Faster speeds … instant access… and now! This is what Internet providers hear from customers daily. “The challenges that Bell Canada is facing as a telecommunications company these days is really the demand for higher speed networks, whether it be on the wireless side or on the residential broadband access side.” Bell Canada is a major telecommunications company in Canada offering a broad range of wireline and wireless communication services including TV, high-speed internet, home phone and large enterprise data services. It’s investing millions of dollars to upgrade its access networks to fiber to meet growing demands. But fiber network designs had to be hand drawn, and this manual process created a backlog between as-builts and engineering records. “There was a need to try to eliminate some of the manual hand offs, some of the redrawing…manual drawing of design networks. So the opportunity was there to try to implement this into our existing GIS inventory system.” So Bell decided to leverage its existing Intergraph G/Technology system from Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. It added the Fiber Optic Works module to model the fiber networks as well. “The deployment of the new fiber networks had to share these infrastructures, so it was very natural for us to build a tool to make the design easier within the existing Hexagon platform.” Bell developed the capability within the system called “Design Assist” to automate the fiber design process. “The Fiber Design Assist provides the designer the capability of mechanized design. Ultimately the focus was to eliminate rough design work.” “This is a tool that allows the users to actually build a raw design based on the existing infrastructures, along either an aerial path or an existing cable conduit path….Once a design is done or the cable automatically drawn, you can generate all sorts of reports. You can determine the cable size, and the cable length. You can easily generate detail specification of the splicing configuration for the outside technician when they will build the network.” The level of automation provided by the tool can reduce the design stage by several hours. The future plan is to continue to cover the many Canadian cities within Bell’s Territory with new high-speed fiber networks, with coverage of Montreal and Toronto already underway. “The whole process will be shorter, so this allows the network manager to deploy the fiber network quicker so that we can cover our areas quicker and get the customer onboard as quickly as possible and stay ahead of the competition.” It’s a system that improves the design of Bell Canada’s networks, which in turn fuels its customer’s need for speed.