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Practical Use of Thermal Capacitance

Last week, we talked about how researchers recently discovered pyramids long buried in the deserts of Egypt. Their “secret” technique is, in part, understanding the difference in thermal capacitance between the structures and the surrounding undisturbed soil. Just add heat from the sun and wait until it cools at night and then a difference […]

Finding Pyramids!

Last week, I took aim at how poorly aerial thermography was being applied for more efficient use of energy in buildings. The technique just doesn’t work and never has! However, the fault does not lie within aerial thermography. Aerial thermography  is nothing short of brilliant when used properly.

Last week, I heard a BBC story (click […]

Three Causes for IR Skepticism

In my nearly 30 years in this industry, I’ve seen lots of fads and gimmicks come and go.

All too often these fads seem to be the creations of over-zealous marketing departments who don’t have the practical scientific understanding to know how the technology is really used.

For example, the recent introduction of an imaging system (by […]

IR Odds & Ends

I seem to have accumulated a short list of items each of which is too small to be a week’s posting by themselves, but all of which I wanted to share with you—thus the title of this week’s posting!

First: A follow-up to let you know that the ice on Joe’s Pond here in Vermont finally […]

Getting Down to Work on the Roof – Conducting your Inspection

Last week, I went into detail on tips to help you prepare for a roof inspection by conducting a pre-inspection during daylight hours. Now, I will explain necessary steps to take while inspecting a roof in the evening, and what you can expect to see if there are issues.

Before you begin, it is important to […]

Getting Down to Work on the Roof – Pre-Inspection

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve talked about how low-slope roofs leak, the damage caused by trapped water, and the conditions needed to use thermal imaging to find it in the roof system. Many new thermographers ask me: “How can I safely and reliably get good results up on the roof?”

This vertical ladder […]

The View From the Roof

The snow is nearly melted here in Central Vermont. If you are responsible for the maintenance of those low-slope roofs under which we work and live in, this is a great time to get up on the roof and conduct a spring inspection. A simple walkover with an inspection checklist in hand can […]

Reflecting on Our Surroundings

Thermographers operate in a different world than all other humans—maybe that explains something about us. Initially, it can be quite intimidating to learn how to Think Thermally™, but most thermographers I’ve known soon find it fun as well as challenging. Even after nearly 30 years of paying attention to the temperature relationships in the world, […]

Getting Connected to Good Support

The work we do as thermographers has immense value; I don’t mean to imply that the world would stop turning without us, but thermographers do a great deal to have it turn more smoothly and efficiently! The disastrous situation in Japan reminds us of how vulnerable the complex systems and machines we have grown to […]

Spring Thinking Thermally

The snow is, in fact, melting—my back yard is down to about 18” of the compressed stuff—but it just started snowing again so who knows?! The weather forecasters tell us this has been the 3rd snowiest year on record in Vermont and if we get “just” another 20”, we’ll break the record set in 1970-71! […]