Railroads are close to capacity and there is only so much that can be squeezed through a pipe. The result is insufficient equipment, longer trains, tighter schedules and of course the stretching of personnel. Now, imagine that as one of these freight trains, comprising among other things, chemical tankers and boxcars containing a variety of different materials (including hazardous materials) while crossing a river has the trestle collapse underneath it. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of steel, wood and of course the hazardous chemicals fall into the river, pollute the land and the river, and shut down a port. Farfetched? This paper will reveal the results of a unique thermographic inspection, the findings, the results and the protocols.
Within the past five years, the Pest Management industry has become aware that IR thermography can aid in the
detection of pest infestations and locate other conditions that are within the purview of the industry. This paper will
review the applications that can be utilized by the pest management professional and discuss the advanced techniques
that may be required in conjunction with thermal imaging to locate insect and other pest infestations, moisture within
structures, the verification of data and the special challenges associated with the inspection process.
For years the pest Management Professional has relied on visual and manual inspections to locate insect pest infestations. As building materials have improved, the ability to locate pest problems has become more difficult since building materials are often able to mask the existence of pest infestation. Additionally, these improved building materials have contributed to the pest problem by providing a convenient food and nesting source. Within the past five years, the Pest Management Industry has become aware that IR thermography can aid in the detection of pest infestation by detecting evidence of latent moisture within structures. This paper discusses the use of thermal imaging to detect thermal patterns associated with insect infestation, verification of data and special challenges associated with the inspection process.