Thermal-imaging company targets MEP quality
New thermal-imaging company launched to target MEP quality.
An MEP inspection service based on thermal-imaging technology has been launched by Trent Technical Services LLC to help contractors, developers and facilities managers target quality issues.
Trent Technical Services LLC has clinched a five-tower thermal imaging inspection contract in Sharjah for a single client with over 100 properties on its books.
“Our normal scope of work is HVAC, plumbing and electrical inspections. We go up into ceilings where workers do not normally go, for example, as that is where you will find problem areas,” says MD Iain Fryer.
“MEP is the heart of the building. For comfort and practicality, you need the MEP to be right. This is the area where the most problems arise. Hence all our engineers have an electromechanical background.”
Fryer says the main problem with electrical works is that inherent problems are not visible. “What we do is use a thermal imaging camera to photograph a heat signature from DBs and cabling, for example.
“We have recorded temperatures of up to 41°C, with 50°C as DEWA’s maximum permissible limit. Ideally you want to be in the 25°C to 30°C range. Depending on the readings, we can then make recommendations like using fans or improving ventilation to try and take away some of the extra heat.”
Read the full interview in the October issue of MEP Middle East.