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Communication Systems:  

Security Systems: 

Intelligent Transportation Systems

►Rail Systems



Communication Systems:

New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications:

New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) together with NYPD, FDNY, NYCDOT, and EMS has issued an RFP to build a $500 million citywide wireless network.  The RFP addresses four classes of services: Class I – Wireless Broadband Public Safety (data and video), Class II – Wireless Automatic Vehicle Location, Class III – Wireless Emergency Call Boxes, and Class IV – Wireless Traffic Signal Control. The Phase I pilot implementation is for 30 locations downtown Manhattan near the World Trade Area. 

Columbia Transmission Communications (PANY&NJ, NYCDOT):

Columbia Transmission Communications Inc. (CTC) a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Energy Group, selected PB to study, design, and manage construction for the interconnection of a fiber optic (FO) link from Jersey City, New Jersey, to the Borough of Manhattan, City of New York. This FO link completed CTC’s FO installation from Washington DC to New York City.  Mr. Saravia was the Project Manager for the design and construction management for this fiber optic installation utilizing various right-of-ways including NYCDOT’s and the Port Authority of NY & NJ underground and above ground facilities (tunnels, streets, bridges). He was responsible for the project including development of the PS&E, scope of work, budget and meeting CTC’s aggressive schedule.  The network was implemented on time and within the budget.

Level3 Communications:

VB Senior member of the Quality Management group responsible for the development and implementation of a quality system for the Level 3 Intercity Long Haul Telecommunications Network Program. Specific activities include the development, implementation and management of a quality system  including a QA/QC operations manual which incorporated QA/QC procedures, checklists and audit plans.  Managed all aspects of  the quality program across the east coast region including, scheduling audits, resource allocation, training, communications, on pre-construction work processes for right-of-way, environmental permitting, and preliminary design activities as well as on OSP construction activities, and regereration hub sites. Developed and conducted QA/QC orientation and training program for newly hired QA/QC engineers, and managed QA/QC staff activities for the North and South East region of the US.


Worldbridge Broadband Services:

Contracted to perform site survey and develop preliminary design recommendations for an integrated intelligent building telecommunications cabling system and conduit system to support telecommunications (voice, data), Internet, CATV, Intercom, CCTV systems and access control. Also, contracted to perform detailed engineering services to access, design, develop RFP document and review responses for a regional fiber optic backbone network. Network design includes SONET, DWDM, Ethernet switching systems and broadband optical switching systems.


Colorado Department of Transportation:

State-Wide Telecommunications Shared Resources Project – Senior network architect responsible for developing overall state-wide architecture design, detailed system planning, infrastructure assessment, user requirements definition and specification development for a state-wide SONET based telecommunications network. The network supported the consolidation and transport of applications and services such as; Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Internet traffic, LAN and WAN traffic from IT systems, and voice communications between TOC, field cabinets and TOC.


Maryland Department of Transportation:

State-Wide Telecommunications Shared Resources Project – Task manager responsible for infrastructure assessment, infrastructure development planning, fiber optic cable assessment, testing and documentation and SONET / ATM network architecture including, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), voice and data communications services. Worked closely with and coordinated activities between Telecom service providers and government agencies to define user requirements, physical and logical network architecture, survey and develop inventory of telecom infrastructure assets, and network implementation planning and management on behalf of MDOT.


City of Trenton: 

Responsible for the development of PS&E package for the installation of communications equipment at 130 intersections in Trenton and design for a SONET OC-3 fiber optic backbone to connect to 37 City buildings.  Responsibilities included project management and design responsibilities for: Design of the City’s fiber optic backbone so that the City could utilize the network to communicate to 130 project intersections, 37 City buildings, and future CCTV, VMS, RWIS and other ITS applications.  The fiber optic cable plant is composed of approximately 21 miles of singlemode fiber optic cables with fiber counts in the range of 18 to 60 fibers per cable.  Equipment includes: fiber optic transceivers, patch panels, distribution centers and SONET multiplexers; communications interface to intersection controllers and equipment cabinets at the 130 project intersections; interconnection of fiber optic transceivers and fiber links through City owned conduits and Bell Atlantic ducts; preparation for PS&E design package.


