I have just picked up the “DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus” and must say what an awesome  little machine this is. Takes great pictures and video flying over construction sites. Rotating the camera down , while in flight, is a show stopper. I cannot believe the Ministry of Labour haven’t clued into this. The things I see is a cash cow [ fines] for governments $$$$$$


Below is a video taken/ flying over a school we are building. More to follow!

Flying robots take flight as construction inspectors
082TECHNOLOGYJul 25, 2014

Humming quietly, the flying robot hovers outside a highrise building. The small craft, barely a metre across, works its way up to the 11th floor, examining the façade for such damage as chipped or crumbling concrete, defective joints and the like.
Flying robots take flight as construction inspectors
Photo: ARUP
Keeping about two metres from the façade, the robot is on an inspection tour of the building. It’s equipped with a high-resolution digital camera that takes detailed images of each part of the building.

In this case, the work is being done in Saarbrücken, Germany, and the operator is Christian Eschmann, a researcher at the Franhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing. His interest is in developing and adapting small helicopters for building inspections.

Many buildings and other structures in Germany were built since the end of the Second World War in 1945, and now their age is showing. But inspection can be difficult. Sometimes cranes, platform vehicles or scaffolding have to be used — or small helicopters.

Eschmann says that a façade that’s just 20 metres tall by 80 wide can take an engineer two to three days for a complete inspection. But the small chopper that Eschmann is demonstrating needs only three to four hours.

If there is concern about the state of the insulation, Echmann’s machine can be equipped with a thermal imaging camera, which can provide images showing where heat loss is occurring.

And the inspector doesn’t end up with just a handful of images. A flight of just 15 minutes can result in up to 1,200 photos. Then, using a computer, the inspector can stitch together individual images to create an overall picture.

Eschmann is just one of many researchers who are working in the field of construction robotics, which can mean anything from a brick-laying robot to an autonomous machine that can enter such dangerous areas as nuclear containment domes, and use wireless communication to send information to a data collector outside. They can inspect tunnels and the undersides of bridges. They can climb the walls of storage tanks to check the integrity of welds. They can climb the face of a hydro dam, conducting inspections that usually require engineers on swing stages.

And in Wales, an experiment is under way to use drone ‘copters to check construction site waste. In that one, drones take aerial images to create a catalogue of waste. Then Arup, a design firm, will use BIM software to look at how design changes might affect the volume of waste. The idea is to explore how the Welsh industry as a whole can reduce waste.

What has made all of this possible is the coming together of a number of technologies: miniaturization of helicopters, digital photography, reliable wireless communication, growing sophistication of the sensors available. And, in some cases, the availability of 3D printing.

Many firms make the small helicopters, usually with four, six or eight rotors, so the machines might be called quadcopters, if they have four rotors, or octocopters (eight rotors). One of the leaders is Saskatoon-based DraganFly. Its four-rotor machines are used for industrial inspection, wildlife protection, aerial photography, 3D terrain mapping, agriculture, research, search and rescue and public safety.

A number of police services in Canada and the United States fly Dragan machines, including both the RCMP and the Ontario Provincial Police.

The machines are small. A couple of the models are just 71 centimetres in diameter and 25 cm tall. They can be folded up and carried in a case, but can be set up and ready to fly in just a few minutes. They are typically equipped with either a still camera or a video camera, although other equipment can be mounted when needed.

As the technology develops and is accepted by industry, the prices of these flying robots falls. A start-up called DreamQii Robotis, based at Ryerson University in Toronto, is about to launch a line of drones, complete with a GPS system and camera. It will be priced at about $1,200.

Drones, often called unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have some limitations attached to them.

To operate a UAV commercially in Canada you must have a Special Flight Operation Certificate (SFOC), issued by Transport Canada. It specifies that UAVs can’t be flown higher than 120 metres, for example, and must be operated within the line of sight of the pilot, or someone who is in contact with a pilot.

In 2011, Transport Canada issued 155 SFOCs. Last year it issued 945, indicating that the industry is still a tiny one, but growing.

In the U.S., regulators are writing a new set of rules for the operation of drones, and hope to have them in place by the end of the year.







