Brown University

Providence, RI

As part of a campus-wide data network upgrade project, Brown University hired EDI for to provide analysis, planning, design, and project management to improve the 239-year old university’s data networking capability. The project had an aggressive 14-month schedule with the added constraint of ongoing university programs, academic courses, and research projects which could not be disrupted. EDI established a flexible, team-oriented approach that brought the project in on schedule and significantly under budget. EDI directly managed multiple contractors and overlapping project sequences to keep pace with the aggressive schedule. Using EDI for both design and implementation management minimized communication breakdowns that often occur at key hand-off points.

With this new design, students, faculty, and staff have the ability to access information on the network anytime and anywhere. The completed network upgrade now delivers gigabit backbone redundancy with a secure and robust network infrastructure campus wide. EDI’s design also provides a solid foundation for Brown’s entire network to move into the future – it was specifically designed for longevity and flexibility as new technologies are developed and are introduced over time.

Brown praised “[EDI] proved the concept that ‘rebuilding the plane as you fly it’ was a viable and successful methodology for this type of project.”


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EDI Services

As the technology consultant, EDI is providing the following consulting and design services:

  • Comprehensive assessment of campus’ existing network infrastructure
  • Modeling analysis for next generation network
  • Network security analysis
  • Detailed design documents used in the bidding process for new equipment, integration services, and cabling installation
  • Project management throughout the course of the project
Project Size
entire campus, 176 buildings

Technology Cost
$10 million

Project Completion
2003