Friday, 25 April 2014

Networking Project at BIVAC

Contributed by Jonathan Barwon

NATC recently completed a networking job at the Bureau Veritas Inspection Valuation Assessment and Control (BIVAC) offices. 

What was our goal? Following the initial technical survey that was carried out by the Head of Operation Mr. Haresh Karamchandani and Head of IT Mr. Jonathan D. Barwon,  the goal of this networking job was to replace all damaged network cables and cable channels;  to make sure that all cables are well labeled and arranged in channel; and also creating new data points in some offices and departments. Our job was spread over a 3-floor building. 

The solution also included installation of a 9u server rack with a switch to give internet access to all users on the ground floor.

See the 'before' pictures. 



Implementation: We started the work on March 12, 2014 which was on a Wednesday. We were asked by the Administrator of BIVAC to work only on a weekends and holidays, reason was that they are very busy during the week days and cannot let go a day without work. 

Ground floor or first floor So, we started work from the ground flood in the data center or customer care center which is on the left side of the first floor. We setup a Cisco 24-port switch to connect all users on the ground flood to access the network. The 24-port Cisco switch is getting internet connection from a network cable coming from the Server room (IT Office). We created eight (8) new dual-port data points which is 16 data points in the customer care center and three (3) data points for the three (3) Receptionists' desktop. We also created five (5) dual-port data points which is ten (10) data points in the Program Department, which is on the right side of the first floor. All the network cables are connecting directly from the Server room. 

The Server Room is located on the third floor of the building.

We passed the cables from the top of the building as you can see in the picture below; the team is at work try to pass the network cable into PVC pipe from the top of the building or the third floor where the IT room or Server room is located.


The second floor of the building is hosted or been used by the Country Manager (CM), General Manager (GM) and the Secretary to the Country Manager (CM).

We set up an eight (8) ports Cisco switch in the secretary's office to give internet access to six (6) data points on the second floor. The Country Manager (CM)'s two (2) data points are getting internet access  from the Server Room. The total number of data points on the second floor is ten (10).

The third floor of the building is used by the IT Department/Server Room, HR Office, Finance Office and Maintenance Manager Office. Data points were installed as follows: two (2) data points in the Maintenance Manager's office; six (6) data points in the Finance Office;  two (2) data points in the HR Office; and four (4) data points in IT Room for the IT manager. All of the connections are from the 48 ports Cisco switch in the IT Room or server Room.

We also connected two (2) data points in the LAB Building. The cable is coming connecting from the 24-Port switch on the ground floor.

The job took 3 weeks to complete.

See a picture of neatly arranged cables in the server room.

Photos by Jonathan Barwon

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