We asked our integrators, those folks who sell and install our products, to send us their best photos of Campbell Scientific equipment operating in the field. From all of their submissions, we selected a photo from Western Weather Group as the first-place winner. Runners-up photo entries were submitted by RESPEC, YSI, and Wade Water LLC.
The photo contest winners were announced at the 2015 training conference for integrators, held October 12th to 14th in Logan, Utah. The photographer of the winning entry, Matt Wanink, was not able to attend the conference; however, Nathan Lohse, general manager at Western Weather Group, was in attendance and accepted the prize on Matt’s behalf: a CR6 Measurement and Control Datalogger (our newest datalogger released last year).
Western Weather Group (WWG) is the California sales representative for Campbell Scientific. WWG was founded 10 years ago in Chico, California. Since the company’s inception, its team members have used and worked with Campbell Scientific instruments. In fact, members of the WWG team, including CEO Don Schukraft, have used Campbell products since the early 1980s under their previous employers.
WWG installs systems along the West Coast, as well as in Hawaii, for a multitude of organizations ranging from agricultural (grapes, rice, almonds, walnuts, citrus, sugar cane, corn, etc.) to industrial (power plants, oil refineries, and utility companies) and governmental (wastewater treatment plants, state/city parks, etc.).
When asked what he planned to do with the new CR6 datalogger, Matt said that the CR6 would provide an upgrade to their current weather station at the WWG office, which uses a (now-retired) CR10X datalogger.
In the early spring of this year, Matt took the winning photo of a Campbell Scientific system in a vineyard. The vineyard is located just north of Paso Robles, California, along the Central Coast. In the winter, the system will be used for frost alarms to prevent frozen grapes. In the summer, the system generates heat alarms, which are necessary for heat regulations that protect California’s outdoor workers.
In addition to generating frost and heat alarms, the vineyard system measures and records data for a variety of parameters. For example, rainfall measurements are important for irrigation scheduling. As another example, wind speed and wind direction measurements are useful for managing spraying (such as pesticides and fungicides) across the vineyard. Specific parameters measured by the vineyard system include the following:
The measurement data is aggregated in tables for 15-minute, hourly, and daily intervals. The client is able to see and review the real-time data on an internal web page.
To acquire the necessary measurement data and communicate that data to the client, the following Campbell Scientific equipment is used:
An inside view of the vineyard system’s enclosure.
Photo supplied by Matt Wanink.
The base station in the vineyard photo communicates via radio with a remote CR206X datalogger that has a built-in spread-spectrum radio and is connected to a temperature sensor. This datalogger and sensor are situated in a lower spot of the vineyard to provide additional, valuable temperature data during the frost season.
WWG collects data every 15 minutes from the networked vineyard system, as well as from several hundred other systems in the area. The raw data are aggregated, and WWG hosts the processed data in these formats:
Western Weather Group uses weather data recorded by Campbell Scientific instruments for regional and site-specific weather forecasting. For example, WWG uses the data from the vineyard system in their daily spring frost forecast that they issue to members of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.
In addition to our first-place winner, we also selected photo entries for second, third, and fourth place, as well as an honorable mention. Our congratulations go to these four runners-up for their compositions that combine Campbell Scientific systems, great photography, and great settings.
This second-place photo, with an SM-19 Skymate Plus wind meter as the prize, was taken by Kerry McCallum of Dewhurst Group, who partnered with RESPEC to complete the installation. In this photo, a team transports the equipment for a stream-flow deployment in the valleys below the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia. The deployed station is located 518 m (1,700 ft) below where this photo was taken. The station communicates with an upslope weather station via an RF450 spread-spectrum radio.
This photo by Kerry McCallum of Dewhurst Group was selected for third prize: a Campbell Scientific jacket. RESPEC partnered with Dewhurst Group to install the weather station in this photo, which is situated at an elevation of 3,627 m (11,900 ft) on the western slope of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia. The station was installed as part of a geothermal investigation. The station uses a CR1000 datalogger, an LS300G cellular gateway, and standard weather station equipment (rain gage, solar radiation sensor, barometer, air temperature and relative humidity sensor, and wind monitor).
Jon Fajans of Xylem’s YSI Integrated Systems and Services (ISS) division won an SM-18 Skymate wind meter for this photo taken in Discovery Bay, Jamaica. This surface oceanographic buoy includes two CR1000 dataloggers, which communicate with the benthic sled positioned on the lowest level of the water below. The benthic sled has a CR1000 datalogger and an SDM-SIO4 serial I/O module, which control the oceanographic instruments.
Stephen Smith of Wade Water LLC and Buena Vida Farm was the recipient of a Campbell Scientific fleece blanket for this photo of a great horned owl enjoying a vantage point and perch atop a weather station.
For more information about our integrators and consultants, who can assist you with the installation of your measurement and control systems, visit our Consultants and Integrators web page.