HDD Loses Tracking Signal
Horizontal directional drilling in high consequence areas is dangerous. Drill crews must identify all utilities and watch the drill head as it passes each one. The tracker must be absolutely certain where the drill head is at all times. When a tracking signal is lost the drill must stop immediately. This case study discusses what happens when a tracking signal is lost under a Rail Road track./
5G Races to Beat NASCAR in Chicago
The NASCAR race slated for the summer of 2023 will draw 100,000 fans to the Grant Park area. They will all have cell phones and those phones will be pumping our data in the form of video, still images, and messabes of all types. Electric Conduit Construction won the bid to extend more 5G service into this area. Users will benefit from the larger installed fiber optic bandwidth. 5G will speed up data transfer significantly and allow the NASCAR fans to share their experience with others.
Managing a 12 kv Distribution Line Installation
The demand for more distribution power lines will continue to grow as EV's become more popular. More power will be needed where people charge their cars. Finding faster more efficient ways to install this type of infrastructure is a challenge to municipal, county and state jurisdictions as well as utilities, engineering and contracting firms. Speed to market will become very important.
Level 3 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Systems
EV charging stations are vital to the use of electric vehicles. The level 3 systems are typically fed by 480v three phase power, rectified and fed to the car as 410v dc. With this kind of power it is important that charging stations be installed using best practices for underground construction.
Electric Conduit Construction Fiber Capability
This case study describes Electric Conduit Construction’s (ECC) broad capabilities with Outside Plant (OSP) installations. It details the project management, safety, directional drilling, open-cut, and aerial construction techniques used, and the deep competencies with fiber splicing, circuit integration, case audits and outage repair.
HDD Pulls Back 26 Ducts
Construction projects require days, and sometimes weeks, of planning and preparation before the actual project can begin. This was the case when a major telecom company awarded Electric Conduit Construction the job of relocating 26 ducts that would ultimately carry fiber optic cable.
Emergency Repair to a Damaged 12 kv circuit
Distribution crews from Electric Conduit Construction (ECC), were called out when another contractor’s construction crew hit a 12 kv distribution circuit while moving a load with a sky-trac, extendable boom forklift. Molten metal exploded from the sky-trac’s forks as they created a short...
Replacing a Light Pole & Foundation for Small Cell Installation
When those red lines indicating traffic jams, show up on your phone it is due to data coming in from other drivers stopped ahead of you. Soon there will be more data, and more machines talking to machines than people talking to people. Enabling this wave of connectivity are the engineers who invent the systems...
Manhole Rebuild and Cable Modification
The State of Illinois planned an extensive renovation project for the intersection of Rt59 and Lockport Rd. This project impacted our customer’s communications cables in an existing manhole. Our scope of work included rebuilding the manhole without disrupting communications, shortening the new manhole to accommodate the lower subgrade, and relocating the conduit duct packages to make room for a crossing water main.
Kentucky Manhole Map
Manhole mapping is tedious work to those performing it, however it is extremely valuable to the carrier that is trying to find an economical way to route new fiber optic cable for a small cell installation. Electric Conduit Construction (ECC) won a project in Kentucky to document all ducts in over 100 manholes scattered along five different routes.
Delivering Customer Service with a Joint Trench
Joint trench is an odd term. Most people would not know what you were talking about when using that term, but in the utility world a joint trench is one that is shared by a number of utility providers. A joint trench can contain gas and electric, or gas, electric and communications, or any combination of multiple utilities.
Magnificent Mile Micro Trench
Fast back haul is a key ingredient to make small cell installations work. In a city like Chicago the density of buildings makes small cell a natural solution. It just takes a lot of them to get the job done. Line of site still dictates location of the radio receivers and transmitters. But finding the right location is a problem that is easy to solve since most radio/antenna packages can be located on specially constructed street lights.
Building Small Cell Sites - Urban Areas
The move to 5G's higher operating frequencies will demand smaller but more numerous antennas to accommodate the anticipated increase in connection density of the Internet of Things and machine to machine communications. Turning design into reality is the job of Electric Conduit Construction (ECC).