Oregon Thermography “Thermal Imaging” Inspections
We were first certified by FLIR back in 2007 in thermography.
Underground steam lines
Our projects “aerial roof inspections” were to rent helicopters, strap me in to the passenger side with the door off, hover above commercial rooftops to scan the roof looking for water leaks or above land masses to look for underground steam and water leaks. The thermal camera could see temperature differences which would indicate water that was settled beneath membrane roof sheeting. We would also scan large electrical motors, electrical panels, ammonia refrigeration systems, etc.
We look for air leakage, thermal conduction, Delta T in electrical wiring and equipment, thermal transfer to provide better answers. What may look bad could be very simple or minor. Always investigate, thermography is a tool to begin with!
The image of the motor above: 500 HP electric motor located in one of the buildings for the City of Salem. This motor supplies fresh air to the building. Motor specification operating temperature is suppose to be at 140 degrees. However this motor was at 197 degrees. Not this image but in a different image. This would be an expensive motor to replace.
Approx ten years ago I use to market our services to commercial building owners. Electrical inspections and rooftop inspections. Back then you could almost bet I was in a helicopter at least once per week. Passenger door off, seatbelted in with my feet resting on the landing gear. We would hover approx 75 feet off the roof taking imagergy shots from all sides moving around the buildings roof in a circular motion. You had to have Flirs top end high res camera to do this. 640 X 480 res.