We have just completed our installation for Dr. Pamela Singletary. Her new Pediatric Dentistry practice is called Texas Tooth Fairies and is housed in a very unique facility. Geared to children, many of her visual distractions are found closer to the ground. She has a glass enclosed doll house, and light boxes that house tooth fairies scattered around the building. Our scope of work for this project is a little different than many of our other installations because we were not hired to install the computers and networking equipment. Our focus was on the infrastructure cabling and the audio/video systems.
Local architect, Don Leighton-Burwell, referred Dr Singletary to Datasavior. We worked with DLB Architects at another Pediatric Dentistry practice. He was so pleased with the quality of our work that he felt comfortable referring us to Dr. Singletary. Starting with our Tech Consult , we reviewed the scope of the project with Dr. Singletary and her husband Dr. Bryan Townsend, who is a board certified dermatologist here in Austin. Even though we did not end up handling the network for them, we were able to help guide them through some of the more technical aspects of dental IT and walk them through some of the many options available.
Dr. Singletary chose to put patient view monitors on the ceiling in the her open treatment bays. The placement is directly over the head of the patient to distract them during procedures and to put their heads at the optimal angle to allow access to the patient’s mouth. These 26″ Visio LCDs are connected to a Western Digital video distribution system that allows each Visio to view a different movie that resides on a local server. The sound is delivered to the patient though headphones, whose cabling is mounted to the underside of the chair. This configuration keeps the cord from hindering the procedure.
At the 12 o’clock position, we installed 20″ Dell LCD monitors. These are mounted on an articulating and sliding mount that allows the monitor to slide between the dentist and the assistant while minimizing the monitor’s impact on the limited space in the operatory. A challenge to this configuration is cable management. A little design work is necessary to allow the cables to travel freely as the monitor slides side to side.
The facility also includes three small quiet recovery rooms that are outfitted with 26″ Visio LCD monitors. These are connected to the Western Digital video distribution system as well.
Finally, on the video front, we installed a 55″ LG LED in the waiting area and as expected, it is connected to the Western Digital as well.
For convenience to both the staff and incoming patients, there is a touch screen check in kiosk at the front desk. This HP touch screen monitor allows patients to check themselves in while allowing the staff to process new patient paperwork or check patients out.
To round out the project, we installed a distributed audio system in Dr. Singletary’s facility. Used primarily for background music and noise suppression, this audio system consists of 9 zones with 5 individual volume controllers and an impedance matching device that had 4 additional volume controllers. As a primary source for the audio system, we installed Sonos system. Sonos is a new technology that allows you to control your networked audio system via a phone app or from your desk top computer. It can access your personal music library, Sirius/XM radio or any of the other available online music sources. More comprehensive Sonos installations allow for multi room control.
Our friends at Trimbuilt Construction invited us to provide the voice and data cable for the new Social Security Administration’s building in Oak Hill. Like most government projects, this one had it’s share of “preconstruction” problems. Multiple sets of plans created by different agency representatives based on standards that were created years ago and updated in an unorganized fashion made determining the actual scope of work difficult. But we couldn’t let Trimbuilt face these issues without lending our expertise to the project so we jumped in with both feet. So while the start of the project was rocky, we finished with the level of quality people have come to expect from Datasavior.
Generally speaking, cabling contractors do not hang ladder rack because it is usually left to the electricians. In an attempt to keep the project simple and on track, Trimbuilt asked that we reinstall the cable tray that was already on-site. Luckily Adam and Andrew have the experience necessary to handle this scope of work. The challenge here was that, in many areas, the ceiling grid was already in place. I never asked how they were able to install the tray without harming the grid but they got the job done.
We installed 67 runs of non-plenum Cat6 and terminated the cabling using Leviton products. The design of the MDF was provided by SmithGroup who specified that all of the cables were to be secured in bundles of 12 wires using velcro that matched the color of the cable. The data cables were terminated on 48 port Leviton patch panels on standard 19″ Chatsworth data racks. The SSA requested a 4 post rack set to a very specific depth. With help from our Super Rep at Accutech, Nina Cook, we were able to determine that the Chatsworth Adjustable Rail QuadraRack fit the requirement.
Project Challenges – Multiple sets of plans; outdated and sometimes contradictory specifications, short lead time, difficult to locate items specified, ceiling grid in place making basket tray install difficult.
Project Benefits – Successful completion of difficult project makes us look like super heros, Trimbuilt’s subcontractors are a step above all others, working in a challenging environment, positive first encounter with a new property management company.
In October of last year we set up Dr. Scraver’s new office in San Antonio Texas. Dr. Scraver took a very unique approach to the layout and design of his offices. With a focus on Pediatric Dentistry, Smile Structure is designed to make children comfortable in an environment that usually makes them a little fearful. The concept must be working because Dr Scraver has recently started construction on his second facility in south San Antonio. Dr Scraver will be incorporating many of the features from his current office at the new facility.
