Location of telecommunications equipment at Monash

Where is telecommunications equipment location at Monash?

Campus

Building

Mounting
location

Description of location

Types of
antenna

Purpose

Berwick

901

Roof

All antennas are mounted at least 10m above the building

  • dish
  • panel

Mobile telephone

Caulfield

Building S

Roof

Located on rooftop of main building and roof of penthouse plantroom

  • dish
  • panel
  • dipole
  • omni

Mobile telephone, police radio communications and communications link between sites for an external organisation

Building B/C

Roof

Located on north west corner and southern end of roof of building B and the east end of bluiding C

  • dish
  • panel
  • omni

Mobile telephone and intercampus communication links

Building A

Roof

Located at west end of roof

  • dish

Mobile telephone

Building F
- Proposed

Roof

To be located on penthouse plantroom and on east rooftop of main building

  • panel

Mobile telephone

City

30 Collins Street

Roof

Located on penthouse plantroom roof and small number on roof of main building (Note: a large satellite receiver dish is located here also)

  • dish
  • panel

Mobile telephone and intercampus communication links

Clayton

Menzies
(Building 11)

Roof

Majority are on roof on penthouse plantroom. The remainder are on the roof of the south wing at the southern end

  • dish
  • panel
  • omni
  • dipole
  • yagi

Mobile telephone, emergency services communications, taxi communications, intercampus communication links and communications link between sites for external organisations

Howitt Hall
(Building 46)

Roof

On rooftop of building

  • dish
  • panel

Mobile telephone and an intercampus communication link

Campus Centre
(Building 10)

Roof

On roof of penthouse plantroom which is located at the east end of the main building roof (Note: a large satellite receiver dish is located here also)

  • omni

Mobile telephone

Building 36
(Engineering)

Roof

On roof of penthouse plantroom

  • dish

Owned by Monash University engineering department

Building 28
- proposed

Roof

On roof of penthouse plantroom

  • panel

Mobile telephone

Gippsland

1E

Roof

On roof of 1E south (Note: a large satellite receiver dish is located here also)

  • dish

Intercampus communication links

2E

Roof

On north corner of building roof

  • dipole

Intercampus communication links

1W

Roof

On west corner of building roof

  • dish

Intercampus communication links

Parkville

Manning building

Roof

On roof of lift motor rooms at east and west ends of building (Note: these are above the roof line of the adjacent animal house roof)

  • dish
  • panel

Mobile telephone

Peninsula

Building A

Roof

On north corner of roof

  • dish

Intercampus communication link

Building G

Roof

On penthouse plant room

  • dish
  • panel

Mobile telephone and intercampus communication links

Note: There is a listing of all of the locations across Australia that have telecommunications antenna that are operated by mobile carriers available at the Radiofrequency National Site Archive (http://www.rfnsa.com.au logging in as a guest requires no password).

Monash University's telecommunications management program

As part of the management program of telecommunications equipment, Monash has been proactive and had a range of radiation monitoring performed in Monash buildings. The radiofrequency monitoring has been done by independent radiation safety experts from RadHaz Consulting utilising NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited assessment methods.

All buildings have a Radio Communications Site Management Book (RCSMB) with calculations based on the maximum possible power outputs from an aggregation of all the installed equipment. The RCSMB is consulted as part of the rooftop access process.

Rooftop radiation levels at Monash

The highest radiofrequency result obtained on a rooftop was less than one third of the most stringent exposure standard for a member of the public exposed in the radiofrequency range. Measurements were not done directly in front of the antenna as this cannot be done without special effort (e.g. abseiling or climbing ladders).

Radiofrequency measurements inside buildings

In addition to the rooftop monitoring radiofrequency monitoring was performed within the upper floors of the buildings within the two buildings with the highest density of telecommunications equipment, i.e. the Menzies building and Howitt Hall.

Current results

The highest radiofrequency level obtained within the Menzies building was 0.0006 mW/cm2. This should be compared with the most stringent exposure standard (see above) of 0.2 mW/cm2 for a member of the public exposed in the radiofrequency range. Measured levels in office levels in buildings with rooftop installations at Monash have not been detected higher than 1/250 of this most stringent standard.

Future monitoring

To assist in the allaying of concern for Monash staff and students, OHS is organising as an urgent priority to have further testing done in the top floors of all buildings that have telecommunications antennas on the roofs.