Construction monitoring with Time-Lapse

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Time-Lapse monitoring of construction sites

Long-term construction timelapse are an ideal monitoring and marketing tool for the construction industry. A construction timelapse is an efficient way of marketing your services as it can effectively communicate a project from start to finish only in a matter of minutes.

Construction Time-Lapse – A great communication and documentation tool

Site monitoring permits contractors to keep track of the project process, share and discuss challenges with investors using the images available in real time and make it thus easier to micro-manage a project.

Construction project tracking can take from a few months or weeks to several years. It can be seen summarized in a Time-Lapse video of only two or three minutes, in which you can see step by step the evolution of the work progress over time.

How do you keep track of construction projects?

Essential for construction monitoring with the accelerated camera technique is the proper placement of time-lapse cameras.

Location of the TimeLapse equipment

It takes a great responsibility to decide on the ideal location for the construction camera equipment.

On a construction site, in a city, in a place, everything changes over the months, so you have to consciously foresee – as if you could see the future in a few years – a place that has a good view of the construction site, but at the same time cannot be compromised in a few months.

The planning of the location of the Time-Lapse equipment for the  construction documentation is an essential factor. Once the location has been decided, it must be maintained throughout the entire project, whether it lasts for weeks, months or years.

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Timelapse construction documentation

The ideal is therefore to first locate possible points to install the equipment, assess their advantages and disadvantages of installing the Time-Lapse equipment in each place monitoring long term construction works. See if it is feasible, talk to the neighbours, to the owners of the surrounding roofs, even to the town hall or other owners, to the project manager, to the promoter, to the construction company, in order to have a more precise idea of the evolution of the work and the real alternatives existing, which sometimes diverge from the ideals. A compromise must be sought between the different options.

Installation of the Time-Lapse cameras for construction monitoring

The installation of each camera for monitoring a construction site has to be customized, because although tasks may seem similar the equipment for site monitoring is not identical.

For Time-Lapse video monitoring we profile, modify and adapt each equipment to the particular conditions of each work, environment and surroundings. In some cases, it will be necessary to take into account data like the usual rainfall in the area, wind direction, winter temperatures, summer heat, etc. to be able to adapt the equipment and place it in an optimal way and that it resists with note the inclement weather.

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Construction site Time-Lapse

The location and the particular conditions of each site monitoring

It is not the same to install a Time-Lapse equipment in Seville where the temperatures in summer are extremely high and there is hardly any precipitation, than to install it in La Coruña where there is a great number of precipitations or in other windy places like Almeria or Cadiz where the intensity and strength of the wind can be a great enemy or other places like Barcelona, Valencia, or Murcia that have other weather conditions.

In places of the interior of the plateau like Madrid, Segovia, Toledo or Ciudad Real, it will be necessary to take into account the great thermal oscillations between day and night that put any team to the test.

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Construction Time-Lapse system

Construction Timelapses in cold places

In places marked by cold and frost in Spain such as Teruel, Salamanca, Zamora, Palencia, Leon, Jaca, Soria, Valladolid and Burgos will have to prepare the team to withstand the low temperatures of winter and possible snowfall.

In areas of the note of the peninsula as Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Santander, Gijon or Vigo will have to protect the teams from the high rate of humidity in the area.

Wheatherproof Timelapse equipment resistant to cold/heat/rain/snow/ice

In some cases it will be necessary to redouble efforts to protect the timelapse chamber from the cold and humidity as in areas such as Lugo, Ponderada, Orense, Gerona or even Pamplona.

Seguimiento de obra con vídeo Time-Lapse

Monitoring with Time-Lapse construction cameras

In places in northern Germany such as Berlin, Hamburg, Dormund, Essen, Cologne, Leipzig or Dresden where temperatures are more or less constant but wet and cold for most of the year, the construction site teams in Timelapse will have to wear a heated “scarf”. In southern Germany, in cities and areas near Munich, Stuttgart, Augsburg, Frankfurt or Nuremberg, the cold resistance of the Time-Lapse equipment will even have to be doubled in some cases.

