A recent aerial construction photography project in association with Farrans at the Twelve Quays development in Birkenhead gave Sky Revolutions an opportunity to show off its night photography capabilities.
The Twelve Quays redevelopment involved the modernisation and expansion of a ferry terminal and business park located between East Float and the River Mersey in Birkenhead, England. The goal was to offer enhanced berthing facilities for larger, more modern vessels. This would, in turn, help to reduce turnaround times and increase capacity by 20%, opening up new import and export opportunities.
Sky Revolutions was tasked with shooting time-lapse video, drone photography, and interactive 360-degree images of the site. Our aerial imagery would provide a record of construction progress, giving stakeholders a comprehensive view of the development at all times. Our expertise in both drone piloting and photography meant that we were able to identify the equipment and lenses that would provide the optimum performance at night, allowing us to monitor the build around the clock.
If you need the UK’s experts on night aerial photography for a construction project, get in touch with Sky Revolutions today.
Sky Revolutions was recently contacted by Concord College – an independent day and boarding school located in Shropshire, UK. The school’s marketing team was looking for an experienced, safe, and accredited drone photography and video company to provide aerial videography and photography to support three important upcoming projects.
Concord College accommodates boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 19 to its attractive 80-acre campus. Many students live on campus at Concord College, while others visit daily, which means the school is always bustling with activity. This meant that the safety of the staff and students would be a top priority throughout. As such, Concord College was looking for a drone photography company with the training and experience to ensure the safety of all students and staff in the vicinity. As one of the longest-standing drone photography providers in the field, Sky Revolutions was the obvious choice.
After talking to the team at Concord College about the projects to ascertain exactly what was required, it was agreed that Sky Revolutions’ Operations Manager would lead two days of videography on campus. Day one would be devoted to capturing aerial footage and images to support a messaging campaign focused on Concord College’s popular Summer School and University Preparation courses. Day two would focus on marketing the main term offering, while also providing supporting footage for an ambitious virtual tour project.
As well as safe, professional piloting, there were several other important skills required – including those related to the technical and creative work of shooting marketing videos. The aerial photography and video would need to communicate the layout of the grounds and the spatial relationships between each of its buildings. It also needed to convey a sense of how staff and students enjoy life on a well-equipped and picturesque campus.
Advances in technology mean that digital solutions are increasingly able to fill the gaps where physical meetings and site visits aren’t possible. Virtual location tours are also an increasingly popular replacement for in-person visits in a wide range of settings. Young people and their families travel from all around the world to study at this prestigious school, but long-distance travel to visit the school on an open day isn’t possible for all those who would like to attend. For those families, Concord College was planning to create an interactive, 360-degree virtual tour that would convey a sense how it feels to explore the campus in person.
Another important goal of the shoot, therefore, was to capture the atmosphere of life at the school through aerial video and photography. This would require a good understanding of angles, distances, camera settings, pixel density, all other aspects of aerial photography. Sky Revolutions offers a unique combination of safe piloting expertise and technical prowess, as well as an understanding of photographic and video techniques and content marketing. Mastering the technical and creative sides of aerial photography for promotion and marketing has given Sky Revolutions a uniquely broad skill set that sets us apart in our field.
Remaining on the cutting edge of drone, camera, and web technology means that Sky Revolutions is able to help establishments like Concord College create digital solutions that streamline the process of getting a feel for the school. High quality photography, video, and interactive 360-degree panoramas help to bring a location to life in ways that were not previously possible. In this case, that meant helping parents and pupils to make informed decisions when selecting a school.
Upon completion of this project, Sky Revolutions provided Concord College with a package of photos, video, and interactive 360-degree aerial shots of the school and its environs. The staff at Concord College was delighted with the footage, going so far as to call Sky Revolutions’ 360-degree aerial photography “amazing”. Sky Revolutions is proud to work with renowned establishments like Concord College, providing solutions that push the technological boundaries and make a difference to people’s lives.
Sky Revolutions was recently approached by the prestigious trade publication Construction UK magazine to provide multiple images for their covers.
