December 8, 2016
Levelogger Data Wizard & Barometric Compensation Review
Need a quick refresher on barometric compensation? Read our latest blog post for a guide to performing accurate barometric compensation of Levelogger data using a Barologger and the Levelogger Software Data Wizard. Also provided are tips on initially setting up your Leveloggers and Barologgers to ensure the best results.
Read all the details here: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/12/perform-barometric-compensation-data-wizard/
November 9, 2016
Enhancing Water Basin Management in Turkey
The General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSİ) in Turkey, have developed a long-term program to enhance the country's water basin management. As part of the program, the DSİ established a number of groundwater observation wells at different locations along the boundaries of the water basins. The wells are being used to measure continuous water level and temperature data. FORAMEC, exclusive distributor of Solinst products in Turkey, supplied groundwater monitoring equipment to multiple water basins for use in 100 observation wells.
To read more about these projects, visit our ON THE LEVEL Blog: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/11/enhancing-water-basin-management-in-turkey/
November 8, 2016
Solinst Canada Unveils New LevelSender Telemetry
Solinst is excited to announce the release of the new LevelSender telemetry system. The LevelSender offers a very simple and inexpensive means to collect water level data from remote Leveloggers. The LevelSender is designed to discreetly fit inside a 2" well and can connect a Levelogger and Barologger. It uses three 1.5V AA replaceable lithium batteries. It uses wireless cellular communication to send Levelogger data from the field, to your email, as a text message, and to a dynamic database on your home station computer. Easily upgrade your existing Levelogger installations by adding LevelSender telemetry!
For more information about the new Model 9500 LevelSender, please visit: www.solinst.com/products/dataloggers-and-telemetry/solinst-telemetry-systems/9500-levelsender/levelsender.php
October 11, 2016
Selecting a Solinst Bladder Pump or Double Valve Pump
On the outside, Solinst Bladder Pumps and Double Valve Pumps look almost identical –but internally and operationally, they are different. Our latest blog post discusses the design and operating principles of each of these pneumatic groundwater samplers, including the differences in the pressure requirements and how to set the drive/vent cycles. An overview of the ideal applications for each of the pumps is included.
To read the blog post, visit: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/10/selecting-a-solinst-bladder-pump-or-double-valve-pump/
September 7, 2016
Leveloggers Monitor Irrigation Channels in Peru
To monitor irrigation water usage in Peru, Levelogger water level datalogger technology is replacing the traditional staff gauges to measure height of water in irrigation channels. High Tech Service, exclusive distributor of Solinst products in Peru, started working with the Peruvian government in October 2014, to help provide this more efficient way of collecting high-resolution data from the channels. Read more about the project in our blog: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/09/leveloggers-monitor-irrigation-channels-in-peru/
August 16, 2016
Levelogger Compatibility Explained Ensuring Proper Hardware, Software & Firmware
Solinst is continually improving and upgrading our Levelogger Series of water level dataloggers with new functionality and features, as such, there are periodic software and firmware releases to go with these enhancements.
Solinst always recommends using the latest software and firmware with your Leveloggers to get the most out of the instruments, but how do you know when these releases happen, and if you need to update?
Read our latest blog post to learn how to keep on top of any new Solinst software or firmware release: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/08/levelogger-compatibility-explained/
July 13, 2016
Absolute vs. Vented Pressure – Which Option is Right for You?
Solinst now offers both absolute (non-vented) and gauged (vented) water level dataloggers. Each type of datalogger is better suited to specific applications and conditions, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.
The Levelogger series of absolute water level dataloggers use a separate Barologger to record atmospheric data, which is then used to compensate the Levelogger data. The AquaVent uses a vented communication cable, which automatically compensates for barometric pressure while data is recorded.
Both options also have differences in deployment, maintenance, and accuracy. Understanding each aspect will ultimately help you decide which method is right for your applications.
To read the full post, go to the Solinst ON THE LEVEL Blog: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/07/absolute-vs-vented/
June 28, 2016
Selecting the Right Groundwater Sampler for Your Application
There is much to think about before selecting a groundwater sampler for your project.
Here are just a few things you probably need to consider; what you are sampling for: general chemistry, volatiles, metals, etc.; type of sample you need: low/high volume, purging or grab; ease of sampler operation, repairs in field, decontamination; your budget.
Thankfully, Solinst has a wide range of groundwater samplers to choose from, so you will be able to find one that meets your criteria. To read the full post in the Solinst ON THE LEVEL Blog, visit: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/06/selecting-the-right-groundwater-sampler/
June 27, 2016
Solinst Levelogger Software Update
A new version of Solinst Levelogger Software has been released. Version 4.2 now includes compatibility with the AquaVent vented water level datalogger. Solinst always recommends you use the latest software and firmware versions for all of your Solinst dataloggers, as we are continually improving features and performance.
