Commercial Roof Inspections

Commercial Roof Inspections Using Infrared Thermography This commercial roof inspection using an infrared camera reveals wet roof insulation that is not visible by the naked eye or even digital photography. The trapped moisture in this roof systems insulation is the bright yellow areas on this commercial roof. You will also …

Commercial Building Inspections

Commercial Building Inspections Using Thermal Imaging Commercial building inspections with infrared scans allow companies to see what’s really going on with their buildings structural integrity. The thermal image below reveals debonded stucco shown as orange areas on the slim green colored outer wall. Other building envelop issues that can be …

Electrical Panel Scans

Electrical Panel Scans Using Thermal Imaging Electrical switchgear and panels are the bloodline to supply electricity throughout commercial, manufacturing and industrial buildings. Without it, production stops and money is lost. Infrared is a proven tool to identify electrical problems prior to failure, allowing our clients to take proactive steps to …

Transmission And Distribution Electrical Scans

Infrared Scans On Transmission And Distribution Equipment Performing infrared scans on transmission and distribution equipment can save power companies and municipalities hundred of thousands of dollars each year and increase the reliability and reduce power outages for their customers. Watch this video presentation, as Jim Brady takes you through an …

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Infrared Inspection Services: Florida And The Southeast

Welcome to Brady Infrared’s website. Here, you will find information about thermography and our infrared inspection services and ultrasound services. We appreciate your interest and ask that you take your time to explore our sites video overviews, brilliant infrared pictures, cool ultrasound sound files and links to other pertinent and interesting websites.

Florida Based Infrared Testing, Thermal Imaging Consulting and Training

Brady Infrared is an infrared thermography testing, consulting and training firm headquartered in Stuart, Florida one hour north of West Palm Beach. We provide local, regional and nationwide infrared inspections of electrical / mechanical systems, and roof and building envelops for a wide range of commercial and residential clients. We are Certified Level II & Level III Thermographers, which means you have the best and top certified thermal imaging experts in the industry. We have a wide selection of advanced thermal imaging cameras, wide angle / zoom lens, and data-base driven software that puts the right tools in the hands of our infrared thermographers to thoroughly evaluate the performance and safety of all your equipment. From electrical / mechanical systems, to commercial roofs and building envelops and everything in between, Brady Infrared has scanned it and knows it inside and out. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Electrical Scans, Commercial Roof Inspections, Commercial Building Inspections And Mechanical Scans

Electrical scans typically performed are an infrared electrical panel scan, an infrared electrical systems survey and a high voltage electrical infrared survey.

Commercial roofing scans are covered by an infrared roof moisture survey or an infrared roof evaluation survey.

Commercial building scans can cover multiple aspects of your building system. Your survey may consist of one or all of the following; an infrared building envelope performance survey, an infrared wall moisture survey and/or a roof scan(s) depending on your situations.

Mechanical scans entail surveys such as an infrared mechanical systems survey, an infrared steam utilities survey and ultrasound surveys.

Infrared Baseline Surveys

At Brady Infrared our Certified Level III Thermographers use thermal imaging when performing an infrared inspection to locate “hot spots” or thermal anomalies in building structures and building systems. Once located, we then document these hot spots with digital and infrared images and in many cases with video, providing the most accurate and complete infrared survey available. By doing this, our infrared surveys of your buildings and building systems can help you and your facility managers identify potentially dangerous and costly problems.

Choosing to do an infrared baseline survey will provide you with critical information about your building and the building systems performance. Infrared benchmarking gives you the ability to track the integrity and performance of your building and its different systems as they progress in the future.

Reports And Documentation

Reports are offered as hard-copies that are color laser printed and professionally bound. We also offer digital copies in PDF format e-mailed directly to you, or if you prefer we can burn a CD and mail it to you.

After completing our work, we will provide you an elaborate report in electronic format and a hard copy that will include the following items:

  • Written summary of the inspection
  • Complete inventory list of equipment inspected
  • Color thermograms of problems detected

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Corona and Utility Equipment Of Electrical Scans

ceramic bushing

On a recent infrared inspection of a one of our utility client’s substations an interesting problem was discovered on two 69 kV breaker bushings. Some background history on this substation I was told is that corona could be heard constantly emanating from various pieces of equipment. In fact, I had performed an infrared scan of this substation over three year earlier in the summer time and I heard corona at that time. However, not much thought or concern was given to this condition during that first visit since it was thought to be a normal condition given the fact that the substation was located very close to the ocean and humidity was very high (Yes I did drink the “oh it’s just high humidity and that is normal condition” Kool-Aid like many others do). Well on this particular day, humidity was low, very low, in fact it was one of those beautiful low 70 degree days that reminds me and many others of why I live in Florida.

25 degree temperature rise in corona bushing

Well getting back to the story, upon entering the substation I was immediately drawn to two bushing that had hot spots located at top of the ceramic skirts where the copper end cap is located. I was also able to confirm using air borne ultrasound that these two location where the worst of where corona was active (but other corona sites did exist on other bushing). Upon further examination of the bushing this is what I saw.

Lesson learned – corona is one of those conditions that eat away on equipment over time. It may seem benign, and in some case it is depending upon where it is located. But in places where rubber based components are, corona is the kiss of death if not eradicated. I have seen numerous conditions of corona and tracking in indoor metal-clad switchgear, in fact we have a paper in the IR Articles and News section of our website that can be downloaded that address the use of infrared and ultrasound technology to address corona problems that as so common in high voltage switchgear. However, this is the first case of corona affecting a piece of outdoor switchgear where the operation and livelihood of the equipment was at risk of failure and loss.

I hope this case study was useful and please do not hesitate to contact for any comments and services regarding the use of infrared and ultrasound for outdoor utility electrical scans.

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