January 15 – 18, 2023
Short Courses & Workshops
Short Course 1: Infrared Inspections of Electrical Systems – What Every Thermographer Should Know
Short Course 2: Infrared Inspections of Photovoltaic Systems
Short Course 3: Infrared Thermography and the Expert Witness
Short Course 4: Developing an In-House IR Inspection Program
Short Course 5: Infrared Inspections for Building Diagnostics
Senior Energy Services Technician
Missouri River Energy Services
3724 Avera Drive
Sioux Falls, SD 57109
Using Infrared Imaging to Detect Deficiencies in Utility Distribution and Transmission
One of the important uses of infrared is the effective delivery of power to customer locations. If your customer doesn’t have power you don’t have revenue and a very unhappy business partner! From a generation facility to transmission lines to the utility and then on to the customer multiple opportunities exist to employ the use of infrared imaging. Detection of detect potential problems, avoid outages, and in fact increase customer appreciation are all excellent uses of your infrared expertise. Both a utility provided service specialist and independent thermographers can benefit by experiencing a view of potential problem areas, how to effectively image systems.
This presentation will cover examples of problems that could exist unseen by regular maintenance practices and supporting documentation using infrared imagery using both past and current examples.
5009-C Hampton Oaks Parkway
Tampa, FL 33610
PdMAEYE – Continuous Monitoring
Retiring employees, pandemic work from home response, or just advances in technology and a desire for improved reliability are all legitimate reasons for the surge in interest for permanently installed electric motor test equipment with remote access test equipment. This presentation will explore each of these reasons and more to highlight the benefits of permanently installed electric motor testing technology.
Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer
Brady Infrared Inspections, Inc.
935 Pine Castle Court
Stuart, FL 34996
Using Moisture Meters to Verify Thermal Anomalies Associated with Infrared Roof Moisture Surveys
Thermal patterns detected during an infrared roof moisture survey require verification to determine if they represent wet insulation. Verification can be conducted either during or after an infrared survey, but regardless, the verification process is necessary to provide conclusive results.
This presentation outlines the proper use of impedance moisture meters, both non-destructive and destructive, to confirm thermal anomalies typical of wet insulation. Examples of common insulation materials including board insulations, lightweight concrete and sprayed poly-foam roof systems will be presented.
Richard A. Bustamante, Substation PMA Advisor & Steven May, Jr., Predictive Maintenance Assessment Advisor
Southern California Edison
3 Innovation Way
Pomona, CA 91768
Richard A. Bustamante
Steven May, Jr.
Southern California’s Infrared Thermography Program
Southern California Edison’s Preventative Maintenance Assessment Program (PMA) covers 50,000 square miles and about 14 million residents. This includes about 1100 substations. We use a FLIR T1020 Thermal Imager in our inspection process to inspect primary conductors for hot connections with voltages of 2.4 KV to 500 KV. We also inspect secondary connections in circuit breakers, transformers, and relay buildings. We will give examples of high voltage hot connections on disconnect switches, circuit breakers, and transformers along with hot connections on CT rotos and secondary connections. Our program also inspects SF6 gas-filled equipment with a FLIR GF306 gas imaging camera to locate large and small leaks. We will show videos of leaks that we have located and will also review visual findings from our substation inspections.
Valentino P. DeRocili, Ph.D.
Level III Thermographer
Compliance Environmental, Inc
150 South Bradford Street
Dover, Delaware 19904
Performing Acoustic Imaging to Enhance Infrared Inspections
The presentation will explore the use of acoustic imaging as a diagnostic tool used with infrared imagers to strengthen predictive maintenance programs. Examples from recently completed field inspections using acoustic imaging and infrared imagers will be presented to contrast the technologies for an understanding on how they can be used together.
Al Ezz Dekheila Steel Company (EZDK)
Moamen Moustafa Ahmed and Mahmoud Lotfy Mahmoud
Applications for Thermography in Steel Manufacturing
EZDK is an Egyptian steel company consisting of more than 11 plants in along the Mediterranean Sea in north Africa which produce more than three million tons of rebar, rod, and flat steel annually. EZDK have been utilizing infrared thermography as part of our reliability system since 2007. This presentation will cover several examples of how we have successfully applied infrared thermography to our manufacturing process.