Visit www.solinst.com/downloads to get the latest version of software, and to ensure that your firmware is up-to-date and compatible for all your Solinst dataloggers.
June 27, 2016
AquaVent Vented Cable Design, Proper Use & Maintenance
Vented pressure transducers provide true water level measurements without the need for barometric compensation. They function with the aid of a vent tube that terminates behind the transducer diaphragm, providing an automatic cancellation effect for barometric pressure.
The most common deterrent for using a gauged pressure transducer is the vent tube. The focus is on keeping the vent tube dry. The new AquaVent has been designed to be low maintenance; with many steps taken to ensure the vent tube remains dry. For example, Solinst offers a special tool to blow out the cable with dry nitrogen gas, before deployment or storage, to keep the vent tube moisture-free.
For more details, read the full post in the Solinst ON THE LEVEL Blog: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/06/aquavent-vented-cable-design/
June 20, 2016
Solinst Announces NEW AquaVent Water Level Datalogger
Solinst Canada Ltd. is pleased to announce the latest release in their datalogger series - the all-new Model 3500 AquaVent. The AquaVent uses a vented pressure transducer for reliable, accurate datalogging of water levels in groundwater and surface water applications, with no need for barometric compensation.
The AquaVent features a robust, low maintenance design. Hydrophobic filters and permanent desiccants mean there is no need for replacement – helping to provide moisture protection for the lifetime of the instrument. The batteries are user-replaceable, can last 8 (based on 1 reading per minute), and are conveniently located in the Wellhead at surface. Durable, custom designed Vented Cables are available up to 500 ft.
Communicate with Solinst software and accessories, or integrate into a SDI-12 or MODBUS network.
To learn more about the NEW AquaVent, visit: www.solinst.com/products/dataloggers-and-telemetry/3500-aquavent/aquavent.php
June 2, 2016
Can Multilevel Groundwater Monitoring Really Be Simple?
The answer is yes – especially if you use a Solinst CMT Multilevel System.
In our most recent blog post we discuss exactly what CMT is, why it is lower in cost than most other Multilevel Systems, how quickly it can be installed, and how easy it is to customize to suit each unique groundwater or soil gas sampling application.
We also discuss how you can become a Trained CMT Contractor.
To read the full post, visit our ON THE LEVEL Blog: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/06/can-multilevel-groundwater-monitoring-really-be-inexpensive-and-simple/
May 17, 2016
Why is the Discrete Interval Sampler a Great Choice?
The Discrete Interval Sampler (DIS) is an excellent choice for representative groundwater sampling. In our latest blog post, we will explain why! The DIS is a no-purge sampler. We explain the principles behind no-purge sampling, as well as the benefits. An overview of DIS operation is provided, along with a link to a very useful video showing the operating principles. DIS advantages are also discussed.
To read the full blog post, go to: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/05/discrete-interval-sampler-for-groundwater-sampling/
May 9, 2016
Durability of Solinst Barologger Edge is Tested
A Water Fund project, headed by The Nature Conservancy Latin American Region, is using Solinst Leveloggers and Barologgers in an extensive hydrological monitoring program, to determine water storage and yields in a number of mountain wetlands in Chile.
During a 2015 monitoring period, an avalanche occurred in the region. This resulted in a Barologger being buried in the debris. After the Barologger was recovered 100 days later, it was found to be in almost perfect physical condition and had never stopped recording data while buried.
Read the full story, and view a video of the Barologger's recovery, in our ON THE LEVEL Blog: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/05/chile-barologger-edge/
March 31, 2016
Leveloggers Help Assess Groundwater Levels in Uganda
An artesian well can be defined as one that taps into a confined aquifer that is under positive pressure, and therefore, water in the well rises above the top of the aquifer.
Hope 2 One Life is a non-profit organization that works in Uganda to help provide medical and water supplies to those recovering from the LRA civil war. Thanks to sponsors and donors, Hope 2 One Life has installed drinking water wells throughout Uganda, with assistance from HydroSolutions.
Recently, Solinst donated two Leveloggers to help track the groundwater fluctuations in two of the wells. This data will help Hope 2 One Life and HydroSolutions evaluate sustainable groundwater yields in the area, and provide critical information for planning future well installations.
