Implementing digital image photography in the building industry

David R. Riley, II, Jessie Whitesides

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Digital photography provides a versatile technique to capture, view and manage images of site conditions and project progress. The graphical nature of communication in the building industry provides many opportunities for architecture and construction firms to benefit from this technology. This report presents a study performed to investigate the feasibility of replacing existing photographic services on design and construction projects with digital photography, and identifies strategies to encourage the implementation of this technology. Surveys and interviews were performed to assess the uses for and expenditures on photographic services by architecture and construction firms. Trial applications were also carried out to assess the actual costs, necessary time investment for training, and advantages of digital image technology in the building industry. Conclusions address the most feasible project types and techniques to successfully implement digital imaging tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-174
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Construction Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Education


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