Data Acquisition Systems: Do It Yourself

by Martin F. Rooney, (A.M.ASCE), Consultant; Stone & Webster Engrg. Corp., 245/10 Summer St., Boston, Mass. 02210,

Serial Information: Journal of Technical Topics in Civil Engineering, 1984, Vol. 110, Issue 1, Pg. 19-28

Document Type: Journal Paper


Elementary theory and practical advice are combined in this paper to enable anyone to construct their own computerized data acquisition system from commercially available components. The approach is to view each component as a black-box and concentrate on properly interfacing them. The theory is included to clarify terminology and denote options. A brief review of software, including numerical control, is presented with emphasis on finding simple programming tools. The practical considerations represent the accumulation of several years of experience with a Tektronix 4051 microcomputer based homemade data acquisition system. Details leading to the system configuration are noted.

Subject Headings: Data collection | Computing in civil engineering | Terminology and definition | Computer software | Numerical methods | Computer programming

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