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Workhorse Monitor ADCP
Direct read unit for real-time current monitoring...

Workhorse Monitor

Workhorse Monitor ADCP.
The Monitor is Teledyne RD Instruments’ most popular direct-reading Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler. The unit is typically bottom frame-mounted and hard-wired to shore to provide real-time monitoring of coastal currents.

The Monitor’s high data accuracy and reliability make it a favorite for deployments in high-volume traffic areas such as ports and harbors, where the data is often integrated into a Vessel Traffic Monitoring System.


Key Specifications
Frequency: 300, 600 or 1200 kHz
Max Range: up to 160 M
Max Depth: 200M / 6000M
Configuration: Direct reading

Download Workhorse Monitor ADCP Datasheet (308 Kb)
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Data Samples
Workhorse Monitor Data Samples
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Application Information
Workhorse Monitor Application Notes
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Not sure which ADCP is right for you? Consult our product selection guide >>download PDF

Workhorse Monitor Product FAQs 
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Product features

  • Extreme accuracy and reliability: The Monitor is ideally suited for the most demanding environments, including high traffic areas such as ports and harbors.
  • Versatility: This direct reading unit can easily be upgraded to tackle a wide variety of coastal applications. Typical upgrades include pressure sensor, external battery pack, bottom tracking, and directional wave measurement—a single instrument can do it all!
  • Precision data: Teledyne RDI’s patented BroadBand signal processing delivers very low-noise data, resulting in unparalleled data resolution and minimal power consumption.
  • A four-beam solution: Teledyne RDI’s patented 4-beam design improves data reliability by providing a redundant data source in the case of a blocked or damaged beam; improves data quality by delivering an independent measure known as error velocity; and improves data accuracy by reducing variance in your data.
  • Budget an issue? This product is available in our new value priced basic Express Configuration. Same broadband quality, with basic current profiling capabilities >>learn more

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Workhorse Monitor ADCP Application Notes

gulf_map.gif (14454 bytes) Highlighted Application:
ADCPs Measure Deep Water Abyssal Storms
Texas A&M's researchers Ian MacDonald and William Bryant have completed the first phase of a bottom boundary layer study in 2200m of water in the Gulf of Mexico. They used the Alvin submersible, owned by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, which was equipped with a deepwater 300kHz ADCP to measure 60-90 meters of currents next to the ocean floor.

>>Read on for details on their interesting discovery

ADCPs for discharge measurements Highlighted Application:
A report from Teledyne RDI Customer Drs. M. Schroevers of Aqua Vision: High River-Discharge Measurements on the Rivers Rhine and Maas
Three years ago the small country I call home, the Netherlands, became world news as it came close to being flooded by the rivers Rhine and Maas. Close...but most of us kept our feet dry. River-discharge measurements have intensified significantly since then. 

>>read full story

ADCPs aid in the Americas Cup Highlighted application:
ADCPs and the America's Cup
Thanks to ADCP™ work by Ross Vennell at Otago University in New Zealand, the Cup defenders will have very detailed pictures of tidal current patterns around the course and through the tidal cycle. 

>>full story

ADCPs for PORTS Highlighted Application:
Real-Time Current Monitoring
Woods Hole Group has recently installed PORTS (Physical Oceanography Real-Time System) for monitoring currents in the approaches to the main shipping channel at Long Beach Harbor, California. An Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP™) is installed on a bottom platform located 1km west of the entrance to the harbor breakwater. 

>>read full story 


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Workhorse Monitor ADCP Data Samples

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Workhorse Monitor ADCP FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

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