Dams are some of the largest man made structures on earth and the forces acting upon them can be immense. Specialist companies undertake dam safety monitoring tasks. At the heart of nearly all of their systems you are likely to find a Campbell CR10X datalogger, interfaced with hundreds of vibrating wire strain gauges and a range of other sensors.
The CR1000 is likely to replace the CR10X as the logger of choice for dam safety engineers over the coming years. The CR1000 features improvements for monitoring networks by using the PakBus operating system. Click on the link below to find out more about this datalogger.
Knowledge of meteorological data is also important for hydro-electric companies, especially those operating pumped-storage systems where rainfall and water levels in top and bottom lakes can affect decisions. Campbell weather stations often operate alongside dam safety monitoring systems, providing combined data for better managed energy systems.