Cable Lengths

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Cable Lengths

The place looks a bit empty, but I'll put the question here anyway... Looking through the program, there are different words/phrases used when talking about  a cable's length.  Do they each mean something different?

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Joined: 05/31/2012 - 9:19am

We know the place looks deserted right now, but it'll wake up, one question at a time; so thanks for helping!

Now, there are five lengths used in the GSN databases, all of them meaning something different.  Also, keep in mind that all of them are considered circuit lengths, so for a 3 conductor cable, the length to purchase is '3 x Circuit Length'.  I've listed each of the lengths below along with their use/definition.  Hope this helps!
1) Design Length - This length is calculated using the lengths of raceways in the cable route plus the additional length added by the designer (usually 20ft but customizable for each cable).  If an additional length is added to a manhole in the cable route, it will also be added to this length.  (aka Estimated Engineering Length)
2) Estimated Length - This is used to compare with design length.  This does not appear in summary reports.
3) Override Length - This will override the cable's design length if entered.  It may also be used to add additional length to the design length.  e.g. If throughout design a cable's length remained at 150 ft with no problem but needed an additional 20 ft at the last moment, a value of 170 could be entered into the override length field to make the change.
4) Cut Length - This is written on the pull tickets by the installer and then entered by the GSN data recorder in the field. (aka Actual Installed Length or Actual Pulled Length)
5) Original Length - This applies to cable reels in a construction setting for the purpose of reel inventory and tracking.  It is the amount of footage on the reel upon delivery before the first cable is pulled.

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Joined: 05/31/2012 - 9:19am

We're glad the information could help Oscar!  Please, feel free to ask any questions that you may have of your own as well.

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