In response to rapidly changing technology and increasing demand combined with a desire for enhanced competitiveness and efficiency, Georgia Tech initiated the FutureNet Program to significantly upgrade their communications infrastructure.
Draper & Associates provided program management services to the Office of Information Technology and to the Plant Operations Division for this major upgrade. The program included state-of-the-art fiber optic cable and equipment installation to combine voice, data and video distribution systems into an integrated system. Capitalizing on existing conduit infrastructure, supplemented by additional construction, FutureNet is carried on a backbone of 1768 miles of fiber run to 131 buildings on the campus. Draper & Associates' role included planning and managing the transition to the new system by the various users.
The program interfaced with the Office of Information Technology, the Plant Operations Division, and the Facilities Office. Draper & Associates provided the planning, scheduling, and monitoring required to manage the work of several prime contractors, equipment and material suppliers, the installation of the system in new buildings under construction, and the sequencing of the changeover to the new system in on-line existing buildings. The $3.2M program was successfully completed on time and supported the needs of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Village and Games. Draper & Associates' successful management of this complex project has made Georgia Tech a national showcase for communications technology.