It is said that, “Possession is nine tenths of the law. When it comes to infrared data, ownership is often not that simple.
Thermograms and hardcopy reports are commonly produced for infrared inspections. Like proud parents sharing photographs of children, thermographers frequently share images, data, and reports with others. During these demonstrations, it is not uncommon to hear thermographers refer to this work product as “my images” and “my reports”. For the purposes of casual conversation, referring to work product in the possessive sense is acceptable; however, the actual owner of such data is often someone else.
Under a principle known as ‘Shop Rule’, data produced by thermographers as part of their duties as an employee belongs to their employer. In general, Shop Rule will always apply unless there is a written agreement to the contrary. For thermographers who work as consultants, a principle known as ‘Works for Hire’ may apply. Under this principle, any work product generated belongs to the client and not the thermographer.
Thermographers who work as consultants should be mindful that contracts and written agreements often have ‘Works for Hire’ clauses. These clauses may appear in the body of a contract or purchase order or be incorporated by reference. Thermographers who wish to retain ownership should address this issue prior to the commencement of any work.
Prior to using infrared data for any purpose other than its original intent, always obtain permission to do so. Employers and clients are frequently willing to grant permission to use imagery provided it does not divulge a trade secret or jeopardize confidential information.
Distance Learning Courses
Since 2004 Infraspection Institute has been providing web-based training courses for infrared thermographers. We maintain the world’s most comprehensive selection of online training courses which includes Level I, II, and III Thermography as well as several application and industry-specific courses.
Courses are available 24/7 from anywhere in the world via a computer or a smart device. Students who complete 32 hours of training qualify to take the Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® exam. Take your training wherever and whenever it’s convenient for you!
Keysight Technologies Announces IR Scholarship Program
Keysight Technologies, Inc. recently announced a scholarship program for infrared thermographers. Clients who purchase a new TrueIR imaging radiometer qualify for an Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® training course at a discounted price of $545 – a savings of $1150.
Tak Tsang, Business Development Manager for Keysight, had this to say: “Proper training is imperative for thermographers to enjoy maximum benefit from their thermal imager. Our scholarship program combines world-class training with our thermal imagers and is intended to help ensure our customer’s success. We look forward to working with Infraspection Institute as we bring this unique opportunity to market.”
The scholarship program includes the following Infraspection Institute open enrollment training courses which are held regularly in Mount Laurel, NJ:
Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer®
Infrared Inspections of Electro/Mechanical Systems
For greater convenience, Keysight clients may opt to take their training via Infraspection’s web-based Distance Learning program. All courses are taught by Infraspection Institute Level III Certified Infrared Thermographers®, each having over 20 years of professional experience. Both open enrollment and distance learning courses meet all ASNT training requirements for the certification of NDT personnel.
The scholarship applies to Keysight clients located in the US and Canada and may not be combined with any other discount or incentive. Certification earned through Infraspection Institute is good for life and does not need to be renewed.
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