Vibration Diagnostics Using Modal & ODS Analysis

Designed for more advanced users, this 4.5 day course  presents digital signal analysis and advanced vibration control techniques, together with experimental modal and ODS. Attendees will learn a wealth of information concerning equipment-specific diagnostics. The course content is thus valuable for higher level vibration analysts (Cat 3 and Cat 4), reliability and maintenance professionals, structural engineers, and machine designers.

April 1-4, 2019

Vibration Diagnostics Using Modal & ODS Analysis 

Oak Brook, IL 

October 8-11, 2019

Practical Modal Analysis Training Course with ME’scope™

Houston, TX 

Practical Modal Analysis Training Course with ME’scope™


This modal analysis training course will train attendees in the use and application of ME’scope™ modal analysis and operating deflection shape (ODS) animation software. The course will provide attendees with the opportunity to gain proficiency in current software tools. Visiting instructors will join the class for the last two days to ensure high-quality student experience and learning.


RAY KELM, P.E. VI Cat IV Certified Vibration Analysis is the owner and Chief Engineer of Kelm Engineering, LLC located in Friendswood, Texas. The company specializes in numerical modeling and field testing of dynamic systems. This includes rotating and reciprocating machinery as well as piping systems and other equipment. He has 30+ years of experience in the oil & gas, power, manufacturing, and petrochemical industries. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas, a member of the Vibration Institute Board of Directors, and ASME.

Dates, Location, and Agenda

Houston, TX
October 8-11, 2018
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration Fees

$2,395 non-members, $2,300 members
($100 expedited materials fee for registrations within 1 week of course)

Course Content

Day 1: Modal testing theory/concepts (review of technology and how to apply)

Day 2: Functional training on use of MEScope (Vibrant has agreed to provide limited use 30-day software license for all participants)

Day 3: Hands on instruction on how to do operating deflection shape testing and animations
We have a variety of fan systems for doing the testing on

Day 4: Hands on instruction on how to do modal impact testing
We have a large number of items to perform testing on (impellers, shafts, etc.)

The training course includes a total of 7 workshops that will encompass:
Simple Motor/Blower (or pump) animation
Flat plate animation
ODS testing/animation
Damping measurements
Hammer tip selection
Creating a model from a picture
Rotor mode shape testing
ODS of a reciprocating compressor
Course chapter slides include:
Course overview/intro
Vibration basics
Intro to Modal testing
Basic signal process for modal testing
Modal analysis theory
Operating Deflection Shapes
MEScope Basics
Test prep/planning

3.2 CEUs