STA­DIUM STORY TRACKED IN TIME

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON domanii. cameron@ news. com. au

A TOWNSVILLE pho­tog­ra­pher has teamed up with one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing time­lapse im­age ex­perts to pro­vide a rare in­sight into the con­struc­tion of the city’s state- of- the- art sta­dium.

Man­ag­ing con­trac­tor Wat­pac ap­proached Budd Pho­tog­ra­phy to cre­ate a time­lapse record through­out the project’s two- and- a- half- year con­struc­tion pe­riod.

Budd Pho­tog­ra­phy’s owner, Roslyn Budd, then ap­proached Black Box Time­lapse to col­lab­o­rate, with the two busi­nesses to film from the air, ground and the CBD.

One cam­era has al­ready been film­ing the early earth­works over the last month from atop Mint Apart­ments on Stan­ley St which will stare di­rectly down into the open end of the sta­dium once built.

Ms Budd said time­lapse im­ages were a great way to show the process.

“They ( Black Box) have the tech­nol­ogy and the knowhow,” she said. “It was an op­por­tu­nity for them to be able to teach me and have the project kept lo­cally.”

Ms Budd said while she had un­der­taken time­lapse projects be­fore, this was her largest.

“It’s ( the cam­era) tak­ing im­ages ev­ery four min­utes which will be com­piled into a pro­gres­sive video,” she said.

Black Box gen­eral man­ager Lee Sto­er­mer said the time­lapse im­ages would be re­leased fol­low­ing the sta­dium’s con­struc­tion.

“We will take all of the clear mile­stones out of the con­tract like fill­ing con­crete and lift­ing the roof,” he said.

“One of the key cri­te­ria for this project is lo­cal con­tent so we’re part­nered with Roslyn from Budd Pho­tog­ra­phy and we’re train­ing her up as well.”

Mr Sto­er­mer said the sta­dium was a piece of mas­sive in­fra­struc­ture for Townsville.

“You want to be able to look back at it and go ‘ wow this is amaz­ing’,” he said.

“We’re go­ing to be in­clud­ing aerial im­agery and we’re us­ing mo­tion time­lapse as well on the ground to add a dif­fer­ent dy­namic.

“The cam­era is be­ing mon­i­tored 24/ 7. Essen­tially it’s au­ton­o­mous so we don’t even have to go near it.

“It’s so­lar- pow­ered with a bat­tery back- up.

“It’s go­ing to be an amaz­ing video. We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of it.”

RARE IN­SIGHT: Roslyn Budd, from Budd Pho­tog­ra­phy, in front of the sta­dium site where early earth­works are be­ing done. Pic­ture: FIONA HARDING

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