Explanation of the criteria for classification and numbering of components    E70.3.01
(JUN 99)
Explanation of the dates on the component's description



1.   Purpose and objectives

     Software Q is a program for the acquisition, evaluation and management of discharge easurements, which are made by using propeller current meters or point-velocity-sensors. Software Q offers a variety of graphic representations and includes the calculation of both a discharge-rating 
curve and discharge-rating table.

2.   Description

     Software Q runs under the operating systems WINDOWS 3.11, WINDOWS 95/98 and WINDOWS NT. It stores and manages the data in a relational database system. The algorithms follow the German "Guideline for Water Level and Discharge Measurement". Special features are:
     - Evaluation of data measured during changing water stages is possible;
     - In measurements with propeller meters, the number of registered impulses is the input for each       point. The computer then immediately displays the associated flow velocity. In measurements       using a point-velocity-sensor (e.g. magnetic-inductive probe) the flow velocity can be entered
     - An efficient management of measuring instruments is done by the differentiation of:
       * Propeller, cable-suspended
       * Sensor, cable-suspended
       * Propeller, rod-mounted
       * Sensor, rod-mounted;
     - The programme can propose locations for the measuring points. This feature is especially useful        when the data are fed directly into a laptop computer in the field;
     - After the input of the data for one vertical, a velocity distribution profile can be drawn immediately       making it easy to identify possible errors;
     - Before the evaluation of a measurement begins, the data are formally  checked for completeness.        The results of the evaluation are displayed either as a graph or as a listing. If needed,       postprocessing of the measured data is possible. Verticals can be erased, modified, or new ones       can be added; 
    - Data input can be interrupted at any time and can be resumed at a later moment at the same       position;
    - An automatic measurement recording using propeller-type meters is possible;
    - The program contains the consideration of an oblique cross-section;
    - There are two interpolation methods to enable the best fit for flow velocity distributions;
    - The user will be supported by a fast and informative online help; 
    - All printable results (graphs and lists) are displayed in a preview window before being printed;
    - Languages available: German, English, Italian, Spanish, and French.

3.   Input

     Measuring site; measuring device and measuring method. The program can  evaluate: one-point, two-point, and multi-point measurements, integrated measurements and combined measurements. At least three genuine measuring verticals must be used. This means together with the two banks a total of  five verticals.

4.   Output

     Recording of the measurement; results of the calculation; velocity distribution curve (total view and selected details); cross-section; isotach diagram; results displayed in a discharge rating curve; lists of 
gauging stations, measurement and meters; discharge rating curve and discharge rating table. All results (i.e. graphs and lists) are available - displayed on screen or printed.

5.   Operational requirements and restrictions

     Operational System: WINDOWS 3.11, WINDOWS 95/98 or WINDOWS NT. Personal Computer with the following minimal configuration: 486-processor, 8 MB memory, 15" screen, resolution 600x480.
Recommended configuration: Pentium-processor, 16 Mb memory, 17" screen, resolution 1024x768.

6.   Form of presentation

     Program on diskette, CD-ROM, handbook and storyboard.

7.   Operational experience

     The programme is used routinely by operational hydrological services, water authorities, water associations, consulting firms and universities.

8.   Originator and technical support

     Quantum Hydrometrie Gesellschaft für Meß- und Systemtechnik mbH
     Zossener Str. 55, D-10961 Berlin
     Phone:        +49 30 69 81 10 0
     Fax:          +49 30 69 81 10 99
     Training courses may be arranged on request.

9.   Availability

     Via the HOMS National Reference Centre for the Federal Republic of Germany.

10.  Conditions on use

     A handling fee of 1780 DM is charged for the program without automatic measurement recording. A handling fee of 2500 DM is charged for the program including automatic measurement recording.

(First entered: 01 FEB 94 

Last updated: 03 JUN 99)