January 15, 2015

Structural Investigations using Thermal Imaging

We provide non-intrusive structural investigations using thermal imaging.

Our clients are typically structural engineers or architects who require additional information about a building with minimum destructive work.  The affected buildings are in many cases historic or listed. In this case, it is important to minimise intrusive and damaging investigations.  Our thermal imaging structural investigations have the key benefits of being non-contact and non-intrusive in any way.  The thermal camera is a receiving device and does not irradiate the building in any way.

We can provide information on the physical location of structural elements and systems within buildings.  For example, if a listed building is undergoing a structural assessment, scanning There are no specific constraints on the age or types of construction we can scan. As always, “the devil is in the detail”. Therefore we will always ask you a number of questions in order to develop a practical and cost effective proposal. One of the key considerations will always relate to heat flow: if there is little or no heat flow through the areas of interest, then we will be limited in terms of what we can provide. We can design environments to allow us to excite building areas of interest and visualise hidden or degraded parts. Therefore we may utilise natural heating from the sun, or use existing heating systems. In some cases we may need to provide or specify additional heating.  This will always be discussed in advance.

Structural Investigation Using Thermography

Of course using thermography for structural leak detection is reasonably well known, but using thermal imaging to look for de-bonding of areas of the building such as ceilings or render is not so common.  Every case is different so please call us to discuss how we may be able to help.

If it can be done, we can probably do it.  If it can’t be done, we will discuss why.