TeleCAD-GIS includes comprehensive subsystem for the design of FO backbones and FO access networks, including all nodal and linear elements that define them. It introduces rules into logical connection of the FO nodal elements through the standards defined at the level of telecom operators, and mechanisms for easy transport of such data into the control systems of higher order. It provides the possibility of using geospatial topology developed with tools for the design of access networks and conduit network, and combining of their interdependent results with the resulting GIS analysis.
Optical cables include: a set of capacitive, structural, descriptive, etc. properties; full interaction in terms of connecting with other node elements (splice cases, terminations...) of the FO network; rich, extendable, catalog of FO cables and equipment. Automatic update of the labels on the situation plan, depending on the given cable properties, is enabled. Interaction with the structures of access network and conduit network is provided in cases when different types of projects are carried out jointly.
Nodal network elements
Software provides extensible set of objects used in projects covering various types of FO networks:
• optical distribution frame (ODF), optical termination box (OTB), patch panel, splitter, router...
• optical splice closure (joint) – direct buried or within other element; inline, branching, partial cut...
• FO cable slack loop
• control point
A tool for distribution of optical splice cases along the cable is provided. Splice cases are automatically placed at a user defined distances taking into account cable properties such as length, cable sinuosity and slack loop lengths.
Intuitive GUI for easy splicing of optical fibers in all kinds of FO nodal elements is provided. Splicing editor is a tool that can be reached from the site plan (main drawing) or from the interactive schematic diagram. It displays detailed view of FO network nodal elements such as: splice points, ODFs, splitters, etc. and enables splicing of fibers or connecting of fibers to the connectors (ports).
Splicing/connecting is performed using simple "drag and drop" technique. Splicing/connecting can be performed in a bulk: single fiber, buffer tube, entire cable, user defined range and "all to all" in a straight-through manner. When this tool is started from the schematic diagram the results are immediately visible on the schema (fiber splicing plan).
When applied to terminations (e.g. ODFs) it also provides additional tools such as the tool for introduction of patch cords (port patching) and intra-facility cables or the tools used to organize/reorganize the inner structure of the termination elements, e.g. organizing ODF into verticals and modules.
TeleCAD-GIS automatically generates schematic diagram of FO network. It is live (interactive) schematic display primarily purposed for editing non-spatial features of the infrastructure.
Automatically generated and interactive FO schema, using intuitive GUI enables:
• schematic display of entire FO infrastructure based on the situation plan drawing or partial display of that same FO network achieved by filtering according to various criteria
• interaction with situation plan drawing (or GIS database)
• direct access to detailed splicing tools
• quick and simple overview and analysis of FO network
(according to various criteria: cable affiliation, circuit (fiber) name, )
• filtering (down to a single file)
• designation a circuit (fiber) name
• designation a circuit (fiber) name
• printing any of the above mentioned displays
Shema is automatically generated upon opening of the schematic display window with the possibility to rearrange schema afterwards. It can be rearranged automatically using several different algorithms each convenient for different occasion and manually. It can also combine these two approaches. Schema geometry can be saved within active DWG drawing as well as a separate file (*.ischX).
TCG Map-Optics is a combination of interactive map and schematic diagram that is similar to the above mentioned interactive schematic diagram (difference is in a fact that this schematic displays infrastructure from the GIS database while previously described schematic displays infrastructure that resides in DWG drawing).
Besides the navigation and infrastructure overview it has the ability to:
• display cables as they are physically laid on the field (accurate geometry)
• automatically resolve overlapping in order to improve visibility of cables (semi schematic)
Infrastructure elements displayed on the map can be simultaneously viewed in a synchronized schematic diagram. Selected infrastructure or parts of it can be loaded into a DWG drawing for further processing.
Fiber circuit name
Interactive schematic diagram is also used as a tool for interactive assignment of logical elements to physical elements of FO network. It is done by assignment of a unique ID to a sequence of physical fibers, their respective splices, connectors and patch cables effectively forming a fiber circuit (logical fiber). A circuit name can then be assigned to this fiber circuit (logical fiber).
TeleCAD-GIS is perfect for forming fiber circuits (logical fibers) which can then be "handed over" to an external system that handles logical structures of FO network and at the same time TeleCAD-GIS can receive data from such system to manage them from the physical point of view, thus integrating this system with INOVA GIS Platform.
Specification of materials and works (BOQ)
Specification of materials and works (BOQ) is adaptable to equivalent specifications of different telecom operators. Results can be displayed using Crystal Reports (third party software).Generated reports can also be exported into several different formats: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe PDF or XML format suitable for transfer into other databases or object-modelers. While generating the specification, fully automated calculation of quantities and respective works is performed for elements of the site plan drawing.