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Motion Camera

Camera on TrailerIf you’re interested in the idea of a webcam but don’t have the budget or technical background to install one on your construction project you might want to consider using a motion activated camera and JobSiteVisitor.com. The motion camera takes a bunch of photos and JSV keeps them organized online for your project team to access.

These motion activated cameras are typically used for hunting but are a great way to document construction progress. They’re waterproof, take good pictures, have a long lasting power supply, easy to use, affordable, and have a variety of accessories to meet your project needs.

What to buy – Budget $500:

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For the best prices on StealthCam products check out Amazon. All of these items can be purchased for under $500. Depending on your site conditions and project needs you may need additional accessories or a different subscription package. For more information about JobSiteVisitor.com please visit:  About the Service and Example Projects

Camera Set up:

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Cautions:

– Make sure you get the correct auxiliary power supply 12V or 6V depending on your camera.
– Mount camera with in 30-feet of where there is going to be lots of motion.
– Turn the flash off unless you specifically need it. This will save on the battery.
– Be sure to set your date correctly.
– Set photo interval between 30-60min depending on motion, schedule, and how many photos you want.
– Put 6-C batteries into the camera. This allows you to unplug the auxiliary power & keep your camera settings.
– Check up on your camera at least twice a month. Check photo count and low battery light.
– Lock it up, hide it, and disguise it if you’re concerned about theft.
– You can always contact us if you have any questions.

In-Wall Photos

360 Test

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In rooms where there’s lots of electrical and plumbing in the walls it’s not a bad idea to take what are known as “In-Wall Rough-in” photos. These are photos used to document everything in the wall. They should be taken during a short time window between the final rough-in inspections and the start of drywall.

If you’ve ever had to take Rough-in photos with a regular point and shoot camera you know how difficult this task can be. Your typical job site camera can’t photograph the entire room and you usually end up with multiple shots in each room. It’s very time consuming and often yield less than desired results. Try taking 360-Virtual tours of your rooms. (more…)

Technology Overload?

Earlier today I ran across an interesting post on ENR’s Blog Site by Dr. Patrica Galloway called Are More “Widgets” Better?” . I thought I would use this opportunity to discuss my thoughts on Technology in the construction industry and how Less is sometimes More.

2008 Construction Spending

It shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that the construction industry has a tendency to lag behind other industries when it comes to technology, research and development. We are one of the only industries that builds it’s final product at full scale, for the first time, outside in the elements. This is one of the unique and challenging aspects of construction that creates the love-hate opinion we often have about the business. Technology is helping us better manage some of these challenges with everything from project management software, GPS tracking, and virtual modeling . More and more products are going to continue to enter our market as the technology world realizes that construction is a $4.6Trillion dollar industry and the United States controls nearly 23% of the market ($1.06Trillion). If you’re wonder where this money is spent the above is a chartshould help. Considering the size of the industry we have had little investment in technology over the years until now, the secrets out, more and more money is going to be spent on technology in the construction industry. (more…)

BIM – Embed Conflicts

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Recently while I was out on a job site taking progress photos I came across and issue where the fire sprinkler was conflicting with some masonry embeds in (3) different stairwells on a (4) story building… (12) spots. I’m guessing it will probably be about a $3,000 issue. I thought I would take this opportunity and talk about how Building Informational Modeling (BIM) will help catch and resolve these conflicts on paper before they become issues in the field. (more…)

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