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66 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Fiber Connection Sparks Engineering Firm's Growth A future-proof, all-optical IP Ethernet solution enabled Casne Engineering to serve its clients more efectively. By Michael Scott / Wolfe A dapting new technology to better respond to clients' needs is a blueprint for success for Casne Engineering, a Kirkland, Wa., frm that specializes in electrical design and technology integration. For more than 30 years, Casne has been a frm believer that the value of the engineering process is what brings construction projects from concept to completion. A key factor in Casne's success is working closely with customers to allow them to make informed decisions throughout a project, from the early stages of project conception to the fnal punch list and record documents. A high-quality set of construction drawings and specifcations is the primary tool to provide the level of service that results in a successful project and a satisfed client. Casne keeps abreast of technology advances, such as the latest AutoCAD and emerging 3-D modeling platforms, using them to add value to the engineering process. With a market that encompasses aerospace, high tech, oil and gas, railways, and municipalities, Casne has a growing client base that's expanding beyond the Pacifc Northwest. However, it recently became evident that Casne's Internet solution was no longer keeping pace with the frm's growth. BANDWIDTH BOTTLENECK HINDERS GROWTH Te bottleneck was the company's 40 Mbps Internet circuit. Higher-speed bandwidth was critical for day-to-day operations at Casne's locations. At the Kirkland headquarters, 15 minutes east of Seattle, there are more than 40 employees, and an additional seven to 10 employees work out of the eastern Washington regional ofce in Spokane Valley. Additionally, as many enterprises today are doing to ensure continuity of operations and backup of critical data, Casne established colocation facilities at a data center in Liberty Lake, Wa., a suburb of Spokane. Casne has a workforce that is highly mobile, with employees traveling to client sites and working remotely. Te large AutoCAD fles the frm routinely transfers back and forth to clients and vendors to confrm design changes can easily reach several hundred megabytes in size, and transferring fles was slow. However, as with any engineering frm today, pricing for additional higher bandwidth was a consideration. Casne found that transferring large AutoCAD fles back and forth to clients and vendors was becoming too slow.