You’ve picked out the perfect electrolytic tiltmeter for your project. You ordered it to have the right amount of damping, you’ve got it properly protected from intense temperatures and you’ve successfully eliminated the tilt bias so there is nothing that can get in the way of your measurements. It’s out of the box, nestled into its respective spot, all hooked up and you’re ready to let it work its magic. There’s just one more bit of advice that can be offered to you at this point. Before you take note of those readings, take a gander at these tips and tricks.
Tips for Using A Data Logger
If you’re using a data logger that takes four samplings a day, you’re in great shape for several reasons. It eliminates human error and is an effective way to avoid erroneous conclusions caused by data aliasing. You can set it and forget it. It will take measurements from remote sites and in adverse weather throughout all hours of the day. If there’s a significant tilt in your project, your data logger will let you know with an immediate warning.
Tips for Taking Manual Readings
If you’re taking your measurements the old-fashioned way, we have some pointers for that too. Be consistent by taking your readings at the same time of day, every day. When you’re ready to take a reading, do not disturb the sensor. Keep your hands off and mind your distance. You’ll also want to wait about three minutes before taking your reading after connecting the digital readout unit and switching on the tiltmeter. This will allow the sensor to warm up and get acclimated to its surroundings.
Now get out there and make the most of those readings!