Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH)

Client

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (“Shentel”)

Market

Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania

Location

Multiple cities in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania

Advantage Helps Deploy FTTH in several markets for Shentel

Since the beginning of 2019, Advantage Engineers has been working with Shentel on their Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) project in a majority of the markets they are deploying FTTH.

Shentel is a broadband leader that delivers High-Speed Internet, TV, and Phone services over their state-of-the-art broadband network. They built a reputation for successfully bringing advanced technology to rural and underserved markets in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky for over 100 years.

In 2019, our fiber team completed field work in Front Royal, Virginia, including Outside Plant (OSP) Engineering & Permitting required for the installation. The city is broken down into (32) Local Convergence Points (LCP), each having a Hub cabinet placed that will provide the fiber feeds to the neighborhoods. Advantage completed the OSP Engineering for the Feeder Fiber that will route from the Shentel POP located in Front Royal out to each of the (32) LCP cabinets.  We also completed the Engineering Plans for the (32) LCPs showing the locations of the LCP cabinets, as well as the location for all the Multi-Ports (MP) which is where all of the individual fiber drops will originate from for the provided service.

As depicted above, the fiber field crews surveyed 2,273 poles since the start of the project (approximately 65 miles). To accomplish this, we had at least one crew in the field, 3 days a week.

In addition to Front Royal, our fiber team completed engineering & permitting services for other FTTH designs in the following cities: Harrisonburg, VA, Lynchburg, VA, Salem, VA, Staunton, VA, and Frederick County, VA.

Besides FTTH, Advantage also provides Engineering & Permitting services to Shentel for Fiber-to-the-Business (FTTB) and Fiber-to-the-Tower (FTTT). In 2019 Advantage completed 30 projects, as well as Backbone engineering and permitting for future projects.

 

Backhaul Fiber Optic Laterals

Client

National Wireless Carrier

Market

Baltimore & Washington area (BAWA)

Location

Baltimore, Maryland

Advantage's Fiber Team Designs Fiber Install Along Challenging Rail Route

We provided survey and fiber design services to a major carrier looking to improve backhaul connectivity through the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.

Advantage Engineers provided engineering services for the installation of over 100 fiber optic laterals providing backhaul connectivity to a major wireless carrier’s communications facilities throughout the Baltimore Metro Area. Upon completion of the field survey work, construction documents were produced for use in the permitting and construction of the fiber optic laterals.

Designing a ROW installation can be complex because many other utilties are vying for the same space. The nature of a railway ROW adds another layer of safety and security concerns. Additionally, the railway operation has multiple departmental review process (Engineering, Real Estate, Safety, Operations, etc.) that requires a sophisticated approach to meet a requirement (defined and implied).

Safety is the highest priority for Advantage so our safety plan easily passed the railway operator's stringent assessment.  Moreover, each member of the survey crew passed their thorough security checks and required safety training.  Advantage's high-level project coordination, tracking and communication concurrent activities, allowed for the successful and timely completion of a long lead-time process.

       Services provided:

  • Field surveys to determine optimal routing
  • Fiber design in public Right of Way (ROW)
  • Construction drawings
  • Utility easements
  • Facility demarcation

Glassboro / Rowan University

Client

Borough of Glassboro

Location

Glassboro, NJ

Advantage's Fiber Team Navigated a Challenging Fiber Route to Connect University Data to Off-Campus Facilities

Advances in speed, reliability, and connectivity allow us to do more with less and thus we rely on a wide range of technologies in our daily activities. Whether through our phones and tablets or our laptops and home computers, telecommunication services are no longer a luxury and but a necessity.

The Borough of Glassboro is implementing a new high-speed fiber optic network for its residents, Glassboro Public Schools, and Rowan University. The Rowan University project included extending the University's data network to off-campus offices.

Advantage Engineers provided OSP engineering and construction management services to Rowan University for the extension. The new network lateral was designed as a collapsible ring with a non-diverse path through the student center. The design drawings were exceptionally detailed because of the extensive network of existing underground utilities along the path.

The company completed all engineering work associated with the network extension including:

  • Splicing assignments
  • Outside plant
  • Termination
  • Path design
  • Utility marking and drawing coordination
  • ISP Path design
  • Permitting

Pitkin County Broadband Engineering

Client

Pitkin County, Colorado

Location

Pitkin County, Colorado

Advantage is Consulting with Pitkin County, Colorado to Improve Residential Access to Quality Broadband Service

Pitkin County understands that quality broadband infrastructure is important for the lives and livelihoods of its residents. Advantage is delighted to be part of the team that will help them understand the path forward to achieving their connectivity goals.

Pitkin County, Colorado is seeking improved broadband connectivity for its residents and businesses. Advantage Engineers is excited to consult with Pitkin County to help them achieve these goals because we believe in improving connectivity and accessibility to unserved and underserved communities.

As a first step, Advantage will prepare a customized and comprehensive needs assessment and feasibility study. It will include developed middle mile and last mile connectivity solutions, identified partnerships, financial modeling, and engineering and construction estimates.

Advantage has extensive experience bringing communications infrastructure into communities. As part of the assessment, we'll identify stakeholders, partners, and possible funding sources. We'll review the market, existing public and private assets, and existing entitlements, easments and agreements that could support the infrastructure. And we will map out a public-private partnership model that suits the needs of the County.

Site visits are always important when considering an initiative like this. In this case it is especially true because of the County's mountainous terrain. We will also visit the priority coverage areas and communities.

Finally, Advantage will provide the County with operational and organizational recommendations for maintaining the network. We anticipate a continued partnership with Pitkin County through the implementation phase of this important initiative.

  • Aspen is seat of Pitken County
  • Mountainous terrain presents challenges

Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN), OSP Engineering

Client

Howard County & Maryland Dept. of Information Techncology

Location

Multiple counties in MD, City of Baltimore, and Annapolis

Advantage Engineers is part of the team bringing affordable broadband services to the people of Maryland.

The Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) aims to connect as much of Maryland as possible with quality high-speed service. Advantage is excited to have won the opportunity to design part of the fiber network that is critical to making the ICBN goals a reality.

The ICBN is an ambitious project to bring affordable, high-speed broadband throughout Maryland. It includes over 850 miles of fiber to bring voice, data, and video service to community anchor institutions like public schools, community colleges, libraries, public safety agencies and government facilities. Excess capacity can be allocated to innovative programs so that underserved urban and rural areas can also be connected.

The State of Maryland and its sub-recipients received a $115M grant for the ICBN program via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under the program, Advantage Engineers was awarded a $2M contract as the primary project engineer for the design of over 250 miles of the fiber optic network.

The design work included Outside Plant (OSP) engineering, fiber path design, and splice planning and coordination. Where necessary, bridge attachment designs and environmental impact reviews were done. Survey work included ground surveys as well as preparing easements and plats and researching deeds. Permitting included all necessary local, state, railroad, and utility pole attachments.

  • Outside Plant (OSP) engineering
    Easements, plats, and surveys of anchor institutes
  • Fiber path design
  • Utility pole attachment applications
  • Right of Way (ROW), environmental impact, and deed research
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) based drawings
  • Local, railroad, and State Highway Administration (SHA) Permits

Specialized services:

  • Bridge attachment engineering
  • Bill of materials development
  • Construction support and consultation
  • Splice matrix development
  • Recordation of GIS As-builts"
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