Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP™) Support

Support for Installation, Troubleshooting and Operating the Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP™)

In the support videos below, we offer guidance on installing wires, creating wire splices, connecting to the Cloud, connecting TAP Edge and TAG boxes, and more. Browse our FAQs for additional information that is not covered in the support videos. If your question or issue is not addressed in our support content, please fill out a support form and let us know how we can better assist you when using your Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP™) system.

This video covers:

  •  What is included with a TIP System purchase
  • Overview of cable
  • Routing and tying of cables
  • Installation pre-planning
  • What to avoid

This video covers:

  • Proper procedure for creating splices

This video covers:

  • How to install thermal wire using a PEX Gun

This video covers:

  • The roles of the TAG and TAP Edge boxes
  • How to read the LED indicators
  • How data is transferred between boxes and the Cloud
  • Troubleshooting

This video covers:

  • Setting up a new project for data collection
  • Testing the wire to ensure proper connection
  • Installing the TAP Edge and TAG boxes
  • Brief view of TIP-Reporter Software

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW WOULD ONE PERFORM QUALITY CONTROL CHECKS ON THE THERMAL WIRE® CABLES IN THE FIELD OR IN THE OFFICE?

We recommend attaching a TAP box to each Thermal Wire cable after it is affixed to the reinforcing cage. An indicator light on the TAP box will let the user know the status of the cable. After the TAP box takes an initial reading from the Thermal Wire cable (approximately 1 minute) the indicator should blink green every three seconds. This indicates that the wire is functioning properly. Any other light color/flashing sequence (red flash, blue flash, fast green flash) indicates there may be damage to the cable.

IS THERE A GENERAL RATING CRITERIA FOR CONCRETE QUALITY EITHER BASED ON “EFFECTIVE RADIUS” OR ANY OTHER INDICATOR WHICH CAN GUIDE ENGINEERS WHO USE TIP DATA?

The radius requirement tends to be more of a structural / moment capacity requirement and not a geotechnical side shear development question, and therefore a question best left for the owner’s structural engineer. In this way, TIP™ results require owner input as more information is being provided than with previous integrity testing methods.

While designs vary, generic guidelines can be adopted based on the amount of cage movement, reduction in effective radius, or reduction in concrete cover. Some owners specify:

•No more than 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) of cage movement

•No less than 4.5 inches (11,43 cm) of cover (salt water environment)

•No less than 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) of cover (non-corrosive environment)

CAN TIP BE PERFORMED IF THERE IS ONLY A SINGLE CENTER REINFORCING BAR INSTALLED IN A CONTINUOUS FLIGHT AUGER (CFA) PILE OR AUGERED CAST-IN-PLACE (ACIP) PILE?

Engineers can use a single Thermal Wire cable to test small diameter shafts (augercast piles), if there is a single central reinforcing bar. Nevertheless, the optimal time to test decreases as the diameter decreases. As a result, the peak temperature may occur only a few hours after placement. Engineers performing TIP™ on these piles should use Thermal Wire® cables because of the small window of optimal testing. In addition, the Thermal Wire® cables are less difficult to install than access tubes.

HOW DO YOU READ THE LED INDICATORS ON THE TAG AND TAP EDGE BOXES

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