How ChevronTexaco Saved a Cool $5.6 M by Employing Infrared Technology

It is estimated that George Horn saved his employer $5.6 million by applying infrared thermography technology to the company’s headquarters and research and development facilities.

As the story goes, several years ago, company executives wanted to replace the roofs on all 14 buildings at their headquarters in San Ramon, Calif. Horn, superintendent of operations and maintenance for their Real Estate Management division, argued that the roofs were in satisfactory shape and performing well.

“I was adamant that they didn’t need to be replaced,” Horn said. “But (company executives) wanted to rush right out and replace the roofs.”

But how could he prove this?

Horn asked a contractor that had performed infrared surveys for the company to survey the roofs to determine whether leaks had damaged any roofing system materials. The results? “Their findings backed up my story,” he says. As a result, the company avoided investing unnecessarily — and heavily — in new roofs.

While every story might not end this well, growing experience suggests that infrared technology has become an increasingly powerful tool for troubleshooting a range of problems in facility systems, equipment and components.

This is where Launch UAS comes in

We also offer long term preventative inspection programs designed to minimize long term repair costs by targeting the problem areas efficiently.

Before you blindly make an investment to replace an entire roof, give us a call and let us provide a clear assessment of what’s actually going on up there. We can do this easily, affordably with quick access to the data via the Launch UAS Cloud. You may need a new roof, or you may not. But at least you’ll be in the position to make an informed decision.

Safe flying.

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