Category: CHECKPOLE

CHECKPOLE v5.1.0 released

CHECKPOLE v5.1.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Now optimised as a 64-bit application (no more pesky System.OutOfMemoryException errors).
  • Monopole openings can now be viewed in section and elevation.
  • Improvements to Type 4 opening reinforcement.
  • New automated Topographic Multiplier (Mt) detection algorithm to AS/NZS 1170 (more on that below).
  • Users can now override Topographic Multiplier (Mt) values.
  • Introduction of our own Basic Wind Speed maps to TIA-222-G and TIA-222-H.
  • Improvements to automated Exposure Category (Kz) detection to TIA-222-G and TIA-222-H.
  • New automated Topographic Factor (Kzt) detection algorithm to TIA-222-G and TIA-222-H based on Crown Castle and SEAW RSM-03 guidelines.
  • Improvements to fatigue design to AASHTO 2013.

Topographic Multiplier (Mt) Detection Improvements

Until now, CHECKPOLE has used a combination of the 500 m segment criteria from the AS/NZS 1170.2 commentary (though with a “rolling” 500 m segment instead of less accurate 500 m increments from the crest suggested by AS/NZS 1170.2), in addition to our own local minimum criteria to determine the base of a feature.

Figure 1: AS/NZS 1170.2 C4.4.2

However, the problem with utilising the local minimum criteria is that the base might be determined as being at the bottom of a valley with a steep slope for certain terrain, leading to overly conservative Mt values, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: CHECKPOLE v5.0.7 results

The local minimum criteria was intended to avoid situations where the 500 m segment might identify the “base” as being halfway up/down a slope, which seemed counter intuitive. Regardless, we’ve adjusted the algorithm and removed the local minimum criteria and now rely solely on the 500 m segment method. This has led to an overall reduction in Mt values across all of our test sites, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: CHECKPOLE v5.1.0 results

CHECKPOLE v5.0.0 released

CHECKPOLE v5.0.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Introduction of base plate gussets.
  • Introduction of TIA-222-H.
  • Automated Terrain Category and Terrain/Height Multiplier (Mz,cat) detection to AS/NZS 1170.
  • Automatic shielding structure detection for the Shielding Multiplier (Ms) to AS/NZS 1170.
  • Lee zone maps for New Zealand now exactly match NIWA recommendations.
  • Improved automated Topography Multiplier (Mt) calculation to AS/NZS 1170.
  • Automated Exposure Category and Velocity Pressure Coefficient (Kz) detection to TIA-222-G and TIA-222-H.
  • Improved automated Topography Factor (Kzt) calculation to TIA-222-G and TIA-222-H.
  • Automated ice loading to AS/NZS 1170, TIA-222-G and TIA-222-H.
  • CSA S37 steel design.
  • Reductions in ancillary area loads of up to 20% utilising TIA-222-H provisions.
  • Improved base plate design resulting in higher capacities.
  • Users will only be prompted to save an existing file if changes have been made.

CHECKPOLE v4.3.0 released

CHECKPOLE v4.3.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Let Revolutio put you in touch with engineers from across Australia and New Zealand to certify your monopoles and foundations.
  • Over 80 new Tongyu panel antennas added to the ancillary library.
  • Site wind parameters are now displayed on form.
  • Utilisation along monopole shaft displayed in Analysis tab.
  • Design progress indicated with a progress bar.
  • Simplified connection design now considers all possible plate orientation cases.

CHECKPOLE v4.2.0 released

CHECKPOLE v4.2.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Improved Shielding Multiplier (Ms) wizard with automated height estimation based on footprint area and Terrain Category.
  • Analysis screen delineates between monopole segments and identifies load locations.
  • Updated Rocla Proforma to include Inertia data.
  • General user interface improvements.

CHECKPOLE v4.1.0 released

CHECKPOLE v4.1.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Introduction of BS EN 40-3-3 shaft design.
  • Directions with an average ground slope exceeding 0.2 for the Shielding Multiplier (Ms) are shown in red.
  • Refinement of the Topographic Multiplier (Mt) calculation engine for AS/NZS 1170.2 with improved topographic feature detection and filtering of non-relevant features.
  • Refinement of the Topographic Multiplier (Kzt) calculation engine for TIA-222-G with improved topographic feature detection and filtering of non-relevant features.
  • Extensive stability and user-interface improvements.
  • Support for custom proxy servers.

