One of the smartest things to do as a contractor and something that is completely appreciated by the owner of the property or building once it’s completed is if you take progress pictures. As the grading is completed, the trenches are dug, the foundation is put in, and the building takes shape it’s nice to have pictures along the way. This has always been quite common in the construction sector, but many contractors are so busy they never seem to get around to it. However, it’s a lot easier today than it ever has been in the past.
Consider if you will the reality that everyone has a digital camera in their smart phone, and there are new 3-D apps for the Apple iPhone. It’s easy to take all these digital renderings, and even build a 3-D model day by day as the work progresses. I suppose the future holographic imagery and spectral imaging will be part of this, as all those pictures are made into holograms. So you can see the building being built in real time in one sequential video. Perhaps you’ve seen this on YouTube where a building just gets built and you can watch it all in a three-minute video. That’s pretty cool.
Being able to do this for your customer, and also having it available to show future customers puts you on the leading technical edge, and sure works great for presentations at planning commissions to show the great work you do. It’s definitely a digital keepsake and it’s nothing like the old days where you would take the pictures, and then go down to perhaps a local Walmart to have the film developed. Then you would have a stack of pictures to hand to the owner, or perhaps you would have them mounted in a scrapbook and then hand it over.
Usually, the contractor would make two scrapbooks one for himself and one for the owner. The scrapbook for himself would be kept in his office to show future clientele how things were done. Now, all of these things can be put on YouTube and people can subscribe to your channel, and they can look at all the projects you have ever done and watch it all unfold as you did it.
What amazing new technology, and what a wonderful application for the construction industry, and the long-term entrepreneurial contractor that wants to grow his business. It is my sincere hope that you will please consider all this and develop your digital progress construction strategy in the new age of personal tech.