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The Travel Schedule
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Session 1
  • August 13, 2020 10:00
    Thursday 13 August


    Fundamentals of Microwave 

    • Introduction to MW
      • History of microwave
      • What’s new?
      • Fundamentals of the microwave radio signal
      • Latency benefits and calculations
      • The electromagnetic and RF spectrum
      • Safety of microwave signals
      • Relative benefits of microwave compared to other transmission solutions
      • A comprehensive guide to current spectrum terminology in the industry 
    • Planning considerations
      • Link design considerations from UHF to mmWave
      • Site and path planning
      • High level spectrum planning
      • Digital terrain models including SRTM
      • Network topologies
      • Site acquisition and build
      • Repeater types repeaters including civil engineering considerations (road, tower etc.)
      • Passive repeater engineering design and planning (back-to-back and billboard)
      • GIS (graphical information systems) basics and coordinate system considerations
      • Establishing line-of-sight in practise
      • Practical discussion on site and path surveys including for non-LOS equipment 
    • Homework group exercise to develop a site survey template



Session 2
  • August 17, 2020 10:00
    Monday 17 August

    In-depth overview of propagation aspects

    • Review homework

    • Microwave propagation
      • Understanding analogue propagation and dispelling the pencil beam myth
      • The effect of the atmosphere on radio transmission
      • Really understanding k-factor and Fresnel zones
      • Thermal and dispersive fading and their countermeasures
      • Expert assessment of blackout fading and atmospheric ducting
      • Handling reflections especially over water
      • Rain fading and the dangers of statistics
      • Practical discussion on the types of fading and how to overcome them

    • Practical examples
Session 3
  • August 20, 2020 10:00
    Thursday 20 August

    Hardware Considerations

    • Hardware
      • Understanding the history of transmission standards (PDH, SDH, ATM)
      • The benefits of Carrier Ethernet
      • Overview of the system components and building blocks of a MW radio system
      • Comparison of current digital modulation schemes and how they affect bandwidth efficiency
      • Band, carrier (BCA) and link aggregation and use of co and cross channel dual polarisation methods
      • Key radio features (adaptive equalisation, FEC, XPIC, ATPC)
Session 4
  • August 24, 2020 10:00
    Monday 24 August

    Antennas and interference 

    • Antenna considerations for MW planning
      • Understanding antennas and reversing 50 years of conventional wisdom
      • Antenna characteristics and what gain really means
      • Practical application of Radiation Pattern Envelope (RPE) diagrams
      • Importance of Return Loss
      • Understanding near and far field operation
      • Antenna types and the real benefit of a high-performance antenna
      • Comparing antenna types and why a microwave dish is usually parabolic
      • Practical considerations for comparing antennas including dual-band feeds
      • Practical advice for planning, installing and maintaining antennas
      • Field based discussion of choosing the right cabling, waveguides, radomes and accessories 
    • Interference (the hidden gremlin)
      • Understanding the realities of interference in digital systems
      • Standards bodies and frequency regulation
      • Types of licensing
      • Frequency bands and frequency planning
      • Bucking (high-low) site planning and interference and why it matters
      • Understanding and calculating nodal and overshoot interference
      • Overview of techniques to optimise frequency re-use 
    • Includes class exercises and tutorial group homework



Session 5
  • August 27, 2020 10:00
    Thursday 27 August

    Detailed link design and final tutorial 

    • Link design and the elusive five-nines
      • How to interpret and use the main radio planning standard ITU-R P.530
      • Understanding the difference between availability and performance as defined by the ITU and how to apply this to packet-based networks
      • Path, equipment and network reliability issues
      • How to handle obstacles in real-world designs
      • Setting antenna heights in context ITU rules
      • Redundancy schemes to make the transmission system truly carrier grade

        Complete tutorial and review answers




The Travel Team
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Managing Director, TMC Global
Trevor Manning started his career as a specialist design engineer and over a career spanning 30 years, he held various senior management positions up to board level. He runs a training and consultancy business aimed at helping technical people transition from technical expert to manager and continues to offer training in his speciality field of microwave radio planning. He has written several books including “Help! What’s the secret to leading engineers?”, “Help! I need to master critical conversations” and “Microwave Radio Handy Reference Guide.” He is also the author of the best-selling classic Artech House book “Microwave Radio Transmission Design Guide”, which has sold thousands of copies worldwide and regarded as the de-facto reference book for propagation issues and radio link design.
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Senior Lead Architect, Commtel Network Solutions
Rui Chen is Senior Lead Architect at CommTel Network Solutions, a company specialised in providing solutions and products for mission critical networks. Rui has extensive experience of over 20 years in designing, engineering & commissioning of business critical and mission critical systems as well as carrier network across APAC. He has worked with a wide range of technologies over the time and focus on legacy system, various radio communication systems, IP and security for both OT and IT networks.
Director of Cyber Security, ECL Cyber
Peter Jackson is an experienced IACS Cyber Security professional. Peter leads the ECL Cyber team of industrial cyber specialists in supporting the industrial sector in NZ. Peter’s background includes control and safety systems experience as a TÜV certified Function Safety Engineer. Peter challenged the cert and achieved the SANS Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) certification recognising his knowledge and experience in this topic. Peter has spoken at many conferences, nationally and internationally. In conjunction with the SANS ICS and ECL Cyber, Peter established the NZ ICS Cyber Technical Network (refer https://icscyber.org.nz).
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