Virtualized site survey systems and methods for cell sites

  • US 9,704,292 B2
  • Filed: 05/31/2016
  • Issued: 07/11/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/14/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for constructing a three-dimensional (3D) model at a cell site for remote performance of a virtual site survey comprising:

  • obtaining a plurality of photographs of a cell site comprising one or more of a cell tower and one or more buildings and interiors thereof;

    subsequent to the obtaining, processing the plurality of photographs to construct a three dimensional (3D) model of the cell site based on one or more objects of interest in the plurality of photographs; and

    remotely performing a site survey of the cell site utilizing a Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the 3D model to collect and obtain information about the cell site, the cell tower, the one or more buildings, and the interiors thereof, thereby eliminating the need for climbing at the cell site,wherein the 3D model is a combination of an exterior of the cell site comprising the cell tower and associated cell site components thereon, geography local to the cell site, and the interiors of the one or more buildings at the cell site, and the 3D model comprises detail at a module level in the interiors, andwherein the site survey comprises a determination of a down tilt angle of one or more antennas of the cell site components based on measuring three points comprising two defined by each antenna and one by an associated support bar using the 3D model, plumb of the cell tower and/or the one or more antennas, azimuth of the one or more antennas using a location in the 3D model, dimensions of the cell site components, equipment type and serial number of the cell site components, connections between the cell site components, a status of a lighting rod and warning light on the cell tower, and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) coordinates.

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