Case Studies

We were called on, and we delivered a creative, efficient solution. From our core work to challenging one-off projects, we're excited to take on any trial that's thrown our way. 

 

Buckhead: The Full Site Lifecycle

As soon as a client approaches us with a project, our superior management abilities are clear, as evidenced by a greenfield site in one of Atlanta’s premier neighborhoods, Buckhead. Similar to all of our projects, we begin our planning phases across multiple departments. This helps us stay ahead of construction issues by having our construction managers walk sites from the outset to give input to our design engineers. Our experience enables us to foresee any issues well ahead of actual construction; when we walked the site in Buckhead, we caught several problematic easement and grading issues that could have stalled implementation.

When the construction drawings were finalized and the client was ready for construction, the same construction manager oversaw the build. His familiarity with the site saved time and heartache and assured the build process went smoothly.

The Buckhead site is a prime example of our work over a site’s entire lifecycle, because after the site completed, we didn’t move on. Over the last decade, we have revisited the site again and again for subsequent phases of technology, to add microwaves, and to install new generators. With each visit, we continue to collect information and data on the Buckhead location to add to our repository of lessons learned. Our database spans over 3,500 sites and is an asset that cuts down on turnaround times and ensures accuracy with each new project. 

ATL Mini-Site: Unique Challenges

Whether you’re making a business call or telling the family that you’ve landed safely, it’s critical for airports to have expansive coverage. When a client needed to assure their customers had service on the tarmac of the busiest airport in the world, but faced both tough regulations and a difficult time constraint, they looked to us for answers.

Since airports and traditional towers don’t mix, to design the ATL site, we created a “mini-compound” with a tiny footprint and small tower that adhered to regulations, but still met the client’s coverage needs. The unique site stands as evidence to our design innovations. 

Then came construction, a hurdle that eclipsed the nontraditional design. We passed in-depth airport, FAA, and city permitting processes just to start construction, then managed the communications between the airport and the contractors to ensure the site was on-air in time for the holidays.

Not only did the site propel our client to the top of the coverage competition, but it also helped Hartsfield-Jackson become the best-covered airport in the nation, per a 2015 study. 

UGA Vet School: In-Building Coverage

We received a call when our client was in a crunch: the University of Georgia’s Veterinary School was completing an expansion of their state-of-the-art building and they needed to incorporate cellular coverage into the plans. Our client tasked us to get the entire job done while meeting the deadlines of both the University and our client. They selected us for a combination of our technical expertise and our project management ability.

To design the head-end room, we scouted the building for the perfect controlled environment. Using our in-house structural engineering department, we assured our client’s equipment would not affect the structural integrity of the building. We then assured the HVAC system met our client’s requirements, addressed technical issues involving the power supply and the batter back-ups, and complied with state fire marshal requirements.

We integrated our plans using iBwave engineering through our partnership with Notora, constantly working with their propagation plots to produce deliverables that met the school’s and our client’s requirements. After the design phase, we even oversaw the construction of the project.

Despite all the challenges that come with in-building and despite facing a tight timeline, we were able to successfully provide coverage for one of the nation’s top 10 vet schools. 

Auburn: DAS & Laser Scanning

The University of Auburn demands a cutting edge stadium to house the five-time national champion War Eagles. These days, no stadium is complete without enough coverage to enable students and alumni to upload videos and share their experiences with the fan base.

To bring fiber to the 90,000 fans that descend on Jordan-Hare stadium every fall, an all-encompassing system of distributed antenna system (DAS) and small cell units were to be put into place. For an open-air stadium with difficult-to-reach points, finding a quick, inexpensive way to survey locations for those DAS and small cell units proved challenging.

But not for us. Using our precision 3D laser scanning equipment and our Unmanned Aircrafts, we were able to get a total view of even the dizzying heights of the stadium. With the picture in place, we then helped design the DAS system and coordinated the fiber installs.

Historic Savannah: Small Cells

What happens when thousands of customers converge on a historic city for St. Patrick’s Day? With strict codes prohibiting macro sites, service suffers and the green beer just doesn’t taste as good.

When our client faced that difficulty in Historic Savannah, they approached us to be the turnkey vendor for a massive small cell project that worked for their coverage and for the city. After years of working with us, our clients know: when they face a daunting new challenge, they can depend on us to supply the expertise.

From site visits to site designs to construction management, we executed the project in a jurisdiction known for being picky. Our designs keep the historic aesthetic of one of the South’s most picturesque cities while providing thousands of tourists with service during key events.  

Tower Owner Back-Up Generators

A major tower owner needed back-up generators for over 100 sites across the Southeast. The job was a perfect fit for a company with plenty of technical expertise, project management experience and a long history with those same sites.

Installing back-up power requires careful coordination of multiple firms and vendors, from real estate companies to equipment companies. Our turnkey agreement with the client meant they didn’t have to worry about those difficulties. On the front end, we performed site audits and designed generator pads. Our engineering department worked hand-in-hand with our permitting department to ensure all the local jurisdiction’s needs were met. When the construction phase of the project rolled around, we handled everything—from materials management to construction management to working with the tower owner’s tenants to hook into the new back-up power.

The end result was a better service for our clients and a better experience for their lessees.