Fiber Design ImOn Communications
ImOn is a local provider of fiber-based internet, data, video, and voice services in Eastern Iowa. Eager to achieve its goals to significantly increase revenues through geographic expansion, ImOn began to expand its service offering outside the core Cedar Rapids metro area. The company had a strong engineering team but needed to augment its staff in 2018 with an outside consultant to assist with the design of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) in two additional Eastern Iowa communities. The original vendor was inflexible in its design process, leading ImOn to evaluate its staffing options and seek a new design partner in the summer of 2019.
HR Green was selected by ImOn to provide feasibility, high-level, and low-level design for 8,000 business and residential service points in Dubuque and Iowa City markets in a program that intends to build out fiber to the two communities completely over the next three to five years. HR Green has also assisted with the evaluation of initial feasibility and high-level design for other potential markets in the potential ImOn footprint.
By leveraging its strong initial kickoff and documentation process, HR Green was able to clearly understand the architecture of the ImOn network and how designs were translated into effective OSP construction documents. Working closely with ImOn, HR Green developed a market deployment model built on the creation of more than 50 service cabinets in a distributed GPON network with both buried and aerial construction. Once completed, HR Green developed permit drawings, fiber maps, bills of material, and other key deliverables designed to mirror ImOn’s in-house engineering prints, creating significant operational savings as ImOn went to construction on the new buildouts.
“HR Green has been a strong partner for us and has allowed us to keep our internal staff focused on important projects while enabling us to continue our strong growth plan through market expansion,” said David Fyffe, ImOn Director of Engineering. “They worked closely with us to deliver the designs in a format that we need while maintaining quality deliverables under some tight delivery timeframes.”
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