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27 March 1984 Comparison Of Aerial To On-The-Roof Infrared Moisture Surveys
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Prior research by the Corps of Engineers has shown aerial thermography to he useful as a reconnaissance tool for finding wet roof insulation. This conclusion was based on findings from thermal line scanners flown at about 1000 feet in military fixed-wing aircraft and from hand-held thermal imagers flown at about 500 feet in military helicopters. During the spring of 1983 a comprehensive aerial to on-the-roof infrared comparison study was conducted on several roofs at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. These recent studies confirm our earlier opinion that oblique thermography is generally of reconnaissance value only. However, "straight-down" thermography from either fixed-wing aircraft or from helicopters can be used to produce reasonably accurate maps of wet roof areas. The most accurate maps were produced by thermal imaging systems in a helicopter hovering as close as 200 feet above a roof. This study suggests that some forms of airborne thermography can be of more value than just a reconnaissance tool in finding wet roof insulation. Of course, a visual examination of each roof along with a few core samples are still needed before recommendations for maintenance and repair can be made.
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Charles Korhonen, Wayne Tobiasson, and Alan Greatorex "Comparison Of Aerial To On-The-Roof Infrared Moisture Surveys", Proc. SPIE 0446, Thermosense VI: Thermal Infrared Sensing for Diagnostics and Control, (27 March 1984);

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