How to Find the Best Sensor Size for Your Project

To design and build a large machine such as a rail car, mobile radar, or construction vehicle, every component needs to fit into place perfectly like a puzzle. When searching for components, you’ll come across multiple sensors ranging in sizes as small as a coin or as large as a dinner plate. Finding the right-sized…

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How to Determine the Best Solution for Measuring Ground Displacement

You’ve been assigned to track the stability of a new underground tunnel system that is going to revolutionize the infrastructure of a large city with a quickly growing population. For this project, you’ll need to insert sensors within boreholes to track the sediment activity surrounding the tunnel walls. You need to determine which kind of…

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How to Get Tilt Reading from Beneath the Water

You’ve been hired to maintain an iconic bridge that thousands of people need to cross every day. You’ll need to be able to track its stability using precise instruments that will have to be plunged into the water but still provide effective readings. You need submersible tiltmeters. Submersible Tiltmeters in Shallow Water For inland structures…

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Why Electrolytic Tiltmeters Must Remain Static

Electrolytic tiltmeters are excellent solutions to constantly monitor the structural health of large, important infrastructure or landmasses. They are highly sensitive, low maintenance, and have long lifespans. However, they are temperamental to linear motion which is why they should avoid environments where excessive vibration and motion are present. What happens to electrolytic tiltmeters in a…

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3 Reasons to Consider Using an Electrolytic Tiltmeter

The world is evolving and so are the many different ways you can take precision tilt measurements. However, there are few sensor technologies that can cover all applications and you need to know which is the right one for your project. For many civil engineering and geophysical projects, an electrolytic tiltmeter has been the answer…

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2 Best Steps for Monitoring Dam Movement

Dams are remarkable civil engineering accomplishments that provide vital resources such as electricity and irrigation. In fact, most of the southwestern United States depends greatly on the power from the Hoover Dam. However amazing and sturdy as these structures are, they are actually constantly moving in very minuscule amounts of tilt. To be certain a dam is…

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When to Choose a Damped or Undamped Sensor

Should this sensor be damped or not? When you’re going through the process of finding the perfect sensor for your project, damping is definitely a factor to consider. Damping is a modification that decreases a sensor’s bandwidth in order to reduce its sensitivity. That means you can get accurate tilt or motion readings without the…

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