Undersea Cable Services

R&R System Solutions is in a unique position to provide solutions that meet the client’s criteria by enveloping ocean cable design, cable requirements and issue resolution, into Project Quality Needs. R&R’s expertise is based on over 100 years of combined staff experience in the design, development and installation of cables ranging from micro-cables to large diameter shore landing cables. Based on R&R's extensive knowledge and experience the, “Fiber-Optic Ocean Cable Design Handbook,” was created for Bell Laboratories. This work is considered one of the world's best guides for optical ocean cable design. R&R’s staff is considered by the Ocean Cable Industry to be second-to-none for ocean cable requirements and issue resolution.

Armored Cable

Armored Cable

Electro-Optic Cable
Fiber Optic Communication Cable

Electro-Optic Cable

Fiber Optic Communication Cable

Project Quality Approach for Underwater Cable

Initial System Review  

  • Understand the mission requirements

  • Review system interfaces

  • Use check lists / lessons learned / experience, to analyze the system to identify potential concerns

Requirements Development

  • Review with “all” customers their needs and performance objectives

  • Develop customer requirements

  • Adapt customer requirements to the environment needs

  • Understand operational needs – deployment, retrieval, storage, handling, repair, etc.

  • Ensure interfaces are represented

  • Turn needs into precise requirements

Underwater Cable Design

  • Analyze requirements to make sure they are necessary and sufficient

  • R&R has developed a proprietary 50 item checklist for undersea cable construction and performance. This aides in identifying issues where manufacturing, handling and installation risks may arise.

  • Review and track any changes necessary


Risk Analysis
  • Determine program risks

  • Determine where the risks come from and assign a risk factor rating

  • Specification(s) review, versus risks, versus manufacturing practicality

Review, Verify, Review Again
  • Review specification(s) for consistency and clarity

  • Verify “most important” requirements are clearly defined

  • Determine if product can be manufactured with no specification conflicts

  • Analyze estimated costs

  • Issue specification(s) for tender

RFP/RFQ Generation

Bid Evaluations
  • Review and grade technical bids per customer process

  • Review contract details and provide assessment

Project Planning, Monitoring and Control
  • Establish the plan

  • Determine the cost, schedule, and resources

  • Manage the plan

  • Establish data management plan

  • Verify that configuration management is in place

  • Periodically review progress

  • Take corrective action, if necessary

Risk Management
  • Develop a risk mitigation plan for the “most important” risks
  • Monitor the status of each risk
  • Raise or lower risks as appropriate 

Supplier Management
  • Assist establishing formal agreement with supplier

  • Review supplier capabilities and quality standards

  • Monitor the supplier as defined in the agreement / contract

Quality Assurance
  • Review supplier’s quality plan and procedures
  • Monitor process and help with corrective actions, if necessary

Verification and Validation
  • Review / establish test plans and procedures so that the product meets requirements

  • Verify the test results meet the cable requirements