March 26, 2019: In the Neighborhoods

  • Worker locating underground conduit
    Photo 1: A worker uses a locator to determine where conduit has been bored.

    Crews clearing a handhole
    Photo 2: Crew members are clearing out a handhole.

    Marking indicating underground utility lines
    Photo 3: Paint markings indicate location and direction of underground utilities.

March 14, 2019: Project Launch

  • Fiber optic network directional boring
    Fiber optic network launch group photo Fiber optic conduit preparation Fiber optic conduit installation

    Top photo: The boring machine drills into the ground to create passage for the fiber conduit.
    Bottom left: Superintendent Mike Scott, Board member Mark Watson and NIS project manager Glenn Sexton check out the boring machine.
    Bottom center: Standing next to a two-ton spool of conduit, Juan explains next steps to Mike Scott and Glenn Sexton.
    Bottom right: Juan connects the conduit to the end of the drill. Next, the drill will run backward to pull the conduit through the underground hole.

    The first directional boring of the City's and District's fiber optic network took place on March 14, 2019, at McKinney Elementary School, and project crews installed the conduit for the fiber optic cable that will be part of the network's backbone.

    To start, a drill bored a long hole underground and surfaced after about 100 feet, then the orange-colored conduit was attached to the end of the drill and pulled back through the hole to the beginning. A second boring machine stood ready to extend the hole further along the route. This sequence will be repeated as the installation of miles of line continues throughout the district over the next year.

    School Board member Mark Watson and Superintendent Mike Scott observed the work and helped commemorate this launch of the network.

    Once the backbone ring is completed around the first block of schools, fiber backbone cable will be spliced to HSD fiber optic lines (already installed). McKinney, along with other schools in the first phase, is expected to go "live" on the fiber network in July 2019. Eventually, all HSD schools and buildings are expected to be connected to the City's network backbone by April 2020.

Milestones

  • NOV. 29, 2019

    Week 38 Production Summary

     

    Conduit

    Hand-
    holes

    Fiber

    Proofing

    Blue Ring

    0

    1

    10,728

    3,080

    Yellow Ring

    50

    0

    0

    50

    Blue Spur

    480

    1

    0

    0

    City Ring

    690

    1

    0

    0

    Week 38 Total

    1,220

    3

    10,728

    3,130

     

    Ring Totals to Date

     

    Conduit

    Hand-
    holes

    Fiber

    Proofing

    Blue Ring

    42,469

    88%

    48

    59%

    39,488

    74%

    27,262

     

    Core Ring

    75,335

    96%

    86

    66%

    90,533

    94%

    39,578

     

    Yellow Ring

    33,501

    74%

    33

    48%

    36,858

    67%

    36,179

     

    Brown Ring

    32,907

    62%

    20

    25%

    0

    0%

    17,200

     

    Green Ring

    11,590

    105%

    13

    65%

    12,764

    104%

    0

     

    Aqua Ring

    14,207

    59%

    11

    30%

    0

    0%

    0

     

    Blue Spur

    8,880

    28%

    5

    10%

    0

    0%

    4,580

     

    Aqua Spur

    2,546

    5%

    3

    4%

    0

    0%

    0

     

    City Ring

    5,107

    30%

    2

    6%

    0

    0%

    0

     

    Total

    226,542

    63%

    221

    39%

    179,643

    42%

    124,799

     

     


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  • Sept. 20, 2019 - green ring fiber 100% placed.

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  • July 5, 2019 - over 24 miles of conduit have been laid across the district.

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  • May 31, 2019 - Green ring conduit installation completed (downtown area: Lincoln Street and Eastwood Elementary and Poynter Middle School).

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  • March 14, 2019 - first conduit laid at McKinney Elementary School.

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