Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging involves the detection of radiation in the thermal infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum, from which data on temperature can be derived. Installing a thermal imaging camera on a drone offers a range of unique advantages over conventional methods for performing thermal surveys.

 

Thermal surveys are ideal for a wide range of applications, including:

  • Heat Loss

  • Identification of mechanical failures (such as on power lines)

  • Leak detection

  • Insulation assessments

  • Building diagnostics

  • Solar panel inspections

  • Roofing

  • Utilities

Heat Loss

Global warming is the most immediate threat to global sustainability and achieving optimum thermal design of buildings can achieve large cuts in CO2 emissions.

 

Thermal imaging cameras combined with drone technology are an ideal solution for detecting heat loss on residential, industrial or commercial roofs for pre-acquisition surveys, due diligence surveys, planned maintenance programs (PMP), dilapidation surveys or schedule of conditions.

 

This survey method is starting to revolutionise the way thermal heat loss inspections are carried out by facilities management companies or building surveyors.

 

A drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera can be used to detect heat loss on building roofs during an inspection by flying the drone over the roof and registering temperature anomalies with precision.

 

This survey method offers many benefits in terms of finding air leakages and locating areas of heat loss, accurately detecting and locating areas where there’s missing or damaged insulation while also identifying variations in the building against design specifications.

 

Leak Detection

A drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera can be used to detect water leaks on building roofs during an inspection by flying the drone over the roof and registering temperature anomalies with precision.

 

This survey method offers many financial benefits by allowing faults to be detected during the warranty period, identifying water leaks before they become a big issue causing extensive damage and preventing errors when planning the assets budget.

 

Whether it’s an old roof or a roof that’s been re-laid, an aerial inspection can be carried out to identify any faults e.g. faulty seams.

 

This information is highly beneficial when valuing, maintaining, selling, buying, leasing or renting a residential, industrial or commercial asset as the condition of the roof can be full assessed beforehand so there's no surprises.

 

Thermal imaging has many uses from thermal bridging, heat loss, water ingress and flat roof leaks, inadequate or missing insulation, damp to leaking pipes.

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