A review of ADP processing software

Pal Schmitt, Hanna Torrens-Spence, Penelope Jeffcoate, Bjoern Elsaesser

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    Data processing is an essential part of Acoustic Doppler Profiler (ADP) surveys, which have become the standard tool in assessing flow characteristics at tidal power development sites. In most cases, further processing beyond the capabilities of the manufacturer provided software tools is required. These additional tasks are often implemented by every user in mathematical toolboxes like MATLAB, Octave or Python. This requires the transfer of the data from one system to another and thus increases the possibility of errors. The application of dedicated tools for visualisation of flow or geographic data is also often beneficial and a wide range of tools are freely available, though again problems arise from the necessity of transferring the data. Furthermore, almost exclusively PCs are supported directly by the ADP manufacturers, whereas small computing solutions like tablet computers, often running Android or Linux operating systems, seem better suited for online monitoring or data acquisition in field conditions. While many manufacturers offer support for developers, any solution is limited to a single device of a single manufacturer. A common data format for all ADP data would allow development of applications and quicker distribution of new post processing methodologies across the industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 09 Sep 2014
    EventInternational Conference on Offshore Renewable Energy - Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 15 Sep 201417 Sep 2014


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Offshore Renewable Energy
    CountryUnited Kingdom


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