Site Surveys for Satellite Installs

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 personnel. It’s important to remember that every site will be different and take plenty of photos. Take taken completing a full and comprehensive site survey will often save you both install time and money!

Here are some points to consider that I have found useful in the past;

  1. Uninterrupted view of all satellites in the Clarke Belt. Take a compass and/or GPS and check that you have clear line of sight
  2. Proximity to temporary and permanent intrusions (vehicles & structures)
  3. Planned or proposed structures including growing trees.
  4. Proximity to point of connection to network
  5. Visibility of antenna and intrusion into local environment
  6. Access to antenna area by unauthorised persons
  7. Availability of Optical Fibre Cable (if required)
  8. Availability of rack space for equipment
  9. Availability of clean, reliable AC power
  10. Distance from antenna to modems i.e. length of cable runs & type of cable required
  11. Capacity of existing pits, pipes, conduits, cable trays and racks and implications for provisioning new infrastructure
  12. Point of entry to communications room (gland plate)
  13. Provision of Over Voltage Protection (OVP) devices on the entry cables
  14. Lightning protection and earthing
  15. Proximity to other (buried) services
  16. Availability & proximity of a suitable area in which to assemble the antenna.
  17. Sufficient space to position a crane to lift the pedestal and antenna into place if required.
  18. Proximity to roads, car parks, buildings, walkways, fences, facilities, boundaries and other structures
  19. Vehicle and pedestrian access to the site and surrounds.
  20. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic management; barricading signage etc.

Site Information

  1. Site access requirements. Do you have to attend an induction? PPE?
  2. Points of contact for the site
  3. Normal working hours
  4. Documentation & training needed
  5. 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.

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