Towers, Masts and Poles Information Towers, masts and poles are used to provide elevation, stabilized support or position control for personnel or equipment. They provide a line of sight for viewing and illumination as well as the transmission and reception of signals. Most towers, masts and poles are made of aluminum, steel, stainless steel, wood, plastic or composite materials. Aluminum is a relatively lightweight metallic element that provides high toughness at moderate strength levels.
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Q & A on Towers, Masts, and Poles

We asked our users for their input on Towers, Masts, and Poles. Here are the results of 152 users familiar with Towers, Masts, and Poles.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing tower, mast, and pole design?
20 answers
Answers:
Nothing new but, long life & minimum service requirement & smooth servicing procedure.
~Narendra A, Builder/Contractor, Jaipur, India
Transmitting frequency (that is what I think, though that is not what you meant).
~Engineering, Other, Jasil, Kiribati
Shot Base space, light in weight, low cost of installations
~Balkrishna G, Technical Support, Munai, India
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative towers, masts, and poles?
18 answers
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Am not aware of the companies as much of the work was done to install the accessories to the mast.
~Robert J, Engineer, Kampala, Uganda
Across the board, young Engineers in Utility and Consulting Firms
~Andre S, Project Manager, Cape town, South africa
Not enough experience using purchased complete equipment.
~Peter J, Builder/Contractor, Squamish Lillooet Reginal District, Canada
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used towers, masts, and poles for?
42 answers
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Use at remote locations through desert location of about 500 km by 100 km. Mountainous terrain for the southern 250 km. We mount antennas for our VHF repeaters for VHF voice communications, microwave antennas for intersite broadband data connectivity.
~Technical Support/Services, El Gorah, Egypt
Designed and built a telescoping mast with manual winch for roof-mounting a wind turbine. Built telescoping pole for roof-mounted anemometer.
~Josh K, Student, Lafayette, IN
The telecommunication mast were to be used by Orange company in Uganda to transmit the telephone signal to other region of the countries
~Robert J, Engineer, Kampala, Uganda
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that towers, masts, and poles have been used for.
14 answers
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As well as antennas, we have had lighting and CCTV mounted in remote locations as protection from unauthorized access.
~Denis S, Engineering Manager, London, United Kingdom
Some manufacturers are using sub standard components & lighter structural material for cost cutting.
~Narendra A, Builder/Contractor, Jaipur, India
Entertainment event speaker stands, lighting positions, and personal lifting
~Mark C., Design/build, Stratford, Canada
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of towers, masts, and poles?
9 answers
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1. For Swaged poles: after some time of installation rusting damages the part of mast which comes in direct contact with ground, results falling of mast. 2. Nut-Bolted foundation type poles: sometimes is made with thin sheet of steel. 3. For medium/high masts: foundation is not designed/cast according to soil quality, safety measures should be maintained during installation.
~Narendra A, Builder/Contractor, Jaipur, India
Heavy structures used in inaccessible terrain, also foundation in in-adequate soil/ground types.
~Andre S, Project Manager, Cape town, South africa
Some light weight masts being overloaded, by some owners trying to get a increase in earnings.
~Denis S, Engineering Manager, London, United Kingdom
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
22 answers
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Built in small sections for easy transportation on narrow roads, smoother gears & moving parts for easy serviceability, robust & high light output fixtures for uniform lighting level.
~Narendra A, Builder/Contractor, Jaipur, India
Light weight, height adjustable, suitable mountings for various types of antenna. Earthing facilities, cable supports and climbing anti fall facilities to meet health and safety.
~Denis S, Engineering Manager, London, United Kingdom
Cost affected in the progress of installation; lightweight material & low maintenance.
~Manufacturer, Green Valley, Australia
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using towers, masts, and poles?
12 answers
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We should take care about structural material like thickness of metal structure in accordance with height of masts, thickness & durability of galvanizing/paint, smooth operation of moving parts & mechanism (Even for product of reputed manufacturer).
~Narendra A, Builder/Contractor, Jaipur, India
Look around at what is available and have a rough idea of what you want to pay and can you build and maintain yourself.
~John S, Retired mariner, Aurora, Phillipines
Safety of self and others equipment and livelihood is essential. Additionally aesthetics of social network is must.
~Balkrishna G, Technical Support, Munai, India
Make sure that water cant get into the legs, then freeze in the cold weather and split the steel legs.
~Denis S, Engineering Manager, London, United Kingdom
Check the location on where you are erecting the tower first before buying.
~Jose Talens, Builder/Contractor, Edmonton, Canada
Talk to as many like people in the business.
~Andre S, Project Manager, Cape town, South africa
Make sure it is Hot Dipped Galvanized.
~Doug W, Engineering Consultant, Port Angeles, WA
Choose a reputable supplier
~Kevin L, Project Manager, Pretoria, South Africa
Lightweight alumiun.
~Research & Development, Pensacola, FL
Minimal maintenance
~George Wuu, Project Manager, Singapore, Singapore
Better connections
~Amaury Veiga, Design Engineer, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Lots of research
~Mark C., Design/build, Stratford, Canada

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of towers, masts, and poles?
15 answers
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We should take care about past practical performance of the product & after installation service of manufacturer along with structural material like thickness of metal structure in accordance with height of masts, thickness & durability of galvanizing/paint, smooth operation of moving parts & mechanism (Even for product of reputed manufacturer).
~Narendra A, Builder/Contractor, Jaipur, India
Should think of materials that are durable and can sustain favorable weather conditions in a particular region.
~Robert J, Engineer, Kampala, Uganda
Always think bigger than you need, as you don't know what's around the corner.
~Denis S, Engineering Manager, London, United Kingdom
Is it possible to put guy wires or it needs to be self supporting.
~Jose Talens, Builder/Contractor, Edmonton, Canada
Lean structure yet reliable and aesthetically appealing.
~Balkrishna G, Technical Support, Munai, India
Over engineering will save money in the long run.
~Doug W, Engineering Consultant, Port Angeles, WA
Be absolutely sure of the erection methods
~John S, Retired mariner, Aurora, Phillipines
Know the application and terrain
~Andre S, Project Manager, Cape town, South africa
Check the supplier's references
~Kevin L, Project Manager, Pretoria, South Africa
Avoid unnecessary weights
~George Wuu, Project Manager, Singapore, Singapore
Kipe it safe to work
~David Fridman, Design Engineer, Meytat, Israel
Don't undersize
~Bob W, Research & Development, Hot Springs, AR
No there isn't
~Manufacturer, Green Valley, Australia
Same as above
~Amaury Veiga, Design Engineer, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Alumiun
~Research & Development, Pensacola, FL


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