When it comes to DAS builds, they can be much more complicated than you might think, especially if you aren’t well-versed in the process. There are a number of misconceptions and oversimplifications that one can fall into, which can lead to a lot of problems right from the planning stage. To avoid these issues, which can sometimes prove expensive and time consuming, we’ve outlined some key misconceptions and explained them away to help you prepare as thoroughly as possible.
DAS Builds Don’t Happen in a Dream World
Oftentimes, designs are drawn up under the assumption that you won’t encounter any issues or limitations at your construction site. Obviously, reality is not so kind. When you fail to consider the how of the construction process, you can end up misplanning for cabling thresholds, feed directions or antenna sequencing. Then, these will need to be addressed on the fly, which means huge setbacks for your crew which can lead to higher costs and delayed timelines.
Don’t Underestimate Your Space
Whether you’re assuming you can leverage existing cable trays or are overly-optimistic about the space requirements of IDF or MDF rooms, you’re probably not adequately planning for the space you will be constructing in. Make sure you’re realistic about the space needed for your DAS equipment and are working with your venue management to ensure acceptance of the full design and build plan. Failing to do so can lead to re-designs or costly modifications that can cause major issues for your project. This can all be avoided by proper and careful planning – don’t skimp!
Be Realistic about Construction Limitations
Don’t forget – construction means crews and crews mean specific working hours. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can get your project done at breakneck speed if you’re assuming crews can be working 24/7. You will need to consider the possibility of work occurring after hours, sure, but don’t try to plan for round the clock action. You’ll also need to consider local rules,regulations and construction codes for where equipment and cabling can be placed – failure to acquire the proper permits and adhere to these regulations can mean delays, fees, and a lot of easily avoidable issues. Adhering to these codes will also come in handy in the event that an inspection is needed and will save you a lot of headaches!
Cables Wherever You Want – But It Will Cost You
If your construction company tells you they can place cables wherever you want, make sure the voice in the back of your head follows up with “for a price.” Environmental considerations simply cannot be overlooked. While you technically can place cable wherever you want, dust buggies, clean up and restoration considerations can add huge dollar amounts to your project. Oftentimes, you’ll be able to achieve the same results with a little bit of compromise and you can avoid all the extra work and cost, just work with your construction company to find the right solution.
How to Avoid the Guesswork
Don’t let the above issues get you down – there are simple measures you can take to avoid them as best you can! As long as you diligently perform CROs (Construction Ride Outs), pre-bid and pre-build walks with all involved parties, odds are you can correctly and accurately align on goals, timelines and cost to limit the possibility of surprises. Even further, you can be sure you’re working with the industry leaders well versed in these types of projects. Hylan has the experience, expertise and boots-on-the-ground familiarity in a number of markets to help you be as successful as possible in your DAS build. Don’t believe us? Check out our guide on the Top 3 Questions you should be asking yourself before your DAS build for further proof that we know the process inside and out.