EVERY IT STRATEGY SHOULD INCLUDE AN INFRASTRUCTURE SITE SURVEY
An infrastructure site survey can assist your business in saving time, money and resources. With the results of the data gathered during the site survey, project managers can make better decisions, therefore reducing the likelihood of errors that can prove costly and cause delays in your project.
MAKE SURE ALL OF YOU BASES ARE COVERED
COUNT YOUR USERS
The most important goal for your business network is that it is there for everyone that needs it. The first step is to get a count of your current users, in addition, account for any guests/clients that might visit your office and require a workstation.
MAP OUT YOUR CURRENT INFRASTRUCTURE
A good floor plan is an invaluable tool. Mapping out your physical inventory and location within your building is important because physical space matters with your network. For example, ethernet cabling has a maximum effective length, as such extra network cabinets may be required. This will be discovered during the site survey.
LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Your network is constantly evolving. As such your network hardware investment should ideally be evaluated every 3-5 years. As your business grows, the needs of your network will need to expand with you. Therefore, think about the future plans for your network and make sure to express this before the site survey is performed. With an accurate infrastructure site survey, you’ll have the necessary information to plan and create a budget to fit your growing company’s needs.
SITE SURVEY IS A BROAD TERM
Simply put, site survey is the term to describe the “fact finding” for your project. This is where a technician can determine your best course of action. The infrastructure site survey is usually divided into three phases:
Information Gathering– this involves obtaining floor plans and other necessary documentation. At this time the intended Scope of Work (SOW) should be discussed.
Onsite Survey– while onsite, the technician will verify key locations, such as, computer rooms, telecommunication pathways, cabling outlets, electrical equipment and conduit. This is also an opportunity to verify the accuracy of the provided floor plans to what currently exists. Abundant pictures taken during the site survey will aid the technician during the evaluation phase.
Evaluating the Findings– in this phase, the tech can identify problem areas, such as insufficient equipment, ceiling construction and obstructed pathways or poor access. Any necessary installation equipment, such as aerial work platforms for areas with high ceilings can also be identified. Required materials will be determined during the site survey so any budget adjustments can be negotiated before installation begins.
Whether your project is new construction or updating your existing network, a netRelevance low-voltage cabling professional can help you develop a solution for your network needs.
“An infrastructure site survey can assist your business in saving time, money and resources.”