Building Thermography is One of the Most Demanding Applications for Infrared Camera Systems

Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings has highest priority and infrared thermography greatly contributes to reaching this goal. Inspections with infrared cameras quickly and easily indicate insulation problems of buildings. To do so the infrared camera systems need to come with a respective good resolution. Firstly this is about thermal resolution. Infrared camera systems for building inspections should come with an especially good thermal resolution of < 40 mK (0.04 °C).

This means that they will even be able to detect faults securely when the temperature difference between outdoors and indoors is minimal. Only in such way infrared camera systems can be used throughout the year to pay off faster. Also when locating leakages such a good thermal resolution provides advantages as faults in deeper areas can still be detected easier. The VarioCAM® infrared camera series of InfraTec is especailly suited for those demands also because of their high geometrical resolution.

InfraTec Infrared Camera Systems Make Building Inspections Extremely Efficient with Their 3.1 MegaPixels

Building thermography - Avoid measurement error

An infrared camera of the VarioCAM® High Definition series with 3.1 megapixels provides 16 times the number of pixels of a standard infrared camera with (320 x 240) IR-pixels. Thereby thermal images can be taken from a larger distance providing a view of the complete building and still show small details in a suitable resolution. Like this building inspections become more efficient as there is no longer a need to take many small images, to stitch them together one by one for analysis.

Case Studies of VarioCAM® HD head 900

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Usage of VarioCAM®-series for building inspections

Thermography for Building Inspections

ARCHIMEDES Facility-Management GmbH uses its infrared camera predominantly for revisions and securing of quality standards during the construction phase of newly erected buildings and the refurbishment of older buildings. Thereby the detection of construction faults like thermal bridges, poor insulations or air leakages plays a major role.

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Further information thermal 3D mapping

Thermal 3D Mapping

The merging of temperature information with data from 3D scans provides a major benefit, especially in building thermography. Corresponding models open up the possibility of investigating heat distribution in buildings even more precisely. This enables users, for example, to determine where thermal irregularities and leaks occur and how large their dimensions are. Laser specialist RIEGL uses an infrared camera VarioCAM® head 900 from InfraTec for such a combined measurement and testing system.

Intelligent Analysis Software Produces Meaningful Surveys by Pressing a Button

After having taken high resolution thermal images those images need to be analysed. The thermographic software family IRBIS® 3 already supports many of the necessary analyses. The special software for building inspections FORNAX 2 makes the production of those surveys even easier. For instance the appearance of mould cannot only be detected but it can also be determined easily and legally proof whether this is caused by construction faults or inadequate behaviour of the users. The good teamplay between excellent infrared camera systems and software result in big efficiency advantages. Like this not only pure qualitative advantages are obtained but also economic ones.

Software FORNAX 2
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Advantages of this Thermography Solutions in this Application

  • MicroScan feature ImageIR
    Further information about MicroScan

    MicroScan – Quadrupling the Number of Pixels

    Displaying measurement objects with extremely low noise and fine resolution – this is what MicroScan is for. Using this function, the native pixel number of the detector can be quadrupled. This results in thermograms of better image quality with geometric resolutions of more than 5.2 Megapixels. Each pixel in the image represents a true temperature reading, not an interpolated pixel.

  • InfraTec thermography glossary - autofocus
    Further information about permanent autofocus

    Permanent Autofocus

    Constantly changing object scenes require manual or automatic refocusing. The integrated permanent autofocus function makes this task easier. In the case of a change of scene, the camera automatically applies the optimum focus setting quickly and precisely. The completely innovative, very powerful autofocus system is laser-based and works extremely reliably. Even under unfavourable environmental conditions, such as poor lighting conditions, darkness or low thermal contrasts on the measuring object, this function provides exactly focused thermal images.

  • InfraTec Glossary Motorfocus
    Further information about the motor focus

    Motor Focus for ImageIR® Full Lenses – More Comfort

    All interchangeable standard lens systems of the ImageIR® series can be combined with a motor focus unit, which is controlled by the camera operating software. It enables precise, remote and fast focusing. In addition, an autofocus function is available which operates reliably even with low image contrasts.

  • InfraTec thermography - Geometrical Resolution

    Geometrical Resolution – Efficient Analysis of Complex Assemblies

    InfraTec's infrared cameras with cooled and uncooled detectors have native resolutions up to (1,920 × 1,536) IR pixels. Spatially high-resolution thermograms ensure that components and assemblies are imaged down to the smallest detail and thus defects can be reliably detected and precisely localised.

  • InfraTec thermography - Thermal resolution

    Thermal Resolution – Determination of Differences of Only a Few Millikelvin

    For detection of small temperature changes InfraTec's infrared cameras offer thermal resolutions up to < 15 mK in real-time operation. By using the Lock-in Thermography method it is possible to further increase this resolution significantly. For this purpose test objects are periodically excited and non-destructively examined for defects and irregularities.

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    Further details about the light metal housing

    High-quality Light Metal Housing

    The very robust light metal housing is available with the protection degree IP67 and protects the camera against mechanical and thermal stress. In conjunction with protection degree preserving LEMO® connectors, it is excellently suited for use in harsh industrial environments. For applications under extreme environmental conditions, suitable protective housings are also available, e.g. made from stainless steel, which can optionally be equipped with a cooling and heating system.

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Infrared Cameras for Building Thermography

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® High Definition from InfraTec
    VarioCAM® HD inspect 900

    VarioCAM® HD inspect 900

    Category

    Professional and universal cameras

    Image format (IR pixels)

    (2,048 × 1,536) IR pixels

    Detector
    Uncooled Microbolometer Focal Plane Array
    Field of View Calculator
  • Infrared camera compactIR 400 from InfraTec
    compactIR 400

    compactIR 400

    Category

    Entry level cameras

    Image format (IR pixels)

    (384 × 288) IR pixels

    Detector
    Uncooled Microbolometer Focal Plane Array
    Field of View Calculator
  • mobileIR 400

    mobileIR 400

    Category

    Entry level cameras

    Image format (IR pixels)

    (384 × 288) IR pixels

    Detector
    Uncooled Microbolometer Focal Plane Array
    Field of View Calculator
  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® High Definition from InfraTec
    VarioCAM® HD inspect 800

    VarioCAM® HD inspect 800

    Category

    Professional and universal cameras

    Image format (IR pixels)

    (1,024 × 768) IR pixels

    Detector
    Uncooled Microbolometer Focal Plane Array
    Field of View Calculator

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