Leadcom: Why 1+1 doesn’t always equal 2 when designing and strengthening towers for multiple tenants
Leadcom explain how the load capacity of a tower is measured and upgraded
TowerXchange wanted a basic explanation of tower design and tower strengthening for readers who aren’t structural engineers, and our friends at Leadcom kindly obliged! Chief Engineer Hagai Admor’s interview takes us from Africa’s early over- and under-designed towers, with some towers overloaded and some with spare capacity, to today’s innovative tower designs that minimise initial capex but which are upgradeable for multiple tenants.
TowerXchange: Please tell us about the typical current state of Africa’s single tenant towers - were towers designed to accommodate additional tenants? Is there typically spare Equivalent Projected Area (EPA) for additional tenants?
Hagai Admor, Chief Engineer, Leadcom Integrated Solutions:
In the early stages of the massive rollouts in Africa, providers could sell their own ready-made product towers as there was lack of standardisation.