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What Is Wireless Telecom CAD?

    What Do You Need To Know About Wireless Telecom CAD?

    When most people think of computer-aided drafting (CAD), they think of architectural drawings of house plans or shop drawings a given structure or product. These are two of the earliest uses of CAD. One of the more recent applications is wireless telecom CAD.

    Telecom is short for telecommunications. Instead of wire or cables, wireless telecom transmits data using radio waves, satellite waves, and cellular signals instead. Wireless technology is on the rise, which means more equipment, more towers, more base stations, more control buildings, etc. To create this additional equipment and infrastructure, CAD is used to produce the drawings that are used to plan, design, estimate costs, construct, and as-built the entire system.

    While wireless telecom CAD is specialized, its drawings and workflow can be broken down into three main phases, similar to other CAD industries. These phases include the General Arrangement/Planning Drawings, Detailed Design Drawings, and As-Built Drawings.

    General Arrangement/Planning Drawings

    This is the initial planning and early design phase. Ideas become proved concepts, rough budgets are formed, and the groundwork is laid before construction documents are produced. This is also the stage where the client will provide feedback on revisions or give approval for the design to move forward.

    Detailed Design Drawings

    At this stage, the designs have been approved, permits have been awarded, and the project is nearly ready for construction. Detailed design drawings are used to finalize the budget for materials, labor, and equipment. They are then used as the final set of instructions for project construction.

    As-Built Drawings

    Most, if not all, construction projects encounter some obstacle or issue in the field that causes some deviation from the initial design. Sometimes, these deviations are small, and sometimes they are quite extensive. As-Built drawings are prepared from mark-ups made during the construction process that indicate what changes were made. This gives an accurate final representation of what was built. These are the drawings that are eventually handed over to the client at project completion.

    The telecom experts at CADSourcing are well-versed in all of these phases. Talk to them about how they can ensure your next project is a success!

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