Field Electronics and Sensors

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Following the delivery of our 1-day course in 2019, CEH is now offering a Beginner and an Advanced course. They are running back to back and you can attend both or just one of them.

Date:

Field Electronics for Beginners: Tue, 11 February 2020 

Advanced Field Electronics: Wed, 12 February 2020

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Locations:

CEH Wallingford, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB Location map & travel directions

We may be able to offer this course in Bangor or Lancaster later in 2020 subject to demand. Please register your interest in other locations.

Cost:

One-day course (Beginner or Advanced):

£299 (Professionals) 

£239 (Students) 

Combined Beginners and Advanced = Full Course:

£549 (Professionals)

£449 (Students)

Sign up will close on 6 February 2020.

Short Course Description:

The one-day BEGINNER course will give you an introduction to electronics as applied to environmental sensors in the field. It includes theoretical background knowledge essential to making the correct decisions in the field. You will practice the use and understand the function of various electric components by carrying out several practical exercises on circuit prototyping breadboards. The course will help you understand and apply the electronics principles needed to successfully install, troubleshoot and repair equipment in the field.

The one-day ADVANCED course will build on the Beginners course. We expect you to have all the knowledge and skills described in the Beginner course. You will learn about data logging systems, sensors, communication protocols and remote data downloading. Learners will practice their knowledge and improve their skills in designing, testing and installing an environmental monitoring station.

Course Objectives BEGINNER:

  • Reviewed basic principles of electronic circuits and the relationship between voltage, current and resistance
  • Understanding of theory through practical exercises
  • Exploration of components used in field installations, including solar panels, batteries, cables and connectors.
  • Learn the use of a multi-meter and the safe use of a soldering iron to troubleshoot and repair simple circuits
  • Learn how to protect cables and components from the elements
  • Practice knowledge in an exercise assembling and testing a simple electronic sensing circuit such as a moisture detector.

Course Objectives ADVANCED:

  • Learn how to design data logging systems and determine their power requirements
  • Gain construction skills and an awareness of the various components required to deploy a data logging system outdoors
  • Learn how to use a range of digital and analogue sensors for environmental monitoring applications
  • Learn digital sensor communication protocols to acquire sensor data. 
  • Learn how to use internet servers and gateways to remotely download and monitor their data

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will be familiar with the basic principles of electronic circuits and their application in the field.  You will be able to troubleshoot and repair equipment in the field. (Beginner).

By the end of the course, you will have experience of designing, constructing, testing and installing a small solar-powered environmental monitoring station.  You will gain an understanding of the steps needed to successfully develop a data logging application (Advanced).

Very good course for those with no field electronics experience. Practical sessions were extremely useful. (Learner feedback on the 1-day combined course in March 2019)

Sign up online now! (credit and debit card accepted)

Accommodation:

The cost of accommodation is not included in the course fee. Please see our guide to accommodation near CEH Wallingford.

Places:

14 places

Hardware/ Software requirements

We strongly encourage you to bring your own laptop for day 2 (Advanced). We will work with the free open-source software Arduino IDE (please check if your employer's policy allows you to install new software on your laptop). We will explain in the joining instructions how to download and install this software. If you cannot bring your own laptop, don't worry. We can also provide a laptop with software for you.

Level:

Beginner/ Intermediate

Course Leader:

Milo Brooks, Technical Development and Field Instrumentation Engineer Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Milo has worked for CEH as a field engineer for nine years.  He has installed and maintained a wide variety of outdoor installations from water quality sensors to eddy covariance systems.  He is part of the field engineering team for the COSMOS-UK soil moisture monitoring network.

Target Audience:

  • Early and mid-career field technicians and researchers from organisations performing environmental measurements
  • UK Water companies
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Statutory agencies
  • PhD students
  • Business customers in the technology sector