Professional Drone IR Thermal Inspections
Commercial Thermal Inspection Service utilizing drone aircraft!
Now 3D IR Thermal Building Scans. FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Certified & Insured!
What is Thermography?
IR Thermal roof scan of a school, hover over image to see daylight scan.
Thermographic diagnostics of buildings was one of the areas where thermography was first used back in the 1960s. Thermographic cameras detect radiation in the long-infrared range (IR) of the electromagnetic spectrum (roughly 9,000–14,000 nanometers or 9–14 µm) and produce images of that radiation, called thermograms. Today, thermography is commonly used in Building HVAC and Roof Inspections, Cell Tower Inspections, Solar Panel Inspections, Power Line Inspections, Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Inspections, Fire Fighting, Search & Rescue, Agriculture and many others.
Why use drones for inspections?
Standard hand held IR devices are currently used for thermographic inspections of buildings. They are perfect for measuring interiors. However, when measuring and scanning exteriors, the issue is mapping the entire building surface. With large industrial facilities, the high building structures the roof top is not easily accessible. Conventional aircraft is very expensive, dangerous and unable to get good low IR close-up measurements. The new sUAS drone systems are a fantastic alternative. Our drones we use are very precise with pinpoint accuracy! Our drone inspection team uses a commercial grade high-res FLIR Tau2 IR thermo camera. We can capture still IR photos and video!
When is the best time to measure Thermal Readings?
The best time for IR thermal measurements for Roof Top Inspections is right after sunset. When the sun heats up the flat roof structure, then cools down in the evening time after sunset. The bad roof areas, the ‘Wet Pockets’, still retain some of the heat radiation from the sun. While the rest of the roof cools down, these ‘wet pockets’ are still warmer and can be easily identified and photographed using our drone with attached Commercial IR Flir Camera System.
Minimal wind speed is ideal. Exterior thermal readings should not be measured during poor weather conditions including light rain, mist, fog or even snowfall. Windy conditions are unfavorable because of the mixing of air temperature next to the structure. Thermal cameras cannot see through buildings, metal, windows, glass, water or clothing. They just measure infrared heat radiated from an object. Our Thermal Camera System also can pickup heat loss.