At Veneklasen Associates Information Transport Systems (IT) design begins in the Programming and Schematic phase and concludes at the end of construction and initial occupancy.
Requirements are defined and documented by VA and approved by the Owner. Facilities are examined room by room by the entire team - including user groups - to discuss objectives for the Voice, Data, and Broadband systems. Provisions for future equipment are also a part of the discussion, as are budget issues. A programming document is prepared that summarizes the major systems and function, alternatives, space requirements for control rooms, storage, etc., and preliminary system budgets.
Based upon the approved program VA then establishes space requirements for equipment, control rooms and storage; and special electrical power and grounds, for example. Outline specifications for the system and an engineer's opinion of probable cost for the installed systems are provided, along with an equipment layout plan.
Design Development Phase
Drawings are upgraded to become the final contract documents including: equipment and distribution room layout; equipment racks and cabinets location plan; voice and data outlet locations; wireless access point general locations; pathway and conduit recommendations; structural load information of cable support systems, among other details. In areas being refurbished, site surveys assess the usability of existing infrastructure.
Contract drawings are finalized according to the following:
VA meets with the project team several times during design. Documents and specifications are submitted for review at critical junctures. Drawings are prepared in AutoCAD. We work with the owner during the Bid and Negotiation phase by, among other services, providing a list of approved contractors, responding to questions from bidders, and reviewing the bids for accuracy.
- Symbols, general notes
- Rack elevations utilizing actual equipment used, with both front and rear views
- Functional diagrams
- Cable and Fiber Optic specifications
- Locations for voice / data network system components
- Wireless access point detailed locations and mounting methods
- Complete Information Transport systems specifications including voice, data, and broadband specifications and other specification sections, as required
- Final system cost estimates
In addition to site visits, the VA team will review shop drawings and submittals, respond to RFI's and questions, and participate in final verification tests of the system performed by the Data Cabling contractor, and finally, review and approve all operation and instruction manuals.