Say hello to Alan Farmer, a member of our Photography and Project Builder Team here in ZynQ 360 HQ in Scotland!
Alan joined us two years ago as a Photographer and Project Builder.
Itching to complete his first job in the field, COVID-19 put a spanner in the works as the world was put on lockdown and the ability to travel was greatly reduced.
Fast forward to 2021 and Alan has completed his BOSIET and Photography training as well as his first 360 Photography job on a Refinery in England.
We caught up with Alan to find out all about his first job…
Alan it’s great to have you back from your first photography job in the field! Tell us about it! ?
Thanks! The job was down in England, and I really enjoyed the overall experience of capturing a photographic survey of two different units within the site.
What was your favourite thing about your first job?
At first, I found the sheer size of the refinery daunting and the environment was pretty alien to me. I had never seen the ins and outs of a downstream site; I’d only ever seen it on the screen in front of me back at the office. So, in a way, it was kind of refreshing and interesting to see how everything works.
What was the biggest challenge that you overcame?
Probably getting used to working at heights, especially up the tall towers with grated flooring.
It took me a few days to get used to this but my highly experienced team lead, Nicky, and the excellent onsite training kept me right. When you’re following all the safety protocols and procedures, it’s very easy to get used to the heights, along with all the different working environments – heat from boilers or furnaces, noise, smells, and confined spaces.
What did you miss from home?
That would probably be our barking mad 2-year-old Cavapoo Pup Lily. I missed the welcome I’d normally get upon opening the door, as well as my niece and nephew.
Best food when you went for dinner?
L’Osteria Italian Restaurant had excellent food, including huge pizza’s which were delicious. Authentic Italian cuisine, the risotto and tiramisu being my favourites. The local area had a good selection of places to eat out, we ate in a Thai restaurant one night which was also very good.
Favourite ZynQ feature?
The 360 photogrammetry and the ability to access a remote site from just about anywhere in the world, laser scanning to build 3d models and the use of drones to capture the overall scale of a site is impressive. When you pull all that data together and then start linking in digital twin capabilities on top, it’s incredible what it offers in terms of Visualisation and remote management.
In terms of specific features or tools, I think the measurement tool is very cool and so simple. Being able to remotely view and measure space on the site is very useful for our clients.