Construction Cameras Offer New Dimensions Project Oversight
Construction Cameras Offer New Dimensions Project Oversight – Recent improvements in hardware, software and enclosure design have helped construction cameras gain traction as a must-have tool for documenting project progress, boosting worker performance, minimizing errors, improving communication and enhancing the overall project output. If you are interested in getting more information on this product from Monarc Technology, contact us or call 214.507.3415 for a custom design consultation. Construction Cameras Offer New Dimensions Project Oversight
Lets understand the difference in what a construction camera provides: Job site construction cameras should not be confused with security cameras. Construction cameras can provide high-quality photos at much greater resolutions than security videos; plus, they can deliver high-definition, time-lapse movies and stream high-definition video on demand.
Among project managers, the most cited benefit of construction cameras is how they reduce the frequency and expense of jobsite visits over a project’s life cycle. For owners, the transparency they provide includes not only project progress, but also insight into contractor processes, which can help build confidence and trust.
In short, the construction camera is becoming an essential element of productivity.
Understanding the Options
Investing wisely in a construction camera system involves matching a project’s size, scope and buyer objectives with compatible cameras and equipment, service and support options and, of course, budget. Costs can range from several thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars depending on the resolution, number of cameras and options.
Camera types include fixed-position and pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ). Fixed-position cameras are well-suited for projects where the desired coverage can be achieved from one or two camera locations, and if time-lapse movies are a priority. PTZ cameras are designed to respond to preset controls or remote commands to move vertically and horizontally to capture projects from various angles. PTZ cameras are ideal for capturing large, wide-expanse structures such as bridges and stadiums. Monarc Technology does not fully endorse PTZ cameras since they capture a large picture range without defining resolution required for sound project management. Construction Cameras Offer New Dimensions Project Oversight.
High resolution IP bullet cameras are the best option, they are Digital and connect via Cat5 (Networking) Cable. Cat5 Cable is the cable used in creating computer networks. With an IP camera system, this one wire caries both your video data and your camera power. The power is added by the NVR (if you made a home run and are using our Networker Pro POE models, which has built-in POE ports) or you can use a POE injector or POE switch to power your cameras at convenient locations.
We offer some systems which include a POE switch. You can plug the POE switch in anywhere on your network by running one cat5 cable from your router to the switch and plugging the switch into a wall outlet. Then you can plug several cameras into the switch and it will power and transmit the video back to the NVR.
Deciding on megapixels boils down to what level of picture clarity and detail is desired. Most construction cameras offer a range of six to 50 megapixels. All construction cameras provide high-resolution images, but those on the higher end of the megapixel scale increase the user’s ability to zoom in very closely and vividly capture details (e.g., for professional quality photos and time lapse videos used for marketing). Construction Cameras Offer New Dimensions Project Oversight.
Focus on the Fine Print
Proper camera placement is critical. Beyond making sure images are minimally affected by sunlight, a full-service construction camera provider can offer placement recommendations based on a full survey of the project site and the client’s desired objectives. Optimally, cameras will be positioned to provide not only the best daily views, but also superior time-lapse videos at the end of the project.
The camera should interface seamlessly with company project management systems, and give all designated users — internally and externally — a hassle-free experience. A well-designed dashboard will allow users to view a jobsite from an office workstation and from any mobile device.
What happens after the construction camera is up and running depends on the applicable agreements and warranties. Here are some important due-diligence considerations:
Can the camera system provide images and a time-lapse history from any desired date and time period?
Does the provider offer 24-hour monitoring?
Will the buyer be assigned a designated support person throughout the life of the project?
Fully understanding the lifetime cost of owning a construction camera is the key to making a smart purchasing decision. Top notch construction camera providers offer warranty and service benefits that ensure ease of ownership and long-term satisfaction and value.
The sweeping impact of construction cameras ranges from reducing the costs of deploying personnel to the field and verifying the timing of deliveries to documenting weather conditions and catching errors before they become disastrously expensive. They also protect companies against claims by documenting whether that work was done properly. Construction Cameras Offer New Dimensions Project Oversight
Following are additional benefits:
They resolve disputes by providing clear evidence of what happened, and when.
They give the heads-up that jobs are running ahead of or behind schedule, allowing work to be re-planned.
They educate contractors on the effectiveness of their work processes, advance project teamwork, and enforce jobsite discipline and professionalism.
They keep community stakeholders engaged.
They arm owners with stunning project update presentations for their investors.
No one can keep a constant eye on every aspect of a jobsite — but construction cameras can, and they’re making everyone’s job easier.
If you are interested in getting more information on this product from Monarc Technology, contact us or call 214.507.3415 for a custom design consultation.