Blog 

Blog 

Welcome to the Horizon Imaging blog. This page will be updated regularly with news, current projects, details of new services and with the odd nuggets of advice thrown in here and there for good measure. Newest posts appear at the top of this page. Whilst this website has been online since 2007, this blog was only added in July 2014. Click on a blog post heading or the 'Read More' text to read a particular blog post. 
 

Posts tagged “drone aerial photography”

Last month we were commissioned to inspect over 2,700 square metres of roof structures at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. This was one of our largest aerial inspection projects to date and involved a significant amount of planning as the hospital had to remain open whilst the work was being carried out. To complicate matters further, the hospital is directly opposite Winchester Prison — a very sensitive site with an understandable concern for drones flying anywhere near their land. 
 
Thanks to our meticulous planning, the shoot was a complete success, with the entire roof structure being inspected from the air in under 3 hours. This saved our client, surveying firm AECOM considerable time and expense when compared to the only feasible alternative — cladding the entire building in scaffolding! 
Drone aerial inspection photograph of the roof of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester
We were recently commissioned to inspect the 1000 square metre roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. The imagery was required to support a condition report which had been commissioned by the potential new owner of the unit, as they wanted to know the state of the building before handing over their money! 
 
Our client was structural engineering firm Bond Davidson, and we worked closely with one of their structural engineers to make sure all areas of interest were captured in the survey — these were primarily the condition of the bolts fixing the roof panels in place, the general condition of the roof panels themselves, the condition of the gutters and the condition of the roof around any protrusions through the roof's surface, eg. chimneys. 
Drone aerial inspection photo of the roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesden, Hertfordshire
An increasingly popular use of drone aerial photographs is to combine them with computer-generated models of proposed developments — buildings which don't even exist but can be rendered so realistically that it becomes hard to tell where the aerial photograph stops and the computer-generated model starts. This type of imagery is especially helpful during the planning phase of new developments and for estate agents, allowing them to market as-yet-unfinished properties using highly realistic imagery of the completed projects. 
 
We have many years of experience working with property developers and 3D Visualisation Studios to do just this, and computer simulation software has become so advanced that it's almost impossible to tell where reality ends and the computer models start. Want to know more? Read on ... 
Drone aerial photo and computer-generated building montage used to market an extensive house renovation near Treyford, West Sussex
We were recently consulted about what it takes to start and run a successful drone aerial photography business by the money advice website 'Money Magpie'. The following article was written by our Director, David Hogg, as a guide for someone who likes the idea of using drones to make money, but doesn't know where to start, and it covers topics from equipment selection to business strategy, to our own experience of the explosion of demand (and supply) of drone-related services. There's also some history about the formation of Horizon Imaging and how it all began back in 2007 when David built his first drone from scratch! 
 
So grab a coffee, and enjoy the article!  
Our Inspire 1 Pro drone after completing a marketing photo shoot of a new development near Puttenham, Surrey
The Malls Shopping Centre in Basingstoke have been struggling for years with the inflated roof structure above their main courtyard developing mysterious holes, triggering the roof's automated deflation alarms. After some investigation they discovered the culprit(s) — the local seagulls! For some reason they continuously peck at the clear outer membrane until they've punctured it ... and then they abandon their 'creation' and start afresh elsewhere! Numerous attempts have been made to scare the birds away using automated bird deterrents, but so far none of them have proved effective. As such, a quicker and more cost-effective solution was required for locating and identifying the severity of the holes. 
Drone aerial inspection photograph of the inflated roof of The Malls shopping centre in Basingstoke, Hampshire
There aren't many other sites which look quite as spectacular from above as golf courses. From showing off the design and layout of the course, to the proximity to the countryside or local cities, to the challenges provided by individual holes — drone aerial photography and filming is revolutionising the way golf courses are being marketed. 
 
You invest heavily in the maintenance and upkeep of your course so it looks its best — make sure your marketing imagery is doing the course justice by investing in professional aerial photography. 
Drone aerial photograph of Woodcote Park Golf Club in Coulsdon, Surrey
Earlier in the summer (yes, it seems a long time ago now doesn't it!), we were commissioned by The Dower House Nursing Home in Winchester, Hampshire, to produce a new promotional video as part of a marketing refresh for their website. 
 
The video was to include aerial footage of their site to show off its beautiful green setting in the Hampshire countryside, as well ground-level footage taken in and around their care home. 
Drone aerial photograph of The Dower House Nursing Home near Winchester, Hampshire
It's not often we share posts that are purely of an aesthetically pleasing nature, but here at Horizon Imaging we still enjoy taking aerial photos for the fun of it! 
 
Last week our Director, David Hogg enjoyed a holiday in Mauritius and he took a portable fold-up drone with him - the technologically state-of-the-art DJI Mavic Pro. 
Mast aerial photograph of an office block in Staines, London
Back in 2015 we first visited this amazing landscaped vegetable garden near Petersfield, Hampshire, to take some promotional photographs for its architect, Graduate Landscapes. Now, 2 years later, we revisited the same garden to document how it had matured and developed over the intervening years, and to produce a brand new set of advertising material which could be used on the landscape architect's website. 
 
As well as taking a set of aerial and ground-level photographs of the garden, as we did last time, this time we were also commissioned to produce a short aerial and ground-level film to show off the grandeur and beauty of this very unique landscaping project. 
Drone aerial photograph of a stunning landscaped vegetable garden near Petersfield, Hampshire
A few weeks ago we were contacted by high-end estate agent Savills based in Guildford, asking if we could produce a short aerial video to help show off the location of a brand new property development that they were selling. The site in question is situated in the beautiful, stereotypically-English village of Puttenham in Surrey which lies in the 'Surrey Hills' — an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 
 
As well as producing the video, we also took some aerial photographs which they could use in their printed marketing literature and on their website. 
Drone aerial photograph of a new property development in Puttenham, Surrey