Design and installation considerations
To service each dealer desk, which has up to six computer systems on it, and the trading desks with up to eight outlets, ACCL designed a special housing to accommodate and manage the cabling requirements. It was important that the air flow around each of the desks was not compromised. So ACCL enhanced the design to include an underfloor air cooling system, ensuring that the installation of the Cat6 cable runs didn’t compromise the movement of the cool air. With significant numbers of power and infrastructure cable running under the floor, it was important to co-ordinate all these services to maximise the air flow and ensure an even temperature was maintained. Each desk cluster was fitted with a number of conduits, anchored back to a central location. The purpose of this was to identify exactly where each of the cables terminated in order to prevent masses of floor being taken up in the future just to find the cable end points.
One of the specifications for the infrastructure project was that it should allow for ease of movement with the ability to reconfigure the arrangements of the desks. This condition was tested very early on, when it was decided that the staff sitting on the second and third floors were going to swap places.
“As with any big re-organisation, there was a little bit of confusion whilst waiting on final seating plans to be confirmed,” says Connors. “The swap over was massive – 30 per cent in total. It certainly tested the flexibility of the infrastructure design, and I’m glad to say it performed exceedingly well.”
Now that the trading floors are up and running, MF Global is tackling the second phase of the project and extending the infrastructure from the dealing floors into the rest of the building including the deli area. “It’s all about keeping staff in the building connected,” says Connors. “So connectivity whilst at coffee is important.” MF Global made a decision early on to standardise on fixed networking points with plans to overlay a wireless network at a later date. To support this initiative 1,000 data points have already been installed in ceilings across the four floors.
Our outstanding Team here at ACCL worked closely with the MF Global Team to ensure that the project was brought in on time, to plan and within budget.