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Title: Off-topic - Seismometer
Post by: samhchair on May 02, 2012, 07:07:34 PM
Hi Folks,

Slightly off topic......

Has anyone any experience of setting up, running and posting on line data from a seismometer? I have (almost) mastered getting my weather data on line and am looking for the next project. I am a geologist so there is a bit of a professional interest for me also.

The BGS (http://www.bgs.ac.uk/schoolSeismology/seismometers.html (http://www.bgs.ac.uk/schoolSeismology/seismometers.html)) suggest either of these possible products:

Rockwave (http://rockwave.co.uk/ (http://rockwave.co.uk/))
SEP (http://www.mindsetsonline.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=9047 (http://www.mindsetsonline.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=9047))

I appreciate that there are home seismometer websites/forums out there but thought SWN would be a good place to start as:
  • SWN is local for me
  • expertise available around getting acquired data on line
  • although I have not posted before reading the posts/replies there are a lot of friendly helpful people here

Appreciate any help,
best wishes,
Samhchair


Title: Re: Off-topic - Seismometer
Post by: Budgie on May 03, 2012, 08:38:56 PM
I've not found a way to put the data on my own site yet but I do have a sensor connected the Quake Catcher Network (http://qcn.stanford.edu/) which works very well and is a fraction of the cost ($50) of the two you listed above.  ;)


Title: Re: Off-topic - Seismometer
Post by: samhchair on May 05, 2012, 03:54:26 PM
Hi Budgie,

Many thanks for the link...very interesting.

I do remember seeing a guy who had his seismometer running on his desktop all the time. A small application would take a snapshot of his desktop and ftp the screenshot (in jpg format) to a website. The only problem with this was that the data was not loaded to the website.

Will have a closer look at QCN.

Cheers,
Samhchair


Title: Re: Off-topic - Seismometer
Post by: Budgie on May 05, 2012, 07:40:34 PM
I tried a similar program a few weeks ago for another application but the problem was that I have other programs that open during the day on the screen and it was also imaging those, or part of them, so I ditched that idea.  ;)


Title: Re: Off-topic - Seismometer
Post by: MM0ZIF on December 20, 2014, 08:51:16 AM
Would it not be better to use the BGS data feed rather than tying up your application with hardware? before you know it you will end up with lightning detectors, seismic readers.. etc and a host of raspberry pi's to send all the data to the application your using. with Geology I have seen some very very accurate data provided I wonder indeed if it would be worth the expense making it work?

Just my thoughts


Title: Re: Off-topic - Seismometer
Post by: Budgie on December 21, 2014, 12:44:26 AM
I do use the BGS feed on my own site (http://www.hebwx.co.uk/wxquakeUK.php) but thought this was an interesting project.
Now I've moved to a 64 bit OS I've stopped using the Quake Catcher sensor as I hadn't found a way to use it for my own site.  ;)