical facilities, enhance public safety and protect the environment.

FOSA Members include AP Sensing, Aselsan, Asymmetric Technologies, Corning, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line, FiOPS, Fotech Solutions, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Graz University of Technology, Hifi Engineering, NEC, Network Integrity Systems, NKT Photonics, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, OZ Optics, Prysmian Group, Schlumberger, Skyview Construction, Smartpipe Technologies and the University of California - Berkeley. For further information, please visit the FOSA website.

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