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Monday, June 11, 2012

Optical Gas Imaging Course now Confers CEUs

This course is intended for users of the FLIR Systems, Inc. Optical Imaging Cameras. Skilled users of the new FLIR GF Series cameras and the legacy GasFindIR camera can inspect over 3,000 connections per day. Current sniffer technology is limited to about 500 connections per day.

Students will learn how to setup and operate the FLIR Optical Imaging Cameras. They will learn how to optimally adjust their cameras for varying environmental conditions to find gas leaks. Students will learn under what environmental conditions gas leaks are most easily found, somewhat easy to find, and difficult to find.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the required activities listed below, each student will be certified as an Optical Gas Imaging Thermographer.
clip_image002Earn 2.0 IACET CEUs
Earn 20 ITC Certification Renewal Credits

Required Activities: Here is what is required to successfully pass this course:

  • Attend the entire 3 day course
  • Perform the lab activities as instructed
  • Pass the exam
  • Submit a course evaluation
  • Submit an acceptable field assignment within 90 days from the completion of this course

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to list out all of the credentials. I must confess that I had seen a number of them, but I was not sure just exactly what they meant.

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  2. Gary,

    Am I crazy or what? You are calling this course the "Optical Gas Imaging Course", yet the product name is the "GasFindIR" and it operates in the Infrared.

    Some of your users or, perhaps more importantly, your prospective buyers, may get a little confused by these seemingly contradictory names.

    How about calling the course and product by one distinctive name, like "Thermal Infrared Optical Camera", or something else and making it stick. I think a longer, more precisely descriptive name covers all the bases and may keep both the marketing people and the optical engineers happy! Or could you could call it the "IR Optical Gas Imager"???

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    1. Hi Ray,
      We thought long and hard about the naming convention for this class description. We even asked our past and present students, who attended the class for recommendations, so that future students could find the class.

      We use the term, “optical gas imaging” due to the pervasive use throughout Federal and State environmental regulations. For instance, below is an excerpt from various EPA websites, describing new rules:

      On December 19, 2008, EPA issued a final rule establishing a voluntary Alternative Work Practice (AWP) to detect leaks of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from process equipment (FR Vol. 73, Number 246), thereby providing the regulated community additional flexibility in complying with leak detection and repair (LDAR) requirements. The AWP allows owners or operators of an affected facility to identify leaking equipment using an optical gas imaging instrument in lieu of a leak monitor as prescribed in Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) Part 60, Appendix A (Method 21). The development of the AWP and its associated monitoring technologies are collectively referred to as "Smart LDAR."

      In addition, there are numerous instances that the Federal EPA uses the term, “optical gas imaging” throughout the Mandatory Green House Gas Reporting Rule:
      https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/12/23/2011-31532/mandatory-reporting-of-greenhouse-gases-technical-revisions-to-the-petroleum-and-natural-gas-systems#p-3

      We no longer label our cameras “GasFindIR” units; they are all now “GF” series cameras.

      I hope that helps.
      Paul Czerepuszko
      Director, Business Development OGI

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  3. Skilled users of the new FLIR GF Series cameras and the legacy GasFindIR camera can inspect over 3,000 connections per day. Current sniffer technology is limited to about 500 connections per day. plumber in laverne

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  4. This course was also held in Europe in 2012. Are there similar plans for 2013?

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