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sUAS Level 1 Thermography Certification

Friday, February 1, 2019 16:46

Sierra Pro Aerial Imaging® is excited to announce that we have received sUAS Level 1 Thermography Certification from the Infrared Training Center, the training arm of FLIR® Systems, the world leader in thermal imaging technology and solutions. This means that our clients have the confidence and assurance that the aerial infrared imaging (IR) reports we deliver are based on understanding thermography, thermal science fundamentals, infrared camera operating principles, and the unique practices of using small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) in thermal imaging. For example, a metal surface may have an evenly distributed contact temperature but may appear to have hot and cool spots in a thermal image captured at altitude due to reflected sky temperature and color variations of the surface. Understanding and applying these principles results in an accurate thermal assessment of the target.

Factors that go into planning and executing a thermal imaging mission that successfully delivers actionable results include: accounting for the material composition of the target, its emissivity, camera viewing angle, time of day or night, flight altitude between the target and UAS camera, camera parameters, ambient temperature, wind, and atmospheric attenuation among many more.

Aerial IR imaging provides valuable insight not available using common visible light cameras. For example... Aerial IR imaging can detect moisture retention and insulation gaps in roofs. Aerial imaging can be performed as a preventative measure by property managers and building owners, or could be used to more quickly troubleshoot an existing problem. Bad cells in solar panel arrays can be quickly detected. A thermal imaging survey performed upon completion of installation can serve as a baseline from which future periodic surveys can be used to troubleshoot any performance degradation. Delamination of concrete decks can be detected with aerial IR imaging. Lost persons can be found quicker, more safely, and with less resources during search and rescue (SAR) operations. Location of lost people may be quicker using thermal imaging in search and rescue (SAR) operations. Fire hot spots in roofs, walls, and wild lands can be better detected using aerial IR imaging to reduce risk to firefighters and hasten fire control.

Contact us to discuss how our certified sUAS thermographer may prevent or resolve your structure integrity or public safety needs with aerial infrared imaging.