New TIA Standard Improves Communication in Tower Construction

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tiaA new standard to facilitate improved communication between engineers and contractors when planning and assessing tower construction is being released by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high tech communications networks.

This effort revises and redacts TIA’s original 1019-A standard first published in 2012, and the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) version – ANSI/TIA-322 for Loading Criteria, Analysis, and Design Related to the Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Communication Structures. The development of TIA-1019-A was a joint effort between TIA and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) to ensure the standards were synchronized.  

The groups have evolved the original TIA-1019-A standard for two distinct audiences in construction planning and implementation.

Construction related loading, analysis and design requirements are now contained in the standard, while the construction means and methods provisions from ANSI/TIA-1019-A are covered in the ANSI/ASSE A10.48 standard.  ANSI/TIA-322 and ANSI/ASSE A10.48 each represent important roles required to complete the planning and construction process.  Both standards will go into effect January 1, 2017.

“I am extremely proud of the way our member volunteers worked together to develop and release this standard in less than a year,” said TIA CEO Scott Belcher. “The revisions have been anticipated for over a decade, so it was due to extraordinary work and focus by TIA’s TR-14 Engineering Committee to step-up and move this forward.”

James Ruedlinger, chair of the TIA-322 task group developing ANSI/TIA-322, commented, “I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to all TIA members who served on the TR-14 Task Group 7 responsible for the ANSI/TIA-322.  Tremendous time and effort has been expended to produce this industry leading standard as it relates to loading, analysis, and design of communication structures under construction as well as specialized design criteria for tower lifting devices.”

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