Here we are, back in the fields of rural Kansas & Missouri, near Cameron, Missouri this time. We’re frequently ‘all over’ these two states completing assignments for Pre or Post-Construction documentation on construction projects. These are often cross-country sewer or water transmission lines, but can also be street or highway improvements, or powerline routes. Our photo & video records capture existing field conditions along the route, especially recording existing damage along the way. You may see someone wearing our safety vest bearing the P-Tn logo along some rural road or highway.
Why a farm field? Travis is documenting the conditions along a drainage area between ag fields in this photo. Documentation will aid in the restoration process after construction is complete, assuring the site is returned to its original condition. Even in the middle of a field, we are documenting that the field is/is-not planted or what crop might be growing. In a timbered area, are there valuable walnut trees, or wild growth & brush? When we encounter driveways, culverts, road crossings, creek channels and other improvements, we document any pre-existing damage that might be improperly attributed to the construction activity after the work is complete. Clearly, this information can save the contractor or owner both time and money by preventing or resolving disputes.
Do we ever get off the ground? Yes, we do! Most of these projects are WALKED, so we can make an up-close inspection of the route and improvements along the way. That’s a lot of hiking, but it delivers the best – most thorough – record of what’s there. In some instances, we use our vehicle-mounted video system to cover routes adjacent to paved or gravel road surfaces, or to show the overall condition of access routes or HAUL ROUTES that might be adversely affected by heavy construction vehicles (you don’t want to pay for repairs to a road that was in poor condition before you even arrived). However, we are now often asked to create an additional aerial record of the condition along the construction route.
Aerial flights, using DRONES at low altitude, deliver yet another perspective for evaluating the existing condition of the construction zone. In a single pass on video, we can deliver a birds-eye view along the route that includes the entire TCE (temporary construction easement), plus a bit more. You’ll see field conditions, drainage, ponds, road crossings, driveways and residential improvements adjacent to the construction zone limits. Aerial imagery can be either video or a series of still photographs, but the low altitude employed with our drone delivers impressive detail. An option we are beginning to offer more and more involves a series of INTERACTIVE 360-degree AERIAL PANORAMAS that permit you to pan & zoom within a high-resolution image to examine ground conditions. Our professional Drone Pilots are FAA Certified and insured, trained & experienced.
Any of the above approaches, or any combination, will ensure that you possess an up-to-date record of your construction project site. In the event of a question or a major dispute from a property owner along the way, this record will accurately show the conditions before your work began. A final documentation record, after the punch list is settled, will close out the project records with documentation showing completion of the work, and restoration of the site.
Rural or urban, regardless of the type of linear project, we offer several solutions for Pre and Post-Construction documentation. Call our staff and let’s discuss – or bid – your next project.
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