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Case Study:
Site Survey and Design services


Project Overview:
The Japanese electronics giant, NEC, has a contract with Airwave (the emergency services network) to replace the lease lines that connect their sites together (backhaul) with a new microwave link based network. In order to establish the physical and technical solution for each site a survey was carried out, followed by a design that provided the most value for money, appropriate solution to meet the requirements of all stakeholders.


NEC called upon the Merlin Wireless & Fibre Services Design department, working in conjunction with the Acquisition and Network Planning teams, to carry out these design services that are critical to the cost effective roll out of the network. The work was on sites owned by, and rented from, private landlords and included various site types from greenfield towers, structures shared with other operators and complex installations on building roof tops.


Once the Design Survey teams had established what was required on each site to deliver a cost effective solution, the necessary technical and specification information, and drawings were produced. This allowed the Build and Installation teams to carry out the works on site with the maximum efficiency and minimum cost to the client. In the event that Town & Country Planning Approval was required, then detailed submission drawings were also produced.


The project involved works on over 2,200 sites and was part of a wider services provision to NEC on this project, including line-of-sight (LoS), site acquisition and town planning, and site build/modification services.

Key Facts:
Client: NEC
Services covered: Design
Summary of key works:


  • • Arrange access to site
  • • Survey to establish technical solution
  • • Produce drawings
  • • Detailed design for the manufacture of components
  • • If planning approval is needed, produce drawings
  • • Provision of detailed information for build & installation teams
  • • Handover & certification

Date: 2013 - 2018