Knowledge and skills required to survey a potential site for an SES Networks O3b Tier-2 fixed terminal.
In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to survey a potential site for an O3b Tier-2 fixed terminal. You will learn how to use the included Antenna Arrangement Planner app to plan compact multi-antenna placement arrangements with a clear line of sight to the O3b arc. You will also learn how to use the included O3b Line of Sight mobile app, prepare for the site visit, fill out the survey report, plan the IFL run, analyze the existing AC/mains power system, document data inferface points, select a location for the indoor equipment, gather other necessary information, and report site details critical for a successful system installation. This course also includes all the forms that must be completed and submitted to SES after a survey, as well as access to specially-developed smartphone and Windows apps.
Approvals required:Very important: By agreement with SES, before GVF may grant access to online training course O3b 733, each student must be approved by SES. Approval is normally granted ONLY to students who are from existing SES customers, potential customers, service partner companies, SES employees, or current or potential SES contractors.
Note: If you are an SES employee you will automatically be approved for the course. If you are not an SES employee and are unsure if you will be approved by SES Networks for this course, we recommend you apply for approval and receive your confirmation email prior to paying your tuition fee; if you are not approved, your fee can be refunded only as GVF tuition credit.
Audience:This course is required for field engineers who perform official O3b site surveys for fixed Tier 2 terminals.
Prerequisites:SES 731 (required)
Delivery:Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.
Tests:Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course.
Reference materials included:
- Quick Reference Guide for field engineers
- O3b Tier-2 Site Survey Form
- O3b Tier-2 Site Preparation Guide
Companion apps included:
- Antenna Arrangement Planner. Interactive 3-D app for a multi-antenna site to analyze if the beams from any antenna will be obstructed by any other antenna or the surrounding fence for for satellites at any point along the O3b arc. Generates reports which can be emailed as text files. Can save and read antenna arrangement configurations. For notebook or similar-sized screens. Windows and Mac.
- O3b Line of Sight App. Includes standalone mobile and windows applications for use in the field to help prepare site survey reports according to O3b standards.
The Antenna Arrangement Planner analyzes close-in 3D antenna and fence placement for mutual beam obstructions. It is available to current O3b 733 students within the online course and as a standalone Windows app.
The O3b Line-Of-Sight app overlays the O3b satellite arc on the smartphone’s camera view and an azimuth-elevation grid. Surveyors use it to identify distant obstructions and to prepare the survey report for submission to O3b. It is available to current O3b 733 students and may be installed on Android and iOS devices.
The interactive voltmeter simulator helps students understand and practice important AC voltage measurements, such as live-to-protective-earth.