RiverSurveyor® S5 and M9

RiverSurveyor M9 and Hydroboard II - UK

4.0 is HERE! This is some pretty big news for RiverSurveyor-M9 users, and those that want to be! RiverSurveyor Live 4.0 software release is set for November, and we thought you might want to know about some of the big benefits coming your way:

  • No tagline/tape measure required: With RiverSurveyor Stationary Live, automatically measure distance between stations with DGPS or RTK GPS equipped systems.
  • Manual configuration: Now you can set blanking distance, cell size and number of cells for moving boat measurements.
  • Real-time QA/QC warnings: Know when there could be a problem before there is one.
  • Zipped files: New and improved compression and auto-decompression, providing faster access to large amounts of data.
  • Sample filter: Remove your random velocity outliers with ease!

The patented and award-winning RiverSurveyor®, S5/M9 systems give a new perspective to the notion of measuring open channel hydraulics. Using SonTek's exclusive SmartPulseHD®, multiple acoustic frequencies are fused with precise bandwidth control for the most robust and continuous shallow-to-deep discharge measurements ever. A deterministic microcontroller expertly apportions the proper acoustics, pulse scheme, and cell size to get the highest definition possible so you can focus on the measurement, not the instrument setup. The system even has a vertical beam for precise channel definition and it's all designed to work intuitively.

And just like the name implies - SmartPulseHD (just like your TV) lets you see the clearest velocity picture possible with cell sizes down to 2 cm.

  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Software
  • Power Communications Module

Features

  • Multi-Band - Multiple acoustic frequencies1,2
  • Vertical acoustic beam1
  • SmartPulseHD®3
  • Internally computed discharge and secure data1
  • Standard 360º compass and two-axis tilt sensor
  • Reverberation control with ping rates to 70Hz
  • Bottom-tracking
  • RTK GPS (optional)

1 U.S. Patent #8,125,849
2 U.S. Patent #8,411,530
3 U.S. Patent #8,780,672

Benefits

  • Balances the highest resolution with the greatest range of depths
  • Superior channel definition, extends the maximum measurable discharge depth
  • An intelligent algorithm that looks at water depth, velocity and turbulence, and then acoustically adapts to those conditions using pulse-coherent, broadband, and incoherent techniques. High-def cell sizes down to 2 cm.
  • All discharge computations are done within the S5 or M9 unit internally (not in the computer!) – No lost data from communications drop outs
  • Compensates for vessel motion due to surface conditions.
  • High ping rates ensure extremely robust data collection.
  • High precision vessel tracking and depth measurement without GPS requirement.
  • Ultra precise earth-referenced positioning as an alternative to bottom tracking in moving bed or other difficult situations.
SpecificationS5M9
Profiling Range — Distance 0.06 to 5m 0.06 to 40m
Profiling Range1 — Velocity ±20 m/s ±20 m/s
Velocity1 — Accuracy ±0.25% of measured velocity
±0.2cm/s
±0.25% of measured velocity
±0.2cm/s
Velocity — Resolution 0.001 m/s 0.001 m/s
Number of Cells Up to 128 Up to 128
Cell Size 0.02 to 0.5m 0.02 to 4m
Transducer Configuration Five (5) Transducers Nine (9) Transducers
4-beam 3.0 MHz
Janus 25° Slant Angle
Dual 4-beam 3.0 MHz/1.0 MHz
Janus 25° Slant Angle
1.0 MHz Vertical Beam Echosounder 0.5 MHz Vertical Beam Echosounder
Depth — Range 0.20 to 15 m 0.20 to 80m
Depth — Accuracy 1% 1%
Depth — Resolution 0.001 m 0.001 m
Discharge Measurement Range — Bottom-Track 0.3 to 5m 0.3 to 40m
Discharge Measurement Range — RTK GPS 0.3 to 15 m 0.3 to 80 m
Discharge Measurement — Computations Internal Internal

1Please contact SonTek for accuracies better than 1% or velocities >10 m/s



RiverSurveyorLIVE Screenshot

RiverSurveyor LIVE (RSL) — v 4.0 — 11NOV2016

Note: Version 3.80 and later does not support Q-phone.

Exceed your expectations both during and after measurement with RiverSurveyor LIVE software (now optimized for Dell Venue 8 tablet). RSL v4.0 is a Windows 7/8 compatible package with the latest advancements for open channel hydraulics visualization. This software includes language support for English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish, Polish, Hungarian Afrikaans and Russian.


RiverSurveyor LIVE with SmartPulseHD™ contains intelligent algorithms that look at water depth, velocity and turbulence, and then adapts the acoustic pulse scheme to those conditions. See the clearest velocity picture possible with cell sizes down to 2 cm!

