Find Water Leaks with Thermal Imaging, Acoustics and Tracer Gas #water


Leak Detecting Services

How to Find a Water Leak

Our highly trained engineers at L.D.S. Leak Detection Specialists Ltd. will choose the approriate testing and inspection process specifically chosen to suit your home or commercial business to find the leak.

Our engineers at L.D.S. carry all the latest technology in leakage detection. We have listed the main Leak detection methods and equipment below. Inspection cameras. Protimeter mms damp meter survey kits, pressure gauges both hydraulic and digital and salts diagnostic kits also form part of the L.D.S. engineers equipment.

Leak Detection Methods to Find A Leak

Acoustic profiling uses ground and pipe sensitive microphones to enhance the sound of the leak. This method can help in pinpointing precise leak location.

Is a way of finding and pinpointing leaks in water pipes. A leak in a pipe under pressure creates noise that travels through the pipe walls, the surrounding ground and along the contents of the pipe. Correlators are a very accurate sound testing device which are used to identify the acoustic frequency caused when a pipe is leaking. The correlator uses two identical sensors located along the pipe to calculate the leek location by logging the signal delay, sensor distance and the sound velocity.

Tracer Gas
The trace gas, a safe mixture of hydrogen and nitrogen, is introduced into the pipe with the suspected leak. The gas, is the lightest in the atmosphere and is made up of of small molecules. The gas will exit at the leak and make its way to the surface where it is detected using gas sensitive detection pobes.

Thermal Imaging
Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to see and measure thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermography cameras can identify problem areas that can’t be seen with the naked eye, detecting hidden water leaks. The infrared inspection camera can detect not only hidden water leaks and their origin, but also moisture that cannot be physically reached with moisture meters. Read more

Pipe, Cable and Metal Detection and Tracing
Often the exact position of pipes and cables is unknown due to innacurate or non existant network plans. In order to carry out precise water leak detection and to avoid damage to utilities and operators during excavations, it is essential to know the precise position of all services. We use high performance equipment which can locate and trace buried pipes and cables.

Network Monitoring with Noise Loggers
Noise Loggers are used for early detection of leaks in water supply networks.The longer it takes to identify that a network is leaking the more revenue is lost and the greater the loss of precious water resources. In addition to the more conventional methods of leak detection the installation of permanent noise loggers has proved to be a cost effective tool in early identification of water loss. By permanently monitoring sections of the system, which have previously been proven leak free, it will alert you when a potential leak does develop. Read more .



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Consultant directory #consultants, #gps, #doctors, #surgeons, #anaesthetics, #burns #and #plastics, #cardiology,


Consultant directory

With so many consultants, all with special interests, we appreciate it can be difficult for GPs to make the right referral choice, and it can be confusing for patients.

This consultant directory is offered as an easy reference guide to the specific clinical services and interests of all the consultants working at or for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

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Browse by category results: neurology

Dr Hani Benamer, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology Acute

Graduated from Tripoli. Obtained MRCP and neurology training in Glasgow. Gained PhD CCST. Special interest in movement disorders. Honorary lecturer at UoB with interest in medical education. Senior editor of Libyan Journal of Medicine.

Dr Nicholas P Davies, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology and Neuromuscular Conditions

Trained in Birmingham and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London. Specialist interests include: Neuromuscular disorders, metabolic diseases and ion channel disorders.

Dr Roland O Etti, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology and Neuro Rehabilitation

Trained in neurology in Hull and Birmingham. Has an interest in general neurology, headaches and management of multiple sclerosis symptoms.

Dr Tom Hayton, Consultant Neurologist

MBChB from University of Edinburgh, PhD from UCL; trained in London and West Midlands;sub-speciality interest in traumatic brain injury.

Dr M Tom Heafield, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology Acute

Qualified at St Mary’s Hospital London in 1984, he was appointed to the Trust as consultant neurologist in 1994. He has a varied and broad interest in all aspects of clinical neurology and service developments.

Dr Saiju Jacob, Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Service Lead

Neurology training done in London and West Midlands with doctoral research and fellowship at Oxford. Special interest includes neuromuscular and neuroimmunology, with weekly clinics for each

Dr Alistair John Lewthwaite, Consultant Neurologist

Graduated from University of Birmingham, 2000. PhD in the Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease, 2009. Specialist interest in Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, including assessment of patients for deep brain stimulation.