CHECKPOLE v4.0.0 released

CHECKPOLE v4.0.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Introduction of TIA-222-G wind loading and design, enabling CHECKPOLE to be used for analysis and design of monopoles across the world.
  • Automatic basic wind speed (V) determination for the United States, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.
  • Automated Topographic Multiplier (Kzt) calculation engine which checks 16 wind directions in seconds, accounts for upwind shielding features, and produces a terrain profile for each direction that can be interrogated by clicking on the feature points.
  • Refinement of the Topographic Multiplier (Mt) calculation engine for AS/NZS 1170.2 with improved topographic feature detection and filtering of non-relevant features.
  • Google Places Autocomplete integration for site address searches.
  • CHECKPOLE will automatically determine which of the available international design standards are required based on the monopole properties and site location. Users can change this selection at any time.
  • Introduction of NZS 3404 for steel monopole design.

CHECKPOLE v3.2.0 released

CHECKPOLE v3.2.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Simplified monopole opening interface enabling users to nominate a specific location along the shaft rather than assigning them to predefined nodes. Files saved in previous versions of CHECKPOLE will have their openings transitioned to the new system automatically, however you will be prompted to review them to ensure the approximations are accurate and make changes as necessary.
  • Specify standard Optus slimline, metropolitan (all types) and regional loadings in a single click.
  • Analyse and design square monopoles.
  • Improved stability of the custom monopole library to prevent CHECKPOLE from crashing if incompatible monopoles are detected. Users will be prompted to delete offending monopoles from their library.
  • Openings now considered in the calculation of the elastic critical buckling load.
  • Torsion now considered in the calculation of base connection bolt shear.
  • Bolt bending calculation for grouted base plates.
  • Improved summary and detailed reporting.
  • Improved CAD parameter exporting to drive CAD applications such as AutoCAD, Inventor and Navisworks.

CHECKPOLE v3.1.0 released

CHECKPOLE v3.1.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. This update was focused on improving the user experience and bringing wind analysis functionality in line with our recently released CHECKWIND software. New features and enhancements include:

  • Automatically determine Annual Recurrence Intervals based on Structure Importance Level and Design Life.
  • Connection components failing geometry checks highlighted in red.
  • Improved area load wizards.
  • Improved Shielding Multiplier (Ms) wizard.
  • Improved accuracy of elastic critical buckling loads, which until now have been slightly conservative.
  • Improved connection design resulting in more economical designs.
  • Improved summary and detailed reporting.
  • Improved Rocla Proforma exporting based on the worst case wind direction.
  • Export design parameters to drive CAD applications such as AutoCAD, Inventor and Navisworks.
  • Improved error reporting.
  • Function to Reset Application Settings in case of corrupted user settings.

CHECKPOLE v3.0.0 released

CHECKPOLE v3.0.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Brand new automated Topographic Multiplier (Mt) calculation engine which checks 16 wind directions in seconds and produces a terrain profile for each direction that can be interrogated by clicking on the feature points.
  • Automatic wind region detection for Australia and New Zealand.
  • Automatic lee zone detection and calculation for New Zealand sites.
  • Automatic Elevation Multiplier (Mel) detection and calculation for sites in Tasmania and New Zealand above 500 m.
  • Improvements to the Shielding Multiplier (Ms) wizard, including average site slope calculation for 16 wind directions and produces a terrain profile for each direction that can be interrogated by clicking on the feature points.
  • Toggle wind loading on/off with a single click.
  • Override Directional Multiplier (Md) with a single click.
  • Override Structure Base RL for rooftop sites in the Settings menu.
  • Minimum reinforcement check for pad foundations.
  • Reset AASHTO 2013 fatigue detail categories.
  • Improved support for timber monopoles.
  • Improvements to summary and detailed reports.
  • Users will be prompted to save custom monopoles only if they have been edited.
  • Improvements to the user interface.
  • Saves the current window state when closing.

CHECKPOLE v2.2.0 released

CHECKPOLE v2.2.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Specify eight different opening and reinforcement configurations to EN 40-3-3. Opening design calculations can be checked by navigating to the Design > Monopole tab and clicking on the relevant cross-section with an opening.
  • Fatigue design to AS 4100 in accordance with “Wind-induced Fatigue of Steel Structures”, published by the Australian Steel Institute in Steel Construction Journal Vol. 45 No. 2.
  • Warning when incomplete loads are detected.
  • Specify shielding in the headframe design load wizard.
  • Select summary report components.
  • Save reports directly to PDF.