Published by Lapthorne Media, Construction UK Magazine is a leading trade publication for the construction industry with an audience of over 81,000 readers. The magazine features breaking news, analysis, articles, projects, product launches, discussions, and interviews.
Click here to read the June issue, which features a Sky Revolutions image on its cover.
Alternatively, click here to read the April issue that also features a Sky Revolutions cover.
Construction UK magazine reached out to Sky Revolutions after learning about our reputation as an outstanding provider of aerial construction progress photography, and as one of the very first companies in the UK to adopt drones for the construction industry.
Sky Revolutions specialises in producing high-quality photography and video for monitoring the progress of developments of all sizes. The data we provide is recognised as one of the best ways to keep investors and stakeholders up to date on the status of their developments – and our footage is proving really handy for marketing, brand identity, and promotion too.
Our services have been garnering increasing attention from a range of clients thanks in no small part to our unique combination of accredited drone piloting experience and photographic knowledge. As a result, our imagery is now in demand throughout the world. Keep an eye on this blog for further announcements about how our services provide value for our customers – and about how we are attracting interest from other professions too.
To learn more about Lapthorne Media and Construction UK magazine, visit their website. If you’re looking for the UK’s premiere provider of construction progress photography, get in touch with Sky Revolutions using the contact form below.
The Sky Revolutions Content Team recently carried out an interview with Sky Revolutions’ Operations Manager Steve Kessack to find out what goes into the average drone construction photography project.
Content Team: Hi Steve, thank you for your time today. First, could you tell us who you are and what you do for Sky Revolutions?
Steve: My name’s Steve and I’m the Operations Manager for Sky Revolutions. That means I take care of a lot of safety procedures, visit a lot of building sites, pilot drones, and shoot both photography and video. I do everything I can to ensure our customers get high quality footage they can use to monitor their builds and promote their businesses.
CT: What chain of events led to you becoming an Operations Manager for Sky Revolutions?
Steve: It started through a love of technology. I’d always been interested in the latest technological advances and enjoyed picking up new hardware and software. When drones became accessible, I was an early adopter and very quickly set about learning how to become a qualified drone pilot. That was the start of the path that eventually led me to Sky Revolutions.
CT: What does your daily role entail? What do you spend most of your time doing?
Steve: This may come as a bit of a surprise to members of the public who view drones as something of a toy, but in the world of professional drone piloting there’s a lot of forward planning involved. Documentation has to be filed, plans have to be drawn up, permissions have to be secured, and development sites have to be inspected firsthand. All of that behind-the-scenes work is done to ensure that the flights themselves are as safe and efficient as possible, which allows us to focus on the photography and videography.
CT: What are some common challenges you face as an operations manager?
Steve: As is the way with a lot of jobs, the facets that end up being the most challenging and are not the things you expect going in. In this field, one of the areas that requires the most diligence is communication – and that includes reaching out to all the parties required to sign off a flight.
Whenever safety is a factor, procedure and forward planning become extremely important. Hiring an unqualified drone pilot can be disastrous for a developer, so Sky Revolutions goes out of its way to educate companies and to make sure they are aware of the many rules and regulations that need to be followed. We do this by offering free CPD (continuing professional development) courses to businesses. We’ve been in the industry since the start, and our experience is one of the many ways in which Sky Revolutions differentiates itself from other operators in the field.
CT: What else do you think separates Sky Revolutions from the rest?
Steve: I’d say two of the main things would be quality assurance and value for money.
In the case of the former, we are careful to put processes in place to ensure that we always meet our customers’ needs. Each development team and building site is different, so we take the time to ensure that we’ve listened to and understood exactly what our customers are looking to achieve. We also encourage feedback, because we believe that good communication is an essential part of the job.
And when it comes to the latter, we are a well-known and trusted construction photography provider, which means we carry out a large number of drone flights every year. We are fortunate enough to be entrusted with a significant volume of work, which means we can offer our standard construction photography package at an extremely reasonable price – and one that always pleasantly surprises new customers!
