WFN Strategies’ Cable Route Engineering (CRE) collects and analyzes data from a variety of public, commercial and scientific sources to identify and propose mitigation strategies for identified project risks. CRE ensures the physical security of the submarine system from natural and man-made hazards through route selection, slack allocation, cable type choice, and the use of industry-standard cable burial and protection practices.
A significant percentage of the total cost of any submarine cable system will be in the marine submerged plant and in its installation and protection. It is important to identify the optimum solution in order to mitigate the costs without compromising the security of the system. CRE accomplishes the process of optimizing the cable type, route, and installation methodology by ensuring the physical security of the system from natural and man-made hazards through route selection, slack allocation, cable type (including armor) choice, and the use of industry-standard cable burial and protection practices. CRE includes the use of trawl-resistant design practices for all seafloor systems installed in waters that may reasonably be expected to be fished during the lifetime of the system. In addition, CRE considers the viability of areas identified for the placement of submerged plant components such as BUs and repeaters.