Rising Above: Drones in Construction Projects

Rising Above: Drones in Construction Projects

It seems that another industry is exploring the possibilities on how to use drones to make the work easier. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are now becoming valuable in the construction industry. With a camera attached to the unit, drones can easily fly and maneuver over construction sites, giving architects and the crew footage of the job site in an aerial perspective. An article in Construction Executive says that, “the goal of using UAVs is to reduce costs associated with poor communications from the field, reduce material theft from the jobsite and increase worker safety.” The article goes on to state that the primary role of drones is to provide real-time surveillance from the jobsite in the form of high-definition (HD) video, still images, and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) to create 3-D models. Whether it is municipal or private construction projects, there are many uses for drones: • Generating marketing and advertising materials • Monitoring construction jobsite and progress. • Pinpointing problematic areas • Conducting aerial surveys • Creating documentation using HD videos and imagery of the site • Moving materials • Determining site conditions before the starting the project The benefits of using drones in jobsites are enormous. The most obvious benefit is the cost effectiveness. For years contractors have hired airplanes and helicopters to take video and imagery of the construction site progress and completed projects. This is very expensive. Obviously, drones are the best alternative. The use of drones in construction projects is still in its early stages. But it can only go up from...
Drones Sink A Hole-In-One

Drones Sink A Hole-In-One

Recently drones have been taking a swing on golf courses! Golf courses have become a good target for drone operators, who are creating stunning videos to showcase the course and club properties. According to a report from the National Golf Foundation, the golf industry is still recovering at a slower pace than the overall U.S. economy. Rounds played, one key measure discussed in the report and typically a good barometer of the overall health of golf, dropped 4.9% from 2012 to 2013. Golf courses are now looking at aerial video to help with the problem. Not only will clubs be able to have better marketing and advertising solutions using aerial video and photography, but also they are able to create virtual tours of the course. Users can check out a course before they decide to play. Aerial video and photography will also benefit the course management through monitoring course conditions. Instead of ground maintenance doing the work, drones will have a better overall scope of the course and also be able to target specific parts needing care. In addition, digital course maps can be created from the aerial video to help with design and course play. Clubs and courses can increase revenue and exposure through the videos and images drone capture. Clubhouse walls can be lined with the amazing shots that layers can also purchase. Not only will the course benefit, but the players as well. Drones can record practice sessions to help capture aerial shots of a golfer’s swings and also track the ball flight. Finally, tournaments and member-guest events can be filmed for broadcast purposes. Players can...
Aerial Video and Photography for Weddings

Aerial Video and Photography for Weddings

Stunning shots of that special day. More and more couples are hiring aerial drone services for their wedding day. Why wouldn’t they? Using drones to capture once (or twice?) in a lifetime wedding is becoming the techy trend these days, taking wedding video and photography to the next level. We are not talking about those drones used to capture and patrol war zones — but rather the small multi rotor UAV’s controlled by an expert pilot from the ground remotely. Many videographers and photographers are adding aerial video and photography to their services after seeing drones being used in real estate and properties, because unlike the typical and traditional wedding photos and videos that uses tripods, cameras and ground videos, UAV’s and drones provide a unique and complementary perspective. Drones provide some of the most dramatic images of the day.It can capture close-ups, bird’s eye view, still images and flyover video footage in all angles and with different effects. What drones can do for your wedding Capture aerial still shots of your wedding and record the ceremony from different viewpoints and angles. Create a very unique video with an aerial flyover shots, perfect for outdoor weddings and events held in a beautiful setting. Drones are perfect for landscapes, resort properties and any outdoor venue to capture more dramatic images and give perspective to the location. Aerial video and photography is unique but it can be more expensive than other photography due to equipment cost and dual operators (a pilot and gimbal operator). Careful planning is important to make sure that the actual shoot will go smoothly and of course, is safe....
How Aerial Video Helps Harvest Vineyards

How Aerial Video Helps Harvest Vineyards

In Vino Veritas How aerial video helps harvest vineyards “In wine there is truth.” And aerial video is making that truth easier to find. Equipped with sensory cameras, including infrared imagery and thermal detecting, drones are the newest agricultural equipment to help cultivate vineyards all over the world. Farmers analyze aerial video footage for many reasons. During the cultivation period, inventory of the vineyard can be taken, pinpointing areas of damage, diseases or irrigation problems. During harvest time, they look for vine stress and color variation indicators. Darker vines means that area has more water and better soil. Aerial video companies like Vidifly are already helping vineyards of all sizes. Check out this video from 3D Robotics, which helped the Kunde Family Vineyards in Kenwood, California. Previously, only helicopters and satellites were used to help create vineyard data. With drones, farmers are getting more precise information and knowledge about the cultivation and harvest processes. With its flexibility and less time wasted, drones do not do damage to the vineyard like tractors and farmers do. Aerial video helps farmers combat diseases and pests. Most importantly, farmers can be more accurate in determining the ripeness of the grapes, which is so integral to the final quality of the wines. Drones are not only being used for video analysis, but they can help farmers gain an additional advantage for general maintenance. Nothing new to the rice fields in Japan, farmers here are catching on to new ways of distributing pesticides or fertilizer. In vineyards in California’s infamous Napa Valley, larger drones can be fitted with spray applicator systems. Inno’vin, a technological company has been...
Drones Used In Journalism