Read more details about their work in the full blog post: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/03/leveloggers-help-assess-groundwater-levels-in-uganda/
February 25, 2016
Solinst Double Valve Pump Video Demonstrates Operating Principles
Solinst has posted a video that shows how the Model 408 Double Valve Pump obtains a representative groundwater sample. This helpful animation shows how the Double Valve Pump is set up using a dedicated wellhead, the 12V Compressor for air supply, and the Model 464 Electronic Pump Control Unit. As the video runs through a number of "drive/vent" cycles, the operating principles of the Double Valve Pump are clearly demonstrated. The video also includes a very detailed look at how the valves in the pump operate.
To view the video, please visit: www.solinst.com/products/groundwater-samplers/408-double-valve-pumps/
Be sure to subscribe to the Solinst YouTube channel to view other helpful product videos.
February 24, 2016
3 Simple Ways to Download Water Level Data in the Field
Solinst offers three different methods to download Levelogger water level and temperature data in the field. All three options allow you to transfer the data without removing the Levelogger from its monitoring position. The discussion includes Solinst Levelogger PC Software and a field laptop, the Solinst Levelogger App and Interface, and the newest and simplest option, the DataGrabber™.
To learn about the features and advantages of each method, read the full blog post at: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/02/3-simple-ways-to-download-levelogger-data-in-the-field/
February 16, 2016
Waterloo Systems Help Characterize Plume in Landfill Expansion
A landfill was set for expansion, which required a pump and treat system to be relocated. In order to determine the best location for the system, the subsurface at the new site needed to be investigated. Five Waterloo Multilevel Systems, each with four ports monitoring separate depth discrete zones, were installed. Each port was instrumented with a vibrating wire transducer and double valve pump. These Systems helped characterize a contaminant plume in the subsurface.
To read the full case study, visit our ON THE LEVEL Blog: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/02/waterloo-multilevel-systems-help-characterize-plume-in-landfill-expansion-project/
February 3, 2016
5 Things to Look for When Selecting a Water Level Datalogger
We have narrowed down the features to look for when selecting a water level datalogger, to five of the most important. These five features include: an accurate, durable pressure sensor; software that is user-friendly; flexible deployment options; suitability for long-term projects and extreme conditions; and options to easily retrieve data from the datalogger. All of these five features can be found in the Solinst Levelogger Series of water level dataloggers.
For more details, read the full post in the Solinst ON THE LEVEL Blog: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/02/water-level-dataloggers/
January 26, 2016
Open Channel & Surface Water Monitoring with Leveloggers
An updated version of the Solinst Technical Bulletin "Long-term Open Channel and Surface Water Monitoring with Leveloggers" has been posted on our blog. The bulletin provides recommendations for installing Leveloggers in surface water applications, including best positioning in the surface water channel and how to secure the Levelogger installation in place. "Staked", "tethered," and "free-weight" methods are discussed, along with stilling wells and other installation options.
To read the full Technical Bulletin, visit: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/01/long-term-open-channel-surface-water-monitoring-with-leveloggers/
January 20, 2016
Why Laser Marked PVDF Flat Tape is Our Best Tape Yet
Solinst has always been known for water levels meters that are accurate, and made rugged for years of field use. Providing a reliable tape has always been a priority in our Water Level Meter designs. Our most recent Model 101 Water Level Meter, Interface Meter, and TLC Meter use a PVDF flat tape that is extremely durable and stain-resistant, making it easy to clean and decontaminate. It features all of the advantages Solinst tape is known for, including 1/100 ft (mm) markings, dog-bone shape design, and it's easy to repair if required.
To find out more benefits of Solinst Water Level Meters with PVDF tape, read the full post in the Solinst ON THE LEVEL blog: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/01/water-level-meter-secret-in-tape/
January 12, 2016
Updated Technical Bulletin on Levelogger Use & Maintenance
An updated version of our Technical Bulletin "Ensuring Proper Use and Maintenance of Leveloggers" has been posted on our blog. Included is a discussion on selecting the right model of Levelogger. This involves selecting the proper pressure range and ensuring the wetted materials are suited to your project.
Setting up maintenance schedules based on the conditions of your monitoring environment, is also discussed. You should schedule regular site visits to make sure your instruments are performing properly, and to determine if cleaning is required. Preventative maintenance measures are also mentioned.
To read the full technical bulletin, visit: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/01/ensuring-proper-use-and-levelogger-maintenance/
January 6, 2016
Which Solinst Flat Tape Water Level Meter is Right for You?
Solinst now offers three different versions of a Flat Tape Water Level Meter - each with unique features and benefits. So, how do you choose the one that's right for you?
In our most recent blog post, you will learn the differences between the Model 101 P7, 101 P2, and 101B Water Level Meters, and which one is best suited to your applications.
The variations in tape type, markings and length, probes, and added features are discussed.
To read the full post, visit: www.solinst.com/onthelevel-news/2016/01/which-solinst-flat-tape-water-level-meter-is-right-for-your-needs/