Ervin Cable Construction Case Study

Fast-tracking densification projects with automated designs


In 2017 Ervin Cable Construction (ECC) was in the beginning stages of a densification project for a customer in a major U.S. market. The new design needed to use C-Ran technology with small cell and macro cell sites, a preemptive build out of the 5G network. To meet the timeline demands of the project, ECC needed to deliver 300,000 feet of design a month, so they were looking for a design solution that could speed up their existing manual process.

They turned to 3-GIS for a point-to-point network design. The 3-GIS Engineering Services (ES) team used Prospector, the 3-GIS network planning tool, to create initial design routes to support HUB connectivity and layout. The end goal was to get documents submitted for permitting and construction faster, enabling a faster time to revenue.



  • Integrate automation into planning and design processes so the business can achieve faster time-to-revenue


  • Network planned and designed 5x faster
  • Expedited mid-level design that met the customer’s demand & engineering guidelines


  • 1,100,000 route feet designed in 3 weeks
  • 989 destination points planned in 3 weeks
  • 285+ businesses passed
  • 45 HUBs served

Performance enablers

  • Machine-prescribed routes allow us to decrease the time to permitting and construction
  • Least-cost routes allow us to construct networks as economically as possible
  • Informed designs provide us with additional revenue opportunities along the proposed network route

"The speed 3-GIS brings to our design process gets us to construction faster. Ultimately, the increased speed of the project gets us to revenue sooner."

-Tim Sherman, Program Director

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