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Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in IT Consulting/Engineering, Projects | Comments Off

Network Core Migration and Physical Infrastructure Management                        

Summer 2015

 

This Higher Education Data Center had two key areas of focus related to their legacy infrastructure. The Network Core was in need of updating to create physical separation of key components and services for redundancy and security and the data center did not have a centralized means to gather information on the status of manageable IT infrastructure devices such as UPS, Metered Power Strips, Cooling units, and Environmental sensors.   The data center operators and managers required visibility into the managed devices with appropriate monitoring, measurement, reporting, and alerting tools to effectively operate and manage resources and systems.

 

A full evaluation of the existing data center infrastructure was performed and the results reported to the client with two suggested options for managing the physical infrastructure. Both options would allow the project to be completed on time and within budget. The client selected the option that minimized the disruption of services by utilizing pre-terminated cable assemblies to cross connect between the existing campus backbone connections and new secure network core locations. The secondary objective was to clean up pathways, eliminate large quantities of jumpers (patch cords) and organize the core cross connections. These objectives were realized with careful preplanning and staging of the work and the work was completed while maintaining the integrity of the existing campus backbone cable terminations to over 50 buildings.

The Scope of work included: Identify and develop the tasks and procedures required to support the College in the cutover of the core switches. Work with each stakeholder entity on tasks related to the cutover of the core switches and WAN services to insure completion in a timely fashion while maintaining service levels through precise scheduling and phased cutovers. Flow charting processes and tasks, provide and update network topology and as-built drawings including Cabinet Elevations, Cross-Connect Schedules and Equipment Lists. Coordinate with allied trades and internal departments on scheduling, material acquisition, preparation and staging so that all tasks associated with the completion of the cutover of the core switches could be completed according to the scheduling and service objectives on the days and times assigned. Research and provide solutions for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) including resource and component identification, manufacturer and product set evaluation and capabilities assessment, systems integration and configuration options. Participation in supplier interviews, selectivity and budget development for a phased implementation program.

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Tier III Data Center

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in IT Consulting/Engineering | Comments Off

This multi-phased build-out of a new disaster recovery hot site for a global financial services company was a fast-track project with critical timetables and coordination with multiple stakeholders to bring a new site on-line while an existing facility was being decommissioned while maintaining uninterrupted services and reliability.
Fully redundant and separate cabling systems, pathways and service provider points of entry with multiple applications and high density connectivity were evaluated, developed, designed, deployed and documented including RFP documents, manufacturer research and evaluation. AutoCAD® and 3D modeling along with remote desktop coordination with construction management, electrical and HVAC systems contractors were integral to the timely and accurate completion of this mission critical facility.

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Providence College – Smith Center for the Arts and New Apartment Complex, Providence Rhode Island

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in News | Comments Off

These two projects were built at the same time and designed and bid as separate projects. The scope for these projects included the site evaluation of the current Outside Plant cabling system to determine duct bank and manhole requirements to feed both buildings and future buildings. The design included coordination with the Providence College Telecommunications staff, the Mechanical, the Electrical and the Plumbing Engineers to include Telecommunications outlet locations and type, space requirements for the proposed cabling system or cable tray, electrical outlet requirements at the workstations and Telecommunications Rooms, lighting requirements for the Telecommunications Rooms and pathway requirements. The Telecommunications cabling specifications and drawings were developed in accordance with the Providence College Telecommunications Standards. The deliverables included a Request for Proposal and bid package for both newbuildings and the OSP as separate packages.

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University of Kentucky – College of Pharmacy

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University of Kentucky – College of Pharmacy

Tel / Data Engineering Services for the new 280,000 square foot “College of Pharmacy Building” in Kentucky with office locations, conference rooms, auditoriums, classrooms computational labs, and teaching lab space on five floors plus the basement. We have worked directly with the University of Kentucky CNS Group to incorporate the “UK IS Structured Cabling Standards” while coordinating with the Architect and MEP Engineers to provide telecommunications structured cabling design for the outside and inside plant requirements to include wireless LAN, RFID and Cellular Antennae locations.

 

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Providence College – Schneider Arena

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in IT Consulting/Engineering, Project Management | Comments Off

Providence College – Schneider Arena

This design-build project for a division one, state of the art athletic facility encompassed multiple facets of technology based systems including Broadcast Cabling and Equipment including NCAA required video cameras and playback for officials, mobile broadcast studio connectivity, Digital Signage, Displays and Game Clocks, Arena and Local Sound systems, Video capture, storage and coaching software in addition to LAN, Telephony and Wireless next generation 802.11ac equipment, Video Security and Access Control connectivity.

  • A fast-track project with additional design and support for building automation, ice monitoring-management, hydro-therapy and food services.

 

  • Construction administration and Project Management acting as the Owners Representative were key components of our ability to coordinate the various trades and stakeholders while adapting new technologies and systems to existing infrastructure and applications on a very aggressive timetable.

In addition to design and specification work the Skyline group handled several bid packages, RFP’s, Contractor evaluations, technology system assessments and integration coordination along with outside plant work to upgrade pathways, transmission media and service provider connections for CATV, Satellite TV and head-end. The Telecommunications cabling specifications and drawings were developed in accordance with the Providence College Telecommunications Standards.

 

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Ruane Center for the Humanities

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in IT Consulting/Engineering, Project Management | Comments Off

Ruane Center for the Humanities

This Architectural Award Winning Project for “Outstanding design in the post-secondary school category” is a 63,000-square-foot, three-story new construction project that was designed and built in 18 months with work completed in the summer of 2013.
Designed and built in a style to complement Providence College’s first building. Harkins Hall, The Skyline team as owners representatives for Telecom, IT and A-V infrastructure were part of the combined group of owners, architects and consultants that brought this campus showpiece to life, integrating 21st century technology and systems for student, faculty and staff into this gothic styled building with architectural details and aesthetic design considerations to ensure a true to style building with the benefit of state of the art educational and technology tools, applications and services.
One of the first campus installations of IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Technology in the country, the building has wireless coverage throughout the building and in adjacent outdoor classroom areas incorporating custom designed, integrated stanchions for Emergency Call “Blue Light” Phones, CCTV Cameras, Strobes and Wireless Antenna’s. Construction time-Lapse Video on

 


After the initial Programming and Design phases, Construction Administration and Project Management performed by the Skyline team acting as the Owners Representative were key components in our ability to coordinate the various trades and stakeholders, adapting new technologies and systems while maintaining the architectural integrity and vision of the school, benefactors and architectural teams while adhering to a closely managed timetable. In addition to design and specification work the Skyline group handled several bid packages, RFP’s, Contractor evaluations, technology system assessments and integration coordination. The Telecommunications cabling specifications and drawings were developed in accordance with the Providence College Telecommunications Master Standards.

 

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