Commercial Real Estate and Drones
There’s no denying that aerial video and aerial photos are absolutely stunning to look at! Studies show that high quality images can make or break a real estate sale or leasing decision!
We were hired by a prominent Florida based property management company to make a promotional video for two strip malls that they run on the outer ring of Jacksonville, FL. They asked us to fly in a safe manner so as to not endanger any customers, and to fly on a weekend to capture the large number of people that visit the area. We were given very specific instructions as to the shots that they desired and asked to do the flights and edit the video within 2 days. Not a problem for Veuwr Aerials!
The Day Of The Flight
It was a crisp Florida morning with temperatures staying under 60 degrees. Our home page is located around 2 hours away from the location of the shoot and therefore we got an early start to our morning and left our office at 8 in the morning after grabbing our DJI Phantom 4 Pro and 12 batteries. Typically a battery lasts us somewhere around 26 minutes and we knew we had a lot of ground to cover. We jumped in my Camaro and sped away on backroads and the I10E.
After a quick stop at Sweet Theory Baking Company in Jacksonville (Their Vegan donuts are absolutely perfect. Must have on every trip to Jacksonville) we were all sugared up and ready to fly.
We started off with the Western side of the mall as the shadows were just perfect and used up 7 batteries on just the first part of the shoot.
Worry started to roll in with limited battery runtime remaining, what else could go wrong? Since this was the perfect time for things to go wrong, our Phantom 4 Pro decided that our MicroSD cards were simply too slow to write 4K video to (hint = they’re not).
Luckily there was a Best Buy next door and 15 minutes later we were back in the air! It was a little tricky to get all the shots that we wanted to get without flying over any people or cars (“little tricky”) but by 4pm we had captured all the footage that we needed.
Aerial Video Editing
With the shoot wrapped up it’s time to rest up, right? Nope… With the easy part done it was finally time to load up the video clips in Final Cut Pro X on our video editing computer and start editing.
How’s it going? Hard at work rendering 4K video as I type this up 🙂
Drones Are Used In The Construction Industry:
Not just in tier 1 cities, but in Gainesville as well! We were recently contacted by a consortium of companies that are building a project in Butler Plaza in Gainesville. We were contacted with a simple question.
What can drones do for construction projects? How can drones save them money?
The answer is that drones can save a lot of money on construction costs!
What We Proposed:
We were contacted right construction had begun and therefore were just in time to do a proper aerial survey of the land that was to be built on. We spent a thorough day with 3 drones in the sky and created a 3 point cloud, orthomosaic map, and captured general pictures to perfectly showcase the elevation, terrain, and foliage that was present on the land that was about to be built upon. The client agreed to do weekly drone flights to capture progress shots of the construction that was taking place, as well as regular stockpile inspections with our smart software calculating the stockpiled building materials.
Our Second Flight:
Monday, April 3rd, 2017. It was a sunny brisk morning and we were on location in Butler Plaza in Gainesville at 10:30 in the morning. The sun was at a perfect angle and shadows weren’t particularly bad. We had 3 drones on site with 3 remote pilots and two spotters, and 19 batteries for the different aircraft.
For this job we flew the DJI Phantom 4 Pro for detailed 20mp images and orthomosaic mapping to supplement the first inspection we did before groundbreaking. We had our DJI Inspire 1 capturing imagery, and our brand new DJI Inspire 2 flying low and taking low level imagery to supplement the low level details that couldn’t be captured from the high-flying drones. The Inspire 2 is also very new for us and we didn’t feel like risking our $9,500 baby, especially considering the few random bugs that we’ve been experiencing with it’s software. We also had to plan our frequencies smartly to avoid interference.
By 1pm we had spoken with all the managers on site who were captivated by what we were doing, and captured all the imagery and data that we needed to get the first shoot done. At this point we went back to our office and started running the images through our software.
Aerial Data Collection and Imagery is here to stay. It’s where every industry is going to keep up with the times, and we’re no stranger to the new. At Veuwr we strive to learn with everything we do. Every day is a learning experience where we learn how to serve our clients better.
What’re you waiting for? If you have a project in Gainesville, Florida, or Beyond, contact us today to get a free quote to see how we can revolutionize what you do and save you money with aerial services!
One of our premier partners contacted us a few days ago regarding a new job that had come up in Lake Park, Georgia – right on the border with Florida. The job was for a paving contractor that was about to put in new pavement for a large distribution center for a popular home department store. Typically in a situation like this they’d send out a surveyor to survey the entire asphalt pavement by taking pictures at designated spots throughout the parking lot, but in this case it would have taken days to survey all of the area! The paving contractor needed to submit their quote within a matter of days and couldn’t wait to get a team out there.
The paved area for this location was massive – the parking lot itself had parking for 2000 cars and the warehouse stretched over half a mile from end to the other. The paving contractor originally calculated the survey costs to be extremely high and immediately started looking for other options. Not long after this they found our aerial service partner who then referred the job to us.
The day of the scheduled flight I woke up early and double checked to ensure that no TFRs (Temporary Flight Restrictions) had been placed on the area as Trump was visiting the area. Once we had the legal all-clear to fly we double checked all of the batteries for our 3D Mapping Drone, the new DJI Phantom 4 Pro. All 6 batteries were fully charged and it was time to fly!
A short drive later we were on location and had met the on-site contact and obtained their go-ahead to fly in the area. They radioed their staff managers on site and informed them to expect a flying object and to have their truck drivers drive slowly and carefully to avoid a crash. After this we logged into our insurance partner, Verifly and obtained $1 million in liability insurance to cover our client and us in the unlikely scenario where there was a malfunction and our aerial drone crashed into any of the clients property.
The weather was a gusty 6 miles an hour from the North East, but that didn’t stop us. We were good to fly from every aspect and had just completed a safety inspection of our Phantom 4 Pro. Once our safety checklist was complete we completed the flight plan in our 3D mapping software, Drone Deploy and pressed fly. After this the Phantom 4 Pro took off on it’s own, flew through it’s waypoints and took the pictures that the software that was required to make a 3D orthomosaic map.
While the drone flew itself I monitored the drone from a high vantage point to make sure it didn’t come close to any objects or birds in the air, while my spotter kept an eye on the software to ensure nothing glitched and made sure all the images were being correctly captured.
Once the orthomosaic map imagery was all captured we swapped batteries and had the site manager take us around the entire warehouse pavement in a go-kart. We were following the drone and manually capturing 360 degree panoramas from 17 feet in the sky which would be used by the client to simulate a man inspecting and taking pictures of the asphalt pavement of the area. At the end of the day we had captured point-of-view 360 degree panoramas from 163 locations where the pavement had been cracked and damaged and needed to be resurfaced, as well as 70 acres of 3D orthomosaic mapping.
All in all we spent around 3 hours taking footage on location and created 38 gb of pictures. This is a LOT of imagery which then had to be compiled and sent to the client so that they could then create their quote for new pavement to be put in to replace the cracked and damaged areas. We estimate that we saved the paving contractor over $5,000 in pre-contract costs and gave them the aerial photographs and orthomosaic map which they then used to qoute the client in a manner that was more accurate, safe, and cheaper than it would have been without this technology.
Isn’t this amazing?