Construction Time-Lapse

Producing a visually engaging professional time-lapse video is now an essential part of the modern-day construction build. Creating stunning short video sequences allows contractors, civil engineers and developers to effectively communicate a project from start to finish in a matter of minutes. This makes time-lapse photography an ideal monitoring and marketing tool for the construction industry.

Here at Time-Lapse Systems we are very attentive to the individuality of each of our construction clients, tailoring videos to any aesthetic and stylistic specifications of your brand. Giving you the confidence to showcase your projects to a wider audience, whether it be investors, shareholders or social media platforms and other prominent mediums, such as broadcast television.

[Right] Time-Lapse of the construction at Albert Embankment produced for St James

[Below] Time-Lapse of the construction at Albert Embankment produced for St James

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Benefits of Time-Lapse in Construction

Remote Monitoring

Full Record of Works

Professional Time-Lapse Video

Marketing Tool

Choosing the right equipment is critical in construction

Rather than using a DIY, off-the-shelf camera for the purposes of capturing activities on a construction site especially – such as a webcam – a more robust solution is needed.

Our time-lapse camera systems are focused around a professional DSLR camera, which operates at full capacity with remote assistance. With this sophisticated set-up, interval rates and exposure can be monitored across wireless networks, ensuring continuous, uninterrupted capture for whatever duration is required.

It is essential that camera systems are robust to protect the internal software from external conditions. The professional camera system, including its components and the housing that it sits in, is built to withstand both indoor and outdoor conditions. This allows it to function at optimum capacity for the duration of a project.

To achieve the optimum time-lapse for a construction project, careful planning is required to gain the best visual scope. Installing the camera system in the most advantageous of positions usually requires doing so at height, using surrounding buildings or structures, along with stable fixings to hold it securely in place.

Time-lapse still from the Riverlight construction development at Nine Elms.
Optimum positioning of the camera system for the perfect time-lapse construction image of Riverlight at Nine Elms.

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What this equipment can potentially facilitate, then, is better management of a construction site.

As well as documenting all on-site activity, time-lapse can also work to emphasise, magnify and isolate particular parts of the construction process. At peak periods of build activity, we are able to increase the rate of capture to account for the change of pace. Equally, we have the capabilities to pan and zoom at specific times to focus on details. In addition to this, camera moves can be factored into the running schedule as the construction site develops.

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iRis 4.0 time-lapse and site monitoring portal, displayed on multiple devices

All these images are provided through our secure online viewing portal, iRis 4.0 which can be used to view, download and share as and when is needed. Equipped with a full time and date-stamped archive of images, it allows contractors and other invested parties to remain in-the-loop about the project timeline from beginning to end. Our viewing portal, iRis 4.0 enables access via any handheld device as standard, meaning that site management is not inhibited by the absence of a desktop browser and can be viewed on-the-go.

Site monitoring allows contractors to stay abreast of the comings and goings on-site, share and discuss progress with investors, making it easier to micro-manage a project.

Together with time-lapse, then, site monitoring is part of a full end-to-end package available to clients.

Construction Time-Lapse Videos

The post-produced element of this service – the time-lapse video – is the culmination of months of capture in an impressive visual sequence.
At the hands of highly skilled editors, utilising high-quality editing techniques facilitated by expensive post-production software, the hundreds and thousands of images captured as part of a particular project are then expertly sorted through and arranged into a sequence.

Wimbledon – No. 1 Court roof construction

Wimbledon Construction Time-Lapse Video

NOMA – Angel Gardens

Angel Gardens Time-Lapse Video

MediaCity UK – The Alchemist

The Alchemist Construction Time-Lapse Video

Nine Elms – Riverlight

St James Riverside Construction Time-Lapse Video

At the hands of highly skilled editors, utilising high quality editing techniques facilitated by expensive post-production software, the hundreds and thousands of images captured as part of a particular project are then expertly sorted through and arranged into a sequence.

Such a visually engaging time-lapse construction narrative has numerous benefits for the building industry. A time-lapse video can effectively communicate a project from start to finish. A visual record of building progress can be represented in a stunning sequence of optimum length, making this an efficient way of marketing the build and services.

These video sequences can be then viewed, shared and embedded across multiple platforms easily, making it a visually engaging way for contractors and developers to advertise themselves to the world and wider audience.

Time-lapse videos are becoming increasingly popular forms of media, breathing new life into marketing campaigns and presenting creative ways to promote the construction industry. Time-lapse construction is perfect for social media platforms and can also be used with other prominent mediums such as broadcast television, thereby engaging a larger audience with the construction industry.

Developing both in form and popularity, time-lapse for construction is an effective and efficient tool for managing and marketing the work of contractors. As time-lapse construction continues to grow, we look forward to staying at the forefront of time-lapse technology, offering the latest and best techniques to capture your construction projects.

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