Category: CHECKPOLE

CHECKPOLE v6.0.0 released

CHECKPOLE v6.0.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Complete 3D model interface.
  • Export model to DXF, IGES and STEP.
  • Design embedded and rooftop monopoles.
  • Specify access systems, which will be accounted for in shaft drag calculation.
  • Reset site location parameters.
  • AS/NZS 1170: Improvements to Topographic Multiplier (Mt) calculation including criteria for shielding provided by significant upwind features.
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: Improvements to Topographic Multiplier (Kzt) calculation.
  • Allocate ancillaries to specific mounts.
  • Expanded ancillary library now contains over 700 antennas, including new 5G antennas from Commscope and Ericsson.
  • Improvements to detailed connection design calculations.
  • Detailed foundation design calculations.
  • Improvements to Summary and Detailed reports.
  • Export drawings to DWG.

CHECKPOLE v5.7.0 released

CHECKPOLE v5.7.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • User interface improvements to maximise usable screen area.
  • Significant speed improvements using multithreading.
  • AS/NZS 1170: Improvements to Terrain Category detection for New Zealand sites.
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: Improvements to Exposure Category detection.
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: Introduction of Average Elevation methodology for Topography Factor (Kzt) calculation.
  • CSA S37: Introduction of Connection Design.
  • Detailed Connection Design calculations now available under Design > Connections subtab.
  • Site Report now available under Document tab.

CHECKPOLE v5.6.0 released

CHECKPOLE v5.6.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Significant speed improvements when importing topography data.
  • Significant speed improvements when assembling map imagery.
  • Revised ancillary library with new CommScope and Kathrein 5G antennas.
  • Connections with multiple anchor bolts now considered “redundant” for fatigue design to ASI 2012.

CHECKPOLE v5.5.0 released

  • New “Viewer” mode allows unlicenced users to explore features.
  • Google map imagery automatically compared against Land Cover Database for sites in New Zealand.
  • AS/NZS 1170: Significant improvements to automatic Terrain/Height Multiplier (Mz,cat) detection.
  • AS/NZS 1170: Significant improvements to automatic shielding structure (Ms) detection.
  • AS/NZS 1170: Improvements to automatic Topography Multiplier (Mt) calculation.
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: Significant improvements to automatic Velocity Pressure Coefficient (Kz) detection.
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: Improvements to automatic Topography Factor (Kzt) calculation.
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: Upwind shielding sector plotted for Topography Factor (Kzt).
  • Users can now specify a negative water surface level.
  • Updated Ancillary library with new antennas.

CHECKPOLE v5.4.0 released

CHECKPOLE v5.4.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Existing custom monopole libraries created in v5.0.0 onwards will automatically be converted to the new format.
  • Rocla monopole library has been updated to include openings, superceded poles and recent changes to SR poles with 8M24 tip ferrules.

CHECKPOLE v5.3.0 released

CHECKPOLE v5.3.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Updates to the Terrain Category (Mz,cat), Shielding Structures (Ms) and Exposure Category (Kz) detection algorithms to account for recent changes to Google’s map data format.
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: Updated ice wind speed maps for Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: Improved automatic Topography Factor (Kzt) calculation including an option to adopt Crown Castle reference ENG-PRC-10040 design methodology.
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: View average upwind terrain level in Topography Factor (Kzt) review dialog.
  • Introduction of TIA-222-H Section 4.8.2 criteria leading to less conservative cross-section calculations at openings for steel monopoles.

CHECKPOLE v5.2.0 released

CHECKPOLE v5.2.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Resolution of elevation points utilised for topography detection increased from 25 m increments to 10 m increments.
  • AS/NZS 1170: Topographic feature midpoints (Lu) are now determined using interpolation, leading to more accurate site Topographic Multipliers (Mt).
  • TIA-222-G/TIA-222-H: Topographic feature midpoints (Lh) are now determined using interpolation, leading to more accurate site Topographic Factors (Kzt).
  • Define water level for topography detection near inland lakes and rivers with surface levels above mean sea level.

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.