Brazos Valley Council of Governments COGNet Fiber Project

The Brazos Valley Council of Governments, located in Bryan, Tx., awarded a contract to the Housley Group to provide Engineering and Construction services for the design and construction of the COGNet Fiber Project.

COGNet is made of two interconnected fiber optic rings of up to 96 strands of fiber spanning 350 miles of the Brazos Valley and is purposed to provide affordable high-speed internet to rural Brazos Valley health care providers.

The design of COGNet included the determination of the route that would be used including the procurement of all required permits from local, county, and state governments including working with Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railroad, and the Texas General Land Council to secure special use permits.

The placement of the facilities for the project is being done by “directional bore” method in order to facilitate the placement of a duct package including from 2 to 6 HDPE pipes that will be utilized for the placement of 24, 48 and 96 strands of fiber optic cable.

In order to enhance signal strength, the design provided for 11 regeneration sites that house the electronics in secure, pre-constructed concrete buildings along the northern and southern rings. These shelters are designed to withstand Category III hurricanes and are equipped with backup generator systems to provide for uninterrupted service of the fiber optic rings.

Scheduled for completion in June of 2020, the COGNet network is designed to support the needs of the health care community it serves long into the future.