Security Systems:

East Orange Police Department, NJ:

Wireless video Surveillance System Deployment - VB served as the Project Manager responsible for the developing of an advanced video analytics based perimeter security surveillance system for East Orange Police Department. The security system included the deployment of ten(10) video systems over a of point-to-point wireless (5GHZ) video transport network consisting of thirty-two radios in an urban environment.  Video systems were mounted on street lights and communicated with radios mounted on high rise buildings.

New York State Power Authority:

New York Niagara Power Plant Security Upgrades.  Provided technical and project management services to the New York Power Authority to design the security systems upgrades for the New York Niagara Power Plant.  Mr. Saravia was the project manager and performed quality assurance quality control (QA/QC) tasks for the project.  He was also the Professional Engineer of Record for the design that includes the development of plans, specifications and estimate package for the upgrades of the security systems. The security systems consist of a CCTV Surveillance System with a large number of camera locations including indoor and outdoor installations. The Access Control System included over 100 reader locations. The design also included an automatic perimeter-intrusion detection system for 13,000 feet of fencing, a fiber optic network, new fencing, gate upgrades and lighting upgrades. He provided engineering support for the site survey, development of specifications, drawings and estimate for all security upgrades including the access control system, CCTV system and the perimeter intrusion detection system. Mr. Saravia also provided technical support during construction, system testing and the development of the as-built plans.

City of Boston:

Cameras Expansion: Working with the electrical contractor as the integrator, Mr.  Saravia was the project manager and technical lead for the implementation of 37 cameras and 14 supplemental communication nodes through out the City of Boston for Mass Highways DOT and the City. The installations included the latest IP based CCTV cameras, fiber optic transmission equipment, network switches, camera mountings on various traffic signal poles and associated cabling for control, communications and power.

Intelligent Transporation Systems(ITS):

New York City DOT: Manhattan Vehicular Traffic Control System (VTCS), Phases I and II.

Manhattan VTCS, Phase II: Resident Engineering support for overseeing the installation and inspection of the field and central equipment for 2,652 signalized intersections in Manhattan and communication equipment over the Queensboro Bridge to interconnect the system from Manhattan to the Transportation Management Center in Queens.  This included the following engineering areas concerning the system: a) Evaluation and approval of equipment - Included electrical and mechanical schematics for equipment used in the project.  Modified vendors' designs to conform to the project's specifications, the National Electrical Code, NYC DOT Code and the Electronic Industries Association Code.  Witnessed and approved operational tests on prototype units to confirm the functionality of complex electronic equipment to remotely manage traffic in the borough of Manhattan.  The equipment included 3,000 remote communications units, 18 central communications units, a voice communication system and a status monitoring system for the coaxial cable plant. b) Resident Engineer - Responsible for the project record of the installation according to the New York State Manual of Record Keeping and databases.  Met with the NYS Engineer to confirm and review the project record.  Generated engineer's reports and data analyses. Approved installation and testing procedures and system performance tests. c) Management - Responsible for managing and reviewing work for two Electrical Engineers, three Field Engineers and one technical typist.  Trained New York City's Engineers and Operations Department on operations and maintenance of the system.  Managed the processing of contractor's invoices. d) Meetings - Chaired engineering-meetings with the NYCDOT, NYSDOT, FHA and contractors' representatives to resolve issues, and generated meetings' minutes and project status reports.

Manhattan VTCS, Phase I: Field Engineer- responsible for inspecting the installation and testing of a coaxial cable communications plant in Manhattan.  The communication plant (238 miles) connects the Traffic Management Center in Queens to each of the 2,652 signalized intersections in Manhattan.  The work inspected included the installation of conduit, sidewalk junction boxes, cable, passive devices, amplifiers, power supplies, pilot signal generators and closed loop switches.  The work also included the fine/rough balancing and system performance testing in the cable plant.  Participated in the training of City maintenance and cable plant operations personnel.  Also modified the cable plant design to resolve field installation problems and to extend the cable plant. 

