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:

  • Splicing wires with the TIP Splice Holder (2022-2023)

This video covers:

  • Connecting the TAG and TAP Edge boxes
  • How to read the LED indicators

This video covers:

  • How to test the Thermal Wire cables with the Thermal Wire Tester box

This video covers:

  • Creating a new project and sending data to the Cloud

This video covers:

  • Testing splice cables with the thermal wire tester

This video covers:

  • How to install thermal wire using a PEX Gun

This video covers:

  • Adding splices into TIP Reporter
  • How to address wire overlap

This video covers:

  • How to set-up the TAG and what it’s light up sequence means

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 the Thermal Wire Tester Box to each Thermal Wire cable. Please refer to the “How To Use the Thermal Wire Tester Box” video for further instructions.

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?

How can data be accessed without WiFi?

EdgeLink allows manual download of the thermal data from a TAG or TAP Edge box, rather than using WiFi.

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