Hartford Steam Boiler
Inspection and Insurance Company
Ronald (JR) Smith and Paul Boman
One State Street
P.O. Box 5024
Hartford, CT 06102-5024
Case study: Oil Analysis Identifies Issue and Infrared Confirms
Many times, a predictive maintenance tool can lead to additional testing from other methods to help identify a potential issue. Hartford Steam Boiler’s TOGA® Program analyzes fluids like lube oil, hydraulic and heat transfer fluids to help reduce unexpected equipment and production outages. Our case study is for a small hydro-generating power plant generator step-up transformer. The TOGA insulating fluid analysis reported an elevated temperature was in contact with the transformer’s insulating fluid, probably from a high resistance connection.
Insulating fluid analysis uses dissolved gas analysis (DGA) which is very similar to the equipment used in a medical laboratory. DGA identifies hydrocarbon gases that are generated by elevated temperatures and arcing from the insulating fluid which can be mineral oil, natural esters from plant-based fluids or silicone fluids. These temperatures are above the normal transformer operating temperatures which is below 110°C. These high resistance connections can be on bolted terminal connections, brazed conductor splices or on the electrical bushings. An infrared scan is another non-intrusive diagnostic method to help eliminate potential gassing sources like a bushing.
Electrical bushings have long manufacturing lead-times and may also require design work for getting the proper replacement bushing dimensions. When properly applied, infrared scanning is an accuracy and quick confirmation for a huge benefit to the equipment owner.
Dave Krause and Steven Davis
68 Stacy Haines Road – Suite 102
Lumberton, NJ 08048
Drones and Thermography – The Where, The When and How
Drones or sUAS are becoming more useful for technicians to help accomplish more difficult tasks in a quicker safer way. Over the past 5 years advances in aerial platform technology has led to a wider acceptance of drones as another tool to carry and use. But, there are rules and regulations governing operations defined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
This two part session will go over navigating some of these rules from where you can fly, what to do if the FAA has restrictions, how to identify hazards and mitigate risk, as well as discuss equipment platforms, and where the industry moving towards in the future.
Fenris Electric Systems
25506 NE Worthington Road
Yacolt, WA 98675
Using Drones for Confined Space Electrical Systems
The use of specialized indoor inspection drones allow for efficient and safe inspections of energized electrical assets, including underground electrical vaults, and other confined spaces. With proper training and Standard Operating Procedures, detailed thermal and visual inspections in dangerous, difficult to access areas can be completed without an operator ever needing to enter the confined space. The speed of data collection, combined with keeping personnel out of dangerous areas, allow for proactive inspections of energized electrical assets, thereby reducing outages and increasing overall operations safety.
SDT Ultrasound Solutions Inc.
7677 Country Road 2
Cobourg, Ontario K9A 0X4
Stories from the Field: Combining Acoustic Imaging Cameras and Thermal Imaging Cameras for More Wins
Condition monitoring technicians are the appointed guardians of the physical assets that drive American manufacturing. But if they only rely on information from a single source then they miss out on detecting the defect symptoms that can lead to unexpected shutdowns. Therefore, we advocate for combining data from multiple technologies – such as infrared and ultrasound – to score as many wins as possible.
Ed Kochanek, US Director of Sales – Condition Monitoring
9 Townsend West
Nashua, NH 03063
609 932 8795
What’s Really Important When Buying a Thermal Camera
Buying a thermal imager can be a daunting task for a seasoned thermographer; it can be especially difficult for the less experienced. Because the success of an infrared inspection program is dependent upon the chosen test equipment, it is imperative to select proper equipment. This presentation will discuss the importance of specifications, ergonomics, reporting software, and other factors you will need to consider when buying a camera. In 23 years in the thermal camera industry, I have seen it all and will give you the insight and questions you didn’t think to ask to make the right camera choice for you.
Adrian Messer, CMRP
Vice President, Executive Services
6449 Southpoint Parkway
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
It’s 2023, and along with everything else that’s going on in our world, you’re struggling to find the right maintenance & reliability talent. Don’t give up. The talent is there, it has just migrated elsewhere, and you have to know how to find it. By understanding the current state of the workforce and both trends in labor and trends in worker mentality and attitudes, it is possible to develop a strategy to find high quality and high value maintenance & reliability talent. Many times, it starts with analyzing and understanding the current culture within your own organization and striving to create a culture of reliability. This presentation will discuss both the current state of the workforce, and provide some direction on considerations for identifying, qualifying, and developing a more reliability focused workforce.
