Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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InfraMation 2016 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio Hotel and Casino on September 27-29, 2016. The event will also include a pre-conference training day on Monday, September 26. Save the date and plan to join hundreds of other thermography professionals where you’ll learn the latest thermal imaging techniques and applications while making valuable connections! If you’re not sure what to expect, here’s just some of the great content and entertainment that attendees experienced at InfraMation 2015 in Nashville.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
In addition, ITC now has 20 on-demand webinars available for viewing at any time including sessions in German and French with more to come throughout the rest of 2015.
Registration for all US-based live webcasts and on-demand webinars can be found at www.infraredtraining.com/webinars
Or head to http://www.irtraining.eu/en/webinars/webinars.html for more information on our Europe-based live webcasts and on-demand sessions.
New Live Webcasts: July – September 2015
Infrared Thermography Basics
Friday, July 24
Ask the Expert: IR & Electrical Safety
Friday, July 31
FLIR Tools Software Basics
Friday, August 7
FLIR Tools+ Advanced Software
Friday, August 7
HVAC and IR Inspection Basics
Friday, August 14
Ask the Expert: Capturing Great Thermal Images
Wednesday, September 2
Introduction to ResearchIR Software for Thermography Cameras
Thursday, September 10
IR Basics for Home Inspectors
Thursday, September 10
Introduction to IR for Mechanical Applications
Friday, September 25
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
We will discuss the controls of the camera as well as the user interface, and show you how to operate your camera and your report and analysis software.
Who should take this course: This course is intended for users of the FLIR C2 camera or anyone interested in purchasing one.
Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of thermography or infrared cameras is assumed.
Availability: This course is an on-demand self paced web based training course available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can begin as soon as you enroll.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Ron Lucier, ASNT NDT Level III, FLIR Infrared Training Center
There is a nice koi pond not 50 feet away from my pool, filled with fish, plants and plenty of flying protein. Yet this American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), also known in certain parts of the US South as (tastiest frieduppes legges) has taken residence in my pool and has become quite tame. The silly frog will even swim up to me!
Anyway, according to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_bullfrog) frogs are “cold blooded” as are all amphibians. Let’s examine that term!
The following image was taken with my FLIR T650sc – I inverted the Grey scale for clarity.
Yes, time to vacuum the pool but we have had thunderstorms the past two days!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
About 18 months ago the Infrared Training Center (ITC) launched a new and improved webinar program covering a variety of free topics on the basics of thermography and its many applications. Since January 2014 we have successfully hosted 40 live webcasts and are now offering 15 on-demand webinars that are available for viewing at any time. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as additional live webinar dates for July, August and September are announced.
Starting next week, however, our webinars will also take on a more global focus as ITC begins hosting regularly scheduled topics specific to certain countries, regions and languages with a variety of new live broadcasts that originate from the United Kingdom, France, and Sweden.
The benefit of running these webinars globally will not only improve the overall viewing experience by offering more convenient local broadcast times, it also allows ITC to start presenting live sessions in other native languages, beginning with French and German. Content of course will be delivered by global ITC instructors in their respective home countries and will eventually contain material that is more appropriate, and better customized, for their regional audiences.
For those of you who still may not be familiar with these, ITC’s complimentary educational webinars are designed to provide a valuable overview of thermal imaging and its many applications. By attending these free, interactive, online sessions participants learn not only the basics of infrared thermography, but also where IR can reduce costs, save energy and increase safety for professionals across a variety of industries.
To view the latest topics, dates and times of ITC’s new global webinar schedule, please visit the ITC EMEA website at www.irtraining.eu. For the latest US-based live webcasts, and a listing of all on-demand webinars currently available, please visit www.infraredtraining.com/webinars
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The industry’s leading thermal training experience offered that, and a whole lot more, as the 2015 InfraMation conference rode through downtown Nashville, Tennessee May 11-14 at the Renaissance Hotel. Approximately 60 paper presentations, training clinics & poster sessions provided the nearly 500 attendees with a wealth of learning and networking opportunities not seen anywhere else in the world of thermography:
The main conference continued on Tuesday, May 12 with an opening keynote by Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Matt Schwoegler, Infrared Training Center
The effects of the Sun on the surface of a building can make inspections quite challenging for thermographers looking for missing insulation. The transient conditions created by solar loading not only mask infrared patterns on the exterior, it also impacts the thermal signature on the interior, perhaps leading one to believe (in the right conditions) that a wall appears to be uninsulated, when in fact it is insulated.
To capture this, I recently set-up an infrared camera at home to monitor thermal changes on a south facing wall from the interior. The plan was to image the pattern reversal that occurs on an interior surface when the Sun heats the exterior up to a point where the direction of heat flow in the wall reverses, even though the air temperature remains colder outside.
I programmed the camera to record an image every 15 minutes starting at 7:00 a.m. Conditions at the time were ideal to check for insulation problems in a wood-frame building given the interior air temperature of 68˚F (20˚C) and an exterior air temperature of 33˚F (0.5˚C). The first image taken, seen here on the right, shows a wall which appears to be mostly well insulated (warm cavities and cooler framing). As the day progressed, however, the situation changed dramatically.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
by Alex Chrusciel
Infrared Training Center
Monday, April 13, 2015
by Jay Bowen
BPI Energy Analyst
ASNT NDT Level 3 Thermographer
Building conversations in training this week brought up the subject of thermal bridging in the structure. Defined by a material of less insulation or greater conductivity. This material bridges or short circuits the better insulation and reduces its effectiveness. This reduces the overall R value rating of the whole assembly. The following website, http://web.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/AWT/home.htm , addresses this whole wall rating concept. This isn’t a debate of test methods or approaches. It is enough to say that anything put in the wall that reduces the energy of that wall should be addressed in the construction process.
My input on this subject is finding these, before construction begins and discussion with a builder, methods to reduce or eliminate these bridges. Verification of the design or confirmation as building progresses would be where a thermographer can enter the process and provide proof that the building project has conformed to this concept of design.
The images from a qualified thermographer provide detailed analysis of construction detail typically hidden from the inspectors or builders.
Taking a set of images to compare this approach can clearly see the advantage of reducing the vertical framing typical of stick built construction. Even the wide wall of 2x6 framing to increase the side wall dimensions for increased insulation. This is an increase in the R value but the thermal bypass of the stud is still there.
Using SIP to reduce bridging
Standard stick frame wall
Looking at a SIP wall can visualize the reduction in the bypasses by reducing the vertical framing. The corners and joints are still present but can be reduced by the same methods of stick built using exterior insulated sheathing.
Making the bridge elimination or reduction a conscious thought in the whole building process can have substantial rewards in energy saving in the home.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Infrared Training Center (ITC) is pleased to announce that a number of live webcasts have been added to the schedule for the 2nd quarter of 2015 including some fresh topics in the mix. For a complete listing of available dates and times, please visit ITC’s webinar page here:
ITC’s complimentary educational webinars are designed to provide a valuable overview of thermal imaging and its many applications. Participants learn not only the basics of infrared thermography, but also where IR can reduce costs, save energy and increase safety for professionals across a variety of industries.
Can’t make any of the scheduled broadcast dates? Not to worry, all live sessions are recorded for playback at any time. These on-demand presentations are also listed on the main webinar page and are accessed with a simple (and free) registration.