Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Philadelphia District
Client Needs and Requirements:
The existing communications infrastructure at Camp Phoenix was temporary in nature and haphazardly installed. With the decision to make the base a more permanent base in Afghanistan, USACE required a robust backbone for Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPR), Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPR), Coalition Enterprise Information Exchange-Secret (CENTRIXS) and DSN throughout Camp Phoenix.
Challenges and ISI’s Response:
The major challenge of this project was coordinating daily activities on the base with necessary construction. All traffic had to be rerouted while sections of the roadway were temporarily removed and refinished. This became a major task and involved significant planning and organization.d all of the EUBs were occupied, requiring extensive coordination and pre-planning to minimize impact to ongoing operations.
ISI completed the project almost three months ahead of schedule and within budget, and received Excellent reviews on our Past Performance Questionnaire.
As part of the project, ISI performed the following tasks:
- Installation of a concrete encased duct bank and Maintenance Hole distribution system. This completed a ring loop around the core of the base providing a 12-way system for redundant fiber and copper pathways. In order to accomplish this, we:
- Saw-cut and removed 21,600ft3 of concrete roadways to install the distribution system and then replaced the concrete to original conditions
- Installed 7,200 LF of duct bank system with 14 Maintenance Holes and 2 Hand Holes
- Prepped locations for 4 new Pre-engineered Buildings (PEBs) including leveling and pouring concrete foundations
- Installed 4 new 10ft by 20ft PEBs
- Completed all interior furnishings of the buildings including installation of electrostatic resistant floor tiles, HVAC system with N+1 configuration, electrical distribution system and stand-by generator, and Networked communications systems
- Furnished and Installed Four Area Distribution Nodes (ADN) with Cisco Network Equipment, racks, equipment, power systems, standby generators, and ups equipment. The following equipment was utilized:
- Cisco 6506 and 3750 equipment
- APC UPS equipment
- 75kW 208v generator, automatic transfer switch, and electrical distribution system
- Installation and testing of three fiber optic network systems (NIPR, SIPR, and CENTRIX) and one copper DSN system consisting of over 70,000’ of fiber optic backbone cabling and 25,000’ of copper backbone cabling