It is similar in Austria, which has three frames of the same as in Germany, in cities like Vienna, Graz, Linz or the beautiful Salzburg and Innsbruck, located at the foot of the mountains in Tyrol. Special attention will have to be paid to the orientation of the equipment and even provide an automatic cleaning system in case of snow.

Elsewhere in Europe, as in Spain or Austria, the situation and weather statistics of recent years will have to be taken into account.

Production of a Time-Lapse video

Once the equipment is installed in the definitive place and prepared and adapted to the singularities of the place, we only have to program the parameters of the equipment, the automations to take into account and the interval with which the photographs will be taken during the work.

Adaptation to the construction site’s needs

In we have designed our Time-Lapse equipment to follow the construction progress. Whithout the need of a technician having to access the site where the timelapse equipment is located we modify parameters by remote control. This way we can guarantee that the time-lapse photos will be carried out in an optimal way.

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Timelapse long-term monitoring

In moments of the work that requires it, it will be possible to intensify the taking of pictures by reducing the interval of taking them. A typical example might be the demolition phase of a building or construction. In this phase, which at the image level can be very spectacular, it is necessary to shoot it carefully.

Short-term demolition Time-lapse

The demolition of an existing building is something very spectacular and requires special care. In this phase of demolition it is even advisable that our Time-Lapse photographer realizes several construction timelapses during the demolition from different angles.

Timelapse detail

In this case, when a part of the building collapses, the photographer can look for an interesting angle that reflects this process well – from a distance – and adapt the interval of each shot on the fly thanks to his or her experience in order to summarize the project in just a few seconds.

The Time-Lapse video tracking can even be used as an independent, self-entitled video, which can be combined with images from the other time-lapse cameras of long-term construction works.

Long-Term Construction Timelapse

Over the days, months and even years a large number of photographs have been collected and stored, thousands of them, hundreds of thousands. Editing, classifying and incorporating them into a video is an intense work, which takes many hours of work and implies a great difficulty to achieve an excellent product, of high quality.

The documentation technique used is similar to that used in a Time-Lapse infrastructure.

We will have to homogenize all the shots, check, stabilize, correct color tones, compensate lights, adapt the frame and a long etc. All this so that the viewer can enjoy watching a fluid, aesthetic Long-Term Construction Timelapse of only a couple of minutes with cinematic quality.

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Construction site monitoring

Custom Edition

Once the project of taking photographs of the monitoring of construction works is completed, all that remains is its editing, the editing of the timelapse video of the monitoring of the construction work. Although it may seem an easy task, it is perhaps the most complex part of the whole process of the site monitoring.

The edition of the video is done in a personalized way for each project, for each work, for each construction and implies in many occasions the use of different programs and professional software for photography and video that sometimes are used in an independent way and in others in a combined way to optimize each photography and to improve the video.

Of course it is possible to incorporate in the video computer graphics, titles, a description of the project, a voiceover in different languages and a background music according to the project and that fits the rhythm of the work to the rhythm of the music. This is the only way we can get a cinema video, a video with cinematic quality. A video that shows with excellence the evolution of the construction project from the beginning to the end.


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Wheatherproof Timelapse equipment resistant to cold/heat/rain/snow/ice

Time-lapse long-term applications for construction sites monitoring

A visually engaging time-lapse construction narrative has many benefits and is becoming an increasingly popular form of media to view and share on social media platforms.

The following are just a few examples where timelapse technique are applied.

  • Buildings, houses, warehouses and shopping centres.
  • Time-lapse monitoring long term construction.
  • Infrastructures, urbanization works.
  • Civil engineering.
  • Construction of bridges.
  • Road repair, maintenance work.
  • Reconstruction and restoration of protected architectural constructions or of historical or artistic importance.