Working with long-acquainted planning client, ATR were tasked with carrying out a servicing survey over a half mile stretch of road in central London.
The nature of such surveys can bring complications as parked vehicles can obstruct the views of cameras installed at times where there is very little traffic around. Educated knowledge of how sites can develop during the day can prove invaluable, as it did on this occasion. It was decided by site staff that all cameras should be backed up from differing angles, and overlapped where possible to provide an even more comprehensive picture of the traffic patterns and servicing habits in the surveyed area.
Experience also led our planners, upon commissioning of the survey, to immediately contact City police and notify them of our intended survey date, as we recognised that we would be filming in an area that would be deemed very sensitive. Through communication with the Metropolitan Police, all authorities were duly notified and any expensive cancellations avoided.
A logical approach to implementing surveys is essential, and in this instance we were also aware that due to the locality of Buckingham Palace nearby, not only would security be stringent, but parking our vehicles nearby was likely to be impossible. Cameras were duly installed in the early hours of the morning, with staff then left at site to oversee the survey while the vehicles were removed.
All elements of the survey went ahead without any issues, and despite several vehicular obstructions to cameras, there were plenty of other camera views to glean the necessary information from, and ATR were able to deliver the agreed data within the schedule agreed.
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