Finding the Leak Without Opening the Wall

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
$50 Westcon Member / $60 Westcon Non-member
Location: Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley
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Opening wall and ceiling finishes are common when trying to search for a water leak. This type of destructive testing often causes disruptions, requires advanced planning and coordination and leaves the building aesthetically displeasing or more vulnerable to additional leakage.

The use of thermal imaging cameras is a tremendous advancement in the area of investigative leak causation documentation. With thermal imaging, we are able to “see” in the infrared what we cannot see in the visible.

Bill Weber of Richard Avelar & Associates will take you through some basic science of infrared and how it works for this application. He will also present case studies of projects where the use of thermal imaging was a quick, non-destructive and non-intrusive means of determining the source area of the water intrusion leak.

In addition, Mr. Weber will discuss the advantages of the photos and science in construction defect litigation work. You will also have an opportunity to use a thermal imaging camera during the session.

About the Speaker:

Bill Weber is a Senior Consultant for Richard Avelar & Associates; Northern California’s architectural, construction and building code experts who specialize in the forensic analysis, design and repair of commercial properties and single and multi-family residential buildings. He was most recently on the Western Chapter Board of Directors for Disaster Kleenup International, a national Cleaning and Restoration Association, and is also a founding member of the Building Science Institute.

Weber is one of only several hundred people in the country to earn the coveted Certified Restorer designation from the Restoration Industry Association. He is also a Board Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS) and earned his Certified Building Science Thermographer (CBST) credentials from the Infrared Training Center.

If you have any questions please contact Westcon at (707) 792-1323.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the science behind thermography and the infrared spectrum.
  • Gain a better understanding of how thermal imaging can be one of the most important tools to discover the location of leaks and other thermal anomalies.
  • Gain a better understanding about the use of the acquired data and its role in litigation or potential litigation work.

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