Who should do my
tower design, a
tower manufacturer or a tower consultant?
That really depends on
what your needs are. If your needs are for a tower that
is of standard design that is routinely produced by
certain fabricators, then the most cost and time
efficient way is to have the tower manufacturer design
the tower. If, on the other hand, your tower has to be
of an unusual design, your best bet is to have it done
by an engineering consultant with considerable
experience in tower analysis and design.
The engineers in a fabricator's shop are typically
limiting their work to the normal product line that is
most profitable. After all the steel shop is there to
sell steel, not to do engineering. The engineering
consulting that they may do (which is opinion but not
really consulting at all, partly because of their
built-in conflict of interest) is just for retaining or
attracting purchasers, not for the purpose of providing
responsible consulting advice.
Even if you have a fabricator design the tower, it is
wise to have a design review performed by an independent