Branat Construction Use Dillon Quick Check to Ensure Cell Tower Safety

As a leading provider of tower construction, engineering, inspection, maintenance and modification services, Branat Construction must ensure that the cell towers they work on meet strict industry and safety standards. To do so, the company selected the Dillon Quick Check tension meter, which improves safety by providing simple and accurate measurement of guy wire tensions.

Tension Meters for Improved Health and Safety 

In the past 30 years, the increased demand for wireless and broadcast communications has spurred dramatic growth in communication tower construction and maintenance. With tower heights reaching in excess of 1000 or 2000 feet, it is incredibly important that they are structurally sound. Tensioned cables, also known as guy wires, are designed to add stability to free-standing structures such as cell towers. One end of the guy is attached to the structure, and the other is anchored to the ground at some distance from the mast or tower base. The tension in the diagonal guy-wire, combined with the compression and buckling strength of the structure, provide additional support which allows the structure to withstand lateral loads such as wind or the weight of cantilevered structures.

Meeting Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standards

Adam Fear, Vice President at Branat Construction, explains, “It is important to measure guy wire tensions to ensure that the tower is in compliance with Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standards.  It also ensures that the engineered structural analysis on the tower is accurate.  Often a tower can be brought within acceptable capacity by simply adjusting the guy wire tensions as opposed to adding additional steel to the structure.”

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The Dillon Quick-Check is ideal for situations where guy wire tension must be measured quickly and accurately. The tension meter can be placed on a cable, take a measurement and be removed in under five seconds, with no complex lookup tables or conversion charts. The operator can also quickly select from 20 pre-calibrated wire sizes and types stored in Quick-Check’s memory, speeding up with process significantly. The addition of a graphic display which clearly shows the current and target tension control limits in real-time enables extremely quick setting of line tension.

Quick Check tension meter for fast and accurate results 

Adam continued, “The Dillon Quick Check is the number one established brand in the industry and anyone who does guy wire work usually has one.  If you are actively adjusting the guy wire tension, it is a huge time saver to have a read-out of the tensions – and you can actually watch the tension drop/increase on the screen in real-time as you adjust the turnbuckles.  For this reason, the quick check can easily cut your time in half.”

About Branat Construction: Branat Construction have many years of experience with inspections, tower modification upgrades, tower maintenance and complete site builds.  These services have been performed to the standards of all tower owners, including but not limited to:  American Tower, Crown Castle, US Cellular, SBA Communications, Grain Communications, T-Mobile, Verizon, Duke Energy, AT&T, NC Highway Patrol, as well as local & federal government jurisdictions.