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A Model For A Virtual Association Of Thermographers



Presentation slides from the talk of the same name at the SPIE ThermoSense XXXI Conference, April 2009, part of the 2009 SPIE Defense & Security Symposium (DSS)

Presentation slides from the talk of the same name at the SPIE ThermoSense XXXI Conference, April 2009, part of the 2009 SPIE Defense & Security Symposium (DSS)



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    • 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: [email_address]
      • Introduction & Background
      • What Goals, Mission?
      • Why Create One Online?
      • What’s a Social Network?
      • How Could it be Started?
      • When and Who?
      Presentation Plan
      • 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
      • 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
      • Beyond open IR forums now are free online info databases & educational resources
      New Infrared Web Goodies
    • ITC Online Camera Courses
    • Infraspection’s Web Learning
    • Fluke’s Online Training
    • Webinars by Snell IR
    • Free Emissivity Resources
    • Apps at www.IRWeb.INFO
    • IRTalk by Snell IR
      • 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
      • 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?
      • 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?
      • “ 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”
      • 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.
      • 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
      • Development of a universally recognized Professional Thermographer certification akin to Professional Engineer or Certified Control Systems Specialist.
      Goal 3
      • 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
      • Establish consistent guidelines for the traceable calibration and preventive maintenance of Infrared Measurement & Imaging Equipment
      Goal 5
      • Institute industry awareness and development of additional resources as may be needed to foster the growth of the industry and its members
      Goal 6
      • 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
      • 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?
      • Familiar Web names like MySpace & facebook
      • Also Horseland.com, LibraryThing.com, Ravelry.com and
      • Linkedin.com
      What is a Social Network?
    • Linkedin.com
    • My Groups on Linkedin
      • Each With Separate Focus
        • NDT
        • Buildings
        • Electrical Inspection Safety
        • Home Inspections
        • They are NOT an Association!
      Four Linkedin IR Groups
      • 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
      • In 2005 ISPoT Appealed to Individuals
      • Lacked a Growth Plan,
      • Was Exclusive of Key Industry Stakeholders
      • Effectively Folded Last Year
      ISPoT Experience
      • 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
      • International Thermography Association (ITA),
      • Discussed at last year’s ThermoSense Conference
      Perhaps ITA by 2010?
      • INDIVIDUALS: Engineers, Scientists & Experienced Thermographers
      • CORPORATE: (See Slide)
      • INSTITUTIONAL: Government, Academics
      • NEW PROFESSIONALS: Newbies
      • STUDENTS
      Member Types (?)
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Trainees who have worked in the infrared technology field for 5 years or less.
      • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a a college or graduate level technology educational program (at least 12 hours).
      • 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
      • iThermographer.INFO ( www.iThermographer.INFO )
      • Email: [email_address] &
      • [email_address]
      • Linkedin : www.linkedin.com/in/raypeacock
      • Twitter: MrPyrometer
      • AIM: mrpyrometer
      Share Your Ideas!
    • Apologies & Thanks
      • My Apologies for not being here
      • Thanks to Herb Kaplan for giving my presentation
      • Ray Peacock