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First CSWIP thermographic inspection certificate issued

Connect, no. 166, May/June 2010

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Tony McConnell received the first CSWIP thermographic inspection certificate from EurIng Chris Eady, Chief Executive of TWI Certification Ltd

TWI was approached by ROVision Ltd for advice on training. The company operates unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) technology to supply inspection services to many different areas including oil and gas refineries, pipeline inspection and construction support for major building projects. ROVision recently purchased new infra red cameras to carry out detailed aerial thermal inspection from their SR30 helicopter but getting certified training was becoming a problem as infra red inspection is still in its infancy.

Ian Hogarth, TWI's Business Development and Training Manager suggested that the delegates come on TWI's new Thermographic Inspection Level 1 course held in Middlesbrough. Three students including company Managing Director Tony McConnell and Technical Director Bob Furness attended.

The course, although only Level 1, covered in detail the theory and application of thermography. The equipment used was cutting edge technology and there were plenty of different models and makes to practice with. Professor Rod Thomas, one of the UK's leading experts in the field of thermography was the course lecturer, proved excellent, holding the attention of the class throughout. Tony McConnell of ROVision spoke of the course and the facilities at TWI Middlesbrough.

'I have been in inspection for many years but this has to be the most interesting course I've ever attended'. He continued 'the applications for thermography are incredible; I can see it overtaking many of the conventional forms of NDT in the next few years. I'm happy to be getting in at the very beginning. It's an exciting time for ROVision and we are all looking forward to returning to TWI for the Level 2 course in the near future'.

TWI's Thermographic Inspection Level 1 course (duration five days) is aimed at all engineering disciplines especially people involved with any maintenance or reliability issues including management, engineers, technicians and craft personnel.

The CSWIP scheme for those involved in condition monitoring, inspection of plant operation, maintenance and equipment has now been launched.

Anyone working in an engineering background environment is encouraged to attend this exciting new course. To find out more and register your interest please contact trainexam@twi.co.uk.

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