Public Works Department
Don Walker
Communications Director
Office: (321) 690-6843
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Video Documents Entire Palm Bay Road Culvert Project in Less Than 7 Minutes

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A time-lapse video that documents replacement of a collapsed stormwater drain pipe on Palm Bay Road provides county residents a bird’s-eye view of the four-week project from start to finish, and in a span of less than 7 minutes.

In actuality, Brevard County Public Works crews completed the project – initially targeted for completion June 11 -- four weeks ahead of schedule. The time-lapse video, which was shown during today’s (May 13) Brevard County Board of County Commissioners meeting, has been posted at

In a resolution presented Tuesday by District 5 Commissioner Andy Anderson, Public Works crews were commended for completing the job early and as much as $150,000 under budget. Projected costs initially ranged from $750,000 to $850,000.

The culvert replacement project, begun at 10 p.m. April 7 and completed at 10:30 a.m. May 7, closed Palm Bay Road and required 75,000 motorists to use alternate routes to reach businesses and residential area along the busy corridor, which links to Interstate 95. A steel culvert, which runs beneath all four lanes of Palm Bay Road at its intersection with Minton Road, was discovered corroded and partially collapsed in February. Temporary repairs were made, but concerns of a road collapse and flooding prompted a decision to replace the stormwater drain pipe with a concrete culvert before the arrival of the hurricane season, which starts June 1.

Public Works Director John Denninghoff wanted to document the work with a time-lapse video, a project spearheaded by Public Works Business Analyst Rich Ataman. Ataman used a home-built camera consisting of outdoor waterproof housing, power supply, a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and wireless MIFI hot spot. The camera was mounted 40 feet high on a pole near the intersection where the work was performed. Ataman was then able to remotely manage and capture a photo every 5 seconds, ultimately capturing 178,000 images – about 6,900 per day -- over the 26 days of actual work.

The county also established a Facebook page devoted exclusively to providing daily updates and communication with the public on the project's progress. Comments ranged from annoyance on the front end to glowing reviews for keeping the public informed, providing feedback and for finishing well ahead of schedule.

“This project has been a highlight in my career,” Denninghoff said. “ It has been a pleasure to work with dedicated staff, vendors and the cities of Palm Bay and West Melbourne to get this job done without flooding any properties and also completing the work faster than scheduled and under budget. My thanks to all who helped make this happen, including the social media interaction with the public.”


Brevard County Board of County Commissioners
Phone: 321.633.2000