Creating your first design

In this guide, we'll give a brief overview of how to create a design in FOND. We'll provide you with some data to play with and recommend an architecture. The goal is that within 10 minutes or less, you'll have created a fiber design suitable for a feasibility study, so let's get cracking!

Choosing your architecture

There's a more comprehensive guide to this here, but for now, choose our default: Centralised 1:32 split, 8-port closure.


Uploading some input data

Now we're going to upload the base data that FOND will generate the design upon. Take a look here later for some more information about input data and why it's important. For now, just know that FOND needs to be told which customers to serve, and where it can lay cables. We use input data to tell it that.

To get started, download some sample data from here. We'll then upload data for Underground Path, as shown in the GIF below, by uploading the Street.shp, Street.prj and Street.dbf. 

Next, upload the files for:

  • Aerial spans (Aerial Span.shp, Aerial Span.dbf, Aerial Span.prj).
  • Poles (Pole.shp, Pole.dbf, Pole.prj)
  • Central Offices (Central office.shp, Central office.dbf, Central office.prj)
  • Addresses (Address.shp, Address.dbf, Address.prj)

See the GIF below for a quick demonstration.



Creating a Design

The final step is to hit the Generate design button, and then wait 5 or so minutes while FOND generates the design for you.


Your project should now look something like the image below. If it doesn't, take a look at the steps above and see if you missed any. If you think something is amiss, please contact 


Next steps

So now you've created a design, what can you do?

  • Export the design to open it in your favorite GIS tool (see guide)
  • Share the design with a colleague or customer (see guide)
  • Download the BOM and feed it into your spreadsheet for your feasibility study (see guide)