Case Studies: Denver International Airport
Completed in 1995, the new Denver International Airport uses leading technologies like KONFIG® NM to manage day to day operations. In today's competitive industry it's critical to effectively manage costs so that affordable services are available to customers. The investment in KONFIG® NM, a sophisticated network/connectivity management and documentation system, helps to ensure the new Denver Airport facilities will be run as efficiently as possible.

The new Denver International Airport (DIA) has been designed for today's competitive environment. Price sensitivity is the driving force behind new technologies and the primary reason the DIA is installing its own physical network/connectivity management system.

KONFIG® NM was selected to help engineer, document and aid in the maintenance of the cable, SONET, and FDDI systems installed by US WEST as the backbone for the DIA tenants' voice and data systems.

KONFIG® NM not only supplies data which can help DIA plan for a new tenant's cable and wiring requirements, it also supplies data to help DIA produce a detailed list of materials and an estimate of what it is going to cost to populate the premises. While most airport tenants share similar needs for basic services; telecommunications, jacks, LANs, closed circuit or cable TV, digital/analog phone and briefing systems, every configuration (walls, wiring and end devices) must be customized. KONFIG® NM can graphically show exactly what the existing cable system look like, what changes or additions may be required and help determine what it is going to cost to meet every tenant's individual specifications.

"The investment in KONFIG® NM was our insurance we'd be running airport networks as cost effectively as possible."
- Dave Smith, Telecommunications Manager, Denver International Airport

"The ability to overlay a cable diagram over building plans is a huge time saver. We can look at 53 square miles of airport - we can set the cross hairs upon any section, and zoom right down to the floor to get a detailed layout of the cables!"
- Dave Smith, Telecommunications Manager, Denver International Airport

KONFIG® NM Graphical Documentation
With KONFIG® NM, DIA has a superb graphical documentation tool. Engineers do not have to guess where a cable may or may not end - the KONFIG® NM product will graphically depict exactly where the cable lays, its connectivity and where a cable or wire enters and exits pathways, cable trays and conduits.

The primary benefits of KONFIG® NM are the saving in time for installation and maintenance services provided to tenants at DIA. Used by repair technicians, KONFIG® NM will help locate the cable, identify cross connections and facilitate troubleshooting phone and data communication problem over a network. Without proper documentation, it can cost a great deal of time and money to identify and repair simple problems - because of the need to trace and isolate connections. Installing two cross connects, placing and testing a phone-something that might take half and hour will a well documented cable management system in place - could take two hours to half a day in a building where the cable and connectivity are not documented.

Denver International Airport - The Facts

  • DIA convers 53 square miles and has these facilities: Main Terminal, 3 concourses, Office Building (10 floors) and 65 additional buildings
  • 310,000 feet of outside fibre cable and 98,000 feet of fibre cable inside buildings
  • 124,000 feet of outside copper cable and 80,000 feet ofcopper cable inside the buildings
  • Over 9,000 multi-media communications outlets
  • Over 20,000 telephony connections
  • Over 4,000 data network connections