Craig F. Nelson, CESW, CESCP
JM Test Systems
7323 Tom Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-2313
Keeping Your Distance: Determining Shock and Arc Flash Boundaries When Performing Thermography on Energized Electrical Equipment
Shock and arc flash are the electrical hazards addressed by the NFPA 70E electrical safety standard and relevant OSHA regulations. Among the safety considerations when performing thermography on electrical equipment are approach boundaries applicable to these hazards for the safety of both qualified and unqualified personnel. A thermographer must know how to identify these boundaries and when they apply, the qualifications necessary to cross them, the requirements for performing thermography in the presence of these hazards and the applicable PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that may be required in the presence of both existing and potential shock and arc flash hazards.
2600 West Executive Parkway - Suite 500
Leghi, UT 84043
Insurance Information for Thermographers
Securing business insurance for infrared inspection services can be a challenge due to the diverse number of applications and the risks associated with them. This presentation will cover the various aspects of insurance for thermographers along with various policy types, coverages, exclusions and endorsements. We will also discuss the need for contracts and the scope of your inspection. Lastly, we will cover safety issues and Workers Comp Insurance. Also provided will be guidance on how to read your policy and important considerations when you renew it.
Mark D. Powell
1424 Pebble Ridge Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
Knowing the Variables for Roofing Diagnostics
It is widely known the huge impact Infrared imaging has had on the roofing industry. Being able to identify suspect wet insulation has changed how roofing maintenance and roof asset management is being performed. However, what is not understood by most building owners and even some thermographers is that performing a successful and accurate roofing scan can be one of the most challenging infrared inspections to perform. The key is knowing the variables that can impact an infrared inspection. This presentation will delve into those variables that affect the accuracy of an inspection and how to ensure a successful infrared inspection.
International Sales Manager
17250 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75248
Techniques for Boosting Inspection Speed and Data Organization
Thermal imagers have been an integral part of routine inspection for a long time. Yet it remains just a tool to take thermal image. In this era of hyper interconnectivity, FOTRIC believes it should be more. It should facilitate everything an inspector would need on field. And we made it so, by NaviTiR.
The NaviTiR is an AI-infused digital upgrade system from the traditional thermal camera, including features like digitalized data management, automatic diagnosis, object identification, instant data synchronization and one-click report generation. It perfectly assists thermal inspectors on every link of their assignment, from preparation to presentation.
10306 Technology Terrace
Bradenton, FL 34211
IR Inspection Windows – See What You’ve Been Missing
Infrared Inspection Windows allow a safer method of monitoring/inspecting critical electrical assets and should be adopted as part of a comprehensive Condition-Based Maintenance Program that focuses on both Safety and Reliability. With the proper procedures in place that take advantage of this technology, companies can monitor the health of their assets and schedule necessary maintenance before an unplanned event occurs, causing costly downtime and possible injury of fatality.
Chase Sasser, CMRP
UE Systems, Inc.
14 Hayes Street
Elmsford, NY 10523
Enhancing Electrical Safety with Ultrasound
The use of ultrasound technology in conducting electrical equipment inspections has quickly become the standard for many organizations. Advances in the technology offer a whole new level of sophistication when it comes to scaling up internal reliability and electrical safety efforts. This presentation will explore the use of Ultrasound in managing industrial electrical safety, along with offering some commentary on why investing in this area is critical. This presentation will also discuss what ultrasound technology is and how it is used to inspect electrical equipment such as transformers, switchgear, and substations. We’ll share case study examples using spectrum analysis of recorded ultrasounds and images and will discuss to how to properly diagnose exactly what is happening.
Infrared Cameras, Inc. (ICI)
2105 W Cardinal Drive
Beaumont, TX 77705
Industrial Automation and Process Control Utilizing IIoT and Smart IR®
This presentation will focus on the use of Infrared/Thermal Imaging for Continuous Critical Asset Monitoring and manufacturing process improvement. We will explore the differences in continuous monitoring vs route-based inspection. Discuss the benefits, and limitations, of continuous monitoring for a variety of use cases. Finally, we will discuss ICI's proprietary SmartIR® platform, its value within an IIOT ecosystem, and how its infrared data points can drive process improvements throughout multiple applications and process flows.
