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Consulting Services
We provide a variety of consulting services for the wireless communication industry including, but not limited to:

  • Wireless microwave network designs
  • High-speed signal propagation studies
  • Path calculations and link evaluations
  • Lightning protection and tower grounding systems
  • Site evaluations and acquisitions
  • Fall-arrest and accident investigations
  • Public consultations pertaining to tower site development
  • Tower Inspections
  • Tower Loading Analyses

Here are some of our recent consulting contracts:

  • Investigation of a newly designed wireless microwave network, built and designed by others, that failed to link all 17 sites together. This wireless network operated in the licensed 18 GHZ spectrum and included 13 newly erected communication towers built for that purpose. The re-designed network by Alpha-Beta included 2 additional towers to ensured reliable signal propagation of 50 - 100 Mbps between a total of 19 sites.
  • Design of a large wireless high-speed microwave network in Ontario linking municipalities together with a continues data throughput of 200 Mbps; This Point-to-Point system required co-location on 2 existing communication towers and the construction of 5 new towers.
  • As consultants to NOTRA, we developed the standard for grounding communication sites and towers for the Canadian Coast Guard. This document titled Canadian Coast Guard MCTS Communication Tower and Site Lightning Protection and Grounding Standards addressed soil resistivity measurements, perimeter grounding of towers and buildings, antenna and cable grounding, grounding inside communication buildings or rooms and other related issues.
  • Also as consultants to NOTRA, we wrote the overall technical specifications and guidelines for the procurement of new communication towers for the Canadian Coast Guard, liaised with the various regions and discussed site-specific considerations with regional engineers and managers. We submitted our completed report in early 2008, titled Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services Technical Statement of Requirements for Communication Towers.
  • Also as consultants to NOTRA, we were asked to submit a report detailing a refurbishing program for the maintenance, repair and replacement of existing communication towers of the Canadian Coast Guard. This life-cycle plan assumed an average useful life span of between 25-40 years for communication towers, depending on type, region, construction and other variables. It included environmental consideration, access to remote locations, costs and the impact new,technical innovations might have. The Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services Tower Assets Life Cycle Refurbishment Report we compiled was to be used as a general standard for managing the tower infrastructures within the Canadian Coast Guard.
  • Also as consultants to NOTRA, we developed the Canadian Coast Guard Fall Protection Program. Using their existing documentation, we researched, amended and enhanced it to add sections addressing new safety requirements as mandated by the latest statutes, acts, regulations and standards. We included extensive sections on safety requirements when working on ships as they pertained to the work aloft: This included working on masts, stacks, elevated platforms, on ladders, superstructures, gangways, etc. The new sections detailed the applicable parts of the Canada Labour Code, Part II, the Canada Shipping Act, Marine Occupational Health & Safety, the Loss Control Program, Fleet Safety and Security Manual and others. In order to write a GAP Analysis that identified where the ship's safety standards were versus where they should be, we visited ships belonging to the Canadian Coast Guard in St. Johns, Newfoundland and in Victoria, British Columbia. We also amended the fall protection program for land-based installations, working at heights on the Coast Guard's communication towers and elevated structures. This included CSA equipment standards, safe tower climbing procedures, tower rescue scenarios, the need for proper safety equipment inspections and storage, as well as the general theory governing Fall prevention, Fall protection and Fall arrest.
  • Also as consultants to NOTRA in 2010, we started with a GAP analysis for the Canadian Coast Guard, addressing potential shortcomings in conventional communication site developments with the latest standards.
  • For the Department of National Defense (DND)  we developed in 2013/14 a "Managed Fall Protection Program" consisting of Policy and Plan as well as Fall Program for Structures and Towers.
  • In 2015 we updated, enhanced and improved the Canadian Coast Guard Fall Protection Program and made it compliant with the latest standards and regulations.
  • Also in 2015 we were tasked by Siemens Canada to undertake a study to ensure RF compliance with Health Canada Safety Code 6 of a large wireless network in one of Canada's larger cities.

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