PHASE ONE: THE MISSION STATEMENT
Bridges to Rails Infrastructure Interactors and Photographers Safety Network: Safe Missions Accomplished.
The mission of Bridges to Rails Infrastructure Interactors is to provide value-added services to transportation departments and infrastructure inspection or maintenance crews.
It is always useful to provide safe and efficient methods of photographing infrastructures such as railroads, construction projects, and bridges. With dozens of projects underway and the potential for dozens of others and billions of dollars in spending to come, the need for the assistance of additional photographers to accurately document thousands of miles and the varied systems requisite for any infrastructure project will be vital.
Having plenty of alert workers is necessary when around any infrastructure system. The Bridge Inspectors Training Manual of 1970, emphasizes the facts of safety when on or around a bridge or inspection equipment. You should not do the work unless you are aware of your surroundings and able to comply with work-area safety. Compliance with the regulations is a must at all times.
One facet of versatile photography is the principle of saving America’s transportation departments money and time when documenting projects, and also to show that purchasing high-quality equipment and learning how to take efficient care of it will save money and provide years of excellent service of the equipment. There are times to use a quick camera phone, and other times to use a special lens and camera for professional work.
As an example, this series of photographs of the historic Kinzie Street Bridge (1909) was taken by the same camera and from a distance that varied by only a few yards.
To do the equivalent with a professional-grade DSLR would require changing lenses at least four times. The time needed to change heavy lenses might add minutes to a crucial project. When you add labor, you also add costs.
Divi Logan. June 30, 2020.