CT: What kind of qualifications are required to become an Operations Manager for Sky Revolutions?
Steve: First and foremost, you need to obtain a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operation). This involves a course that normally lasting 4-5 days and involves both theory and practical elements.
Each operator has to submit an Operations Manual to the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) for approval. You’ll need a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card before you can enter a building site. And finally, you’ll need to be DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked. There are plenty of checks in place to ensure that drone use grows in a safe and sustainable way.
CT: Sky Revolutions offers a range of services such as time-lapse photography – how does this work?
Steve: We use an innovative portable mast system to install a camera on site for as long as is required. The camera continues to shoot, automatically, as preset intervals. These frames can be played back as video that compresses long time frames into a much shorter span.
Our masts can install cameras to an elevation of up to 85 foot. We carry out all the required maintenance and we can access the photos and video captured at any time, from any location. We can also create shorter time-lapse video using a drone.
CT: Sky Revolutions recently announced that it is now capable of providing a live stream from a drone to any location in the world – is this correct? How does this work?
Steve: That’s correct, Sky Revolutions can live stream video from our drones to any location in the world, instantaneously. We use advanced broadcasting equipment that receives the footage from the drone and allows us to connect with our customers through a wide variety of media platforms. This is another example of our determination to stay ahead of the game by offering services that set Sky Revolutions apart from the rest.
CT: What has the customer feedback been like on new technologies such as time lapse and live streaming?
Steve: Live streaming is really wowing people. The ability to see our footage instantly is really helpful for developers. Even more importantly, the facility to do this from any place on Earth is a game changer for professionals in an industry as busy and fastmoving as construction.
Time-lapse video gives our customers the ability to see the entire duration of their build, which can be great for accountability and oversight. It also allows our clients to navigate to a particular moment in time, which isn’t possible if your construction photographer only visits your site once or twice a month.
CT: What’s next for the drone construction photography industry?
Steve: We believe that as drones become more and more commonplace on building sites, there will be growing demand for operators who prioritise safety and efficiency. You’ll be seeing a lot more drones in the skies in construction, and other industries, so a solid track record and proper accreditation will become increasingly vital.
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Sky Revolutions Trailer Mast Service Offers Time-lapse Video for Developers
As specialists in the ever-evolving world of aerial construction progress photography, Sky Revolutions is always on the lookout for new solutions that will help us to provide a better service for our clients. That’s why we decided to partner with Devisubox, a European market leader in the field of construction camera technology and software. It’s a partnership that has had a big impact on the way we work, and one that has made site management much easier for our customers, in the form of our innovative trailer mast aerial photography.
What is Trailer Mast Aerial Construction Progress Photography?
Sky Revolutions’ trailer mast time-lapse photography service allows for constant, real-time monitoring of large construction sites and is designed for the needs of developers and site managers. Essentially, it involves installing a Devisubox camera, or several cameras, above your construction site on a semi-permanent basis.
Sky Revolutions transports a trailer to your construction site, wherever it may be, containing all the equipment we need for the installation. We erect a sturdy mast, on top of which is mounted a high-definition camera.This has proved to be an ideal solution for a range of scenarios – for example:
You want to access footage of your development at any time, without waiting for a drone pilot to come to the site and fly a drone into position.
You want to access to images of your development from a particular period of time in the past so that you can check its status at that time or compare that image with current shots.
You want to show stakeholders a time-lapse video, showing all the progress that has been made so far.
You want to fix a camera in position over your development, but there is no building or conveniently located surface to which you can affix a camera.
You want construction progress images of your site at specific intervals, even if the weather prevents drone flight.
You want aerial progress images of a development, but the surrounding environment isn’t safe for drone flight or the situation makes drone flight otherwise inadvisable.
Sky Revolutions Trailer Mast Time-lapse Photography is available either as a standalone service, or as part of a package that also includes drone photography. We provide our clients with online login information they can use to view live images from the camera at the top of the mast, so you can access the images you need whenever you want, wherever you are.
