FAQ2019-08-27T21:20:36+00:00
What does AFS stand for?2019-08-27T20:50:31+00:00

Assembled Foundation System

How do costs compare to conventional concrete and poles or towers?2019-08-27T21:10:18+00:00

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?2019-08-27T21:11:23+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?2019-08-27T21:27:42+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?2019-08-27T21:23:26+00:00

ARE uses Gin Poles, our own Vertical Gin Pole – which is a fixed post with grip-hoist, screw-jack operated by hand or electric motor and hydraulic rams with power unit.

What are the pole sizes you manufacture – either conventional monopole or self-raising?2019-08-27T21:14:30+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?2019-08-27T21:29:23+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?2019-08-27T21:16:28+00:00

They were designed and are certified as permanent structures, but they install and can disassembled quickly, so great for temporary.  The answer is “both!”.

Can I purchase or rent?2019-08-27T21:16:39+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?2019-08-27T21:16:47+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?2019-08-27T21:16:55+00:00

o   We have more options – 16 systems allow for us to provide cost effective solutions from rooftop to 250’ poles

o   ARE’s systems are permanent and do not use guy wires – COW’s are temp structures requiring a large footprint

o   No cranes required – ARE’s foundations and poles up to 150’ can be assembled with nothing more than a telehandler, a small screw in days

o   Less expensive – because our foundation uses local dirt/gravel, which is inexpensive, we do not have the crane or hauling costs that come with large concrete blocks

o   More secure – using the height of our side-walls, with fencing – our systems will have 10’+ of secure fencing

What is the process from start to receiving your system?2019-08-27T21:17:01+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?2019-08-27T21:17:06+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?2019-08-27T21:17:12+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?2019-08-27T21:17:18+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?2019-08-27T21:17:30+00:00

Typically 8-12 weeks depending on the time of year and a new design.

How long has ARE been in business?2019-08-27T21:17:36+00:00

We’ve been manufacturing poles for small wind since 2006.  ARE’s move to Telecom has been recent.

How many poles has ARE manufactured?2019-08-27T21:17:42+00:00

We’re not sure, but we estimate 5,000+.

Who are some well-known ARE customers?2019-08-27T21:17:59+00:00

The US Air Force, Navy, Army, National Park Service, US Embassies, Dept of Homeland Security, Google, Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Claro, Motorola, Sikorsky, MasTec, Black & Veatch, Jacobs Engineering.