Visual Documentation Services
We are a team of experienced professional photographers representing a 50+ year history in commercial photography, with nearly 100 years of combined photographic expertise … so we are all about taking photographs – lot’s of them! This Online PORTFOLIO will introduce you to examples of What We Do!
Over the years our services have grown in volume and diversified in scope, but our Visual Documentation Services have three fundamentals; PHOTO, DIGITAL, & VIDEO.
PHOTO defines our use of traditional photography, or still image capture, which we utilize in many of our services. Pre and post-construction documentation offers protection for our AEC (Architecture / Engineering / Construction) clients. Progress photos are an important aspect of ongoing construction documentation, and we provide 360-degree interactive panoramas. Photographs are captured from ground-level on site, and thru drone aerial photography by our FAA Certified pilots.
Make so mistake, video is a option in all these areas, and we also shoot photographs for many other purposes. Our photos are not just construction related.
DIGITAL is our preferred method for both capture and delivery of PHOTO and VIDEO imaging. We transitioned away from convention film photography years ago, adopting a digital approach long before most construction industry entities did so. In that process we developed a unique method for delivery of our documentation photographs and videos. In the nearly two decades since, we have refined that system into our current LINKINGapp All-Digital Delivery System. It has become our standard, and is growing in popularity among our construction, engineering, municipal, and other AEC clients. Whether we create images on still cameras, video, webcams, or drones, digital is the preferred deliverable for both the creative & documentation work we provide.
VIDEO simply puts images in motion. Our still photo documentation takes on a new perspective when the information is captured on video, providing far more information for the dollar than other approaches. Video has evolved far beyond our pre and post-construction records, or our vehicle-mounted system for recording haul route conditions prior to construction. We capture aerial video for creative and documentation using our drone fleet and team of FAA Certified UAS Pilots. Video opens the door to recording and editing imagery for marketing applications, including project stories, interviews, company bios and introductions for social media and website posting.
P-Tn has provided aerial photography services to clients for over four decades, using airplanes, helicopters, even helium blimps! Now we are focused on the use of . . . DRONES!
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Aerial imaging using UAS – Unmanned Aerial Systems [Drones or Quadcopters] now a proven strategy and a solid part of our service lineup. Our team of FAA Certified Pilots employ DRONES for both still-frame capture and HI-DEF or 4K Drone Aerial Imaging for construction progress photos & videos, 360 Interactive aerial panoramas, 2D mapping, 3D modeling, elevation & vegetation health evaluation, inspections, plus creative marketing footage.
P-Tn installed its first ProgressWEBCAM in the 1990’s.
We continue to provide this valuable site-monitoring tool, now in 1080 and 720-dpi resolution, browser-based viewing, wireless internet, Pan-Tilt-Zoom user controls, multi-view image archiving, and quality/edited Time-lapse Videos of construction.
A (small) fleet of Solar Trailer Units [small-footprint trailer, solar powered, with 20-foot mounting mast, & wireless broadband] helps us deploy units at local and out-of-state projects, with new options for security alerts right to your phone. Or we will design and complete a custom installation at your location. Our Online ARCHIVEpics INTERFACE provides an archive of daily project pics, plus LIVE VIEW of site activities, for the project team. The creation of a professionally edited, marketing-quality, Time-lapse video of complete construction builds or unique fabrication processes is a valuable final deliverable.
Our ProgressWEBCAM Site Monitoring Systems are often deployed using our Solar Trailer Units, providing a rapid and convenient approach for delivery & set-up at your local or out-of-state construction or development site. These small-footprint trailers are solar powered, ready for mounting of our ProgressWEBCAM at virtually any location on any site that demands remote monitoring. Repositioning on the same site, or transport to another, are convenient options. Our ARCHIVEpics INTERFACE give you online access to archived daily site photos, and more. Wireless broadband and our programming provide 24/7-365 viewing of your site, infrared viewing at night, motion detection, and activity alerts sent directly to your phone for evaluation and action.
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At P-Tn, we do more than capture images (PICS) with our ProgressWEBCAMS. We EDIT the job. We’ll select the ‘best’ images to tell your story, remove the ‘outtakes’ from rain days, stabilize the final selection of images, and polish off the video with titling, your company logo, and background music. In the end, you receive a professional video that you will want to share with your team, the owner, and prospective new customers.
P-Tn ProgressWEBCAM Systems, whether custom installed at your site, or mounted on our Solar Trailer Unit at your location, provide your team with online access to daily captured images, LIVE VIEW of site activities, or 24-7 monitoring with phone alerts … but the Time-Lapse we create for you will give the new building owner an impressive video of the entire build that they can share with their associates. It will also be a valuable tool in marketing your own capabilities to prospective clients, on social media and your website.
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INSPECTION IS WHAT WE DO.
