Monopoles are a popular choice in the telecommunications industry due to their numerous benefits over self-supporting towers. One of the primary advantages of monopoles is their smaller footprint and sleek design, making them more aesthetically pleasing and less intrusive in urban areas. Monopoles also require fewer materials and can be erected more quickly than self-supporting towers, resulting in lower costs and shorter installation times.
ASMTower software also enables designers to create new monopole designs that are both economical and efficient. The software’s advanced finite element analysis techniques enable precise modeling of complex structures, while its ability to optimize designs can reduce material usage and construction costs. Additionally, ASMTower has a strengthening module that can be used to increase the capacity of existing monopoles, making them more versatile and able to accommodate changing equipment and other needs.
Overall, the use of monopoles in the telecommunications industry has many benefits, and ASMTower software is a valuable tool for designers looking to create new and efficient monopole designs, as well as strengthen existing structures. With ASMTower, designers can ensure that their monopoles are safe, reliable, and meet industry standards while also being cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing.
Types of Monopoles supported by ASMTower:
ASMTower can design Monopole with two different types of material according to designer specification and following the global standards for each type.
- Steel Monopole
- Timber Monopole
The choice of material will depend on factors like cost, durability and environmental concerns regarding designer specifications.
ASMTower provides designers with the flexibility to design monopoles in various configurations, including:
- Straight monopoles
- Tapered monopoles.
- or any combination of both.
This versatility allows designers to optimize their structures for specific equipment requirements or aesthetic considerations, ensuring that their monopoles meet their project’s unique needs.
Monopole Design Standards & Codes:
ASMTower supports the design of monopoles according to various industry standards, including :
- The American standard, with the latest addendums:
- NDS -The National Design Specification for Wood Construction
- The European standard EN1993-3-1 with the following national annexes:
EN 1993-3-1:2006 CEN Annex
NA to CYS EN 1991.1.4:2005
NA to CYS EN 1993.3.1:2006(AC:2009)
EN 1991.1.4 DK NA:2007
DS/EN 1993.3.1 DK NA :2013
NF EN 1991.1.4/NA/A1 Juillet 2011
NF EN 1993-3-1/NA2008-07
DIN EN 1991.1.4/NA:2008-9
DIN EN 1993.3.1:2010-12
IS EN 1991-1-4:2005/NA:2013
NA:2010+A1:2020 to I.S. EN 1993-3-1:2006&AC:2009
PN-EN 1991.1.4 listopad 2008
PN-EN 1993.3.1 Listopad 2008
SR EN 1991.1.4:2006/NB:2007
GEN EN 1993.3.1 :2006
NA to SS EN 1991.1.4:2009
GEN EN 1993.3.1 :2006
NA to SLS EN 1991.1.4:2019
GEN EN 1993.3.1 :2006
BS EN 1991.1.4:2005+A1:2010
NA to BS EN 1993-3-1 :2006
Camouflaged monopoles are often chosen for their ability to blend into the surrounding environment and minimize the visual impact of telecommunication structures, while still providing the necessary support and functionality for wireless networks and other communication systems.
ASM tower software is a powerful tool that can be used to design camouflaged monopoles of various shapes and forms:
ASMTower includes automatic wind load calculations and design, for ensuring the stability and safety of the Monopole under different conditions.
ASM tower software allows designers to model various types of platforms, and automatically calculates wind load on the platform different types, including :
- Rectangular platform
- Circular platform
- Triangular Platform.
This feature enables the user to model different arrangements of antennas and allow the software to accurately calculate wind loads on the antennas and structure, ensuring structure’s stability and safety.
Existing Monopole Strengthening
Strengthening the existing telecommunication network can provide a range of benefits, from cost savings to improved performance and reliability, and increased adaptability to changing conditions which males it available to install more equipment and antennas on the same structure, without compromising its stability or safety.
ASMTower also provides strengthening solutions for Monopoles according to TIA-222 Annex V with either method:
- I (Elastic Stress)
- II (Elastic-Plastic Stress)
ASMTower considers the design of terminate and intermediate connection using blind bolts.
for installation purposes of reinforcing section, with the ability to use multi sections in reinforcing at the same model.
Wind load will be automatically calculated on strengthening members and ASMTower will perform analysis and all required checks according to the selected standard regarding to user specifications.
Combined structures that incorporate both a tower and a monopole are often needed by designers to meet specific equipment requirements or aesthetic considerations.
For example, in the broadcast industry or beautification structures, a monopole over a tower or a tower above a monopole may be necessary to achieve the desired look or to provide the necessary support for antennas and other equipment.
ASMTower is a powerful software tool that can model and design these types of structures in addition to any other types of combined structures by performing all required checks, ASMTower ensures that these structures are safe and meet industry standards requirements.
Anchor bolt for Monopole base connection.
ASMTower allows the user to model anchor bolts at the base of the Monopole and define the arrangement and geometry of the bolts.
There are various types of anchor bolts that ASMTower supports, such as headed anchors, L-hooks, J-hooks, and deformed anchors. ASMTower performs a pull-out check and calculates the required embedded length based on the foundation reinforcement.
ASMTower’s supports the design of mat foundation and monopile foundation for the Monopole in the same model, which allows greater accuracy and consistency in the design process, as the engineers and designers can ensure that the two components are fully integrated, with automatic reflection of all reactions from all load combinations, which makes no space for human mistakes and make it is possible to quickly make changes and adjustments to the design.
Mat Foundation For Monopole
ASMTower is able to design square and rectangular Mat foundation with eccentricity at both directions and provides automatic generation of comprehensive report including bending moment and base pressure graphs.
Mat foundation drawing can be generated in CAD format in addition to accurate quantity estimation for steel and concrete quantities directly from the ASMTower model, which helps to ensure that the project stays within budget, while also minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency.
Monopile Foundation For Monopole
ASMTower employs finite element analysis to simulate the behavior of the monopile foundation and surrounding soil under different loading conditions, as it allows for the definition of soil layers under the monopole to be considered in the design process.
ASMTower automatically generates comprehensive and detailed report for monopile design, making it a powerful tool for designing stable and reliable monopole foundations.
- ASMTower provides a detailed 3D view of the Monopole, including all appurtenances, allowing for easy checking of input data and reducing the risk of errors.
- The software also color members based on their utilization ratio, helping users identify unsafe sections of the tower.
- Additionally, ASMTower generates valuable charts and diagrams, such as deformation conditions, displacement, tilt and twist, and global bending moment and shear diagrams, with the ability to show deformed shapes at various wind directions and load combinations.
- Users can also generate comprehensive output reports in RTF format, with the ability to adjust report settings and select specific components to be included in the report.
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