Are you monitoring your tower assets correctly?

Are your tower assets getting away from you?

Unless you just joined the telecom industry, you know that tower structural analysis and maintenance is critical to any installation. The elements as well as accidental damage can mark the beginning of the end if damage is not caught and corrected early on. The liability of unintended failures (I don’t know of any that are intended) continues to grow. Loss of service, property damages, litigation and cost are just a few of the downsides of incorrect or non-existent tower monitoring and evaluation.

Is there a new solution? Yes, 3D laser scanning and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) modeling.

In short, 3D laser scanning is a complete data capture method which brings all the real-world data to your desktop. With it you can monitor, validate, re-design, and predict your asset’s time of usable functionality.

How does it work? Simply put, a field service group (FSG) will scan, and if needed, model your current cell tower asset location. This data is a snapshot in time of the current structural and overall dimensional conditions. It can be validated against existing design drawings or CAD models. This immediately gives you a field ready report of the current condition and accuracy of your installation.

Why Climb?

Recently, we sat down and evaluated some basic requirements for the telecom industry inside of the United States. The biggest problem we saw was that the vast majority of service providers were still doing it the way they did it in the 1990’s and not comprehending why they were being left behind by competition. 3CON, LLC has provided 3D scanning, site mapping, structural analysis data and more to the telecom industry for years, and we have noticed a (disturbing) pattern.

In any business, time is money. Adapting to change is difficult. If the old way works, keep using it. These are the statements that we have heard time and time again throughout the industry. This thinking opens the door for new, disruptive technology to come in and change the marketplace in its entirety. The not-so big news is that it’s already starting in the telecom industry.

3D scanning has taken root as the new tool for adaptive companies that want to leverage technology to their advantage. With the wide range of uses, 3D scanning can provide the telecom engineer the ability to travel from site to site without leaving their desk. From the comfort of the keyboard, they can perform complex measurements that in many cases are unattainable otherwise, review design updates, and check for possible impending failures. That’s really pretty incredible when you think that it can be done while enjoying your morning coffee.

For more information, please contact 3CON, LLC at 888-316-4399 or email