Antenna Swapout

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In this post we will show you our workflow for swapping out antennas and changing a rooftop configuration to meet the needs of an ever changing wireless network.

The first problem with this building is the glass and the fact that the antennas are goose-necked over the side of the parapet.  Sounds like an easy task right?  A little bit more work was required to paint out the existing equipment so that we could replace it with updated antennas.

The first task, the paint out.

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The removal of the existing gravity mounts and antennas (above)

Once all of the paint outs were completed with then pulled in the antenna model required for this job via our 3D Telecom Warehouse.   Referencing the provided drawings we created enough of the gooseneck mount that would be visible from ground level.

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The provided side profile drawing (above), The replicated drawing and required antenna in 3D (below)


The next step was to model in the require cabling that would be attached to the bottom ports.  Once all of the lines are drawn and CV’s manipulated so that none of the cables intersect visibly, the full cable path is extruded.

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Once the antenna model and mount were completed it was time to scale it in to the upper penthouse of the building based on the provided roof layout drawing.

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Because the building is shrouded in glass, creating a 1:1 scale basic model of the upper penthouse (in orange) allowed for a mirrored texture to be applied so that we could replicate the reflection of the rear of the antenna and mount for final compositing.

Goose-Necked-Mount-3D Roof Layout

After final rendering with matched lighting and a similar colour added to the antenna and mount mimic the building colour, each perspective photographed for compositing would be ready to receive the new equipment.  As you can see the mirrored texture added to the faux mockup of the penthouse now allows for the correct reflection in the building glass to be properly detailed in the final image.

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Now that the renderings have been generated, final compositing can commence.   Removing/masking the background out and then scaling/painting in the updated equipment.



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Current installation as it is today (above)

W2038 Final Rendering - PaintOut

Existing equipment painted out (above)

W2038 Final Rendering - After

Final composite rendering of proposed augment to existing infrastructure (above)