Teleport: New Wave Engineering

by Mark W. Fantozzi, Pres.; Fantozzi Co., Cupertino, CA 95014,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 9, Pg. 48-49

Document Type: Feature article


Between $600 and $700 million will be spent on teleports now being planned in the U.S., presenting interesting challenges to civil engineers. Just as airports and seaports serve as collection and distribution centers for goods and people, teleports collect, sort and distribute information. In California, the privately owned and operated Bay Area Teleport (BAT) is a collection of dish antenna and other communications equipment located high in a canyon and linked via cables to users in an office park built by the same developer. Construction had to proceed simultaneously on the access road, the service buildings and the concrete teleport pads. The pads had to be designed to withstand high winds and earthquakes. For each hazard, different criteria had to be developed.

Subject Headings: Cables | Airports and airfields | Ports and harbors | Industrial facilities | Freight transportation | Data collection | Bays | Antennas | California | United States

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