SonTek RS5 ADCP

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Overview

Robust Data from the World's Smallest ADCP

The SonTek RS5 is the latest addition to the award-winning RiverSurveyor® family of discharge instruments. 

The RS5 system fits in the palm of your hand and includes everything you need to make a discharge measurement. Get the package that includes the HydroBoardII Micro and you’ll have everything you need for the fastest, high-quality measurement possible. It is the smallest and lightest complete ADCP solution for moving boat discharge measurement available. Simply fold the GNSS/antenna mast and pop the RS5 and board into the custom designed backpack for easy transportation and minimal re-assembly between sites. 

 

Product Features
  • Vertical acoustic beam
    Superior channel definition for the most accurate channel cross-sectional area, for discharge applications. Measures the depth directly under the system and extends maximum discharge depth if bottom-tracking is out of range.

  • SmartPulse+®
    An intelligent algorithm utilizing Pulse-coherent and Broadband acoustic profiling that automatically adjusts based on conditions. Reliable bottom tracking and velocity profiling through a wide range of conditions and shallower than ever before. Visualize velocity data like never before with cell sizes down to 2.5 cm.

  • 360º compass and two-axis tilt sensor
    An intelligent algorithm utilizing Pulse-coherent and Broadband acoustic profiling that automatically adjusts based on conditions. Reliable bottom tracking and velocity profiling through a wide range of conditions and shallower than ever before. Visualize velocity data like never before with cell sizes down to 2.5 cm.

  • Bottom-tracking
    Acoustically track vessel speed over ground independent of DGNSS. Also supplies secondary depth measurement.

  • NEW! SonTek RTK GPS
    Ultra precise positioning as an alternative to bottom tracking in moving bed or other difficult situations.

  • DGNSS (Option)
    Integrated DGNSS smart antenna for position as a backup or alternative to bottom tracking in moving bed or other difficult conditions. Geolocate each sample (or ensemble) during measurement. Utilizes multiple constellations for increased global precision (GPS, SBAS, GLONASS, BeiDou, GALILEO, QZSS).

The RS5 includes SonTek’s proprietary SmartPulse+ which incorporates Broadband and Pulse-coherent acoustic processing methods. This algorithm automatically determines the best measurement methodology based on environmental conditions and adjusts instrument settings so the user doesn’t have to, ensuring the most accurate and user-friendly data collection possible.

For a streamlined experience, batteries and Bluetooth radio are housed in the RS5, which means there is no need to connect to external electronics boxes. Rely on an integrated, modern, high speed, and low power wireless Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE5) radio, with 100m range and five-minute data buffer to prevent data loss and redundant work.

Learn more about what makes RS5 a step above the rest! Download the RS5 ADCP brochure for a complete listing of special features and specifications.

 

Specifications

Specifications

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

Software & Firmware

Software & Firmware

RSQ

V 3.0 – 12DEC2022 – 60MB

Now includes moving boat and stationary method in one software! 

RSQ is a modern and user-friendly software interface. One measurement file includes all the data and metadata you need for each measurement. Export data to formats for Excel, Matlab, Google Earth, Kisters and AGILA. Do more with less time utilizing improved site templates. Experiment, learn or teach in the office or conference room as though you were in the field with the option to playback recorded files simulating live data collection. Flexibility is key with RS5!

With RSQ you can:

  • Use GNSS for distance between stations
  • Access local NTRIP corrections directly from the software (when RTK antenna is connected)
  • Choose GNSS or magnetic heading
  • Run and apply Extrap directly to moving boat and stationary measurements
  • Measure close to vertical banks using three-beam switching when there is vertical bank interference
  • Save data directly to a PC, external drive or network
  • Customize file name
  • Sub-section transects
  • Process *.riv/*rivr files from RSL and .sta files from RSS

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Documentation & Tools

Documentation & Tools

Guideline

Specification

SonTek RS5 Performance Evaluation Through Field Data

Brochure

Documentation Française

White Paper