Automated Fibre

Network Design

NBN Co is the government-owned company constructing Australia’s national broadband network. One of NBN's design partners, Kordia, sought Spatial Partners to develop an automation pipeline to produce AutoCAD network design drawings that would replace their manual drafting procedures.

Kordia and NBN Co

The problem.

NBN contracted a number of companies as design partners, construction partners, and/or design & construction partners. One such design partner is Kordia, a New Zealand government-owned enterprise.

Initially Kordia attempted to develop its own automated fibre network design tool but it proved too difficult and still relied upon a great many spreadsheets and a great deal of manual drafting. Kordia contracted Realworld Systems to develop a better tool.

Our solution.

Our solution with Realworld Systems was build upon GE Smallworld augmented with a design optimisation engine FiberPlanIT produced by Belgian company Comsof. Specifically, Spatial Partners developed the capability for automating the creation of AutoCAD design drawings (to NBN standards), single line diagrams, splice tables, and several other deliverable documents.

The benefit to Kordia and hence NBN was high quality consistent designs at a much reduced cost.