3S5: Case Study – Is video amplification real?

Dennis Swanepoel, Lead Technician , Wearcheck


This presentation examine two case studies where video amplification was used and then the data was compared to traditional Operational Deflection Shape analysis. In the analysis of the two cases one can see the correlation between the two technologies and also why you would choose the one technology above the other.

During the process of collecting the data all experience is shared so that any aspiring condition monitoring technician can know what to expect and also make an informed choice of the best technology for a specific condition monitoring problem.


I started my career attaining my National Diploma(S4) in Mechanical Engineering and becoming a Performance and Testing Technician in the Power Generation Industry. I have been in the field of Condition Monitoring for past 16 years. Starting out as an apprentice I managed to improve my knowledge in condition monitoring in various industries and becoming involved in training. In my first years in condition monitoring I managed to be certified by Technical Associates as a trainer for their courses and started specializing in ODS and Modal Analysis. I have worked in various industries and are qualified in Vibration, Thermography and Oil analysis. I also specialize in operational Deflection shape analysis. Currently my main duties is shared between starting up new service contracts, Special Investigations, Training (Mobius Training Partner)
Industries that I have worked in include Power Generation, Coal Mining, Platinum/chrome refinery and mining, Waste Water Treatment, Food, Paper and Sugar Mills. My most recent achievement was to pass the Mobius CAT IV course and starting up two service contracts in the Power Generation Industry that include vibration, thermography, oil analysis, alignment.