Rugged PC Crosses Rivers and Bridges

— May 05, 2013

McKim & Creed, Inc. a provider of survey/mapping and engineering services, has selected Small PC's Marine Touch Screen LCD computer model SDC150 for use in its catamaran hydrographic survey system. The computer acts as the survey system's host with data connections to the global positioning system (GPS), motion sensors, echo sounder and communication devices.

Designed for surveying, the system includes Small PC's waterproof keyboard model SK135. The rugged PC is mounted directly in the front of the operator, with the computer system and operator open to the environment. (The "Zego" is a sport boat with room for a single operator that can be maneuvered in small spaces.) The waterproof sunlight-readable touch-screen computer is suited for reliable operation in marine environments.

McKim & Creed recently used the single beam survey system for a proposed gas line crossing on a Pennsylvania river and for a bridge replacement project in Florida. "We have been very happy with the setup and operation of the computer system,” said M.T, a senior hydrographic specialist at McKim & Creed.

Operating in a sealed aluminum chassis, with no moving parts, the SDC150  uses Small PC's passive cooling solution and includes removable ruggedized solid state drives (SSD), allowing transfer and management of data as well as simplified system maintenance and upgrades. The high bright touch screen display has been optically enhanced for improved readability in daylight and direct sunlight. In addition, the device is completely sealed and waterproof and is designed as a solution for reliable operation in the extremes of marine environments.

The configuration for McKim & Creed's hydrographic survey system used an Intel mobile CPU, a 15" high bright sunlight-readable LCD touch screen, with upgrades of four RS232 Serial ports, an intelligent vehicle power supply and dual Ethernet ports.

SDC rugged computers are available in standard off-the-shelf configurations in 10.4 to 22" LCD sizes with Intel's Atom and i-series processors, including the high-performance 3rd Generation Core i7 Processor. Configuration options include Flash Drives to 512G, memory to 16G and Linux or Windows operating systems installed and tested.

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