Dr Edward Littleton, Consultant Neurologist

Graduated from University College London (1996), having trained at Jesus College Cambridge and UCL medical school. Doctoral research in neuroimmunology undertaken at Oxford. Has a special interest in stroke.

Dr Gordon Mazibrada, Consultant Neurologist

Qualified as Doctor of Medicine from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1991. Professional areas of interest are multiple sclerosis and inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system.

Dr Dougall McCorry, Neuroscience Consultant

Trained at the Walton Centre, Liverpool, his MD is on the subject of understanding antiepileptic decision making. He is a member of the Association of British Neurology and International League Against Epilepsy.

Dr Niraj Mistry, Consultant Neurologist

Specialist interest MS. Clinical and pre-clinical training at the University of Cambridge, followed by basic Neurosciences training in Oxford then higher specialist Neurology training in Nottingham. Research MD from University of Cambridge.

Dr David Nicholl, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology Acute, Neuro-Genetics and Movement Disorders

Main research interests are in Parkinson’s disease and the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases. He also works at Birmingham City Hospital and lectures at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Hardev S Pall, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology Acute, Neurodegenerative and Parkinson’s Disease

Graduated from Bristol University in 1979. Had postgraduate training in Birmingham, London and Cambridge. Clinical interests in movement and motor neurone disorders. Has clinics for movement disorders and patients for deep brain stimulation surgery.

Professor Yusuf A Rajabally, Consultant Neurologist, Neuromuscular Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy

Main specialist interest in inflammatory neuropathy management. Runs several other specialist neuropathy clinics. Research active in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), Guillain-Barré syndrome and other acquired neuropathies.

Dr Vijay Sawlani, Consultant Neuroradiologist

Masters in neurovascular diseases, from the University of Paris and Mahidol. Interests include: advance applications of MRI including spectroscopy, perfusion, DTI and functional imaging in brain tumours, epilepsy and neurological disorders.

Dr Shanika Samarasekera, Consultant Neurologist

Graduated and trained in Newcastle and the West Midlands. Has a background in both Psychiatry (to membership level) and Neurology. Specialist interest in Epilepsy.

Dr Alexandra Sinclair, Consultant Neurologist

Graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2000 and obtained her MRCP in 2003, PhD in 2010 and her Certificate of Completion of Training in January 2012. Interests: headache and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Dr Imad N Soryal, Consultant in Rehabilitation, Medicine and Neurology

Qualified in Sudan in 1978. His specialties are in rehabilitation medicine and neurology.

Professor Steve Sturman, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology and Rehabilitation

A specialist in MS and Motor Assessment. he has interests in post-polio, head injuries, neuro-disabilities, stroke and neurorehabilitation.

Professor Adrian C Williams, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology Acute, Parkinson’s, MND

Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Regional Centre for Neurology at the Trust. He is also a senior advisor to the Parkinson’s Society.

Dr Mark Willmot, Consultant Neurologist with Interest in Stroke

Dr Willmot is a consultant neurologist with a sub-specialty interest in stroke. His interests involve the role of nitric oxide in the pathophysiology of stroke, patent foramen ovale in young stroke, blood pressure and the management of acute stroke.

Dr John B Winer, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology Acute, Neuromuscular Disorders and Polymyositis

Trained in Neurology at the Middlesex, Guy’s and St Mary’s hospitals in London, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Gained his first qualification in 1978. Current research is mainly focused on neuromuscular disease.

Dr John Woolmore, Consultant Neurologist

Clinical and research interests include multiple sclerosis and neuroinflammatory conditions of the central nervous system. He has two specialist clinics at the QE where his clinical focus is on disease modifying therapies within the field of MS care.

Dr Ben Wright. Consultant Neurologist

Graduated from University College London. Postgraduate training in Cambridge and Birmingham. Specialist interest in dystonia, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. I run the adult Wolfram syndrome multi-disciplinary clinic.

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Using Microsoft Office Document Imaging To OCR For Free #microsoft #document


Using Microsoft Office Document Imaging To OCR For Free

If you are a Windows user and already have Microsoft Office XP through 2007, chances are you already have the ability to OCR documents to get the text out of them.

It s called Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI). I m not going to lie, what I am about to show you is not exactly the best way to OCR documents. If you have software that came with your scanner, I d stick to that.