RiverSurveyor Stationary Live

RiverSurveyor Stationary LIVE (RSSL) — v 4.0 — 11NOV2016

The RiverSurveyor Stationary Live real-time and post-processing softwaret, was designed specifically for use in rivers. The features in this software make the RiverSurveyor S5/M9 a more powerful tool, and allows you to reliably use this system in more places than ever before.


NOTE: You can install RSSL to view stationary data; however, a firmware license is required to collect stationary data.

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RiverSurveyor S5/M9 Firmware — v 4.02 — 11NOV2016

New RiverSurveyor S5/M9 firmware for use with all versions of RiverSurveyor LIVE and RiverSurveyor Stationary LIVE. Note: SonTek recommends updating the PC software prior to upgrading the M9/S5 firmware

  • Support for new factory test procedures
  • M9/S5 CPU optimization

IMPORTANT: For more detailed information, download the firmware file, unzip it and read the Release Notes for complete installation instructions.

RiverSurveyor Screenshot

RiverSurveyor Software — v 4.60 — 05Jul2007

(NOTE: Please refer to "RiverSurveyor LIVE" software for use with RiverSurveyor S5 & M9)

ADP real-time and postprocessing software for discharge data applications - typically rivers, streams, estuaries. Requires down looking, mobile, bottom-tracking ADP (with or without GPS). Includes the RiverSurveyor System Manual.

A software license is required to run this program, which requires that the ADP has the bottom-track option. If your ADP has the bottom-track option installed, but you have not received a software license to run RiverSurveyor, you can request a RiverSurveyor software license.

Important: If you have a version of RiverSurveyor that is earlier than v4.20, we recommend that you UNINSTALL the "old" version before installing the "new" version. This is REQUIRED for any of our beta testers.

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FlowPack Screenshot

FlowPack Software — v 1.21 — 18Feb2013

Become an instant velocity-indexing pro! FlowPack allows you to generate easy to interpret Velocity-Index ratings. Promising to make your data reporting process a whole lot friendlier (and faster), FlowPack also provides a simple method to store flow, velocity, and stage measurements — all through one software program. FlowPack can produce comprehensive reports that assist you in making better, more informed decisions.

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Radio Frequency: 2.4 GHz

  • Optional Bridge interface module will provide a Bluetooth interface between the 2.4 GHz radio in the PCM and a computer or tablet.

Batteries:

  • Type: Standard AA batteries1
  • Average duration: 8 hours of continuous operation (6 hours with RTK GPS enabled)

GPS Options:

  • SBAS GPS Horizontal Accuracy2: <1.0m
  • RTK GPS Horizontal Accuracy2: <0.02m ; Vertical Accuracy <0.04m2,3
Range (Std.; 10 dBm)4 Range (High; 22dBm)4
Base to Rover 1000 m 3000 m
PC to Rover 450 m 1500 m
Bridge to Rover 200 m 400 m

1Standard AA batteries are defined as alkaline or NiMH rechargeables, with a diameter up to 14.5mm.
2
Depends on multipath environment, antenna selection, number of satellites in view, satellite geometry, and ionospheric activity.
3Requires absolute RTK solution. Only available with HydroSurveyor
4
High power may not be available in all countries; all ranges with default 2 dBi antenna and line-of-sight.
  
 

Options & Accessories

CastAway-CTD

Castaway CTD Kit

Each Castaway kit includes a hard plastic storage/shipping case, Polyurethane jacket, 15m deployment line, Bluetooth dongle, (2) locking carabineers, (3) magnetic stylus pens, and cleaning brush. Download Brochure.

Power Communications Module

Power Communications

Features operation from AA batteries, 2.4 GHz telemetry, and optional integrated DGPS, or RTK GPS. Technical Overview.

HydroBoard II

Floatable Platform

The flexible design of the RiverSurveyor and HydroSurveyor systems enables use either over the side of a boat, or on a small floating/tetherable platform such as the SonTek Hydroboard or Trimaran. Watch Video or Download Brochure.

SonTek RTK GPS

SonTek RTK GPS

Easy to use and an incredibly precise, fully integrated position solution that can augment or be an alternative to bottom tracking.

Mobile Operation

RiverSurveyor runs on both PC and mobile phone platforms making system operation simple without any risk of losing data.

Spotlight

SonTek RiverSurveyour S5

SURVEYING ON ICE: SONTEK RIVERSURVEYOR S5 PROVIDES INSIGHT ON GLACIAL STREAMS

A grant from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administratio(NASA) Cryosphere Program is yielding fascinating data on glacial stream dynamics from the Greenland Ice Sheet. Correlating lake and stream bathymetry data with imagery from the WorldView2 satellite will help scientists to produce bathymetric maps that will allow them to estimate the volume of water that is stored in melt ponds and conveyed through stream channels on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet, says Overstreet. Eventually, they hope to create a budget of ice and water under a full array of conditions.