Co Managing Director, Field Construction Supervisor
While remaining ‘field based’ as much as possible, we have developed a company that is in high demand, and well respected within the realms of Telecommunications, Broadcast and Heights Access/Hire.
- Ergon Energy SDH & PDH Backbone Link Network Rigging Supervisor - Toowoomba and Greater QLD 2010-2011
The first project that TASK and myself were fortunate to be involved in was sub contracting to Communications and Fibre, an offshoot of Cut And Fill (Civil and construction company)
We provided two rigging crews, a supervising rigger, 2IC rigger, and technician.
With myself leading one of these teams as the rigging supervisor, I had to operate as liaison to both C&F Field Managers and Ergon Network Designers to both carry out installations, and troubleshoot Microwave Links which were not meeting the design specification for such things like L.O.S and dB specification. This role had me working in very difficult and remote locations, and even more challenging weather conditions. 60% of all site works consisted of pole mounts fastened with structural chain and J-Bolt assembly, 1.2m - 2.4m Microwave dish, external radio and wave guide, powered by LDF-4-50 coaxial cable.
The remaining 40% of sites were the hub sites and had upwards of 5 separate MS links hanging off them. These site were mostly wave guide fed, and no external radio units, dual polarity and often calling for 3.6m, 4.2m and 5.4m Microwave Dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project as it gave me to the opportunity to sharpen my rigging skills using truck mounted capstan winches, box rigging and rope diversion methods. However it challenged me to become more involved with customer/client feedback and satisfaction. The project was a success for me personally and for TASK as a new company, it allowed us to expose new rigging staff to face mount and pole mount installations, antenna preparation and mounting, radio/wave guide installations, MW dish panning and troubleshooting, tower strengthening and winch rigging methods.
- Broadcast Australia 'Restack' Project Backbone Link Network Rigging Supervisor Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory - 2013 & 2014
I fulfilled the role as Rigging Supervisor, leading teams on TX antenna/feeder relocations and upgrades for Broadcast Australia, while subcontracting to Kordia Solutions.
The sites were relatively remote, and rarely visited. The upgrade works at most of these sites was Relocating UHF candlestick antenna and feeder to a temporary mount on the structure, before upgrading the feeder (4" air pressurized coaxial) and antenna.
The work presented engineering and rigging challenges, with an average working height at around 100m.
In order to overcome these challenges, we developed and proof tested a custom fabricated Jin Pole. Once mounted in place at the pinnacle of the mast, using winches and often resurrecting complex and forgotten rigging systems, we were able to carry out spectacular UHF Stack upgrades, swap outs, and removals. Sites upgraded by my team and myself include, but not limited to:
- Jerilderie Broadcast Mast N.S.W
- Jindabyne Broadcast Tower N.S.W
- Arthurs Seat Telstra/Broadcast Tower VIC
- Mt Major Tower 1 & 2 Broadcast Station VIC
- Selby Broadcast Repeater Station VIC
- Deniliquin Broadcast Mast N.S.W
- One Tree Hill TV Station N.S.W
- Mt. Dandenong VIC
- Mt. Goonaneman QLD
- Darwin University FM Mast NT
- Rigging Supervisor to teams working on:
1. NBN, Ballarat, and Bendigo (Greater West VIC) portions (50+ sites) 2011-2012
2. EJV (profound experience on HV structure installations) (50+ sites) 2012-2015
3. LTE 1800 (KSD 1-3 & Step Up) 2012-2014
4. Re-stack/Re-tune Digital TV AM FM (VIC & NSW) 2013-2014
5. Telstra Inspection and Routine Maintenance (500+ sites) Telstra CAMs (50+ sites) 2011-2015
7. Ergon Energy SDH&PDH Microwave Link Network. Separate Portions 1,2 & 3
QLD Statewide 2010-2011