Fiber Optic Infrstructure Design

HBK Engineering has performed design services for many major telecommunications and bandwidth providers including shortest path fiber optic routing and detailed design services. Our telecommunications outside plant services include fiber optic splice diagrams and installation plans, conduit and manhole installation and building penetration designs. HBK has performed some of the most mission critical fiber optic infrastructure designs within major urban centers connecting bandwidth providers to major financial institutions such as the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, as well as designs for connections to major data centers such as 350 E Cermak, widely considered to be one of the largest data centers in the world.  With each design, HBK applies to its expertise to designing for the shortest physical path and time to market.

HBK's Telecommunications client list includes:

  • AT&T
  • Level3 Communications
  • Verizon Business
  • Zayo Broadband
  • RCN Networks
  • Lightower Networks
  • CenturyLink
  • XO Communications

Few understand telecommunications outside plant as well as HBK.

In our firm's history, we have designed hundreds of miles of conduit and manhole systems, tunnel conduit and junction box systems, large count and long range cable pulling plans and penetrations into some of the world's largest and most complex buildings. We have crossed rivers, railroads and highways and have traversed the busiest, most congested urban areas the world has to offer.

Since our founding, the core of HBK’s business has been developing and improving on the procedures for the depiction of the underground utility environment. We pride ourselves on our ability to create the most accurate picture of underground structures and facilities using methods we have refined over hundreds of telecommunications, power, gas, transportation and other utility infrastructure designs. We have always believed that the accurate portrayal of the underground environment leads to a safer and more cost effective project, reducing potential unknowns and hazards before the first shovel goes into the ground.

Safety, and protection of workers, the public, and existing facilities is the highest priority at HBK. Our base maps and design drawings reflect the highest level of document research, field reconnaissance, and an attention to detail that exemplifies the best in damage-prevention engineering.

HBK has long been considered the authority on underground utilities within the City of Chicago, and we have found that our methods translate across markets extremely well. We have been successful in acquiring the same level of accuracy in many congested urban environments, from the City of Philadelphia to Madison, Wisconsin, applying the same disciplines and achieving the same level of quality and accuracy in underground design plans. Our underground utility base plans are used for many applications, from the design of new underground installations or relocations, utility coordination efforts, emergency excavation plans, cable installation or splicing plans, asset management and locating applications.
For inside plant applications, HBK offers a full range of professional engineering services, including: the design of data and power conduit and junction boxes for building interiors; building foundation penetrations; conduit routing; and CMU wall and floor cores. We have extensive experience in bringing fiber optic infrastructure into Data Centers and Customer Presences from the public right of way, whether the facilities enter from street, tunnel or bridge attachment. HBK’s Interior Infrastructure and Net-POP design services include:

  • Foundation Penetration Design
  • Interior Conduit Routing Design
  • Riser Diagrams and Design
  • Rack Layout and Raceway design
  • MDF / IDF Layout Design
  • Wiring Diagrams
  • Termination Panel Diagrams
  • Fiber Splicing Trees and Diagrams
  • HVAC / Mechanical

Testing and Commissioning

In addition to our understanding of the complexities of outside and inside plant design, HBK rounds out its turnkey approach with expertise in telecommunications network configuration, from equipment racking and configuration, to testing and commissioning, including fiber integrity and characterization testing. The combination of these skill sets all under one roof make HBK a uniquely capable partner in any telecommunications deployment project.