Guide to Collecting Discharge Data with a SonTek ADCP

Welcome to our comprehensive ADCP video training series, "Guide to Collecting Discharge Data with a SonTek ADCP"! Whether you're a seasoned hydrologist or just starting in the field, this series is your go-to resource for mastering the art of accurate discharge data collection using SonTek ADCP technology. Our eight-part video journey covers everything from the fundamentals of unboxing your ADCP to advanced post-processing techniques, ensuring that you become proficient in leveraging this powerful tool for hydrological insights.

Each video is designed to provide concise and practical guidance, allowing you to navigate the complexities of ADCP measurements with ease. From site selection and preparation to conducting moving boat transects and identifying moving beds, we've got you covered. Our experts walk you through essential steps, share insider tips, and guide you in post-processing your data effectively. Whether you're reviewing data on the bankside or in the office, each chapter is packed with valuable insights to maximize the accuracy and reliability of your discharge measurements.

Guide to Collecting Discharge Data Training Series | Introduction

Get ready for our training series, "Collecting Discharge Data with a SonTek ADCP"! This overview video gives you a taste of what's coming your way. We cover the nitty-gritty—from unboxing your SonTek ADCP to mastering post-processing techniques. Expect practical insights on site selection, compass calibration, handling moving bed situations, and efficient data export methods. Join us as we break down each step to make you a pro in using your ADCP for accurate discharge data collection. No fluff, just practical know-how. Don't miss out on this exciting journey to level up your ADCP game!

What's in the Box | Chapter 1

Welcome to the SonTek ADCP experience! In this video, we'll walk you through unboxing your ADCP package. Inside, you'll find the sleek ADCP unit, a user-friendly quick-start guide, optional accessories, such as the SonTek-RTK or Geode systems, and all the necessary cables.

Preparing for Your Measurement | Chapter 3

Gear up for ADCP measurements with tips on transducer depth, accurate edge measurements, and meeting transect requirements. Explore the SmartPage feature, navigate Quality Assurance/Quality Control, and ensure precise ship track references. Master data collection with confidence!

Testing for a Moving Bed | Chapter 5

Tackle moving bed identification in rivers or streams, understanding its impact on ADCP measurements. Walk through standardized testing processes, recognizing key indicators, and adapting data collection strategies for accurate measurements.

In Office Data Review | Chapter 7

Guidance on post-processing your ADCP data in the office—review configuration settings, conduct QA/QC, and optimize data view workflow. Learn decision-making processes, apply corrections for accurate data, and explore export options for advanced processing.

Site Selection | Chapter 2

Dive into selecting the right site for your SonTek ADCP measurements—key considerations, factors enhancing accuracy, and avoiding pitfalls. Learn about ideal deployment conditions, ensuring informed decisions for maximizing hydrological data collection effectiveness.

Moving Boat Transect | Chapter 4

Learn the step-by-step process for a moving boat measurement—compass calibration, moving bed determination, transects, and discharge summaries. Elevate your ADCP proficiency with essential tips for accurate measurements and mastering transect essentials.

Bankside Review | Chapter 6

After data collection, conduct a vital bankside review—spend at least 12 minutes on water, perform moving bed tests, and follow standard procedures for accurate data. Stay focused for valuable hydrological insights and smooth data processing.

Stationary Measurement | Bonus Chapter!

Explore the Stationary method as a strategic choice for specific scenarios. Gain insights into deployment considerations and follow a step-by-step process for optimal discharge data collection, whether dealing with challenging conditions or seeking an alternative to the Moving Boat method.