Proceedings PaperField documentation and client presentation of IR inspections on new masonry structures
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With the adoption of American Concrete Institute's Design Standard 530 (ACI 530-88/ASCE 5-88) and Specifications (ACI 530.1-88/ASCE 6-88) by more governing bodies throughout the United States, the level and method of inspecting masonry structures is rapidly changing. These new standards set forth inspection criteria such that the Professional of Record (i.e., Architect), can determine the level of inspection based on the type and complexity of the structure being built. For example, a hospital would require considerably more inspection than a Seven-Eleven mini-market. However, the standards require that all new masonry buildings must be inspected. Infrared thermography has proven to be an effective tool to assist in the required inspections. These inspections focus on evaluating masonry for compliance with the design specifications with regard to material, structural strength and thermal performance, the use of video infrared thermography provides a thorough systematic method for inspection of structural solids and thermal integrity of masonry structures. In conducting masonry inspections, the creation of a permanent, well-documented record is valuable in avoiding potential controversy over the inspection findings. Therefore, the inspection method, verification of findings, and presentation of the inspection data are key to the successful use of infrared thermography as an inspection tool. This paper will focus on the method of inspection which TSI employs in conducting new masonry inspections. Additionally, an important component of any work is the presentation of the data. We will look at the information which is generated during this type of inspection and how that data can be converted into a usable report for the various parties involved in construction of a new masonry building.