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NETWORK DESIGN

Your company’s network is constantly evolving.  The same is true for the markets you serve.  Whether through normal maintenance or by means of large deployments of new technology, you are constantly moving your network forward. 

The presence of a comprehensive Plan enables you to apply your company’s resources in a manner that is both efficient and cost effective while supporting your long-term goals.  The design services offered by TAS utilize our experience and custom design tools combined with your unique market requirements and concerns to develop a network solution that will transition your network for the future broadband services you need to be competitive.   

The TAS Approach

At TAS we are CUSTOMER driven.  We believe the more involvement you have in our processes, the more successful YOUR project will be.  We will identify up front several points in the process where we meet and review the work, solicit your feedback, clear up any confusion, and better define your expectations.  This we feel eliminates rework that stretches timelines and adds cost to projects.   

Whether deploying copper, fiber, coax or a wireless solution, our process will help define for you the WHAT, HOW MUCH, and WHEN for your facility additions.

Regardless of the platform selected, there are many decisions to be made before a network design solution can be developed. At TAS we refer to this set of engineering guidelines as the DESIGN CRITERIA.   The design team at TAS works closely with your staff to develop a criteria to reflect your company’s network migration plan.  Answers to a number of questions are documented here so our tools can be configured to generate a design with your preferences.  Questions like; what standard size cables do you accept, what maximum drop lengths do you support, how many customers can you support from a site, do you use pre-connectorized terminals and drops, what standard lengths for each do you support.

TAS can also provide assistance in evaluating the various technologies by building models with configurations from your network for analysis.

All design and study work at TAS is done in AutoCAD or a GIS system and can be delivered in a variety of formats.  This provides the basis for easy editing and conversion to permanent GIS Mapping or record systems.

Our goal is to provide whatever level of support you need to successfully satisfy your requirements for Planning, Designing, Budgeting, and Implementing your Network Strategies.

Planning

Ever wish there was some document or schematic that you could turn to giving the sizes of cables needed between various points of the network that satisfied the 10 yr, 20yr, or ultimate requirements?  Do you have any idea what the manual effort required to produce such a thing might be?

Most companies don’t have the time or resources to devote to a focused planning effort.  For some, even if they did, they may not really know where to start.  TAS can not only provide the dedicated resources to develop a PLAN based on your requirements but also has a method of documenting it with schematics and reports.

At TAS we partner with you to facilitate a plan that provides the roadmap for the evolution of your network.  This process includes defining your requirements, making allocations for growth, determining size and quantity, and generating cost estimates.

We apply the design criteria along with certain assumptions through the use of our FTTX Design Tools.  We can develop a formal forecast based on access line history or access to service records to project growth.  Then select options for allocating growth provided by the tools to determine cable sizing.  

Interested in seeing how the POWER of the TAS TOOLS can save you TIME and MONEY, call to set up a Webinar today !

Design Generation

Whether your plans include Fiber-to-the-Home or Fiber-to-the-Node and regardless of whether your build targets a new subdivision, an entire exchange or a competitive overbuild into new territory, our FTTX design offerings can give you an effective way to address the challenges you face. 

The real difference between a long range plan, a Feeder Route relief project, and a service order, is simply size and scope.  The process is basically the same.  You define the area to serve, add up the subscriber requirements, and size the facilities accordingly. 

Our design process involves breaking down your network to it’s most discrete unit, a single span.  It’s by defining the associations between the basic elements of your network ( Subscribers, Terminals, Cables )that the power of the TAS Tools is unleashed.  Our designers spend there time optimizing the design, not running a calculator or drawing lines.    

We’ve automated many of the processes that if done manually, could take days even weeks.  The steps we take varies some depending on whether we’re working from a drawing with existing cables and drops or building a design from scratch.

We start by defining the area to be considered in the design.  This could be a single design area, a troublesome route, or an entire exchange.  We create a boundary around the area for query and reporting purposes.  We locate a design point for the area based on existing cabinets or major cable intersections. 

We then run a test to determine if the existing cable segments flow in the proper direction or need to be modified( if using existing cable layout).  Or we can place our own guidemap facility (strand, trench, duct).  This will put the proposed facilities on the appropriate layer.  We can manually place design elements or we have automated routines that will place symbols for NIDs and drops at each subscriber location, place terminals at each pole or pedestal, cables for each plant segment.  At this point we begin making the associations between NIDs and Terminals ( NAPs). We also create relationships between sheath openings and terminals. The associations we establish here are easily modified and in fact many will be changed during the process of optimizing the design. We have a number of routines written to verify and correct our design associations.  It’s these associations that make the automated calculation of the requirements possible.   In a matter of a few minutes, our calculation routines will summarize subscriber requirements for each terminal, size the terminal, and add the cumulative fiber and port requirements for each cable segment from the ends of the network back to the electronics site or convergence point. 

Now that we have the requirements for each terminal and cable segment, we begin the process of sizing the new facilities.  Our tools provide for a great deal of flexibility in providing for future growth and in estimating sizes. Additional requirements can be accommodated by NID status or assigning the percentage growth you want.  You can choose the percent fill objective for cables and whether you want to apply it to  the fiber requirements or total ports. We compare this to a spec file created during the Design Criteria process for standard sizes of cables supported, number of ports for terminals, and acceptable tail lengths for terminals and drops.  We can actually even color code and display the different size cables  to visually illustrate proposed cable tapers for splice points and highlight those short segments tapers you really wouldn’t place. 

To view the POWER of the TAS TOOLs in action, call to set up a Webinar today !

Cost Development

The TAS tools data structure allows for a number of considerations with respect to developing cost estimates for a project.

Options for designation of facilities status as existing, proposed or future allows you to consider a complete design but break the cost up into phases for budgeting.  Our reports can break down the cost me, reports for materials list, cost reporting by type, summaries by Design Area, Exchange, company etc.  we even support multiple sheaths in the same section.

Our cost table input allows for adding pricing by status, and adjusting labor values for aerial, buried and underground, and providing adders for rock, direction boring, anchors and guys, etc.

Reports can be customized by company and delivered in Access, Excel, etc.

Documentation

One key component of developing and deploying a design is having the ability to fully communicate what the design entails.  Whether presenting a design to management, craft, customers, or the community, it is important that the network can be effectively presented in a manner that addresses the concerns of the target audience. 

TAS has developed a documentation package that fully defines the design solution ranging from executive overview to technical descriptions, maps, budgetary documents, materials lists and even construction sheets for the proposed project.

Implementation

Once a design has been approved, now it needs to built !  Because the design created by TAS is in a GIS or AutoCAD format, it’s easy to translate that information into work prints.  TAS has developed tools to assist in this process also.

Most customers we deal with prefer RUS type work prints or staking sheets.  The format we use follows those guidelines but we can customize them to meet your specifications.

Although the TAS design is very detailed, often it was created to provide information for making budgetary type decisions for projects.  This way field Engineering personnel only spend time on approved projects.  Generating staking sheets from the original drawing provides a vehicle for collecting notes during the field verification process.  Design changes or notes pertaining to actual field conditions are easily made and automation routines help with the tabulation process.

Drawings for permits and overall schematics for presentations or tracking construction and cutover can also easily be created and maintained.