Drones will soon  rule the world,,,


“No One Should Be Forgotten”

Local 793 breaks ground on fallen worker memorial
Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers is building a memorial garden and pavilion at its head office in Oakville to honour members who have been killed in construction site accidents or as a result of an occupational illness.
More than 150 dignitaries, union staff, business representatives and officers, safety officials, building trades representatives, construction employers, and family members of four operators who have died under such circumstances, attended a groundbreaking June 9 at the site.
Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher spoke about the significance of the memorial and also the importance of industry partners and government health and safety agencies working together to make construction sites safer.
He noted that 225 workers were killed in construction site accidents in Ontario between 2003 and 2013, and that in 2013 alone 17 construction workers were killed.
The garden and pavilion were designed by Hamilton-area artist Patrick Bermingham. The pavilion will have three outer arches and two inner arches, creating a quiet place for reflection.
Names of deceased members will be engraved on the arches. The structure should be completed by September.
Dufferin Construction is contributing $40,000 to help with the costs of building the foundation for the pavilion, while Bermingham Construction is donating $25,000 and the Crane Rental Association of Ontario is providing $10,000 for construction costs.

The Drones Are Coming: Be Afraid/ Be Very Afraid !!!!

A Great Day To Fly

I am looking into streaming construction progress “Live” Fastening a go pro camera to my hard hat and with the live stream box I am able to walk- thru a construction project and show live action. The project team will be able to sit in and watch – stay tuned.



Flyover of Milton 5 Catholic Elementary School “Full Version”

Flyover Milton 5 CES – Full Version from Larry Arbuckle on Vimeo.

“Go Pro” and “The Blade 350 QX” quad copter have teamed up to
provide Aerial pics and video (1080). Now I can fly and record video over a construction site. Add iMovie, throw in some music and the project team can see what is going on. Stay tuned for some interesting video. Hope to have a video soon.


I recorded this video to show the project team the amt of dirt left behind during excavation. The dirt is to be removed as per contract. I added text using Final Cut Pro to explain the video. Seeing the piles of dirt / from the air/ to be removed/ told the real story.

Milton 5 Mud-HD 720p from Larry Arbuckle on Vimeo.

I flew over a school where we are building an addition. I added some music, sounds a little “quirky”. Anyway, the kids liked it! I crashed in the end behind an excavator.Ouch!

Guardian Angels- Flyover from Larry Arbuckle on Vimeo.

Below is a video created to help my neighbour sell his house. Flying above the house creates a whole new look.




In the good old days ( 5 years ago) you would drop by a construction site and take/ pictures/videos/ showing progress. The next day you would go back to your office and upload pics and video to the company desktop.”Cumbersome”

Then comes Steve Jobs. With my iPad I drop by a site and take pictures and videos showing progress. Then walk back to my vehicle and go to “Hot Spots” on my iPhone   5 and with WiFi, upload the pictures and video to the project blog page created in WordPress. And yes all done in real-time. Under this format, and within driving range, I can report on 3-4 projects per day.

Recorded videos and pictures are circulated to everyone on the project team/ result /we are all on the same page. I have discovered under this process it can shorten the construction schedule as much as 20% plus, and also leave everyone with a history of what happened. Great conversation for back charges seeing who was wrong. Very useful!
Also, I discovered Search Engines (SEO) love blogs and the more you write and create articles puts you on the first page of a web search. As you report on construction progress people will follow you and ” low and behold”  when  the doors open you already have clientele. How cool is that!

And the best thing about the above – It Costs Nothing, only your time.

WordPress is a great management tool to run a construction project and yes security pass codes can easily be applied to protect sensitive issues.

“Welcome To The New Office”

Go Pro Camera clipped on to your hard hat!

Very useful when visiting a construction site as it is hand-free and operates from your smart phone. Has amazing 1080 video that can be emailed to your project team. Watch the boys “scramble” as you walk down the hall. They think you’re from “The Department Of Immigration”. Turn your video into a movie  with “IMovie “


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  1. I love it! I have been wanting to make a video of us working on site to put on our website, but we are always to busy to set up the camera once we start working. I will try wearing my contour camera on my helmet and see what I can capture.

    How does the footage come out? is it pretty shaky?

  2. Those GoPros are something else. I’m gonna have to get me one. I’m always shocked at how smooth they are. I have a friend who runs a high-end roofing business and used a GoPro to get shots of a roof he’d done. (Well, his son did the RC’ing.) It looked incredible- totally smooth and clean, totally professional. It looked a like a pro crane shot that could go anywhere. I got that impression again in the above video (except for the virtual reality Larry in the top video. That was definitely uncanny valley territory.)
    One suggestion- Dudley shoul;d be more prominently featured.

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