Category Archives: Telecom

Telecommunication Sites In U.S. and Canada

 

“Can you hear me now?” “That’s powerful.”  For more than two decades, G2 Consulting Group has helped North America stay connected.  G2 engineers are registered in 30+ states and Canada. We perform geotechnical and tower foundation investigations for numerous companies on telecommunication sites. Oftentimes these sites are located in remote areas which require a significant amount of planning prior to site visits to ensure work is completed as efficiently as possible since return trips to sites would be cost prohibitive. G2 uses an extensive network of drillers and excavators across the country to complete such projects on time and on budget.

Fast Facts

Project Owner
Several major telecommunication companies

Project Scope
Geotechnical Investigation
Tower Foundation Investigation

Services Provided
Geotechnical Investigation
Tower Foundation Investigation

Challenges/Solutions

G2 Consulting Group often performs geotechnical and tower foundation investigations for telecommunication sites at remote locations. These sites require efficient use of time and resources to keep projects within schedule and on budget.

Telecommunication companies are under increased pressures to provide quality cellular services to their customers quickly, whenever and wherever. G2’s expertise provides solutions to each situation at each site. Our vast network of drillers enables us to schedule field operations anywhere in the U.S. We know which methods to use and the proper equipment needed to map foundations accurately and avoid delays.

Smart. Results.Fast.G2 meets tight schedules for our telecommunications clients. We use our vast network of drillers to schedule field operations and expedite projects. We plan, evaluate, and act knowing which methods and equipment to use to avoid delays.

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Small Cells / Distributed Antenna Systems

Throughout United States

DAS

Wireless companies building out small cell networks or in-building systems are required to consider whether their proposed actions may have an adverse effect on historic resources. G2 Consulting Group performs regulatory compliance reviews and tribal consultations for proposed small cell and distributed antenna system (DAS) facilities. These reviews ensure our clients conform with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (NPA) requirements. In the case of DAS installations, hazardous materials (asbestos and lead) surveys and/or abatement work may be warranted to facilitate the safe installation of equipment associated with the DAS. G2 oversees both hazardous material surveys and abatement projects for clients in the telecommunications sector.

Fast Facts

Project Owners

Tower and Fiber Companies, Carriers, and Wireless Service Providers

 G2 Services Provided

Section 106 Review

National Environmental Policy Act Review (NEPA)

Tribal Consultation

Hazardous Materials (Asbestos/Lead) Surveys for In-building Systems

 

Challenges/Solutions

    • G2 assists our clients with interpretation of both the applicable regulatory framework set forth in the FCC’s Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas (most recently amended in August 2016), as well as, any carrier-specific processes associated with regulatory review for proposed small cell sites.
    • G2 quickly reviews site information (i.e., project type, pole height, equipment volume, etc.) and the proposed location of small cell nodes to ascertain if they meet criteria for any exemptions from Section 106 Review under the most recent FCC guidelines.
    • G2 provides a written summary with supporting documentation (i.e., state and local maps depicting historically sensitive areas, National Register of Historic Places review, etc.) to clients indicating regulatory compliance due diligence has been completed and no further actions are warranted. If sites are determined to be on or within a designated historic resource, G2 works with an architectural historian, as well as, local, state, and tribal agencies, to achieve a favorable determination or advise clients in the early planning process if a site may involve complications.

Smart. Results. Fast. Telecommunications projects are extremely time-sensitive. G2 conducts thorough Section 106 and NEPA Reviews expediently to provide information to identify sites that require additional regulatory due diligence work in order to maintain client schedules.  Additionally, G2 offers input to clients with respect to site design and/or location to meet certain exemption criteria for Section 106 or NEPA Reviews to minimize costs.

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Analysis of Existing Tower Foundations

Throughout United States

G2 Consulting Group has provided geotechnical, construction observation, and foundation design and mapping services on over 5,000 communication sites, traffic signal poles, and light pole structures in 35 states.  Design recommendations have included straight shaft and belled drilled piers, pad and pier foundations, mat foundations, rock anchors, and helical piles.

We have provided foundation mapping services for free-standing, monopole, and guyed towers to complete a structural analysis of the tower when original foundation plans were no longer available. Depending on the type of the tower and foundation, more invasive procedures such as backhoe excavations, probes, and foundation cores have been used to determine foundation bearing depth and dimensions.

Fast Facts

Project Owners

Large telecommunication companies, leading architectural and engineering firms, local municipalities, and state departments of transportation

Scope

Develop innovative design plans and specifications to increase the load capacity of existing tower foundation systems

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical investigation and engineering
Foundation mapping
Construction observation

Challenges/Solutions

    • Perform geotechnical soil borings adjacent to the existing foundation to determine the soil conditions and strength parameters.
    • Probe and/or excavate at existing guyed anchors to determine dimensions of concrete blocks.
    • Perform non-destructive, low strain pile integrity testing to determine the approximate depth of the foundation and the as-built integrity of piers.
    • Perform non-destructive windsor probe testing to determine in-situ strength of concrete.
    • Procure concrete core samples from the exposed foundation to determine concrete strength.
    • Core to existing reinforcing steel to determine depth and type of bars used.

Smart. Results. Fast. G2 is a leader in post-construction engineering for telecommunication sites, providing economic foundation and construction recommendations for any subsurface condition.

Environmental Investigations for Telecommunications Towers

Throughout United States


Environmental studies are required prior to construction of telecommunications tower facilities. Often, these studies are critical to the project schedule.  G2 has provided environmental due diligence and regulatory evaluations for telecommunications clients and architectural/engineering firms throughout the United States.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Tower companies, carriers and wireless service providers

G2 Services Provided

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review
Environmental Assessments
Environmental Permitting

Challenges/Solutions

      • While some properties being considered for telecommunications projects are located in remote areas, others include past uses that may present liability to the next owner if not documented. G2 conducts Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for proposed telecommunication tower facilities in accordance with requirements to identify recognized environmental conditions and recommend appropriate follow up to protect our clients.
      • As a licensing agency, the FCC complies with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by requiring the licensees to review their proposed actions for environmental consequences. Because telecommunications projects are regulated by the FCC, NEPA Reviews are required for proposed sites. G2 performs NEPA Reviews to determine whether the proposed construction is located within an environmentally and/or culturally sensitive area. If the proposed site falls within this category, G2 continues and prepares an Environmental Assessment (EA).

Smart. Results. Fast. Telecommunications projects are extremely time-sensitive. G2 conducts thorough environmental assessments and NEPA Reviews expediently to provide information required to make the site purchase decision and maintain an aggressive schedule.

Emergency Communication System

Charles City, Virginia

 

 

 

 

The project included installation of a monopole telecommunications tower to support the Richmond Area Microwave Interoperability System (RAMIS) emergency communications network in Charles City County, Virginia. The high speed communication system is essential for the safety and welfare of the people and links together the State Emergency Operations Center and 16 other jurisdictions for emergencies such as hurricanes, fires, tornados, and potential terrorist activities. The county is a host for the Surry Nuclear plant.

Fast Facts

Scope

Installation of a monopole telecommunications tower

G2 Services

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Submittal and Environmental Assessment (EA)

Challenges/Solutions

  • The proposed tower site was located within an area on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The NEPA Review determined the project had an adverse visual effect on historic properties.
  • G2 developed a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the tower owner/Charles City County, the FCC, and the Virginia SHPO to mitigate construction of the tower.
  • The successful completion of the MOA resulted in the construction of the tower under the National Preservation Act – Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s and Federal Communications Commission’s implementing regulations.