Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

NAVFAC Washington Broadens Spectrum with Infrared Training

07/15/14 12:00 AM

By Regina Adams, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington held infrared thermography training at the Washington Navy Yard, July 11.

This was the first time NAVFAC Washington held the 32-hour Certified Level I training, an Infrared Technical Institute course. The Level I training defined heat and temperature, heat transfer modes and heat radiation concept familiarization, detection of thermal anomalies and more. The training also focused on interpreting photographic images.

Nery Duron-Licona, installation energy manager of Public Works Department Washington, listed the advantages of using infrared technology to diagnose maintenance and safety issues in facility systems.

"Facility surveys done with infrared cameras can help utilities and facility management personnel find issues with electrical connections and building envelope systems," said Duron-Licona. "Infrared photography can aid facility maintenance personnel with their troubleshooting efforts, saving time and money."

Duron-Licona said that with this technology in place, the users can see things with the camera that can't be seen with the naked eye.

Heat loss through windows, doors, roofs and thru-wall cracks can be seen with the infrared camera. Early diagnosis and repair of facility systems help reduce energy waste and prevent safety hazards.

With the infrared technology and proper training, facility maintenance personnel can minimize the safety hazards associated with troubleshooting without having to touch electrical cables or climb electrical poles to get a picture of system deficiencies.

"An Infrared camera can see overheating of electrical equipment from a distance, making it safe for electricians to diagnose issues and prevent safety hazards," said Duron-Licona. "An arc-blast is an electrical event that can occur when opening electrical switch gear access doors, accidentally dropping tools or improperly making contact with energized equipment/wires. The energy released by an arc-blast can instantly kill you, destroy nearby materials and cause extensive property damage."

During the training, everyone had an opportunity to put on the 65-Caliber Arc-Rated suit. The suit is used for handling high voltage equipment, 480 volts or higher.

After the four-day training, a four hour written test was administered and participants had to score 80 percent or higher before becoming certified.


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