Arial Photography and Urban Construction Planning

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As drone photography has become more affordable and accessible to the average person, aerial shots no longer seem as extraordinary as they once were. Yet, for urban construction planning, the ability to survey a site and track progress using a bird-eyes advantage is still invaluable.

By providing a clear overview of a project, planners can easily see different infrastructures in relation to each other. This can be especially helpful when planning logistics around a site and keeping a project on schedule. Candea Development takes a look at how aerial photography continues to help with urban construction planning and discovers what a vital tool it can be.

Planning New Projects Around Existing Buildings

Before breaking ground on a new construction project, planners must first survey the surrounding urban area to see what buildings and infrastructure are already in place. This helps determine the best way to move forward without disrupting the flow of traffic or negatively impacting existing businesses.

Arial photography provides construction planners with a clear understanding of the existing layout so that they can make informed decisions about where to build. For example, if a new office building is being planned, aerial photography can help planners determine the best location to avoid blocking the sun from reaching a nearby park.

Without this information, planners would have to rely on ground-level surveys which can be time-consuming and inaccurate. By being able to see the big picture, aerial photography saves construction planners time and money while ensuring that new projects are designed with the existing cityscape in mind.

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Tracking Progress on Large-Scale Projects

Once construction begins, aerial photography can be used to track progress and identify any potential problems. This is especially important for large-scale projects, such as highways and bridges, where a small mistake can have a significant impact.

For example, if a construction crew is working on a new section of highway, aerial photography can be used to make sure that the lanes are the correct width, and that the pavement is level. If there are any inconsistencies, they can be fixed before the highway is open to traffic.

Arial photography can also be used to track the progress of construction projects that are behind schedule. By taking regular photos of the site, planners can see if the work is on track or if there are any delays. This information is essential for keeping construction projects on schedule and within budget.

Drone-Operated Aerial Photography is Simply Safer

Drones have become increasingly popular for aerial photography as they are less intrusive than traditional methods, such as helicopters, and can be operated safely from the ground. This is especially important in urban areas where there is a risk of collision with buildings or other infrastructure.

By using a drone, construction planners can take aerial photos without putting themselves or others in danger. Drones are also much quieter than helicopters, which makes them ideal for taking aerial photos of construction sites in densely populated areas.

The Bottom Line

Arial photography provides vital information that urban construction planners can use to make informed decisions about where to build and how to track progress. As drone technology continues to improve, aerial photography will become even more accessible and affordable, making it a standard of construction planning.

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Armand Candea

Armand Candea is a founding partner of Candea Development in Chicago and writes about real estate news.