Back-to-Basics Telecoms Engineering

At KAEG, our core engineering strength is the culture of upholding fundamental structural understanding as one of the most important attributes of being engineers. The introduction of software into engineering design and analysis is perhaps one of the greatest engineering breakthroughs. However, this undeniable good, is also threatening core understanding of civil/structural engineering fundamental first principles by fostering complete reliance on these powerful black-box software.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software, including 3D modelling, with spectacular 3D visuals are valuable telecoms engineering tools, enabling efficiency, improved modelling and accuracy, and presentation. However, these tools do not negate the need for understanding of the fundamental engineering principles. Some important axioms that we live by at KAEG are:

  1. Engineering software, including powerful FEA can serve as garbage-in and garbage-out.
  2. It is paramount to develop fundamental understanding of structural load-path and response behaviour.
  3. Always fall back to first principles structural engineering to sense check software results/outputs.
  4. Master and understand your recommended engineering design codes and standards.

A trained software technician can complete design and analysis, but a true engineer can understand, manipulate, validate, and interpret the structural model and response. At KAEG, we continue to drive quality by leveraging fundamental knowledge, techniques and skills enhanced by appropriate use of industry standard software.

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KAEG 5G Roll-out Delivery

The fast pace delivery schedule of 5G roll-outs mean that there is an increasing demand to deliver within tight programme schedule and to higher quality, utilising existing and bespoke structures to support heavier antennas and RRUs.

KAEG delivered more than 180 telecoms structural design and inspection projects in the month of August. We continue to demonstrate our dedicated support to our clients which includes other design consultants, design & build contractors, and operators. Our team of seasoned chartered and experienced engineers working to the highest engineering standards are well positioned to support the needs of the telecom industry.

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KAEG Structural Investigation Capabilities

The cornerstone of structural analysis and evaluation of existing structures is the availability of reliable design data about the structure. However, often, key design information is not collated or missing from the build stage of a telecoms project for assessment of the existing structure.

KAEG has the capability to conduct structural investigation using industry approved equipment and guidelines for a variety of scenarios such as:

  • Anchor pull test – to determine the strength of resin/chemical anchors;
  • Slab reinforcement scanning – to determine size and orientation of concrete rebars;
  • Concrete characteristic strength tests;
  • Bolt hardness tests – to determine grade of existing bolts.

We respond quickly to your project needs and can deploy to any site in the UK. Furthermore, our investigation team of certified chartered structural engineers can collate data that is meaningful to structural analysis, reducing the risk of a failed mission.

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Third-Party Substantiation of KAEG Monopole Detailed Design – Design Supervision Level (DSL) Relating to Reliability Class-3 (RC3) to EN1990 & EN 1090

Recently we completed the detailed engineering design of a brand-new tower. We were required to put our engineering design through third-party substantiation in accordance with design codes EN 1990 & 1090 which recommends independent verification by third-party company on the engineering of High Consequence Class structures.

It was great to see the that the outcome of the substantiation process fully agreed with out design results. The outcome demonstrates KAEG due diligence, efficient and quality delivery to our stakeholders. Our detailed but simple reporting/presentation facilitates the reproduction of our solution by independent third-party companies. The substantiation shows 95.3% agreement between KAEG design and analysis and the third-party company.

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Flange Assembly Design and Strengthening Using 3D FEA

The assessment of monopole base flange and hold-down bolts (HDB) assembly is often overlooked by structural designers and consultants. It is generally assumed that this assembly is structurally suitable and less critical. Furthermore, in cases where they have been assessed, crude analytical methods are adopted which results in over-conservative or under-designs.

We are finding that an increasing number of structures are being decommissioned before their useful life due to over-stressed flange and HDB assembly as it can be expensive to engineer and implement a suitable strengthening solution.

KAEG are at the forefront of adequate engineering of new structures and providing cost-effective strengthening solutions to over-stressed but underutilised structures to ensure continuous safe operations.

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Pushing the Boundary of Engineering Design of Met-Mast and Telecom Masts

KAEG started 2019 by delivering the engineering design of a 110m lattice tower for telecommunication and meteorological operations in mainland Europe.

This design included the application of detailed wind action on the structure accounting for terrain roughness, orography, turbulence, and structural dynamic factor. However, in addition to the typical environmental load combinations of wind and ice, National regulatory standards required that the lattice tower also satisfy earthquake (seismic) loading.

The design and analysis considered tower important class IV (typical for uninterrupted emergency services response and communications) to ensure that the tower remains operational during and after seismic events.

The design was delivered to accelerated schedule and in accordance with EN 1998-4:2004 and EN 1998:6-2005. This was a challenging but successful project with excellent client feedback on how KAEG team handled and delivered itemised scope to high professional standards.

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KAEG Visit to Helping Hand Charity

KAEG visited the Charity Helping Hand to show our support and appreciation for their good work. KAEG made a charitable contribution to Helping Hand to mark this season of sharing and goodwill.

Helping Hand supports the immediate needs of children and their parents at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The organisation provided a great deal of support for one of staff during a challenging episode when a family member was involved in an accident.

Although still in relative infancy, we at KAEG are very clear about what kind of company we want to be: the kind that shares its successes no matter how small or large with its community. As we celebrate this season we encourage everyone to stop and reflect on how we can support others in dire need with our time and resources.

At KAEG, we take the welfare of our staff seriously. We do not count numbers but unique individuals who are also entitled to succeed as they contribute to the success of KAEG business and stakeholders. As such, KAEG’s visit to Helping Hand is dedicated to the memory of a dear loved family member of one of our staff who is more than a colleague.

Telecoms: Installation Witnessing of Tower and Foundation Design

Great to see one of our detailed engineering design of lattice tower foundation successfully constructed in a challenging terrain with technical support and witnessing provided by one of our seasoned KAEG engineers. KA Engineering Group not only completes structural due diligence for all telecommunication support structures, we take pride in extending operators’ assets life, optimising and improving capacity whilst ensuring confidence and enhancing in-service safety. We take responsible steps to consider, advise, and optimise each site, ensuring cost effective design, installation, and maintenance for build contractors and efficient utilisation for operators.

We are finding that an increasing number of towers (lattice and monopoles), standard or bespoke are being sanctioned to meet growing demand from telecommunications and meteorological services. These towers require expert structural engineering with flexibility to conform to British Codes and Standard, European Design Standards, and other international Design Standards in-line with the region of operations and operators’ requirement. The engineering must be holistic, taking into consideration safety and quality which feeds into activities such as procurement, fabrication, delivery, and installation maximise cost efficiency and minimise delivery schedule.

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