Tag Archives: Telecommunications

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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Telecom Carriers Expand Coverage with DAS • G2 Provides Environmental Due Diligence

Ben Youra Project Manager G2 Chicagoland

Ben Youra
Project Manager
G2 Chicagoland

In the last few years, wireless data traffic has increased exponentially. People are no longer only accessing the Internet at home or in the office, they are doing it wherever they are from their mobile device. Telecommunication carriers have come up with innovative ways to increase their network capacity. One solution is through the use of small cells. Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are another solution used to address the need for increased coverage and capacity of wireless networks.

DAS are typically associated with large facilities and venues that may have known peak usage (i.e., a sporting event or concert) as the systems are designed to address the potential for interference from building materials of the structure itself, as well as, simultaneous data usage from a large number of people in a concentrated area.  Thus DAS is a benefit to both the wireless carriers using the system, as well as, the venue owners in providing better service to smartphone users at these locations.
In 2016, G2 has provided environmental due diligence services in the form of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), Phase II ESAs, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews to its telecommunication clients proposing to install DAS at two venues in the greater Chicagoland area.
Our Phase I ESA for one of the projects found the site was utilized for heavy industrial purposes dating back to the 1950’s prior to the redevelopment of the parcel as a sporting venue in the early 2000’s. At least 16 underground storage tanks with two documented leaking incidents were associated with the historical industrial site within the overall property.  However, given the limited nature of the client’s proposed work below grade, we were able to tailor our scope of work for soil testing associated with the Phase II ESA to address only the areas to be impacted by the proposed telecommunications site development and to address the necessary parameters to satisfy the Illinois EPA’s Clean Construction and Demolition Debris requirements. The soil testing results were favorable and our client was able to proceed toward development of the site with no delays or extra costs incurred.
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Small Cell Sector Opportunities Increase in Telecom Market

Ben Youra Project Manager G2 Chicagoland

Ben Youra
Project Manager
G2 Chicagoland

G2 Consulting Group – Chicagoland has provided its telecommunication clients regulatory compliance services for over 15 years. Over the past several years, G2 Consulting has seen increased opportunities in the small cell sector of the telecommunications market as carriers attempt to keep up with the need for increased network capacity brought on by consumers’ ever-increasing demand for data on their mobile devices.

This is a dynamic area of the telecommunications business given that the deployment of small cell networks is a relatively recent development and we do anticipate carriers devoting more of their resources to expanding their small cell networks going forward. Further, the regulatory framework (National Environmental Policy Act) in place for years to address new cell tower development must also be applied to the small cells and it isn’t always a perfect fit. To that end, we have seen the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) working to streamline the regulatory process to fit the generally lower-impact of small cells with respect to NEPA concerns. G2 is currently working with our clients and awaiting interpretations from the carrier’s legal and regulatory departments to address the most recent attempts to streamline the regulatory process offered for small cell facilities as put forth by the FCC in August.

READ:   Wireless Telecommunications Bureau  Announces Execution of First Amendment to the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas

G2 always stays in front of new developments in the small cell sector. To that end, we are looking forward to attending the upcoming Above Ground Level conference in Chicago on October 4th.  We hope to hear thoughts from the speakers as to where this sector is headed, as well as, their perceptions with respect to the recent regulatory changes and how the industry may incorporate these changes. G2 is always interested in bringing back information we can provide to our clients so they can make well-informed decisions on their projects.

READ: Above Ground Media Group Conference – Chicago IL

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G2 “Maps It Out” For Tower Owners/Carriers

Tony Poisson, Office Manager - Chicagoland

Tony Poisson, Office Manager – Chicagoland

As available tower space becomes more limited, it becomes imperative to tower owners and carriers to make the most of the existing space that is available. Oftentimes, this involves performing a structural analysis of the tower to determine its load carrying capacity and ability to support additional antenna structures. The existing foundation must be evaluated as part of this structural analysis.

What happens when the original foundation plans, geotechnical report, or as-built plans are not available? At this point it becomes necessary to perform an investigation to determine the subsurface conditions at the site and foundation type and dimensions. G2 has performed hundreds of such investigations across the United States for numerous clients including Semaan Engineering, Fullerton Engineering, Terra Consulting Group, W-T Communication Group, and all the major telecommunication tower owners and carriers.

G2 has the ability and network of drillers across the country to perform geotechnical investigations almost anywhere. Typically, our foundation investigations utilize low-strain pile integrity test methods to evaluate drilled piers. We also utilize excavation methods, as necessary, to determine foundation information. Our past investigations have also included evaluation of guyed anchor bars for corrosion below grade.

We also maintain a database of the thousands of tower sites we have worked on over the past 20 years and may be able to locate previous geotechnical reports or foundation designs, potentially saving a substantial amount of time and money required for new investigations.

READ:  Analysis of Existing Tower Foundations

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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.

G2 Completes Record Year; Anticipates Strong 2015

Mark Smolinski, P.E Principal/Project Consultant

Mark Smolinski, P.E
Principal/Project Consultant

Like others in our industry, we stayed focused and struggled through the economic downturn of 2008-2011, but we were able to hold onto all of our people during the recession and put them to work improving our services and processes.  That work is paying dividends for us now.  The continued growth of our telecom business and the long lack of attention to Michigan’s roads and highways that’s finally now being addressed have put our services in greater demand than ever.

G2 Consulting recorded 2,700 projects in 2014 leading the firm to its third consecutive year of revenue growth.  Revenues for the company grew by 50% in 2014 following growth of 31% in 2012 and 20% in 2013.  Pent-up demand for new development and deferred maintenance from the economic downtown are putting real pressure on companies like ours to produce.  This is a good thing and we’re ready for it.  2015 should be an even better year.

Click here to read the full press release.

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Vote for G2 Photo Contest Winner!

G2 Consulting Group is out on thousands of construction sites each year performing geotechnical, environmental and construction engineering.  Much of our work is captured in photographs documenting progress and milestones.  Some of these photos are really cool!

The photos below were selected as winners for our first quarterly employee photo contest, and we are asking you to pick the “people’s choice” winner.  Please choose your favorite by January 22 – we’ll let you know who takes the prize!
Wrigley Field Construction by Ben Youra.
Providing Phase I Environmental Site Assessment adjacent to Wrigley Field during modifications to historic structure
Self Support Mat Foundation by Tim Dumala.
Providing geotechnical study, environmental services & onsite construction observation & testing for self supported communications tower
Roof Top Cell Site  by Drew Temerowski.
Providing hazardous materials survey for roof top cell site adjacent to Comerica Park
Ann Arbor Trench Footing by Mike Dagher.
Providing construction observation & testing for shallow trench footing (including bearing capacity evaluation)
Red Run Shaft by Nick Berkholz.
Providing geotechnical design of temporary earth retention system at Red Run Shaft
Ambassador Bridge Gateway Deck Placement by James Mazur.
Providing construction observation & testing for concrete placement using conveyor belt and pump trucks
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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.