Cameras capture 42,000 hours of construction on San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Sept. 3, 2013
EarthCam installed 12 of its 288 MegapixelCam Robotic cameras, which feature 12x optical zoom and auto-generate 288 MPixel multilayer 360° panoramas, to document the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from October 2008 to August 2013.

In October of 2008, EarthCam installed 12 construction cameras to document the construction and progress of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. On September 3, the company premiered their time-lapse video of the $6.4 billion project.

EarthCam used its 288 MegapixelCam Robotic, a camera system that delivers remote PTZ controls and archives multiple preset compositions while auto-generating 288 MPixel multilayer 360° panoramas. These video cameras feature 640 x 425 live streaming video preview, 12x optical zoom, and on-board 16 GB solid-state backup storage. In addition, the cameras are housed in thermostatically-regulated, corrosion-resistant black enclosure.

The 12 cameras captured video of the progress from 42 preset angles in order to provide unique perspectives of the construction. Since 2008, EarthCam cameras captured nearly two million images during the construction of the bridge. Time-lapse specialists spent months editing the archived imagery into a time-lapse movie, showcasing the entire construction process for the new state-of-the-art bridge, ready to welcome the 270,000 vehicles that span its length each day.

“It’s been a great honor to be onsite since 2008, documenting one of the largest public works projects in history while providing continuous updates to the community,” said Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam in a press release. “Our construction cameras captured numerous milestones over the years, archiving nearly 2 million images to make this the most documented bridge project to date.”

View the press release.

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