Thermal imaging surveys can quickly identify areas of concern that are often invisible within a server room or data centre environment. Surveys like this can be carried out on request or as part of a planned preventative maintenance visit and can help to locate areas of concern within electrical and mechanical systems, LV switchgear and cabling, power protection devices and battery packs, server racks, cooling systems and compressor units.
For a data centre or server room thermal imaging survey our engineers use FLIR thermal imaging cameras and follow a set Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS) document to produce a heat map of the environment. The specific steps within a thermal imaging survey include:
The duration of the survey is dependent upon the size of the facility. A server room thermal imaging survey can take from 2 hours to half a day or more. Data centres run from at least one day on site to several days.
A data centre thermal site survey is a cost-effective way to quickly identify and diagnose thermal issues. Intermittent problems can be more easily traced and corrected for. Power and cooling related issues including unbalanced loads and harmonics or air flow and poor recirculation can be identified, and corrective actions put in place.
A thermal imaging survey can also avoid the need for more costly CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) modelling. The survey can also help to improve electrical energy efficiency within the facility by helping to remove the common power and cooling issues:
For more information on our data centre thermal site surveys or to discuss one of our data centre consultancy or other on-site server room services, please contact our projects team.