A Low-Cost, Microcomputer-Based Field Data Acquisition System

by Mark A. Collins, Illinois State Water Survey, Ground, Water Section, Champaign, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


This paper discusses the selection and development of a micro-computer-based data acquisition system used for collecting aquifer test data. Primary components of the data collection system are a Colby PC transportable personal computer equipped with an analog-to-digital converter board. The computer is capable of accepting a 12 VDC power input. Data acquisition is controlled by a Basic program and data are stored on floppy disk. At present, ground-water levels and well discharge are measured using pressure transducers. All components, except the transducers, are housed in a cabinet in a field vehicle to minimize environmental effects.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Benefit cost ratios | Field tests | Data collection | Hydrologic data | Materials processing | Porous media flow | Water discharge

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