The basis of virtually all of our Visual Documentation is inspections.
We do the legwork for our clients in the field.
For 50 years, we have walked the projects for our clients – construction sites, parking lots, sidewalks, streets & pipeline routes, neighborhoods, farm fields, city streets, industrial parks – even runways. We document the overall sites and construction zones, then look for existing damage, record the details, describe the conditions, provide our clients with easy-to-access photos and/or videos showing those conditions. We share that information with our user-friendly LINKINGapp provides an all-digital deliverable that facilitates finding, retrieval, viewing, and sharing of that valuable information, whenever you need it.
Detailed structure inspections are now often called for in specifications on residential and industrial zone utility construction projects like sanitary sewers, storm drainage sewer lines and reservoirs, airport taxiway and runway improvements, or even street improvements. Once again, we are there to contact property owners, schedule appointments, meet residents and tour their homes or businesses, searching for existing issues that may come into question, and recording damage for future reference. This process protects all parties by delivering the facts about pre-existing circumstances, should a dispute arise during or after construction.
This video illustrates our LINKINGapp deliverable for P-Tn OWNER TRAINING SESSION Recordings. We use this unique approach present videos of Mechanical System Owner Training Sessions with a high quality deliverable closeout for any project – valuable and useful to the Owner’s Facility Management personnel for many years to come. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn how economical having P-Tn handle this scope of work for you might be. The cost of professional quality video & audio recording is far less than you think. We take the headache out of this important aspect of your closeouts, leaving you with only the scheduling of sessions and presenters. If you wish, we can add your PDF Operations Manuals, warranties, final inspection reports and other key equipment documents. Let us know what you’d like included in the LINKINGapp, and we’ll make it happen.
Marketing photography means many things to many people.
Our clients, most of whom are contractors, engineers, and architects, are often in need of interior or exterior views of completed projects – this is where our marketing photography is focused. Think about the value of professional photographs of your projects; just A FEW GOOD PICS! A creative fee applies to the on-location photography, then we post the images we create to an Online PROOFING WebGALLERY for your review, and to make final selections.
Let’s not forget that architectural photos can be captured from the air with our drones and professional pilots composing for the best angles and most dramatic views of finished projects or developments. Drone 4K Aerial Imaging delivers still photos for wall display, framing, or in-office monitor display … and opens the door to capture dramatic video footage that P-Tn will professionally edit for website posting or uploading to social media.
The images you choose are then professionally finished and released as reproduction-ready hi-res digital files, or printed and framed as wall-display color enlargements, to decorate your offices and for gifting to clients.
Here are some options for Wall Displays, including canvas and metal prints!
Exterior & interior ground shots … or raise your expectations with DRONE AERIAL IMAGING.
Although we deliver creative work for wall display prints and framing, digital files we create are primarily shared online thru website posting or social media. For that reason, we offer website design and maintenance services to provide a quality environment to show those photographs … and videos, as well. P-Tn will create content for your online displays, and we’ll even create those online platforms for you.
Today, absence from the internet is problematic. Establishing a presence there may be far less expensive than you think. We can use your photos or produce new material for you, including videos. Once you are represented online, we’ll help you maintain that exposure by monitoring your site for functionality, addressing issues when they arise, and creating new content to keep the site fresh and relevant to your customers and prospects. We will help with SEO and search results, too.
We recently completed a complete rebuild of the L.G. Barcus & Sons website at Barcus.com. Working with the great people at Barcus’ KCK offices, we delivered a whole new look & feel, by updating to a new layout, replacing outdated text, improving navigation & functionality, enhancing existing content and providing new photos & video. We’ve also added SEO and Meta Descriptions with analytics that will measure improved site activity going forward. We completed a similar project for the popular BSandBEERkc.org site, which promotes and manages registration for a series of Building Science Symposiums across the country. We have more work in process currently, and will help you establish an active presence on the web, or revitalize your existing website and keep it working for you for years to come.
iPlanTables & Spooler
P-Tn is your CONNECTION to iPlanTables Wide-format Interactive Touchscreen Workstations
iPlanTables are far more than a large screen TV connected to your computer. These custom engineered commercial/industrial grade touchscreen monitors and powerful PC computers handle all of your large-format document management – electronically. If OWNER TRAINING is your focus, iPlanTables will deliver those video recordings and ALL CLOSEOUT documents in a facilities management customized workstation. Employed by more and more construction companies, architects, engineers, and sub-contractors, plus a new interest from Fire Marshals & City Planners – throughout the continental United States.
Call today and talk with Eric about manufacturer-direct sales and leasing options!
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Here is another opportunity we provide for manufacturer-direct pricing … to our clients in electrical/construction. An economical wire RE-spooler unit that saves both time and money by respooling bulk and partial rolls of all types of electrical wire.
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