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Congratulations to our senior instructor Bruce Arnold CEng, FIMechE, MCIBSE for being awarded the 2018 Construction and Building Services Division Prize from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Bruce Arnold CISBE Award

Our senior instructor Bruce Arnold CEng, FIMechE, MCIBSE receiving the CBSD award.

In late 2017, the UK Government declared that 2018 would be the ‘Year of Engineering’. It has heralded a government campaign that celebrates the world and wonders of engineering and forms an important part of our Industrial Strategy. The proper application of engineering principles is vital in the construction industry – engineering students will learn about materials, structures, stresses, thermodynamics and heat transfer, electrical and mechanical systems, system control and maintenance.

Unfortunately, we have all too often witnessed the occasions on which engineering fundamentals have been used selectively rather than holistically. Changes made to one part of a system or structure without taking account of how it affects the whole entity. Thankfully, Infrared Thermography is a very useful tool in demonstrating that engineering principles have been applied correctly. It is widely used to check for the correct operation of, or the presence of faults in, electrical and mechanical systems, buildings and building services.

So, we at iRed are delighted to congratulate our senior instructor Bruce Arnold for being awarded the 2018 Construction and Building Services Division Prize from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Bruce Arnold is a PCN Category 2 thermographer and a senior trainer at iRed. As a chartered engineer he brings a wealth of experience to the team.

Bruce spent many years as an engineering officer for naval nuclear submarines. Since his retirement in 2008, Bruce has been delivering expert thermography training for the iRed Academy. He also conducts surveys on behalf of iRed, specialising in BREEAM surveys and investigative projects.

The CBSD Award

The Construction and Building Services Division (CBSD) supports the interests of the construction and building engineering sector, and the mechanical engineers who work in it.

Bruce Arnold CBSD Award

Bruce Arnold delivering a lecture at the CBSD event.

The annual CBSD award is for individuals that have made a significant contribution to the execution, promotion and advancement of the art of engineering and science of building services and construction.

Bruce received the award for his ongoing commitment to best practice within the field of infrared thermography. This is in recognition of his efforts to have thermal imaging included as part of the Building Regulations compliance check.

Bruce Arnold CEng, FIMechE, MCIBSE

Bruce Arnold CEng, FIMechE, MCIBSE started his career as a Royal Navy Marine Engineer Officer in nuclear submarines. His interest in the built environment stems from his appointment as the head of SACLANT’s Head of NATO Maritime Resources and Infrastructure in Norfolk, Virginia where he was responsible for a wide range of projects covering jetties, offices, fuel farms, ammunition depots and underground bunkers. On his retirement from the RN in 2008, Bruce trained as a Home Condition Surveyor and, more recently as a PCN Category 2 thermographer. These experiences have led to him carrying out specialist investigative and dispute resolution thermographic projects from which it has been all too apparent that, in many instances, there is a wide discrepancy between a designer’s intent and its implementation by the builders. To help close this gap, Bruce is working to have infrared thermography included as a Building Regulations Part L compliance check alongside air tightness testing, while also ensuring that the quality and consistency of thermographers and their thermographic surveys is sufficient to meet this requirement.

Bruce is the immediate past-chairman of the IMechE’s Construction and Building Services Division (CBSD), during which he has organised Heritage Buildings and ‘Mind the Gap’ seminars. He is also a member of the UK Thermographic Association committee, chairing the Building Thermography Sub-committee.

Bruce currently teaches our thermal imaging building courses, along with conducting specialist investigative projects and dispute resolution cases for iRed.



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