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How Helicopter is Used in Erecting of a Telecommunication Mask/Tower Easier

Mounting/erecting of Telecommunication Mask/Tower

How Helicopter is Used in Erecting of a Telecommunication Mask/Tower

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If you are wondering what capacity of work modern helicopters can do then this post will surprise you to see and understand that modern helicopters can do extremely great jobs in all the fields of life but mostly in the engineering sector.

The use of Helicopter in the Engineering Sector

Helicopters have gone beyond a mere human transportation machine by extending its services in many areas of life such as water supply, weapon carrier, Fire arms-fighting machine, emergency rescue machine, agro-machine for irrigation, surveillance, land to sea transportations, and lots more.

Despite all these applications of helicopters, it has found its unique application in Engineering especially in the area of improving safety and speed of job delivery and mounting/erecting of telecommunication Mask/Towers is one of them.

Using a helicopter to erect a telecommunication Mask/Tower is a new practice that has proven to be a successful way of ensuring better safety and ease of work. The practice reduces the risk of falls, reduces the stress of lifting of beams, reduces the use of many manpower, simplifies the job, and more especially it helps to reduce the total working hour for the job.

The helicopter’s impact on such job far outweighs the disadvantage which is the cost of flights of the helicopter. With good arrangements, erection jobs could be best carried out with the use of helicopters.

The use of helicopters in modern engineering jobs has made it possible to carry out tough jobs as though the jobs are easy. It replaces human efforts where it is needed in tough jobs and most of the jobs involving helicopters are ‘work-at-height jobs.

Work at height jobs imposes a high risk of falls and other dangers, it is one of the tough jobs that some engineers may not be happy to get involved. However, the use of helicopters has made it possible for most people to be encouraged to work at height.

Recently, using a helicopter to erect a telecommunication Mask/Tower has become a norm and something that has been found to be very helpful in modern engineering practices. Though there are sizes of telecommunication Mask/Towers as well as various designs, it has become obvious that any design or size of telecommunication Mask/Tower could be erected with the assistance of a helicopter.

Mounting/erecting of Telecommunication Mask/Tower

What is a Telecommunication Mask/Towers?

Before we proceed further it will be necessary to discuss the telecommunication Mask/Tower, so that a novice could understand what the structure is meant for and why it is necessary to erect one.

A telecommunication Mask/Tower is a steel structure that is used to mount telecommunication transmitters and receivers, TV antennas, and lots more. It could be a four-cornered frame beam interconnected together up to a height of 150feet or a three-cornered frame steel beam. Some telecommunication Mask/Tower could be made with a very big steel pipe that has smaller steel beams welded on it and could be as tall as 100feet or more.

Structures of Telecommunication Mask/Tower

Telecommunication Mask/Tower could be of any design and size. There are the ones of three sides in the form of a triangle shape and there are the ones of four sides in the form of a square. There are ones that are simply a large hollow steel pipe. Whichever shape the Mask/Tower bears it has little or nothing to do with its mounting procedures.

The structure/shape of the Mask/Tower will be determined based on some factors such as wind direction, the weight of the telecommunication devices that could be anchored on it, the height required from the Mask/Tower, and the type of steel beams to be used in the making of the Mask/Tower.

For instance, a triangle-shaped Mask/Tower could be preferred if the load to be carried is small and the height is also small. However, it could be a better choice where there is the possibility of heavy wind attacks. The shape will help to streamline the Mask/Tower in the direction of the wind to reduce the resistance.

The square shape telecommunication Mask/Tower is suitable for heavy loads and lengthy height requirements. Because of their structural arrangements, it happens to be the most task-intensive and costlier telecommunication because it takes more time to erect as well as the steel beams required to set it up.

The large steel pipe Mask/Tower is a simple structure made of a steel pipe interconnected at various lengths to obtain the total length needed. The Mask/Tower is common in many areas because of its simplicity but it is not usually applied for a lengthy height. In other words, the Mask/Tower is used where the height requirement is low. Besides that, the communication devices anchored to it is not as heavy and complex as the ones in the earlier mentioned types.

How to Mount a Telecommunication Mask/Tower

Mounting a telecommunication Mask/Tower requires adherence to laid down procedures. Here are some of the procedures:

The first is to prepare the soil surface by clearing, leveling, and compacting the soil.

Mounting/erecting of Telecommunication Mask/Tower

Next is to carry out the excavation of the pillars and make concrete pillars for the erection of the Mask/Tower/tower. The process involves all the general foundation works.

Mounting/erecting of Telecommunication Mask/Tower

The next is to carefully follow the Mask/Tower diagram and carry out unit by unit and section by section erection procedure.

Mounting/erecting of Telecommunication Mask/Tower

The next is to start erecting the beams one after another according to the laydown diagrams until it gets to the height that you can’t possibly erect more beams. At that point, the use of scaffolds and other erecting aids will come into play.

Mounting/erecting of Telecommunication Mask/Tower

At this stage, you can make use of a helicopter to deliver the beams to you until you reach the planned height for the Mask/Tower.

Mounting/erecting of Telecommunication Mask/Tower

Safety Concerns

Safety concerns in erecting telecommunication Mask/Tower include the fear of fall, the stress in steel beams delivery, the fear of heights, lack of rigid structure to stand, and lots more. All these safety concerns contribute in making the job difficult and risky.

The safety concerns are what the helicopter application tends to address. The helicopter can be used alongside scaffolds to ensure a proper safe working environment that will be prone to minimal risk of accident irrespective of the height of the Mask/Tower.

The job of Engineers

The job of the engineers is to follow the diagram strictly and erect all the beams accordingly. They work together with helicopter pilots to carry out the erection of beams either as a unit or as a section as illustrated in the image below.

The engineers work together at various positions to get the desired shape of the Mask/Tower by installing the units delivered by the helicopter by fixing it with bolts and nuts with another rigid unit or unit.

Mounting/erecting of Telecommunication Mask/Tower

The Job of Helicopter

As earlier stated, the helicopter carryout the exclusive duty of delivering the needed beams and prefixed units to the team of engineers on the rigid units of the Mask/Tower. The helicopter uses a rope to hold the beam and carefully deliver it to the team working at height.

This practice has been found to be very effective in erecting towers and all types of telecommunication Mask/Tower. However, the weight lifting capacity of the helicopter must be put into consideration to ensure that it can carry out the job effectively.

Mounting/erecting of Telecommunication Mask/Tower


The above explanation reveals that helicopters can be used to make successful installation and erection of telecommunication Mask/Tower and towers and is considered to be one of the best and safest practices in modern engineering.


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