Time-Lapse Systems: our 2017 round-up – part two

We are half-way through our yearly round-up blog, which documents some of our highlights from 2017. If you’ve missed it, be sure to check out the first part of this double feature, which reflects on some of the exciting work we have been involved with this year.

Having already covered specific developments and milestones on major projects for several of our established clients, as well as other media coverage, we want to focus the second part of our 2017 round-up on what’s been going on in-house.

New faces

Headshot of staff - Tom
Above: Tom is a junior developer, responsible for the next generation of our camera systems.

Over the past 12 months, we have welcomed many new faces to our dedicated workforce.

Headshot of staff - Mark
Above: Mark is one of our engineers, who manage the build, deployment and maintenance of our on and off-grid camera systems.

Always looking to expanding our collective skill set, expertise, and breadth of knowledge, taking on new staff members in the roles of web development, editing, engineering and camera management, reflects our continued commitment to providing the best time-lapse and site monitoring solutions.

Check out our staff profiles featured on our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

Covering anything from construction and demolition, to live events and infrastructural developments, our work is incredibly varied. As such, no two projects are the same in terms of their specific requirements.

Our highly skilled and experienced team are equipped to handle these, with our new recruits pushing the boundaries of what we offer to our clients.

New in-house features

Mobile phone, tablet and laptop showing iRis 3.0 viewers
Above: our iRis 3.0 interface is fully responsive across multiple devices, including Apple Macs, tablets and smartphones.

We began the year with the announcement about a revolutionary development for clients – iRis 3.0 – the latest version of our Interactive Remote Imaging System.

With feedback from our clients at the forefront of this innovation, this still includes all of the beloved features of our previous imaging system, including:

  • pan and zoom capabilities on all devices
  • touch gesture zoom for tablets and smartphones
  • time and date-stamped archive of images.

iRis 3.0, however, comes with a revamped dashboard and a fresh, more user-friendly and streamlined interface. Clients’ images remain as secure as ever, but with the added capability to easily share them via popular platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Other notable web developments that reflect our continued commitment to providing the best professional solutions include our dedicated London and Manchester websites.

Time-Lapse London, launched last year, was built to showcase our extensive work in the capital city. Likewise, our Time-Lapse Manchester site foregrounds some of the varied projects we have time-lapsed in the Greater Manchester area – with many still ongoing and more in the pipeline.

This includes our long-term capture of The Alchemist at MediaCity UK, as detailed in part one of our round-up.

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK, and one of the core cities in the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, we are proud to be heavily involved in documenting some of the most important developments in Greater Manchester.

The construction of 125 Deansgate (with the demolition phase already completed), is another major change to Manchester’s urban landscape that we are currently capturing.

New numbers

We are always committed to our existing clients, but this year has also been one where we have forged relationships with new contacts.

Top 10 UK contractors shown in a table, listing 1 Balfour Beatty, 2 Carillion, 3 Kier, 4 Interserve, 5 Morgan Sindall, 6 Galliford Try, 7 Laing O'Rourke, 8 Amey, 9 Mace, 10 Bouygues
Above: Top 10 UK contractors table.

Earlier this year, Construction News published their annual report detailing the top 100 UK contractors.

This, in fact, revealed that we have worked with all of the top 10, including Mace, Bouygues UK and Laing O’Rourke, confirming our status as a leading provider of time-lapse construction services.

We keep our blog up to date with other important statistics; in our annual report published in October, for example, we crunched some numbers to illustrate our expansion in terms of staff numbers, popular edits and the types of projects that we can lend our skills to.

Our most popular blog post of 2017 was our historical piece documenting the development of time-lapse in film and television.

Some more of our favourite blog posts from this year include:

  • Up on the roof – recognising the ins and outs of installing camera systems in high places.
  • ‘Hours of predictability’ – a closer look at the beauty of the still image at the centre of time-lapse photography.
  • Evolution of the selfie: Part I & II – a double feature which considers the phenomenon of the selfie, where it’s come from and where it’s going.

    Purple morning sky over Tower Hamlets, London.
    Above: purple early morning sky over Tower Hamlets, London – featured in our ‘Night-time time-lapse’ feature.
  • Night-time time-lapse – a blog featuring stunning images captured while our camera systems are in operation during night-time hours.

This was also the year in which we launched two new blog series: ‘Using Time-Lapse’ and ‘Time-Lapse Trends’.

While ‘Time-Lapse Trends’ covers particular popular applications of this medium, ‘Using Time-Lapse’ is a feature focused more on our own work and the ways in which our clients have utilised our photography and site monitoring solutions.

So far we have spotlighted some of our most established clients, including Merlin Entertainments, Southampton Freight Services and Network Rail.

It certainly has been a busy year for us – which is exactly how we like it.

We appreciate you taking the time to read through our yearly round-up and hope you enjoyed looking back on 2017 as much as we did. As always, we are here to help with any queries about our time-lapse, site monitoring and video solutions.

From all of us here at Time-Lapse Systems, have a great New Year!

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