Precision Valley Communications (PVC), a communications network mapping and engineering firm, was five months into a project to survey and redesign a hybrid fiber-coaxial network for a major cable company – and they were far behind schedule due to software and workflow inefficiencies. The team had to physically survey and document 2,400 of the city’s 3,167 manholes while adhering to strict traffic control regulations, as well as physically survey 225,000 multiple dwelling units. To be successful, they needed more efficient software tools.
As a long-time user of Bentley software, PVC knew it could dramatically increase productivity by having drafters use Bentley’s HFC network engineering solutions – specifically Bentley Coax and Bentley Fiber. They provided a unique, seamless CAD and open GIS environment that would accelerate the survey process and help drafters efficiently design and manage network infrastructure.
PVC deployed Bentley software and experienced an immediate increase in productivity. While drafters had to start over and re-do prior work using new software, they were able to complete approximately 400 miles of as-built drawings in the first seven weeks of using Bentley. This amounts to an impressive 10-times increase in drafting productivity that ultimately allowed PVC to meet the production schedule for the survey and documentation phase of the project – and thus secure the redesign phase.
By moving to a Bentley solution, PVC saved over 20 months of time – equivalent to 18,000 man-hours drafting as-built survey data and design construction drawings, including permitting. This 80% reduction in labor requirements resulted in over USD 1 million in design, drafting, and permitting efforts. Bentley software also allowed PVC designers to switch between the 870 MHz and 1 GHz design specifications, which allowed PVC to make additional design modifications at any time without jeopardizing the project schedule.