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Infrared Thermography

In the field of forensic work, thermographic imaging can provide an indication of potential damages that are caused by air, water or thermal changes. The thermal image provides a visual illustration to the areas showing the extent of damages thereby allowing non-destructive means of analysis.  Not only can thermal imaging help determine areas of thermal loss, but it can help identify areas of moisture infiltration and direct intrusive testing efforts prior to cladding removal.  A thorough understanding of the impacts of properties and use of thermal imaging equipment is necessary to provide the proper analysis of the imaging.  SBSAs staff includes both Levels I and Level II Certified thermographers.  Ed Fronapfel, MSCE, PE, CBIE, CFCC, EDI, CBCP, F. NAFE, F. ASCE has also provided training and published articles to various organizations on the use of thermal imaging in forensic settings.

Using Infrared Thermography in SBSA’s investigations can:
  • Determine or verify damage associated with water claims
  • Identify moisture or air migration paths
  • Identify thermal anomalies
  • Determine the performance of cold or super-insulated roofs
  • Identify dead spots and coverage of ice melt systems
  • Determine the extent of damage from water
  • Snowmelt system performance monitoring
The Building Envelope
  • Detect areas of moisture infiltration
  • Determine the migration path of moisture
  • Identify potential areas for further intrusive testing, as a result minimizing the need for
  • Intrusive examinations
  • Provide a visual illustration of thermal losses
In-Floor Radiant Heat Systems
  • Evaluate in-floor radiant heat systems
  • Locate effective/ineffective heat zones, breaks or ruptures in the lines, improper line placement
  • Determine operating temperatures
  • Allow preventative maintenance of the system
  • Identify the location of lines to allow for drilling or intrusive examination
Plumbing Breaks
  • Locate water-damaged components or materials that require fixing
  • Determine plumbing line locations behind walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Provide an understanding of leak source if not visible with the naked eye
Construction Compliance
  • Insulation Inspections
  • Structural Assessment
  • Air Leakage