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Thermal imaging Part 3: How much does thermal imaging survey cost?

Thermal imaging Part 3: How much does thermal imaging survey cost?

How much will a thermal imaging survey cost us?

By far this is the most popular question that our customers ask.

You may want to have an infrared survey carried out for a variety reasons. Your objective may be to discover and diagnose energy efficiencies or to detect and inspect property defects. Whatever it is, with a tight budget in hand, you want to know that you are getting value for money and that it is well spent. Our aim is to make sure you make informed decisions.

After looking at thermal equipment and science in Part 1 and understanding colours in Part 2, let's continue our thermal imaging education journey and look at the pricing and what is involved.

Pricing is based on two main elements: 1) the required time on your site conducting the survey and 2) subsequent analysis to deliver your project. We briefly consider each element.

 

 

Time conducting your thermal imaging survey

The first element of a thermal imaging survey cost is the survey time. Typically our certified thermographers will spend up to nine hours on site over a total 18-hour period, enabling both daylight and night time surveys of your property envelope. This thermal imaging survey of the building means visual and thermal images will be included in your report. This will allow easy identification of defects that you can subsequently instruct to get rectified on site.

As survey days are focused on time, multiple buildings can be surveyed very cost effectively. The price you pay is for the day spent surveying rather than the number of buildings. Therefore, this allows to survey as many buildings as you require within the time frame at no extra cost to you.  

 

Time analysing your thermal images

The second element of a thermal imaging survey cost is the image analysis. Once your buildings have been surveyed, the next stage is to analyse and quantify your thermal images. Analysis time is charged at a daily rate and typically takes twice as long as the thermal imaging survey time. One full day on site usually equates to at least two full analysis days although this does vary depending on the deliverable.

Roof and elevations together with the IRT eDash may, for example, require four days or more in our qualified analysts to carry out the work depending on the size and complexity of your buildings.

 

What else may be charged for?

Some companies may charge you for travel and expenses. At irt surveys, because we've got the UK covered, this charge does not apply.

Another additional cost you could be charged for is the hire of equipment such as cherry pickers in situations where access is impossible without an elevated platform.

These items should always be brought to your attention and quoted ahead of any purchase order being submitted.

 

A final word of warning

When it comes to thermal imaging pricing, there are no such thing as a stupid questions.  It is essential that you are aware of all the pricing elements and that these are clearly explained to you. Do ask as many questions as you need to until you are satisfied with the answers you are given. Get several quotes and make sure that you choose a reputable company renowned for impartiality and expertise.

Related articles: Thermal imaging Part 1 - Tech & Science , Thermal imaging Part 2 - Understanding colours

 

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Budgeting for your IRT surveying services

Budgeting for your IRT surveying services

Budgeting

After careful consideration, you have decided to go ahead and commission an IRT survey. Now you are turning towards budgeting for it. Here we provide you with the information you need to unlock the finances and place your order.

We have already discussed what is included in the price of an IRT survey. Let's look at it again and explain the value of the elements comprising IRT surveys services.

The price of infrared cameras

Back in the 1980’s cameras were the preserve of universities. They cost close to £250,000 and you had to be kitted out with the car battery to power it, liquid nitrogen on your back to keep it cool, periscope to look through, VHS to record video footage and a hand held sensor.

Fast forward to the millennium, cameras were £40K, hand held, digital, un-cooled and offered a truly portable solution.

By 2010 the same camera technology was closer to £10K, more ergonomic, lighter, sleeker, had more features, in some cases higher resolution and were being integrated into the main stream.

Today,  the same camera is 50% less at around £5-6K – but a myriad of low end cameras have been introduced to the market place. You can spend less than £1,000 and get a piece of a high-performing equipment.

But just because you can – should you?

The price of expertly using the technology

Owning a camera does not make you a photographer. In all likelihood you are reading this and have an impressive camera on your desk, would you therefore describe yourself as a photographer on your LinkedIN profile? The same can be said for low end IRT cameras.

For the plumber and electricians out there having an IRT camera in the toolbox will be as everyday as their screwdriver and spanners, the tech will save them hours hunting for overheating cables and leaking pipework.

There will always be a market for consultants with high end equipment, providing a service to building owners and occupiers who regularly need the service. Clients who need to rely upon the advice in a court of law or to arrive at a cost-effective refurbishment solution for their portfolio. Those surveys can’t be done by low end IRT cameras. More than that though, they can’t be done at all by unskilled labour. You need to understand the physics going on within a building if you are to successfully survey it using IRT techniques.

You can buy a camera for less than a survey these days, but you need to carefully consider the hidden elements such as software, training, calibration, insurance and most importantly – liability. That’s without mentioning health and safety. As an asset manager, would you sleep at night if, using a £500 camera, you advise a client to rip off his roof and spend £500,000 to refit based on your advice?

How much are IRT surveys services for an asset manager?

At IRT surveys, thanks to the unique way we have grown across the country we are able to offer uniform pricing. From Inverness to Plymouth a survey costs the same. The service, speed and cameras are the same. The surveyors have undergone the same training regime. The cameras are FLIR and all are annually calibrated. Every office is insured to the same level.

Most critically of all, the reports are written centrally by qualified analysts who do nothing other than analyse images.

We charge our services at £1200 for surveying time on one site and £650 for office time. We don’t add anything to those prices. No mileage. No expenses. No hidden anything.

This flat pricing structure means you can budget for the survey accordingly and build it into your bill of quantities at an early stage.

Need to survey the roof of a building? One site and one office day. Simple.
Want to add the walls whilst we are there? Thank you – it adds £650.
You would like to quantify the images for energy loss? No problem – it adds… you guess it: £650.

The pricing model also allows us an economy of scale if you wish to survey multiple buildings. The same rules apply.

How much are IRT surveys services for a housing stock manager?

The same level of expertise and diligence applies as for built asset surveying.

Pricing for a housing stock is more complex as it depends on the size of a housing stock and the breadth of services required.

However, for budgetary purposes for you as a housing stock manager in a local authority or housing association, prices start at £20 per house. Pricing are based on the volume of houses, the level of surveying and the data exploitation thereafter using  our bespoke software.

Should you want to discuss your IRT surveying requirements, please contact us  by clicking on the button below.

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