Instrumentation for Detailed Bridge-Scour Measurements

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by Mark N. Landers, USGS, Reston, United States,
David S. Mueller, USGS, Reston, United States,
Roy E. Trent, USGS, Reston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: A portable instrumentation system is being developed to obtain channel bathymetry during floods for detailed bridge-scour measurements. Portable scour measuring systems have four components: sounding instrument, horizontal positioning instrument, deployment mechanisms, and data storage device. The sounding instrument will be a digital fathometer. Horizontal position will be measured using a range-azimuth based hydrographic survey system. The deployment mechanism designed for this system is a remote-controlled boat using a small waterplane area, twin-hull design. An on-board computer and radio will monitor the vessel instrumentation, record measured data, and telemeter data to shore.

Subject Headings: Data processing | Instrumentation | Scour | Bathymetry | Bridges | Bridge design | Small craft | Floods |

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