Sensing in shallow water

Rafic Bachnak, Wien Lohachit, Alex Sadovsky, Jack Esparza, Marc Mandez

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A remotely controlled shallow-draft vehicle boat is developed that continuously and efficiently determines water quality in shallow areas. The boat collects real time data, salinity, and other environmental data by onboard computers, water quality instruments, global positioning system (GPS), digital compass, and remote control receivers. The water quality sensor is used in fresh, salty, and polluted shallow water, to measure conductivity, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and salinity, of shallow water. The GPS unit with a sounder interface involves a transducer that detects depth data and is connected to the Cube through a serial port interface. The remote controllers operated from the laptop computer consists of analog control sticks, to manage the movement and speed of the boat. A remotely operated vessel (ROV) provides shallow water tracking quality against wind and waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationInTech
StatePublished - May 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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