However, if you don t already have OCR software and all you want to do is get some text out of an image, the software you already have is better than nothing at all.

Finding Microsoft Office Document Imaging

First, you want to check to see if you already have it installed. In Office 2007, go to Start Programs Microsoft Office Microsoft Office Tools, and you should see Microsoft Office Document Imaging .

If you don t see it there, never fear. It s an optional part of the Office install. In Control Panel, go to Add/Remove Programs, select Microsoft Office, click Change, and then select add features. You will find MODI under Microsoft Office Tools. Install it and you should be good to go.

Ah Microsoft, I Love You

It probably won t surprise you to learn that Microsoft Office Document Imaging will not import PDFs (why would they support an Adobe product?!). It will only import TIFFs and Microsoft s own Microsoft Document Imaging format (.MDI).

In this example, I m going to assume that we want to get the text out of a PDF that has not been OCR ed already. Sure you could use MODI to scan a document in, but I figure if you have the hardcopy document and a scanner, you d probably just use the scanner s software anyways.

Copying A PDF In

Since we can t actually import a PDF, we re going to do some copy paste magic.

Open up your PDF in Acrobat Reader or whatever PDF reader you are using and either Select All or Select just the portion you want to OCR. Then hit Copy.

(By the way, that s my picture of a Fung Wah bus that made it into New York Magazine. Aren t you proud of me?).

Then switch to MODI, and you would think you would go Edit Paste right? Of course not! This is Microsoft!

Instead go to Page and then Paste Page. Voila, the image you just copied is now in Microsoft Office Document Imaging.

Saving The Text

So now that you have the image in MODI, what do you do with it? To OCR the text, go Tools and then Recognize Text Using OCR.

You can then save it as a TIF (though I understand that only MODI can read that TIF), or MDI. Since that is more than a little useless, I m going to cover sending the text to Word.

To send the text (and graphics, if you d like) go up to Tools and then Send Text to Word. The OCR ed text will then appear in a Word document with all the images at the bottom, if you checked the Maintain Pictures in Output box.

So, again, this is not the greatest OCR process in the whole world, but hey. If you re a Windows user you probably already have Office, so it s good to know what is available if you ever need it.

James Jensen – May 23, 2017 Reply

This recommended Microsoft Office Document Imaging software really makes things different when I have no time to install other tools but want to get the text out of images desperately. However, it just allows to import file in MODI or TIFF rather than PDF, which seems inconvenient for me at most times. If you get time and energy to download and install OCR software, you can get more options to facilitate your OCR to Word process:

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Tk – August 11, 2015 Reply

I am looking for a tool which will return the layout or coordinate information of words inside an image.
For example an image have some words. This tool should return the coordinates (x and y) of each word inside the image. I tried Microsoft OCR, but it is only for mobile applications.
Can you suggest anything?

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Linda – August 1, 2015 Reply

Thank you so much for your very thorough article. It was very comprehensive and has provided me a very helpful direction for several problems with editing photos from my camera phone. Being notably smart phone (and OCR)illiterate was shocked find myself the owner of an android phone with camera. Although following the camera instructions included with the phone my first photo efforts were disappointing. At a total loss as to how to process pics for better reception.

As a seasoned photographer, hoped my new smart phone camera would be fun. Having spend HOURS of my precious weekend time researching and trying to find the burst collection of pictures I thought I took last evening discouraged to discover that they are only single snap shots and that my photo editor software really doesn t do much for them.

Will redirect my energies in your suggested directions: already owned printer/scanner software.

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Nice article: I used it in enterprise, without any problem. Very nice clear!
Thanks !
MODI is here, and useful.
The integrated OCR from Microsoft is less powerful than a free ocr I found online, but it s much much more easy to use.

And last point, I had a problem copying the pdf on a page, at first my pages were blank.
In Acrobat, I had to copy the file in the clipboard right after copying. And then everything went fluent.

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Bigg Frank – August 3, 2012 Reply

Great article, it s so nice to come to a site that explains things simply and fully Thanks.

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Sergio – May 21, 2012 Reply

Thanks for this article. Great tip (To use Page Page Paste instead of Edit Paste).

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Brooks Duncan – May 21, 2012 Reply

Great Sergio, glad it helped.

