January 16 – 19, 2022
Short Courses & Workshops
Short Course 1: IR Report Writing – How to Simplify the Task and Substantially Increase Profits
Short Course 2: The Internet of Things (IoT)
Short Course 3: Arbitration vs Litigation as a Contractual Choice
Short Course 4: Hands-On Workshop – How to Calculate Spot Measurement Size for Your Imager
Short Course 5: Infrared Thermography for Optical Gas Imaging
John (Jack) N. Allinson, II BSc, AMS
Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer
J.N. Allinson Associates, Inc.
Green Cove Springs, FL
Point and Shoot vs Shoot then Point
Based on our experience conducting “Marine Surveys/Inspections”, we have observed that technological advances and methods of accurately communicating information have “targeted”…“Audio and Visual photography”.
We don't see the world around us in a rectangle or a square, so why limit ourselves to that perspective for capturing photos and videos? The visual field of view (FOV) for most of us is approximately 170-180 degrees including peripheral vision. 360-degree cameras have two (2) 180˚ FOV lens on opposing sides of the camera. Simultaneous images are captured through each lens and then stitched together resulting in 360˚ FOV photos or videos of everything that is going on around you.
We believe that it is “more likely than not” that cameras capture high resolution 360˚ photos and videos will become a standard in both photography and videography. These mediums will be key “documentation tools” for supporting “Defensible” opinions.
Ryan Bliss, Founder/Chief Pilot
Using Drones for Solar Inspections
Renewable energy is the fastest growing energy sector in the U.S. and solar energy is the second largest contributor to new energy growth. Utility scale solar installations in the U.S. set a record in 2020 at 14GW and that number is expected to grow by more than 200% by 2030. Drone pilots/thermographers are in high demand to keep up with this rapid growth. In this lecture you will learn about the equipment required and analytics software used to perform aerial inspections of solar plants, how to fly in controlled airspace, the various types of anomalies, the benefits of aerial inspections of solar installations and how to secure work in this space. Boost your corporate sales revenue by learning how to perform aerial inspections of solar power plants.
Bart Bruni, Level II Certified Infrared Thermographer
State Certified Termite and Pest Operator
Bruni Infrared, Inc.
326 Northlake Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Increase Your Recurring Income with UAV Environmental Services
At the end of the day, we are all in the service business, which provides us with a great opportunity for creating recurring income. UAV environmental nondestructive IR applications have expanded from commercial and household leaks to termite & pest or controlling the population of giant invasive Pythons. The environmental sector has many branches and is growing exponentially. To name a few: termite & pest control, agriculture, soil moisture evaluations, non-indigenous species control, building restoration services for high-rise and low-rise commercial buildings, interior and exterior subsurface moisture with mold testing, all sides of the parapet walls scan, roof moisture scans, disinfectant applications for outdoor venues, and more. This paper will explore the possibilities of environmental IR applications that have the potential for recurring income. It will also discuss what you need to know about tips before you invest and what the expected ROI would be to get started with a business plan for this exciting sector.
Valentino P. DeRocili, Ph.D.
Level III Thermographer
Compliance Environmental, Inc.
150 South Bradford Street
Dover, DE 19904
Ph: 302-674-4427 x 101
Performing Electrical Inspections to Broaden Your Thermography Services Portfolio
This presentation will explore the use of infrared thermography as a diagnostic tool to strengthen preventative maintenance of electrical systems. Examples from completed infrared inspections of electrical systems will be presented to learn from past experience and field situations. Basic electrical terminology will also be discussed to provide a foundation for performing infrared inspections.
Ben T. Hixson
Hixson Consultants, Inc.
947 First Avenue West
Alabaster, AL 35007
Avoiding Incorrect and Sloppy Roof Thermal Imaging
The purpose of this presentation is to share some wrong-headed thinking when it comes to roof infrared thermal imaging. Granted, thermal imaging snow-blinding white TPO and PVC roofing membranes installed over high-density isocyanurate insulation and gypsum cover boards is much more challenging than scanning a built-up roofing system that has a porous insulation layer under the membrane layers. However, too many individuals are setting themselves up for failure to conduct and interpret adequate roofing system infrared scans. This presentation examines some of the criteria to be addressed to obtain accurate roofing system thermal imaging results even with the snow-blinding white single ply membrane roofing systems. Experienced knowledgeable thermographers know they need to minimize the temperature range during imaging. Tightening the range or span of imaging requires skill to ensure high resolution images to clearly differentiate between roofing system components.
Adrian Messer, Manager of US Operations
UE Systems, Inc.
5 Ways to Reduce Energy Waste Using Ultrasound Technology
Did you know that an energy efficient facility can be directly linked to its reliability and success? Are you aware of how important it is to consistently report and document results to generate awareness and effectively reduce your energy usage? What about how important it is to be proactive instead of reactive to prevent problems from happening in the first place? Common sense will have you answer these questions with, “Yes,” but the way you run your facility could be suggesting otherwise. This presentation will convey 5 easy ways to reduce plant energy waste and inefficiencies using ultrasound technology, and demonstrate the return on investment (ROI) savings with each application.
Craig Nelson, CESW, CESCP
JM Test Systems, Inc.
2001 Bates Drive, Suite 320
Waxahachie, TX 75167
Ph: 225-925-2029 x3122
The Importance of Risk Assessment and Risk Control in the Workplace
Included in the NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Standard are requirements for Risk Assessment and Risk Control. While this standard is focused on electrical safety, the concepts contained in it adapt well to the workplace in general. A primary objective is to determine if the risk justifies doing a task at all. This requires correctly and accurately identifying and evaluating the hazards and risks. Once done, risk control methods are implemented to reduce risks to acceptable level. This process must be part of every job planning process and included in every job briefing, and becomes a part of every company’s workplace culture.
Senior Manager Asset Monitoring
Mistras Group, Inc.
195 Clarksville Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Web Application for Asset Monitoring Using Acoustic Emission
This presentation shows some examples of remote monitoring of assets using acoustic emission, considerations for communications and data transfer from the monitoring system to a secure server periodically and automatically, the need to check the integrity of the hardware continuously and provide automatic notifications when a hardware issue occurs. This presentation shows some of the processes used to implement cloud monitoring solutions, provide visualization tools that provide useful and timely information for the end user and that can assist with the visualization of increasing damage over time. The use of data analytics and machine learning tools to expedite the analysis process and identify abnormal data patterns is also discussed.
John W. Pratten III, President
Proactive Maintenance Consultants, LLC
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Pre and Post Activity Recommended for a Good Thermal Inspection
This presentation will discuss a few ideas of things to consider when preparing for a thermal inspection whether the inspection is being conducted down the street or halfway across the country. Once the thermal inspection is complete, we will offer a few suggestions in processing the information and discuss the importance of a quality report.
This presentation will provide an overview of image fusion along with its benefits and several examples of how it can be used to enhance the quality of one’s infrared inspection reports while reducing report writing time.
Gregory R. Stockton, President
8472 Adams Farm Road
Randleman, NC 27317
Ph: 800-248-SCAN (7226)
Using Thermal Infrared 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 energy usage. Methodologies, techniques and equipment needed to be successful will be discussed during this interesting presentation.
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