Taking photos from windows of not-yet-existing buildings

After receiving an interesting request for drone usage from Japan, we decided to share it with you.

Oftentimes even before starting the construction of a building, the company needs to make the idea gain interest and acquire orders from potential customers. While the inside view of the apartments can be rendered in CAD, to illustrate the view from windows it makes a lot more sense to actually take the pictures instead of rendering them.

To take photos of the view from windows / balcony of apartments of buildings which are yet to be built, a drone with an automatic camera trigger can be used. 

The first image of the post is the sketch of the idea by Keitaro Sugiyama.

This idea can be easily brought to life by using UgCS ground station for flight planning. This is how the flight plan would look in UgCS:

The creation of this route took only about 30 minutes using the distance measurement tool in UgCS and calculating all the exact locations and placing the waypoints along with camera trigger actions. However, after a 5 minute flight you will get excellent and accurate marketing material for potential clients.

Get UgCS here: www.ugcs.com

Safe flights,
UgCS Team


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Comment by Randy on March 28, 2016 at 5:09pm

Yeah, really cool.  Copter-3.4 should include support for absolute and google-earth (or other data provider's) terrain data based altitudes in missions (and even Guided mode).  I don't immediately see how it helps but it might make it easier to specify the mission.

Comment by Greg Fletcher on March 28, 2016 at 8:47pm

@ Delerious Jerk,

Why don't you make like a failed drone and Buzz Off.  .. sorry, I couldn't help it.

Comment by Michael Visser on March 29, 2016 at 5:06am

Very cool implementation UgCS. Was the solution used by the client/user?

@mods, can we get the spam under control re: Darius Jack hijacking this Post.

Comment by Digital Wings on March 29, 2016 at 8:52am
Very cool idea

Comment by Dwgsparky on March 29, 2016 at 9:34am


This is a good and interesting post for many people here that are interested in learning and discovering new techniques for there machines. We all benefit from this type of post. 

Lets keep to the intent of the post and avoid the personal attacks on each other, they are a waste of time and do not help anyone..

If you have nothing useful to add then "with respect" keep quiet.  

Comment by unnamed idea on March 29, 2016 at 10:14am

Been there, done that. Here is a sample dataset for the same purpose. I also am having a conversation with instruction companies as well. Have a look at talhakorkmaz.com/seyryapi

Comment by Darius Jack on March 29, 2016 at 2:47pm


could you drop me a line, I can develop scripts for you.

I did highly professional 365/24 shading analysis for Strabag last year, developing Virtual Sun.

All you need is 180 wide angle camera or multi-lens camera to make the inpression, balcony view is for real.

Open Technology Park

Open Fabrication Lab


Comment by benbojangles on March 29, 2016 at 2:48pm


Hi Darius, I really like your remote controller development for Google Earth:

"BTW, In 2008 or 2009 I developed remote controller to work with Google Earth to let you select lat, long, alt, zoom in/ pan remotely"

I tried hard to search for some more information on the remote controller you made so I could learn more about it. But I couldn't find anything on it at all. Could you help me with some links to what you did? I'd really like to try and replicate it for my own learning.

Thanks, best wishes.

Comment by Darius Jack on March 29, 2016 at 2:57pm


ok, I can go back to the project.

Need to get 2 suitable romeetes for tests.

Not sure if limited API on Windows can still support scripting.

Looking for response on Google Earth API scripting on Android, if supported.

If API scripting discontinued let me know another Earth imaginery.

Tried to get weblink to Earth 3D imaginery promoted at DIYDrones some months earlier

(provided by European Space Agency or Airbus), I would be great to get third party help.

Comment by benbojangles on March 29, 2016 at 3:02pm


Thanks for replying, you're very helpful. But I would really like to find out about your 2008 remote controller development for Google Earth. Can you help me with some links to it please? I'd be really grateful as I can't find anything.

Best wishes Darius


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