From the time you enter the front door, every detail says “Play land”. To the right of the check in desk the room is filled with a playscape and slide for the little ones. There are also two game consoles with age appropriate video games available for keeping children distracted. These custom cabinets were designed and built by Med-Tech Construction.
What really sets this lobby apart is the 25 seat movie theater complete with 5.1 surround sound and 1080p full HD video projector. Movie goers are treated to a wide range of movies choices thanks to an Apple TV system. To keep things secure, Datasavior installed all of the electronic components in the data closet at the rear of the building. All system controls are handled through an IR repeater located just above the movie screen.
Each of the operatories and treatment rooms have hand painted murals with meticulous details, each depicting scenes featuring the practice’s mascot, Andy, on his adventures. From a technology standpoint, Datasavior outfitted the treatment rooms with Dell Optiplex computers and patient view monitors. The patient view monitors are hooked to the same Apple TV system found in the movie theater. The Apple TVs allow patients to chose what movie they want to
watch. The system is flexible enough to allow viewers to watch the same show from different starting points. Additionally, since they are part of the overall network, you are able to stream video directly from the internet. Opening the possibility of YouTube, Netflix and many other viewing options. Of course, the patient view monitors are great tools for Dr. Scraver. They can be used to show intraoral pictures, x-rays and patient records. Most importantly, they can be used for patient education.
Last week our team headed to San Antonio to rough-in the new location. The new space will include many of the same features as the current office with a few changes. There will be a new movie theater as well as the game cabinets. We will be installing computers and patient view monitors in 8 treatment rooms. New to this office will be the addition of an Ortho bay with 4 chairs. Two consult rooms and an expanded front desk will round out the project. Connected to the space are the new corporate offices for Dr. Scraver’s business.
Once again, Datasavior has added to our list of services being offered. As is often the case, our customers come to us with a problem that needs a solution. Very often, these requests for assistance are outside of our normal realm of expertise. Our customers have come to rely on us to help them find reasonable solutions to their problems. I’m proud to work with such talented and smart people.
In this situation, one of our customers were faced with poor cell coverage in their new offices. Coverage was so poor that they had to stand next to windows on one side of the building in order to place calls. The solution we found was a distributed antenna system that pulls the signal into a repeater systems that includes signal boosters, combiners and distributed antennas which are strategically placed throughout their facility.
This particular system is best used for a small number of users but there are systems which are designed to handle many users. We have received word from the property managers that cell coverage has increased throughout the building. They have asked us to research a larger solution that can be used in both of their buildings. I’m hoping to add them to our current projects list soon.
The cabling team has completed Phase I of the Jones Energy relocation and has moved into the rough-in portion of Phase 2. Jones Energy is moving into new offices on the same floor they currently occupy at Las Cimas. This project is another referral from our good friends at Stream Realty. In order to keep Jones’ operations running smoothly, the project must be done in two phases. Phase I consists of approximately 120 Cat6 cables used for both voice and data. We are using standard 19″ Chatsworth racking and wire management. Phase II will consist of another 114 Cat6 cables and the removal of all of their abandoned cable.
Jones Energy develops natural gas wells in the Texas Panhandle. They use state of the art technology such as horizontal drilling, PDC bits and 20 stage frac techniques to accomplish their goal of finding natural gas and bringing incremental gas to the market.
The general contractor for the project is Trimbuilt Construction, Inc. We always enjoy working for Trimbuilt. As one of the premier GC’s in Austin, they can be counted on to provide us with a safe and clean jobsite. Austin is the Onsite Superintendent for the project. When he gives you a schedule, you can bet that he will be right on. This trait is invaluable to subcontractors like ourselves. We have to know that when we put a project on the calendar that project will be ready for our arrival. Delays can cause other projects to fall behined. Since we are usually the last subcontractor on the project, the client is counting on us to have their network infrastructure in place and tested so that they can install their equipment and have the business up on Monday morning.
*****Update – Phase 1 of Jones Energy move is complete. Friday afternoon was a little on the hectic side getting d-marc extensions completed and adding some last minute Cat6 drops*****
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UPDATE: We have completed the voice and data cabling portion of the Marvell project. The project went very smoothly and the customer is very happy with the finished product.
We have been asked to add a cellular antenna repeater system in their suites which will enhance their cellular coverage. The product we are installing is from wpsantennas.com. The equipment is sitting on an LMR400 cable infrastructure. A dual band cellular PCS antenna is placed on the roof the building and connected to a dual band amplifier and repeater. Several dual band omni directional dome antennas area then mounted to the ceiling tiles around the facility creating continuous cellular coverage throughout the facility. We will post an update on the project when it is complete.
This years TDA meeting in San Antonio is shaping up to be a fun event. We are going to be in booth 901 which is to the right as you come in the main entrance. The focus of this year’s booth will be on Off-site data backup. We will be running a show special for our service with a very nice promotional gift for enrolling in the program. You don’t want to miss this opportunity. We will also be serving Brian’s award winning margaritas around 4:30 each afternoon. Come by for a visit.