We know that taking photos can be a time consuming process. Although 360 cameras have sped up the process of capturing photos by a significant amount (compared to taking photos in every direction), you still get slowed down if you have to constantly walk and stop at each location on a project to capture a photo. If you are on a larger project, or do not have enough resources to have a dedicated person to do this, then you inevitably will experience a slowdown in terms of the frequency/thoroughness of your capture on your project.
StructionSite's VideoWalk workflow tackles this problem head on! Just set your starting position on the drawing, and go! Our computer-vision and machine learning/AI will track your movement as you traverse through hallways, rooms, doorways, etc., without the need for you to stop at each location and redefine where you are on site.
Depending on how long your walk took, you should be able to start viewing your results the 24 - 48 hours.
Unique Advantages of StructionSite VideoWalk:
-3-5x faster than taking normal static 360 photo capture, and up to 30x faster than taking traditional photos. This allows you to capture your jobsite at a frequency/thoroughness not previously seen in the construction industry
-Ability to determine direction at every location (relative to plan north)
-Automated generation of a "tour" with walking links, which allows you to virtually travel from location to location
100% Mobile Workflow:
With the StructionSite VideoWalk workflow, you can do all of the work of capture in the office, without needing to go back to your desk and connect anything. Connect a Garmin VIRB (and other cameras soon) to StructionSite's mobile app, and you're off to the races!
Support for all 360 Video Content:
You can also manually add in stitched 360 videos to our web app, if you don't have a 360 camera that is supported by our mobile app. Simply put in a start/end location and you should be good to go!
How is VideoWalk different from taking normal 360 photos?
VideoWalk should be seen as complementary to the photo taking
process. It's best to approach reality capture in general from the perspective of using the best tool for the job.
VideoWalk: Quick, frequent, capture for the purposes of the gauging of progress of construction (is it installed or is it not?). For change order management, schedule tracking, subcontractor coordination, logistics, pay-apps. Weekly or bi-weekly. The quality/resolution may not be as high as photos but it's good for quick-hit and frequent capture.
360 Static Photos: Higher resolution, comprehensive capture focused on milestone documentation. Monthly or major activities such as before dry-wall closeup where defects need to be seen. For "CYA" focused activities. This is mostly if you really need the quality.
Standard directional photos: A complement to 360 Static photos for exterior/elevation shots, looking down narrow hallways, or areas of high concern/complexity. Extra-high resolution capture of areas to determine defects. It’s also important for the democratization of access to the technology; not everyone will have a 360 camera at every moment, so the ability to natively handle standard directionally photos on its own, combined with GPS fencing and construction drawing tracking, allows StructionSite to be used as a catch-all for all photo documentation in the project as a preferred system of record
- A Garmin VIRB (more cameras to be supported soon), to leverage the mobile app workflow. - Needs a MicroSD Card
2. An omni-directional lighting solution if you're capturing inside of jobsites with variable lighting.
3. Accessories depending on the lighting solution selected
Option 1: LED Lantern + Monopod
With this setup, you need a monopod, as well as a male to male 1/4" adapter in order to mount the camera on top of the lantern. Be sure to keep the camera well above your head and close to your body to avoid capturing too much of yourself. 360 degree selfies are great for social media, not so much for a VideoWalk.
Option 2: Illumagear hardhat light + Hardhat Mount
Another option is to use a hardhat mounting kit, in order to attach the 360 video camera directly to the top of the hardhat.
When you're ready to try out VideoWalk for yourself, check out our VideoWalk Mobile Workflow instructions!