New York State DOT:

TRANSMIT electronic Toll System Expansion Project.  Mr. Saravia performed project management responsibilities and was the design lead for the TRANSMIT Expansion Project. Mr. Saravia supervised development of the PS&E package for an extension of the TRANSMIT system which includes the Lincoln Tunnel, the I-495 Extension and the Pot Authority Bus Terminal and 77 highway locations within the NYC corridors. The project involves the use of Electronic Toll and Traffic Management (ETTM, E-ZPass) equipment for traffic surveillance and to identify traffic incidents within the NYC highway network.  ETTM equipment installed along or over a roadway section can be used to identify vehicles equipped with ETTM tags (E-ZPass tags and readers) already provided by NYSDOT, MTA, and PANY&NJ.  These vehicle tags are read by an upstream detector and re-identified by a downstream detector.  The sequential identifications of a vehicle tag permit the measurement of the travel time between the two ETTM readers.  Mr. Saravia was responsible for the development of the bid package for TRANSCOM and the Port Authority for the extension of the TRANSMIT System. Mr. Saravia provided technical expertise and managerial support for the construction of the TRANSMIT Expansion. (1997-2001)  Mr. Saravia provided maintenance services for the field equipment and central system installed under the contract.

New York State DOT:

System Integrator for the Gowanus/Prospect Expressway Project for (NYSDOT.  System integrator for coordinating the installation of an HAR, VMS, CCTV, detector components and fiber optic system so as to obtain a fully-integrated operational system that functions reliably and in full conformance with requirements of the specifications. Develop and perform system acceptance testing plans and procedures that demonstrate that the system is fully- integrated and provides all the features and functions identified under the individual equipment specifications.

Washington State DOT:

AWV ITS Specifications for WDOT: Mr. Saravia was the lead engineer for the development of the ITS design for the SR99 Battery Street Tunnel Fire & Safety Improvements working with the prime (Parsons Brinckerhoff) and other team members.  The ITS design included specifications and details for the CCTV subsystem, VMS subsystem, Incident Detection Subsystem utilizing the latest video detection technology.  The system also included the development of the fiber optic communication system. The project’s scope of work was delivered on time, within the budget and the client was very pleased.

New Jersey Turnpike:

Fiber Optic Infrastructure Design.  Project engineer participated in the preliminary surveying and design of an advanced freeway traffic management system.  The design was for a 32 mile span on the turnpike and included loop detectors, video surveillance cameras, variable and fixed message signs, and weather stations.


Rail Systems:

Metropolitan Transit Authority:

East Side Access, New York City: PB led a tri-venture responsible for design and construction phase services for this $6.3 billion project to provide direct Long Island Rail Road service to Grand Central Station, the largest construction project undertaken to date by the MTA.  For a period of time during the 90% design Mr. Denney served as lead engineer for control, communications, security, and fire alarm systems.  His control  systems responsibilities include the design  supervision of control centers for centralized train control, terminal management,  Incident Control  Center, and the communications systems include telephone, radio, CCTV, PA/VMS, fiber cable based networks and fire alarm systems for the terminal and station platforms.

Triangle Transit Authority:

Regional Rail for Raleigh Durham North Carolina:   Mr. Denney was responsible for the 100% design of the Communications Systems and Central Control. The communications systems include CCTV, Passenger Information System, Radio, and Telephone Systems on passenger stations and wayside, Central Control includes train supervision and dispatching system, and the arrangement of the control center and equipment rooms.

Metropolitan Transit Authority:

63rd Street Tunnel Connection, New York City:  Mr. Denney served as task leader to a team of consultants supporting NYCT’s software acquisition group.  The acquisition group procured the Central SCADA software to be used for monitoring and controlling the 63rd Street Line to the Queens Boulevard connection.

New Jersey Transit: 

South Jersey Light Rail:  Under a design build operate and maintain (DBOM) contract with New Jersey Transit a Bechtel-Bombardier team built a 35-mile light rail in southern New Jersey. The rail now operates between Camden and Trenton. Under contract PB provided the services of Lee Denney as an adjunct to the Bombardier staff. Mr. Denney served as the Lead Communications Engineer on the project responsible for the communications systems design and installation at Central Control, along the wayside, and onboard the vehicles. The communications systems include an optical fiber based network; telephone systems, passenger information system, closed circuit television system, and 800 and 160 MHz radios systems. His responsibility includes coordinating with vehicle communications systems provider ensuring the systems design meets the design criterion.


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