SonTek-IQ® Series

SonTek-IQ Standard/Plus

SonTek-IQ - Tempa di Lepre (Italy)

SonTek-IQ Standard/Plus

SonTek-IQ Standard/Plus

SonTek-IQ Pipe

SonTek-IQ Standard/Plus

SonTek-IQ Standard/Plus

Ideal for monitoring flows in canals, culverts, pipes, and natural streams, the SonTek-IQ starts with a custom flow algorithm derived from hundreds of field measurements. Four velocity beams profile water velocity in 3-D - both vertically and horizontally - ensuring complete coverage of the velocity field. The built-in pressure sensor and vertical acoustic beam work in tandem to measure water level. Simply input the channel geometry using the intuitive SonTek-IQ software and you are outputting flow data in minutes.

NEW! All stainless steel hardware makes the IQ even more capable in difficult environments such as stormwater and certain wastewater where corrosion is a potential concern.

  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Software

Capable of working both in man-made as well as natural channels, the SonTek-IQ can collect flow (area-velocity) and volume data in as little as 8 cm (3 in) of water. Its five-beam pulsed Doppler design is Modbus, SDI-12, RS232 and Analog ready. Even better news - the SonTek-IQ installs with limited or no earthworks. With the SonTek-IQ, expect to get quality data for quality decision making.

  • SonTek-IQ AttributesSelf contained all-in-one design
  • Proprietary flow algorithms for irrigation canals, natural streams and pipes
  • Uses SonTek's exclusive SmartPulseHD adaptive sampling
  • Self-calibrating water level using vertical acoustic beam and pressure
  • Standard package includes the SonTek-IQ, IQ software, easy mounting hardware, cable, adaptor and power supply

The SonTek-IQ Standard, the SonTek-IQ Plus and SonTek-IQ Pipe all operate at 3 MHz. The Standard model works in depths up to 1.5 m (5 ft), while the Plus and Pipe model are ideal for water depths up to 5m (16 ft). The SonTek-IQ Plus/Pipe also incorporates advanced post-processing functions, providing deeper insight into your flow and volume data. All models use SonTek's proprietary algorithm SmartPulseHD.

SpecificationStandardPlusPipe
Application1 Regular Canals Open Channels Pipes & Culverts
Acoustics Beams — Along-Axis (2) 25° off vertical axis, along axis of channel 25° off vertical axis, along axis of channel 25° off vertical axis, along axis of channel
Acoustics Beams — Skew (2) 60° off vertical and 60° off center axis of channel 60° off vertical and 60° off center axis of channel 37° off vertical and 45° off center axis of channel
Velocity — Sampling Range 0.05 – 1.5 m | 0.16 - 5 ft 0.05 – 5.0 m | 0.16 - 16 ft 0.05 – 5.0 m | 0.16 - 16 ft
Number of cells 1 Up to 100 Up to 100
Cell Size Dynamic integrated 2 cm – 10 cm | 0.8 - 4 in 2 cm – 10 cm | 0.8 - 4 in
Velocity — Range ±5 m/s | 16 ft/s ±5 m/s | 16 ft/s ±5 m/s | 16 ft/s
Velocity — Resolution 0.0001 m/s | 0.0003 ft/s 0.0001 m/s | 0.0003 ft/s 0.0001 m/s | 0.0003 ft/s
Velocity — Accuracy ±1% of measured velocity, ±0.5 cm/s | 0.2 in/s ±1% of measured velocity, ±0.5 cm/s | 0.2 in/s ±1% of measured velocity, ±0.5 cm/s | 0.2 in/s
Advanced Data Reprocessing N/A Yes Yes
Increased Number of Data Fields N/A Yes Yes
Vertical Beam Range2 0.05 – 1.5 m | 0.2 - 5 ft 0.05 - 5.0 m | 0.2 - 16 ft 0.05 - 5.0 m | 0.2 - 16 ft
Water Level Accuracy 0.1% of measured depth or ±0.003 m (0.01 ft), whichever is greater 0.1% of measured depth or ±0.003 m (0.01 ft), whichever is greater 0.1% of measured depth or ±0.003 m (0.01 ft), whichever is greater
Pressure — Range3 30 m | 98 ft; 42 psi 30 m | 98 ft; 42 psi 30 m | 98 ft; 42 psi
Pressure — Accuracy 0.1% of full scale 0.1% of full scale 0.1% of full scale
Communications RS232, SDI-12, Modbus, Analog (via optional Flow Display) RS232, SDI-12, Modbus, Analog (via optional Flow Display) RS232, SDI-12, Modbus, Analog (via optional Flow Display)
Data Storage 4GB (approximately 1-yr) 4GB (approximately 1-yr) 4GB (approximately 1-yr)
Operating Temperature -5 to 60°C | 23-140°F -5 to 60°C | 23-140°F -5 to 60°C | 23-140°F
Temperature & Tilt Sensors Yes Yes Yes

1 The SonTek-IQ Series is not IS or ATEX certified. Do not use in areas with explosion risk.
2 Water level measured primarily with vertical beam, with pressure sensor for redundancy.
3 For use in pressurized pipes. Housing rated to 42 psi.



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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SonTek-IQ Software — v 2.1 — 11OCT2016

The SonTek IQ Window-based software package contains an all in one package for interfacing with the SonTek IQ Standar, Plus and Pipe models.  The software is used to interface, configure the system, visualize and export data.

Recent improvements include:

  • Added user-configurable (manual) velocity cell sizes
  • Increased sampling interval and duration range: 1 to 3600 seconds
  • Improved performance in very shallow water (less than 15cm)

Other features include:

  • Water level options, including the ability to use pressure data if vertical beam is too shallow or variable. Gives you more data in shallow and variable conditions when data might otherwise not be reported. Prevents data loss.
  • Advanced user settings for working in difficult flow regimes. Gives you more flexibility to adapt to conditions at your particular site.
  • File size limit on recorded data files. The IQ reports lots of data--you might want all those data but not in large file sizes that take long to download. Now, you can opt to limit file sizes for more bite-size downloads.
  • Modbus output now includes the 40,000 registers. Some Modbus users will find this easier to integrate with their networks.
  • When outputting total volume, now you can choose to reset the total volume after N samples. This is more convenient and allows higher-resolution data for those outputting data over analog signal that has to be set up with a maximum analog signal range.

SonTek-IQ Firmware — v 2.1 — 11OCT2016

Latest SonTek-IQ firmware available. Continue to visit sontek.com for updates as they become available.

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Options & Accessories

SonTek Flow Display (IQ and SL 3G systems)

SonTek-IQ/SL 3G Flow Display

Allows for full tabular data display in the field without the need for a computer. Includes option for up to four 4-20 mA outputs. Read more.

SonTek-IQ/SL Adaptor Cable

SonTek-SL or IQ Adaptor Cable

1m adapter cable to connect a SonTek-IQ or SonTek-SL 3G system to an existing G2 Argonaut-SW or Argonaut-SL style cable.

SonTek-IQ Pipe Ring

SonTek-IQ Pipe Ring

Custom-fit for the IQ Pipe, this easy to use mounting ring will make system installation a breeze. Fits pipe diameters from 16 in (41cm) to 72 in (183 cm).

Riser Mount

Riser Mount

Use this riser mount where sedimentation or burial may be an issue. Elevates the SonTek-IQ 2.5 cm (1")  off the bottom of the channel.

WaterLOG Storm 3

WaterLog Storm 3

Wireless telemetry options made easy, for flow/current monitoring or managing water delivery.  Send real-time Argonaut or SonTek-IQ data to your office, smartphone, SCADA system, or website.  Learn More.

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