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A Model For A Virtual Association Of Thermographers

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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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  • 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: [email_address]
  • 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.
    • 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
  • 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.
    • Beyond open IR forums now are free online info databases & educational resources
    New Infrared Web Goodies
  • 6. ITC Online Camera Courses
  • 7. Infraspection’s Web Learning
  • 8. Fluke’s Online Training
  • 9. Webinars by Snell IR
  • 10. Free Emissivity Resources
  • 11. Apps at www.IRWeb.INFO
  • 12. IRTalk by Snell IR
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • “ 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”
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Development of a universally recognized Professional Thermographer certification akin to Professional Engineer or Certified Control Systems Specialist.
    Goal 3
  • 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.
    • Establish consistent guidelines for the traceable calibration and preventive maintenance of Infrared Measurement & Imaging Equipment
    Goal 5
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Familiar Web names like MySpace & facebook
    • Also Horseland.com, LibraryThing.com, Ravelry.com and
    • Linkedin.com
    What is a Social Network?
  • 26. Linkedin.com
  • 27. My Groups on Linkedin
  • 28.
    • Each With Separate Focus
      • NDT
      • Buildings
      • Electrical Inspection Safety
      • Home Inspections
      • They are NOT an Association!
    Four Linkedin IR Groups
  • 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.
    • In 2005 ISPoT Appealed to Individuals
    • Lacked a Growth Plan,
    • Was Exclusive of Key Industry Stakeholders
    • Effectively Folded Last Year
    ISPoT Experience
  • 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.
    • International Thermography Association (ITA),
    • Discussed at last year’s ThermoSense Conference
    Perhaps ITA by 2010?
  • 33.
    • INDIVIDUALS: Engineers, Scientists & Experienced Thermographers
    • CORPORATE: (See Slide)
    • INSTITUTIONAL: Government, Academics
    Member Types (?)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 37.
    • Trainees who have worked in the infrared technology field for 5 years or less.
  • 38.
    • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a a college or graduate level technology educational program (at least 12 hours).
  • 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.
    • iThermographer.INFO ( www.iThermographer.INFO )
    • Email: [email_address] &
    • [email_address]
    • Linkedin : www.linkedin.com/in/raypeacock
    • Twitter: MrPyrometer
    • AIM: mrpyrometer
    Share Your Ideas!
  • 41. Apologies & Thanks
    • My Apologies for not being here
    • Thanks to Herb Kaplan for giving my presentation
    • Ray Peacock