There are quite a few things to consider when surveying a site for a satellite installation and often this is left to a sales rep or inexperienced IT personnel. It’s important to remember that every site will be different and take plenty of photos. Time taken completing a full and comprehensive site survey will often save you both install time and money!
Here are some points to consider when completing a site survey for a VSAT install;
- Uninterrupted view of all satellites in the Clarke Belt. Take a compass and/or GPS and check that you have clear line of sight
- Proximity to temporary and permanent intrusions (vehicles, structures, cranes)
- Planned or proposed structures including growing trees
- Proximity to point of connection to network
- Visibility of antenna and intrusion into local environment
- Access to antenna area by unauthorised persons
- Availability of Optical Fibre Cable (if required)
- Availability of rack space for equipment
- Availability of clean, reliable AC power
- Distance from antenna to modems i.e. length of cable runs & type of cable required
- Capacity of existing pits, pipes, conduits, cable trays and racks and implications for provisioning new infrastructure
- Point of entry to communications room (gland plate)
- Provision of Over Voltage Protection (OVP) devices on the entry cables
- Lightning protection and earthing
- Proximity to other (buried) services
- Availability & proximity of a suitable area in which to assemble the antenna.
- Sufficient space to position a crane to lift the pedestal and antenna into place if required.
- Proximity to roads, car parks, buildings, walkways, fences, facilities, boundaries and other structures
- Vehicle and pedestrian access to the site and surrounds.
- Vehicle and pedestrian traffic management; barricading signage etc.
- Site access requirements.
- Site Health & Safety an induction
- Site orentation
- PPE requirements
- Points of contact for the site
- Normal working hours
- Documentation & training needed
- Site plans
Hopefully the list will cover most things that you need to consider when surveying a site and get in touch if you have any more tips. Thanks.