Design Engineering

As data center build and upgrade projects move away from art and more toward science, project management must be re-examined. In a project to build or upgrade a data center physical infrastructure, a structured and standardized process provides the essential foundation for efficient project execution and a successfully deployed system.

Just as the steps of the project work should be structured and standardized, it is equally important that project management activities be structured and standardized. Modern designs must consider the impact of all building components and its effect on the the overall efficiency of the data center. The benefits of a welldocumented, standardized, and mutually understood project management model are key ingredients for a successful deployment. The UNS team understands the essentials to keep reliability and efficiency in mind during design, assembly, start-up, commissioning and preventative maintenance. Check out our process below:

Our Process: The UNS Difference

Step1: Preparation In this step, out customer is committed to the project. UNS will begin by evaluating the site by a critical facility specialist and project engineer. We incorporate a facility and IT specialists at this phase to ensure that any design being implemented will bridge the gap between the operation of a data center and overall health of a building.
Step 2: Site Coordination An initial evaluation of the facilities power, cooling, and network inputs are cataloged and identified. Measurements of the site, communication with building managers, operational managers and IT managers are established to determine preferences and constraints. Central point-of-contact is established and Project Management Details are constructed.
Step 3: Develop a Concept Initial design phase of NCPI assets. UNS will begin the preliminary design of a facility to incorporate the preferences and constraints for the end user. This step will include any recommendations that could be made to a facility to improve operational efficiency of a site.
Step 4: Concept Review Once the initial concept is completed a review of the solution will be performed by all parties involved in the project. Any foreseen challenges will be addressed and incorporated into the final design. A project manager will be determined and the essential project documentation and tracking roles will be defined.
Step 5: Design The project is initialized. The requirements of the entire solution will be used to configure a solution. A final proposal will be generated and a purchase order will be created.
Step 6: Acquisition Site Coordination with the installation team begins. Certified to Order (CTO) Report is generated and given to the Installation Team. The team leader will begin working on a systematic plan to deploy the assets in the final design.
Step 7: Implementation The CTO Report will enable the installation team to coordinate with all sub-contractors and develop a schedule for the build-out process. The timing of this event is crucial as to not delay installation/deployment. In addition, Start-up services are scheduled and establishment of a network integration plan begins
Step 8: Start-up Our Critical Facility Specialists will be on-hand and coordinate with Network Administrators and Facility Managers on the process for system Start-Up. A final check of all assets are conducted and any concerns are addressed prior to initiating any start-up process. Again, this process should be coordinated so that all parties involved are allowed to voice concerns and/or make final recommendations.
Step 9: Orientation and Training UNS will remain on-site for as long as necessary to ensure that the end user is properly orientated and trained on the operation of the NCPI. An optional Maintenance Action Plan (MAP) can be requested by the client that will outline all preventative maintenance and trouble shooting procedures for the recently installed assets.
Step 10: Project Reports A complete report will be generated by UNS that incorporates all important documentation for the NCPI assets. Phone contact information, warranty information, service contracts will be assembled in a final document and it will be presented to the end user. This document will incorporate project drawings, inventory lists and other project documentation that may be helpful in the future.