Drones Used In Journalism

This Just In Drones used in journalism Newsgathering is no longer about just written and spoken words. Our society demands visual stimulation. The media’s search for innovation is driven by the need for an increasingly more complex and attractive way of visually providing original content. Drones have become this new instrument of communication to help the media facilitate a connection with their viewers. Whether it is for the news or entertainment, different media outlets all over the world are starting to incorporate aerial video and photography to enhance a story. TV Folha (Brazil) captured Brazilian anti-government protests last summer over the disapproval of the country’s multi-million dollar budget for the FIFA World Cup, being held this summer in cities all over the country. BBC (UK) created a promo video for this epic soccer event. Drones can be used to cover a range of everyday news events, like monitoring traffic. Or they can help media report on natural disasters and their effects, like the recent Phoenix sand storm, effects from raging fires in Australia or the floods in southern England. Aerial video and photos are most helpful with the fast moving stories, events happening on difficult terrain where humans cannot travel and hazardous work that would otherwise put reporters in danger. The media has every reason to start using drones. As more flexible objects than bulky, handheld cameras, they can capture that overhead angle to convey a more unique vision of a story. Viewers get a more immersive and detailed perspective with a wider view of the area. Ultimately, drones expand reporting beyond still photographs, ground-based video and printed text....
Drones Used In Real Estate

Drones Used In Real Estate

Welcome Home Drones used in real estate “Location. Location. Location.” Real estate’s number one rule is the driving force for exploring new technology to showcase seller properties and their locations. Aerial videography and photography using drones have become the differentiator in brining buyers to properties. The resulting breathtaking views and detailed, high-definition perspectives facilitate a better understanding of the home and its property. Prospective buyers want to feel a connection with a property. This type of technology can help them imagine themselves in a home as if is their own. Starting with multi-million dollar homes needing 5th Avenue marketing, aerial video and photographs are no longer for luxury homes. In the real estate market, ground-level images are now not enough to do a property justice. With a drone’s low altitude, the detailed results create an immersive visual experience for the buyer. Aerial video can really place a buyer into that scene in a more physical way than any simple photography will ever do. Aerial video and photographs create a point of difference. Drones can provide a scale of what everything looks like on the property while showing nearby amenities like schools, parks, bodies of water, etc. Adding that to an indoor video tour is a powerful combination. Multi-floor buildings can show off skyline and scenic views from inside the rooms and out. With easy access to the internet, buyers can find out information about a property before meeting with a real estate agent. Vidifly has already taken advantage of what both the buyer and seller are really excited about. Check out one of Vidifly’s most recent real estate...
Drones Used In Sporting Events

Drones Used In Sporting Events

A New Game Drones used in sporting events The only view spectators of sporting events have is from the sidelines. Therefore, new ways of capturing sports action are being explored. From marathons to bicycle racing, drones are starting deliver a unique, never-been-taken-before aerial angle. While televised sports have the budget for helicopters and wire-guided cameras, many other events have not been seen from the air. Whether the motive is to enhance a brand, create a more engaging story or boast an immersive visual experience, aerial photography and videography facilitates a more personal connection between the athletes and the viewers. Extreme sports are an easy target for aerial photos and videos. Drones made as many headlines as the gold medal winners during the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi. Check out the drone coverage of Sage Kotsenburg’s gold medal snowboarding slopestyle run in the finals here. After the Winter X-Games in Aspen cultivated high viewer attention with its aerial photography and videography, X-Games enthusiasts will be looking forward to this summer’s media coverage in Austin. Drones are not just being used for media coverage. Sports teams have been relying on this technology on and off of the field. College football teams like UCLA, Tennessee and Oregon State have filmed their practices. With the bird’s eye view of all of the players on the field, coaches can analyze each player’s movement and the team’s shape as a whole. Most recently, MLB’s Washington Nationals took some spring training publicity photos using a four-rotor drone. Whether it is the news media or sports coaches, drones are a good choice over the options. Smaller multi-rotor...