Often seen used for search & rescue and low-light scenarios, thermal imaging also has a multitude of applications within the inspection industry.
As the only non-destructive method to test a buildings fabric, thermal cameras are an invaluable tool within the built environment. From missing insulation to air leakage, qualified thermographers can find a wide range of problems and issues – without having to remove and test materials. Outside of the built environment, infrared technology is also able to quickly detect loose connections and faults within distribution boards, panels, machinery and solar panels.
Our thermal imaging courses teach the fundamental skills and knowledge to start using thermal cameras for inspections. Whether you’re a surveyor, drone pilot or just starting out – we’re here to help.
Any object with a temperature above absolute zero (-273.15ºC) emits infrared radiation. The higher the temperature of the object, the greater the intensity of infrared radiation.
Infrared technology is designed to detect the intensity of radiation given off by an object. Once detected, a thermal camera creates an image of the object – based on the radiation it emits. This image is rendered using artificial colours, turning invisible radiation into a visible image.
Once captured, thermal images can be analysed to establish patterns and interruptions. For example, a loose connection in an electrical circuit or heat loss in a commercial building.
Thermal imaging cameras cannot take accurate readings without adjustments. Many factors – such as reflectivity, emissivity and humidity – must be changed in order to collect reliable information. Without these adjustments, most thermal reports are misleading and ultimately unreliable.
Currently, there are two principal standards for thermal imaging in the UK – these are ABBE ISO 6781 and PCN ISO 18436. By training to these standards, we ensure that our students are fully qualified to deliver commercial thermal imaging surveys for a wide range of applications.
The iRed® Academy also provides third-party accreditation to these standards, enabling you to prove that you’re not just qualified, but competent in operating a thermal camera and delivering thermal reports.
Founded in 2002, the iRed® Academy was one of the first thermal imaging training centres in the world. Our courses are delivered by industry experts, many of whom have helped shape and define the standards and legislation in which we operate to today.
iRed® is currently the only thermal imaging training centre to deliver training to both ABBE ISO 6781 and PCN ISO 18436 standards, and is the only thermal academy to be approved by the CAA for drone training.
Our team of specialists work closely with leading academic institutions, including the University of Portsmouth and University of Plymouth, to pioneer new techniques and practices for industry.
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