The four main deliverables we believe every LAN cabling installation should have.
Free Download: Identify Project Deliverables (LAN).pdf
The end of a LAN build-out is often a great moment of accomplishment and relief for all involved. Once all the structured cabling has been installed, requirements met, and production deadlines met, it can be easy to overlook some of the “formalities” at the end of a project. However, properly identifying project deliverables and transferring knowledge at the beginning of the project can help ensure a smooth transition and quick project closure.
#1 Test results
Both copper and fiber make up the backbone of a LAN. Demonstrating that the cabling and fiber has been tested and certified is an important part of completing a LAN build out. Copper cabling should be tested to Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Level III standards and fiber optic cabling should be tested using an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR). In both cases, the test results in PDF format should be a deliverable that is handed over at the close of the project.
#2 As built drawings
As built drawings provide a detailed blueprint of how the cabling was actually installed and labeled. This enables IT to have a precise understanding of the network installation.
Pictures not only make clear what was achieved on the project, they also help those responsible for maintaining the network afterwards. Maintaining and troubleshooting Layer 1 and Layer 2 issues requires a detailed knowledge of how the network was built. A clear reference point enables quicker mean times to repair and more efficient troubleshooting, especially for remote IT departments.
#4 Warranty documents
Invariable, hardware breaks, cables fail, and issues occur after a LAN is up and running. On occasions these issues are related to failures and defects. Ensuring that the parties responsible for the LAN going forward have all relevant warranty documentation helps ensure that the end user understands who to contact and what to expect should something fail. For these reason, providing warranty documentation to the responsible party at the end of a project is important.
As we have seen, transferring knowledge and providing specific deliverables help ensure a successful LAN build-out becomes a successful production LAN.
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