Influential Drones is proud to announce another value-added credential for the team. Dr. Steven M Davis, at the 2022 IR/INFO Conference hosted by the Infraspection Institute.
A trained thermographer is always learning how to apply best practices and enhance their skills. Dr Davis is trained to identify and measure thermal anomalies based on thermal patterns and comparisons. Implementing a methodology that follows standards, defined procedures and the use of properly calibrated thermal imagery equipment.
WHAT IS THERMOGRAPHY
Infrared thermography is a non-contact, non-destructive test method that utilizes a thermal imager to detect, display, and record thermal patterns and temperatures across the surface of an object. Infrared thermography may be applied to any situation where knowledge of thermal profiles and temperatures will provide meaningful data about a system, object or process.
Thermography is widely used in industry for predictive maintenance, condition assessment, quality assurance, and forensic investigations of electrical, mechanical and structural systems.
Specific applications include: electrical distribution systems, mechanical systems, steam systems, refractory systems, underground piping, active thermography, building envelopes, and flat roofs.
Other applications where thermography is frequently applied includes also: law enforcement, firefighting, search and rescue, and medical and veterinary sciences and more.
ABOUT INFRASPECTION INSTITUTE
Founded in 1980, Infraspection Institute is the oldest independent infrared training and infrared certification firm in the world. With over 40 years in business, the company has trained over 10,000 thermographers. Infraspection Institute is also creded with shaping the infrared industry through training, technical consulting, technical publications, research, standards development, and software publishing.
Infraspection Institute is recognized by the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) as an approved provider of continuing education and training aligned with key subject areas related to reliability and physical asset management.
WHAT STANDARDS ARE RECOGNIZED
There are a number of standards and specifications published for infrared thermography. Currently, standards exist for the certification of personnel, operation of equipment, and inspections of electrical, mechanical, and structural systems.
Infraspection Institute began publishing guidelines for thermography in 1993. Since their initial publication, Infraspection Institute guidelines have been adopted by hundreds of companies worldwide and incorporated into documents published by recognized standards organizations such as ASTM International (ASTM). Beginning in 2007, Infraspection Institute guidelines were updated and renamed as standards to reflect their industry-wide acceptance and the best practices they embody.
Eleven comprehensive standards are now available from Infraspection Institute. These documents cover equipment operation, temperature measurement, and specific thermographic applications. The selection and use of applicable standards, specifications, and guidelines are taught in all Infraspection Institute courses.
CERTIFIED THERMOGRAPHER LEVELS
In addition to a Level I thermographer, Level II and Level III is advanced levels are available. Pre-requisites for higher levels is the completion of the incremental level before it.
Typically, Level II professionals are experienced thermographers and troubleshooters. Level II thermographers are qualified to provide technical direction to Level I certified personnel. They may also recommend repairs.
A Level lll Thermography Certification has completed the most advanced infrared training available. A Level III thermographer is generally a program manager who can influence predictive maintenance/inspection practices on a company wide scale. These individuals are also qualified to develop test procedures and severity criterias, determine how often equipment should be inspected, and calculate the return on investment a thermography program is providing for ROI justification. These people can also provide direction and guidance to Level I and II certified personnel. They may be called upon for subject matter expert consulting to redesign equipment.
Learn more about thermography by visiting Infraspection Institute