Stockton Thermographic Services, Inc.
8472 Adams Farm Road
Randleman, NC 27317
Ph: (336) 498-4734
Using Infrared Thermal Imaging to Monitor Underground Piping in District Heating and Cooling Systems
Supply steam and condensate return lines, hot water lines, chilled water lines, supply water mains, storm water drains, and sewer lines can be monitored for leaks and/or faulty insulation by cleverly using thermal infrared (IR) thermal imaging. Surveys of distribution piping systems provide actionable data of faults for asset management, predictive maintenance and planning purposes, with the benefit being improved reliability and reduced in energy usage. Methodologies, techniques and equipment needed to be successful will be discussed during this interesting presentation.
Larry Stratton, President
Brett Warwick, Vice President
EXSERO Software, Inc.
P.O. Box 2672
Redmond, WA 98073
Reducing Infrared Report Writing Time
One of the biggest challenges for thermographers is the report writing process. It is time consuming, complicated, and takes you out of the field, sometimes for days. And this time consumption is The Killer of Profitability.
During this presentation, a Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer with 17 years of experience in IR inspections of commercial and industrial electrical systems will be showing you how today’s technology has refined the IR inspection and report generating process.
Now you can enter your data into a laptop or tablet on site with ease and generate professional, standards- compliant, accurate reports in minutes -- reducing your report generating time by 95% and eliminating your stress level by 100%.
You can also dispense with tedious, repetitive template construction and look forward to importing images and generating IR reports, not dreading the process.
Infraspection Institute Master Thermographer
Thermal Imaging to Determine the Location of Radiant Heating Lines in Concrete Substrates
Radiant heating lines imbedded into or below a substrate must be precisely located prior to drilling into the floor. Ambient air temperature, substrate thickness and temperature, system response time, conductive heat spread and floor composition are all contributing factors in determining the ease or difficulty in locating the lines. These factors will also determine the thermographer’s ability to achieve a high degree of accuracy. This presentation documents a real world application of the issues encountered during the location and mark out of radiant heating lines in a thick concrete floor prior to drilling mounting holes for securing mechanical equipment.
40 White Lake Road
Sparta, NJ 07871
Testo Solutions for Thermography
Testo is a global manufacturer of thermal imagers based in Germany. Our mission is the development and manufacture of thermal imagers with outstanding image quality and unique features that make a thermographer’s daily work safe and easy.
In this presentation, I will explain why our methods of production calibration are critical to get the highest level of accurate and repeatable measurements out of our imagers. I will explain how this makes our thermal imagers reliable to support you in your daily work.
Will lead you to a Testo technology called SuperResolution. The SuperResolution addresses the variables of image formation such as: optics, detector and pixel size. Super Resolution allows us to enhance both image quality and temperature measurements
Furthermore, Testo will present SiteRecognition, a systematic process in predictive maintenance applications which helps you with automatic archiving and assignment of thermal images to measurement objects and assets. This reduces failures and eliminates tedious time sorting images in your file system.
We will also introduce the feature ScaleAssist which helps you to get comparable images with optimum contrast in building thermography. ScaleAssist allows all users of our imagers to get crisp, clear images. This allows you to quickly identify the real building problems.
506 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Synthesizing Information Through a Digital Twin Framework - From Sensors and Field Testing to Reliability-Centered Maintenance
In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges of maintaining critical equipment in one of the largest airports in the USA. We will present how the implementation of 3d digital twins is simplifying the access to information, real-time monitoring, and effective action post inspection to ensure issues are resolved effectively. We will cover various ways where infrared technologies and sensors are being utilized and what are being considered for the future and the role of physics-based simulation as a predictive method to support early warning testing strategies.
Robert K. Weigle
Applications of Infrared Thermography in the Petrochemical Industry
For more than two decades refineries have depended on the use of infrared thermography as a nondestructive means to assist in their predictive maintenance programs. Continual monitoring of the processing equipment enables operators to make decision on routine maintenance and emergency repairs. Thermography saves money, decreases downtime, and assists in maintaining a safe working environment.
This presentation will review the value of providing infrared inspections in refineries, discuss some of the common problems found during inspections and give a thermographer’s insight to the challenges of performing infrared surveys in these settings. Information shared during this presentation will be based on decades of formal training, field experience, and knowledge of the industry.
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