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Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN), OSP Engineering

Advantage Engineers provided OSP engineering services for the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN). The State of Maryland and its sub recipients were granted $115 million under the Recovery Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program to design and construct 850 miles of a high-speed fiber optic network. The goal of the ICBN is to bring voice, data, and video service to a host of municipal anchor institutes comprising of primary and secondary education, public safety, continuant services, and government facilities. Advantage Engineers was awarded a $2 million contract, becoming the primary project engineer for the design of over 250 miles of fiber optic network.

Our scope of work includes the following:

  • Surveying – Outside plant (OSP) engineering, easement, plat, and site survey of anchor institutes
  • Fiber path design
  • Utility pole attachment applications
  • Right of Way (ROW), environmental impact, and deed research
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) based Computer-Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) drawings
  • Permitting – Local municipality, railroad, and State Highway Administration (SHA)

Additionally, Advantage Engineers provided the following specialized services:

  • Bridge attachment engineering
  • Bill of materials development
  • Construction support and consultation
  • Spice matrix development
  • GIS As-built drawing recording

Howard County & Maryland Dept. of Information Techncology

Multiple counties in MD, and cites of Baltimore and Annapolis

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