W-T Communications Design Group Enlists an "Infinite Solution"
During the recent construction of a cell tower, our W-T Communications Design Group was presented with an interesting challenge.
"The 250' self-support tower was stacked in Missouri. The helicopter was used due to a bridge in a road that was our only route to access the site. The bridge did not have the weight capacity to hold the weight of the crane required to stack the tower. The helicopter was operated out of Willowbrook, IL. They flew the helicopter down early in the morning and landed on site. They went over all safety requirements requiring emergency "ditch" locations in case something went wrong and they were forced to drop the tower section or the helicopter itself. The entire process took about 3 hours and involved 7 picks picking up each of the lower 20' sections, and the last 60' feet all at once. 6 tower climbers were placed on the structure to help maneuver and bolt together each section of the tower. There were some pretty strong gusts but the pilot was able to accurately place each section."