Construction Aerial Videography Service Company North VA

Videographing Major Construction Project Progress

The use of videographs and photographs to monitor the progress of major construction projects is nothing new. The benefits the images can provide are fairly well understood, but obtaining those images, particularly aerial images can sometimes be a challenge, as there are often limitations that require a great deal of skill and experience in the art and science of aerial photography to overcome.

The work we do often involves a great deal more than simply accepting an assignment to provide a few images. As any construction project manager can tell you, tracking and measuring progress can often be a time-consuming task. Project schedules constantly have to be updated based on how the work is progressing, or not progressing, and the data needed to support these scheduling decisions has to available when and where it is needed.

Project managers are not always aware of the technology or expertise required to produce meaningful images. This work is sometimes left to an amateur photographer, or is contracted out to an aerial photography company, a company that may or may not be familiar with the needs of a major project as far as images are concerned. In other words, the necessary communication between the project manager and the aerial photographer or videographer may not always be there, and neither person knows quite where to start.

On occasion, we meet potential clients who are uncomfortable with new technology, don’t see the value of aerial photography, or simply don’t want their job sites to be monitored. It can be difficult at times to procure budget for something executive managers don’t understand, but this and other barriers are often barriers we are able to overcome as we can let the potential benefits sell themselves.

We have done extensive work in this area, and have provided our services to a number of project managers on a number of major projects. We are familiar with the language project managers speak. If you, as a project manager, have a good understanding of the data you required to monitor progress, so much the better. If not, we can work with you to determine what those data should be together with how we propose to collect that data.

Naturally, there is a cost involved in procuring the necessary imagery, and that cost can sometimes be significant. It usually pales in comparison to the cost of the overall project, but it is a cost nonetheless, and the work we propose must indicate there will be a favorable return on investment. The least expensive way to procure imagery is to take a point-and-shoot approach, but this approach rarely if ever provides the exacting detail a PM needs to base decisions on.

Terrestrial monitoring techniques sometimes make use of time-lapse photography. This technique is often sufficient for smaller projects, but can rapidly become unwieldy as project size increases. Aerial time lapse photography is possible though the use of satellites, but since the images are vertical images, a significant amount of valuable information often remains hidden from view. Optimally, one would want oblique time-lapse images, a difficult undertaking from an airplane or helicopter, but a possibility nevertheless.

We are up to the challenge in any event. The advanced photographic and processing equipment we use, in combination with our highly experienced staff, guarantees you, the project manager, will get the data you need, data that can be shared with and understood by others.

 

Sources: 

https://smartech.gatech.edu/bitstream/handle/1853/28203/Bohn_Jeffrey_S_200905_master.pdf;jsessionid=B96009228E3C9992B898BFDB624C1E22.smart2?sequence=1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_photography