It depends. ARE’s system can save hundreds of thousands of dollars if installed on a mountaintop or may cost more if in an urban area. It’s up to each customer to put a value on speed and flexibility. Our systems can also be disassembled and moved, and our poles can be lowered in the event of storms/hurricanes. These benefits may bring value or may not depending on the installation site and customer.
What is an AFS Foundation?webmaster2019-08-27T21:11:23+00:00
ARE has developed a steel truss-arm foundation that replicates a concrete mat foundation. It is assembled with simple wrenches in a matter of hours and filled with dirt, rock, concrete blocks or any nearly any material. We just need to get to the required ballast weight.
Do you manufacture poles?webmaster2019-08-27T21:27:42+00:00
Yes, ARE designs and manufactures monopoles that are conventional and set with cranes, poles that are tilt-up and raised with one of our raising systems and can be set on a conventional concrete foundation or one of our AFS foundations.
What types of raising systems to you use?webmaster2019-08-27T21:23:26+00:00
There is no limit as to the height. We do rooftop systems with poles/posts no higher than 4 feet. The maximum height of our poles are in the 250’ range for a conventional monopole or 120’-150’ for self-raising.
How long does it take to assemble and install one of your AFS foundations and self-raising poles?webmaster2019-08-27T21:29:23+00:00
It can take hours to days. A smaller system like our AFS 200 can take 20 minutes to assemble the foundation and the same to assemble the pole. Our largest system, the AFS 2000, will take a day to assemble and a few days to load ballast and install pole. Pole heights, equipment, number of works, type of ballast – will all affect the install time.
Are these AFS foundations and poles for permanent or temporary use?webmaster2019-08-27T21:16:28+00:00
Yes to both. ARE has inventory we keep and maintain at our warehouse in St Paul, MN. Our systems are leased for events, construction and water-tower repair regularly. For custom orders or if we don’t have the system in inventory, we’ll manufacture. Pricing will be based on pole, foundation and project specifics. Contact us for a quote.
Do you install these systems?webmaster2019-08-27T21:16:47+00:00
Yes, we can provide a turn-key service that includes everything from design, manufacturing and installation. ARE has installed our systems from the Rain Forests of South America to the Arctic Circle, remote islands in the Caribbean and Pacific. We’ll also be happy to send our Construction Manager to your site to advise and train your local crew.
How does the AFS and tilt-up pole compare to COW’s and Cell-Blocks or other ballast systems?webmaster2019-08-27T21:16:55+00:00
We first ask that you tell us what’s going on the pole and the height, along with location. We have a Technical Data Sheet (TDS) that we’ll ask you to complete. Next well run analysis to determine base moment – which will allow us to know what foundation to use. We’ll then quote and with your PO and deposit, ARE will complete drawings of the pole and send to you for final sign-off. We’ll then begin the manufacturing process and proceed with the Stamped SA if needed. Once we get the order placed with our factory, we’ll then follow-up with a scheduled and estimated date the system will be delivered.
How do I know I’m getting the right AFS system?webmaster2019-08-27T21:17:06+00:00
ARE performs a preliminary analysis to verify the poles base moment. Once we have this, we can match you up with one of our foundations to meet the poles requirement or add additional capacity for future build-out.
Is the AFS easy to get permitted?webmaster2019-08-27T21:17:12+00:00
Yes, typically our system is easier because we do not move or disturb the soil. You’ll receive a 40 page Structural Certification just like you would for a conventional concrete foundation. The last few pages of the certification will have drawings of our foundation, the required ballast weight and other relevant details. ARE has never had an issue or delay.
Can I design my pole or do I need to choose from a stock design?webmaster2019-08-27T21:17:18+00:00
Depends on the time we have. If you’re needing a temporary pole and we’re on a short turn-around, one of our inventoried systems will be used. For these poles we’ve added hand-holes and doors. For new poles we’re manufacturing, we’ll allow you to determine where and how many hand-holes, doors and general specifications to make your installation go as good as possible.
How long does it take to manufacture?webmaster2019-08-27T21:17:30+00:00
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