In November, Arcosanti Information Services connected the Foundry and Crafts III
(the CafÃ©, Bakery, Gallery, and housing) to the
network and subsequently the T1 line (high speed internet access). In
order to make the connection a fiber optic line had to be pulled from
Unit to Crafts
III. Pictured: A.I.S. Manager Ivan Fritz (holding the pull rope)
meets with the crew to map out a plan of action. [Photos and text by:
Before the pull, Scott
Riley (in the heat duct tunnel) reiterates instructions to crewmembers
down the line and points out potential hazards.
Sixteen people manned
the eight pull boxes, slowly pulling a rope that snaked the fiber line
through previously installed conduit. Because fiber optic cable is both
fragile and expensive, it was necessary to pull the entire 1000 feet of
it in one coordinated effort. Pictured: Anthony and Dennis (October Workshop)
A small length of cable
was coiled in each pull box so repairs can be made if the line breaks
at a later date.
The line plugs into a fiber optic switch located in Crafts III. Eli
feeds the pull rope to Mac who coils it up for later use.