In early January 2020 we set out to complete one of the companies biggest milestones to date: The installation of the camera stations.
After over a year of planning it was time to do some physical work. Brett had been working with landowners to gain access to each of our desired locations. Some of these locations came easy and at times Brett was told to F*!ck off. Some of the land owners actually suggested we set up in different locations and were able to provide us with better views than we had initially planned.
Once the christmas chaos was over and we were finally able to get all the equipment from our suppliers Bruce & Nigel set off on a mission. The goal was to install 2 stations per day having them ready for our tech contractor to follow behind, working his magic to get the cameras live streaming.
The first step was to pick up the truck we had hired from Ag Hire Ltd and head north of the mighty Waimak to pick up the precast concrete base blocks from Moriarty Wright Construction. Ag Hires truck was fitted with a 3t crane which made it ideal for shifting the blocks and poles.
Our first installment was the Ashburton river mouth. We knew our first site was going to be a bit slow as we worked through our systems and figured out when and where each component was installed. 5 hours later we had the first camera station in place and it was home for a beer to celebrate.
The next day was spent at the yard doing a lot of prep work with the goal of speeding the process up and getting the onsite time under 2 hours. We managed to achieve this and spent the next 6 days flat out around canterbury getting these stations ready for the next stage.
With the first 12 camera stations installed it was now up to our tech contractor to get the cameras live streamings.