How it Works
We deliver power to the camera from the ground, so it doesn’t need to be removed and charged every few hours. We also extract the footage remotely, meaning that there’s no need to swap out memory cards. This setup allows for autonomous operation and little to no downtime, giving you a reliable and complete record of your build that is permanently accessible.
This is an ideal solution for developers working with large construction sites because it allows construction managers to monitor various aspects of the build and to have useful data to present to stakeholders at a moment’s notice. It is also possible to export a time-lapse video consisting of all the images shot to date, which can be great for marketing and other promotional activities.
Our current technology allows us to install masts up to 100 feet high, requiring a modest amount of ground clearance. We use a fleet of rugged, off-road vehicles to deliver this equipment to even the most challenging sites, including remote or muddy locations.
A member of the Sky Revolutions team visits your site once a week for the duration of the build to perform any necessary maintenance tasks and check the installation, ensuring that there’s no interruption to the image feed. Thanks to our robust and self-sustaining system, there is no limit to how long we can leave our cameras installed, so you can monitor your development for as long as you require.
To learn more about our innovative trailer mast service, to discuss your particular development, or if you’re a time-lapse company interested in using our masts, please get in touch with a member of our team and we’d be happy to help: +44 (0) 1778 560 929
Contact Sky Revolutions
Contact Sky Revolutions
To learn more about our innovative trailer mast service or to discuss your particular development, please get in touch with a member of our team and we’d be happy to help: +44 (0) 1778 560 929
Sky Revolutions was asked to provide aerial construction progress photography for a large development in the UK. Our pilots carried out fortnightly shoots at a site in Stoke-on-Trent, where the developer was constructing a series of large storage sheds for commercial goods. Sky Revolutions provided still images, video, time-lapse video, and interactive 360-degree images throughout the duration of the build.
Our footage provided the client with a range of benefits:
Aerial construction photography provided a visual record of construction progress.
Our service provided the client with useful data that it could use to keep stakeholders abreast of on-site developments.
Seeing the project in its entirety, and in great detail, strengthened the developer’s ability to run a safe and organised construction site, and enabled it to demonstrate that capability to others.
By celebrating the workforce’s achievements, the footage reinforced its collective sense of professional pride in the project.
Having a well-presented package of photography and video proved useful for marketing purposes, helping our client to promote its services.
Our footage created interest among staff members, helping to highlight discussion points.
What Services Does Sky Revolutions Provide?
Sky Revolutions can provide drone or fixed-position imagery of your site throughout the duration of your build, to give you a comprehensive record of the construction process.
Sky Revolutions visits your site as frequently as you specify, with weekly and fortnightly shoots being the most common intervals. Our qualified drone pilots shoot aerial imagery of the entire area from a variety of angles.
We send you the footage, typically including both photographs and video, from each shoot after it takes place. This helps construction project managers to monitor sites more efficiently and to get the information they need in a timely manner.
Over time, this builds into an invaluable data package that can be used track your project, monitor site safety, and even to promote your services.
What is Fixed-Position Construction Photography?
In addition to the drone photography service for which Sky Revolutions is well known, we now offer an innovative fixed-position aerial photography service. This involves installing a camera on the site, which remains in a static, elevated position for the duration of the build. Our portable mast technology allows us to install these cameras in the optimal position – we don’t require a neighbouring structure to attach our cameras to.
Throughout this period, we visit the site at regular intervals to perform maintenance tasks and to carry out safety checks. Even when we’re not on site, we are able to access the images from the camera remotely and can even export a time-lapse video consisting of every photo that has been shot to date, giving you a useful, on-demand overview of your project at any stage.
How Much Does Aerial Construction Progress Photography Cost?
Sky Revolutions offers a series of affordable and straightforward packages that cover all the essentials. In our experience, these are ideal for most builds. Our aim is to ensure that our pricing is not only highly competitive, but accessible to projects of any size.
For more complex projects or specialised requirements, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss a custom package to suit your needs.