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zamir – January 24, 2012 Reply

Good article. To see how to implement MS-Office programmatically check:

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Brooks Duncan – January 24, 2012 Reply

Very nice zamir. Thanks!

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File Sharing Solutions for Mobile, Mac & PC #disk #imaging, #backup


Acronis Access Advanced

  • An on-premise enterprise file sharing solution for mobile, Mac and Windows that helps enterprises break down barriers between people, information, privacy and security. Acronis Access Advanced balances employees’ need to use all their devices to be productive with the organization’s need for data security, visibility and compliance.

    Acronis Access Advanced

    An on-premise enterprise file sharing solution for mobile, Mac and Windows that helps enterprises break down barriers between people, information, privacy and security. Acronis Access Advanced balances employees’ need to use all their devices to be productive with the organization’s need for data security, visibility and compliance.

    Acronis Access Advanced

    An on-premise enterprise file sharing solution for mobile, Mac and Windows that helps enterprises break down barriers between people, information, privacy and security. Acronis Access Advanced balances employees’ need to use all their devices to be productive with the organization’s need for data security, visibility and compliance.


    Acronis Access Advanced is an easy, complete, and secure enterprise file sharing solution that makes users more productive and gives IT complete control over business content to ensure security, maintain compliance, and enable BYOD. Employees can use any device to securely access, sync and share files with other employees, customers, partners, and vendors.

    Increases employee productivity

    • Puts all the user’s business files and content at their fingertips
    • Allows users to work where and when they need, with the device they have at hand
    • Enables easy collaboration and sharing with colleagues and external constituents
    • Is not dependent on slow and cumbersome VPN
    • Makes secure file sharing easy across all leading devices and browsers

    Turns mobile devices into roaming offices

    • Built-in Microsoft Office document creation, editing and PDF annotation
    • Speeds access to the files users need
    • Reduces time spent searching for documents or versions
    • Allows employees to safely share files with colleagues, customers and partners
    • Keeps everyone on the latest version of documents
    • Allows employees to preview files in a web browser without downloading them first

    Replace FTP servers

    • A modern and effective replacement for insecure and cumbersome legacy systems like FTP
    • Set policies to control who can access or share specific files and folders
    • Self-service – no need for IT administrators to create and maintain user accounts
    • End-to-end file sharing security, management and privacy. No more rogue FTP clients

    Comprehensive security and controls to manage users, applications and data

    • Integration with leading Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions, including MobileIron and Good Technology
    • Integration with Microsoft Intune Mobile Application Management (MAM)
    • Sophisticated and granular policy controls for users, apps and data with full visibility and auditing capabilities
    • Proven mobile file sharing solution in regulated markets
    • Scalable enterprise file sharing

    Integration with Microsoft Intune Mobile Application Management (MAM) giving users secure access and sharing for private cloud files and SharePoint, and offering IT the comprehensive security, granular policy controls and visibility to manage users, devices, apps, and data.
    Acronis Access Advanced integrates with the leading Mobile Device Management (MDM) vendors (MobileIron, Good Technology, etc.).


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  • Careers and Volunteers at Monongahela Valley Hospital #monongahela #valley #hospital, #mvh,


    Careers Volunteers

    We are honored that you are interested in joining our team, TEAM MVH. The members of Team MVH are exceptional men and women who share a common commitment to service to our communities, excellence in clinical care and customer service that is second to none.

    Prior to viewing positions for which we are accepting applications or volunteer opportunities, please review Monongahela Valley Hospital’s STARS, our Standards of Performance. Our STARS, Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect and Safety, reflect our team’s expectations for each other.

    At Monongahela Valley Hospital, we value:


    We demonstrate the spirit of caring. We serve our guests above and beyond their needs. We provide the level of care and service we want for our own family. Each Team MVH member, regardless of position;

    • Answers any unattended telephone within three rings.
    • Responds to our guests in need of assistance by answering a call light or bed alarm.
    • Smiles and greets fellow elevator passengers, and if needed, patients and visitors come first, even if it means you exit the elevator.
    • Check with guests who are waiting to provide for their comfort.
    • Follows through and follows up. Delivers on what was promised.


    Each employee demonstrates commitment to co-workers by:

    • Treating each other with respect and valuing each person’s unique contribution to our Hospital.
    • Understanding that being rude to others is never acceptable.
    • Arriving at work on time and as scheduled.
    • Helping each other and never saying it’s not my job.


