Top Maintenance Issues with Telecommunications Structures
Telecommunication structures are a crucial component of everyday life. With all of the different industries and individuals that rely on the connectivity offered by this technology, it is more important than ever that these structures function properly.
Similar to electric utility structures, the telecom industry relies on large steel towers (mostly poles or lattice) to support their equipment arrays.
Today on the blog we explore the top five maintenance issues that can affect these telecommunication structures. Here’s what you need to know.
These structures are outdoors and therefore exposed to the elements. In this caset, the rule of entropy certainly applies: everything tends toward disorder. Over time, your assets will gradually degrade without frequent inspection and repairment.
Constant field upgrades and reconfigurations with new equipment combined with poor record keeping makes asset management difficult for owners.
Most Common Issues With Telecommunications Structures
Over time, the elements like snow, rain, and other weather-related factors can contribute to the degradation of assets and their various components. Corrosion is a concern for any steel structure that is left to face mother nature day in and day out.
Mechanical/ Vehicular Damage
Given their location and proximity to the public, particularly in urban environments, vehicular or other types of mechanical damage are a constant threat to telecom structures.
Telecommunications structures are especially large assets. The development and construction of these structures must be precise to avoid quality issues that can prove costly down the road.. Be sure to carefully monitor the manufacturing of telecommunications structures, especially if you are using a new or unproven vendor.
Towers Overloaded by New Equipment
When a large number of upgrades and new equipment are added, additional stress is put on the structure. While upgrades may be intended to improve the function of the asset or to remain in compliance, without accurate record keeping and frequent maintenance, this additional equipment can actually result in damage to the structure.
The best way to avoid the costly risk of repairing or replacing a damaged telecommunications structure is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Be proactive through inspection and maintenance from NDT and tower experts like those at Exo. All repair and remediation strategies should be developed and executed by experts who have experience with the full lifecycle of large structures like these.
When it comes to issues stemming from poor record-keeping, leverage the power of our GIS-based asset portal to solve the record-keeping and big data problems that overwhelm most companiesl. This way, you can keep close tabs on all of your assets and protect your investments, saving you money in the long run.