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Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to view, record and measure thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal energy, perceived as heat, is 'invisible' light due to its wavelength (position within the electromagnetic spectrum between 3 and 50 micrometres) is too long to be detected by the human eye.

Everything with a temperature above Absolute Zero (- 273.16 degrees Centigrade), emits thermal energy, even ice, so everything can be measured in terms of the IR radiation it emits.

As almost 40% of the UK's energy consumption arises from the way in which our 25 million buildings are heated and lit, it makes economic sense to reduce unnecessary heat loss, both from a financial and environmental perspective. All houses are now becoming subject to environmental scrutiny and thermal audits, especially large ones, as shown by the example below.

Houses of Parliament Thermogram

Industry is now continually trying to improve efficiency and energy consumption and therefore the applications of this thermal imaging diagnostic tool are growing too.

The most common uses include: heat loss surveys (from roofs etc), cavity wall and damp inspections, underground heating pipe surveys, efficiency of electrical appliances and plant, road & bridge surveys, pipeline surveys, landfill site surveys (measuring build-up of methane gas) and the identification and spread of underground fires.

With the advent of The (EU) European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which will come into force in a phased manner between 1 June 2007 and 4 January 2009, all (private and commercial) buildings will require an Energy Performance Certificate to record the building efficiency.

As many of these measurement have to be, or are more efficiently, recorded from the air, certain aerial photography companies, using highly modified aircraft and special thermal imaging equipment, specialise in this work, especially as conventional aerial photographs are usually needed at the same time as geo-reference data to help interpret the thermograms.


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to provide the specialist service you require.

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