    Each Employee is committed to doing the right things right, all the time. Each employee:

    • Is responsible for the outcomes of his or her work.
    • Participates in problem solving by exchanging positive thoughts, opinions and information.
    • Seeks ways to improve the care of our guests.
    • Is willing to accept new roles, responsibilities and challenges.


    All Team MVH members treat others as they expect their family to be treated. We:

    • Treat guests and co-workers as unique individuals. We value diversity.
    • Maintain and protect guest and co-worker confidentiality at all times.


    Each team member is responsible for safety. Without exception we:

    • Follow all safety policies and procedures.
    • Use personal protective equipment as appropriate.
    • Report all accidents and incidents promptly.

    To view positions for which we currently are accepting applications, please click on the continue button below. By clicking on the continue button, you acknowledge that, in the event you are employed by Monongahela Valley Hospital, you will abide and adhere to the above standards of performance at all times. You also acknowledge that failure to comply with these standards of performance will result in termination of employment.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We Want You.
    Are you looking for a way to give back to the community? Monongahela Valley Hospital is continually recruiting volunteers for the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. the Ask Me! Greeter Program and for the Orthopedic Institute .

    The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc.
    If you want to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors, there’s a place for you in the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc.

    The Auxiliary’s members provide support services and amenities to the hospital’s patients and visitors as well as some of the youngest members of our community. Volunteer opportunities include:

    • Child Registry
    • Elevator hostess/host
    • Favors and crafts
    • Front Welcome Desk
    • Gift Cart/Shop
    • Inpatient Oncology
    • SameDay Surgery Confirmation
    • Volunteens

    For more information about the Auxiliary, please call the hospital’s Community Relations Department at 724-258-1234 .

    Ask Me! Greeters
    Anyone who is compassionate makes a good volunteer. At Monongahela Valley Hospital, volunteers serve as extensions to practically every department. Some people welcome visitors as Ask Me Greeters in the main lobby while other volunteers help assemble patient education folders. People who volunteer can work flexible hours – as few as two hours per week, once a month, etc.

    MVH recognizes that everyone has special talents and the concierge who manages the Ask Me! Greeter program matches each person’s talent or strength with where they can make the greatest difference in the hospital.

    The Orthopedic Institute
    The Orthopedic Institute at Monongahela Valley Hospital is changing the way that patients and their families experience joint replacement. This proven program is centered around the fundamental principle of wellness and volunteers play an active role in the patient experience. Volunteers work beside the medical and professional staff as they provide care to patients. They support patients – serving-one-on-one – sometimes even as an extended family ‘coach’ during therapy and group activities when needed. The Orthopedic Institute volunteers also assist with the pre-op classes, group therapy sessions, group and reunion lunches, preparing and cleaning equipment for physical therapy, preparing patient information packets and visiting with and encouraging patients.

    About MVH


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    Scanning Software – for imaging, document management OCR and form processing


    Automate data entry from hand-filled applications, surveys, forms and other paper documents. Integration with mobile and online forms available.

    Automate data entry from any type of machine print document. Entry level solutions require the data to be in the same place on each page. Advanced data capture solutions are able to locate common data elements on each page automatically.

    Automate data entry from accounts payable invoices using pre-configured templates designed to capture key invoice data like vendor, invoice number, amount, addresses and even line item data. Invoice Capture Case Study

    These systems take unsorted documents and automatically identify them using intelligent layout recognition and/or keyword analysis. Once identified, they can be sent to the appropriate recipients or workflow.

    Systems to securely store and manage electronic documents. Document management software gives you the tools to find and view documents, share them online, ensure regulatory compliance and improve document workflow.

    Desktop OCR Software
    Convert scanned images to editable text in MS Word, Excel, HTML or searchable PDF files.

    For high-volume, server-based OCR that anyone in the company can use.

    Service Bureau OCR

    Service bureaus and corporate scanning departments can integrate OCR into a multi-user scanning process.

    Improve legibility & OCR accuracy with image processing software, which will automatically adjust the brightness and contrast to create the cleanest, smallest black & white images possible.

    Affordable alternatives to Adobe Acrobat for scanning or converting documents to PDF.

    Keep your software and support contracts up-to-date here.

    Find optional components and features for your document imaging software.


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