Gauge Installation

Hydrologic and Meteorologic Gauging: Site Selection and Installation of New Gauge Sites

OneRain can assist with the site selection and installation of new gauge sites for any application, at any location. We are experienced in the installation of full weather stations, stream, rain, or any combination. We will first interview staff and evaluate terrain and basin conditions to produce recommendations for the installation of the most optimal site locations.

OneRain can also perform a complete Hydrologic Network Evaluation, if required. Learn more here.

OneRain takes an integrative approach to building rain, stream and/or weather monitoring stations, utilizing equipment from multiple vendors to provide the best solution for your specific location. As well as standard ALERT/ALERT2 standpipes, we also pride ourselves in utilization of a rugged structure commonly used for traffic signals that supports a wide variety of sensors. The station will be equipped with telemetry equipment best suited to your network and data availability requirements, including ALERT/ALERT2, cellular, IP or satellite data transmissions as conditions and your preference entail. Many sites are solar powered with a battery back-up.

As part of our installation services, the following is a typical scope of work:

  • OneRain performs all preliminary equipment preparation necessary to ensure complete installation and operation of the remote gauge.
  • OneRain tests all electronics packages and performs minor adjustments as needed in accordance with manufacturer’s RF specifications and FCC requirements.
  • An initial field inspection of each site is usually conducted. Preliminary site design and layout recommendations can be provided to your agency by OneRain, pending your final design approval prior to installation.
  • OneRain installs all hardware necessary for station operation. This work includes: installing all conduit and gauge housing infrastructure; securing all hardware; installing electronics packages, antenna, battery and solar panel; level tipping bucket; painting of infrastructure and other parts subject to corrosion; securing appurtenant supports; securing pressure transducer, PT housing, cables, connectors and conduit in a manner to protect against vandalism. Specific activities performed will be site dependent.
  • Transmitter configurations are set per specifications approved by your agency. Test transmissions are performed to verify that data transmitters are operating according to factory specifications and that the repeaters are receiving and re-transmitting the signal. Watt meter readings will be taken and recorded. Minor RF and calibration adjustments are made as needed.

  • A final field inspection is conducted. A punch list will be prepared and OneRain will correct any deficiencies noted.
  • FCC Radio Station Licenses Documentation: If applicable, OneRain prepares all correspondence and technical materials necessary for obtaining required FCC radio station licenses. This work includes all coordination activities required by the Federal Interagency Hydrologic Radio Frequency Coordination Group.
  • Installation Report: OneRain provides your agency with a final installation report documenting pertinent site data, sensor IDs, serial numbers, model numbers, cable lengths, access requirements and other pertinent information. Photographs of new stations and sensor locations are included.