A Model For A Virtual Association Of Thermographers


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A Model For A Virtual Association Of Thermographers

  1. 1. A model for a virtual association of thermographers By G. Raymond Peacock MeasurementMedia Division Temperatures.com, Inc. Southampton PA USA Web: www.temperatures.com Email: rpeacock@temperatures.com
  2. 2. • Introduction & Background • What Goals, Mission? • Why Create One Online? • What’s a Social Network? • How Could it be Started? • When and Who? Presentation Plan
  3. 3. Last Year – ThermoSense XXX – “Do infrared thermographers need a professional organization”, GR Peacock, – “Certification of Thermographers”, J Snell, – “International Standards pertaining to Thermography Practices, Training and Certification”, L West Akerblom INTRO & BACKGROUND
  4. 4. Social Networking & Open Source Web resources now enable us to online: • Create a worldwide IR Association, • Improve Thermographer certifications, • Grow thermography as a profession, • And much more New Web Tech
  5. 5. Beyond open IR forums now are free online info databases & educational resources New Infrared Web Goodies
  6. 6. ITC Online Camera Courses
  7. 7. Infraspection’s Web Learning
  8. 8. Fluke’s Online Training
  9. 9. Webinars by Snell IR
  10. 10. Free Emissivity Resources
  11. 11. Apps at www.IRWeb.INFO
  12. 12. IRTalk by Snell IR
  13. 13. • Social Networking Communities are today’s Web phenomena • Could offer a way to create a Virtual Professional Association of (and for) Infrared Thermographers… – But, First……Why? Web Social Networks
  14. 14. • Civilian & Scientific Uses: Backbone of the Infrared Imaging & Measurement Industry After Defense • No Single Organization or Application Works on Industry Behalf; It “Happens” • Needs Means to Foster Industry Growth & Develop Common, Worldwide Standards Why An Association?
  15. 15. • Standards for Thermography Practices – NDT – Maintenance – Buildings – More… • Standards for Training Curricula – Who vets or reviews the trainers? • Individual Certification & Continuing Ed. – ISO has merit & more • Equipment & Calibration Standards • Professional Ethics… and more What Standards?
  16. 16. “To promote the development of Infrared Imaging, Infrared Temperature Measurement and Infrared Vision Technologies, standards and practices for individual thermographers to the betterment of mankind” Mission?
  17. 17. Establish uniform standards and practices for Thermographer educational programs in accord with established best practices around the world and work towards unification of disparate programs. Six Goals(?) Goal 1.
  18. 18. Develop, unify and promote the use of standard practices in the many uses of infrared thermography and measurement and to encourage a growth in the certification of Thermographers and Metrologists in the many sub-disciplines of infrared measurement and imaging, Goal 2
  19. 19. Development of a universally recognized Professional Thermographer certification akin to Professional Engineer or Certified Control Systems Specialist. Goal 3
  20. 20. Develop, unify and promote the uses of standard practices for the performance nomenclature and characterization of Infrared Thermographic and Temperature Measurement equipment in concert with the many international scientific & standards groups (ASTM, ISO etc) Goal 4
  21. 21. Establish consistent guidelines for the traceable calibration and preventive maintenance of Infrared Measurement & Imaging Equipment Goal 5
  22. 22. Institute industry awareness and development of additional resources as may be needed to foster the growth of the industry and its members Goal 6
  23. 23. • How to finance? – Individual Dues • Who would organize and operate the association? – Volunteers initially • How could an association be structured? – Simply, online at the beginning… • Would it complete with ThermoSense & others? - No, complement instead • When could it be started? – Almost any time once a core group forms The “Mechanics” - Ideas
  24. 24. • Online Social network groups already facilitate international communication & collaboration- expect more in the future • Effective way to bring groups of individuals with similar interests together quickly & easily, • Very convenient,very low cost Why an Online Association?
  25. 25. • Familiar Web names like MySpace & facebook • Also Horseland.com, LibraryThing.com, Ravelry.com and • Linkedin.com What is a Social Network?
  26. 26. Linkedin.com
  27. 27. My Groups on Linkedin
  28. 28. Each With Separate Focus –NDT –Buildings –Electrical Inspection Safety –Home Inspections They are NOT an Association! Four Linkedin IR Groups
  29. 29. • When Flir, Mikron, Infraspection, Stockton, or Snell, Hartford Steam Boiler, or Chubb or EPRI, or ASNT started a group, they exclude others automatically… • That’s the way until now! Online Options
  30. 30. • In 2005 ISPoT Appealed to Individuals • Lacked a Growth Plan, • Was Exclusive of Key Industry Stakeholders • Effectively Folded Last Year ISPoT Experience
  31. 31. • LinkedIn.com shows that a core group can organize a website like other Social Networks • With a core of volunteers we can develop a plan • You can start now by participating in discussions at www.iThermographer.INFO Start by Acting Together
  32. 32. • International Thermography Association (ITA), • Discussed at last year’s ThermoSense Conference Perhaps ITA by 2010?
  33. 33. • INDIVIDUALS: Engineers, Scientists & Experienced Thermographers • CORPORATE: (See Slide) • INSTITUTIONAL: Government, Academics • NEW PROFESSIONALS: Newbies • STUDENTS Member Types (?)
  34. 34. Technicians, engineers, materials managers, technology managers, and other professionals in the field of Thermography. Trained in Infrared Thermography or have graduated with an engineering or science degree and are capable of passing at least the Level 1 Thermographer exam as offered by Infraspection, Snell Infrared or The Infrared Training Center. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
  35. 35. Corporations or other business organizations that manufacture, sell, or service thermal radiation instrumentation or have a business-related activity involved with it. Corporate members designate a primary, voting representative and a specified number of "secondary" representatives to receive full ITA membership benefits. All corporate employees are eligible to serve or hold leadership positions on ITA technical committees and any national technical advisory groups administered by ITA. CORPORATE MEMBERS
  36. 36. Government employees, scientific, academic, philanthropic, and other non- profit organizations with an interest or involvement in thermal radiation. Institutional members choose their level of membership by selecting anywhere from three to ten representatives All institutional representatives receive full benefits of ITA membership and more. INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS
  37. 37. Trainees who have worked in the infrared technology field for 5 years or less. NEW PROFESSIONALS
  38. 38. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a a college or graduate level technology educational program (at least 12 hours). STUDENT MEMBERS
  39. 39. An Association appears needed & possible online Might be an ISPoT Phoenix (A registered, not-for-profit Florida Co.) Could just remain an interesting idea Final Thoughts
  40. 40. iThermographer.INFO ( www.iThermographer.INFO) Email: grp@MrPyro.com & rpeacock@temperatures.com Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/raypeacock Twitter: MrPyrometer AIM: mrpyrometer Share Your Ideas!
  41. 41. Apologies & Thanks • My Apologies for not being here • Thanks to Herb Kaplan for giving my presentation Ray Peacock