Quick Start Guide
Quick Start Guide
Levelogger Series
High Quality Groundwater and Surface Water Monitoring Instrumentation
To begin using your Levelogger, download the newest version of
Levelogger Software and User Guide by visiting:
www.solinst.com/downloads/ or insert the software CD provided.
Installing the Software
1. To activate the software install, click on the ‘setup.exe’ file located on
the software CD.
2. The Software Installation Wizard will guide you through the remaining
installation process.
RS-232
Installing the Hardware
3. Connect the communications device, either the Optical Reader or PC
Interface Cable, to the computer.
USB
Note: USB connections require installation of a driver to the assigned
device. See the USB Installation Guide for details.
USB Installation Guide
Notes: 1. Levelogger Software comes preloaded with the necessary
USB drivers.
2. The following steps are based on the Windows® 7 operating
system, if using another operating system, refer to the
Levelogger User Guide.
PC Interface
Cable
1. Plug the USB device into the computer, this will begin the ‘Found
New Hardware Wizard’.
Note: If the ‘Found New Hardware Wizard’ fails to start, refer to the
Manual USB Installation instructions below.
2. Select “Browse my computer for driver software”.
3. Click the ‘Browse’ button and choose this location:
C:\Program Files\Solinst\Levelogger 4_3\USB Drivers
Click, ‘Next’.
4. A warning message may prompt that the software has not passed the
Windows Logo Test. Select “Continue Anyway”. This will complete
the installation process. A system restart may be required. Repeating
the steps may be necessary to complete the installation.
USB
RS-232
Manual USB Installation
If your device is plugged in and the Found New Hardware Wizard
fails to start, then follow these steps:
1. Open the Device Manager. Typically this is found through the path:
Start > Control Panel > System > Hardware and Sound > Device Manager
Optical Reader
Connection
Note: If you are unsure which is the correct device in the list, with the screen visible, safely remove the
device and then reconnect it. The list should automatically refresh accordingly.
2. Identify the Solinst device from the list. The device will be categorized under ‘Other Devices’ or
‘Universal Serial Bus Controllers’ (look for yellow warning icon).
3. Highlight the device in the list and right click. You will see an option to “Update the driver”. This will
start the ‘Update Driver Software Wizard’. Follow steps 2-4 above to install the USB driver. You may
have to repeat the steps to install the USB Serial Port.
4. Once installed, the Com Port number will appear in Device Manager under ‘Ports (Com &LPT)’.
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Levelogger Series Quick Start Guide
Programming the Levelogger
Tip
Note: Ensure the Levelogger is operating with the latest firmware,
and that you are using the latest software. Visit the Solinst
website or software update feature for assistance.
1. Connect the Levelogger to the communications device and start the
Software.
2. Select the appropriate COM or USB port for the connected
communications device from the centre drop-down menu.
3. Click the ‘Retrieve Settings from Levelogger’ icon. ​
This will retrieve and display the current programmed
settings for the connected Levelogger.
4. You can now customize the Levelogger including your
Project ID, Location, Sampling Mode and Rate, and Future Stop and
Start times.
If a number of
Leveloggers are
to be programmed with
identical inputs, clicking
the ‘Save Default
Settings’ icon will create
a template.
Rainlogger
Programming
The Rainfall Calibration
Constant ‘value’ of
the tipping bucket rain
gauge used with the
Rainlogger is required
when programming the
Rainlogger. Consult the
Levelogger User Guide
for more information
on programming the
Rainlogger Edge.
Datalogger Settings Window
LTC Calibration
Note: Clicking on the
embedded in the software will provide you
with a short explanation of that feature, e.g. Com Port, Slate
Mode, Time Synchronization, etc.
Starting and Stopping the Levelogger
1. If desired, enter a Future Start and/or Future Stop Time.
2. When the ‘Start’ icon is selected, all settings are applied to the
Levelogger and it will start logging at the specified time.
3. To start logging immediately, do not fill in the Future Start field, and
click the ‘Start Now’ icon.
Note: When the ‘Start’ icon is selected, a window will pop-up as an
alert that the previous data will be erased.
4. To stop the Levelogger immediately, click the ‘Stop Now’ icon.
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Before deploying your
LTC Levelogger Edge,
be sure to calibrate the
instrument. To begin
calibration, open the
‘Conductivity Cal’ tab
and follow the steps
provided. Consult the
Levelogger User Guide
for more information.
Tip
The ‘future start’ and
‘future stop’ options are
ideal for synchronizing
the data collection of
multiple Leveloggers.
Downloading and Working with Data
1. Click the ‘Data Control’ tab to access the ‘Data Control’ window.
This window is laid out in three sections: Levelogger settings, tabular
data, and graphical data.
2. To download the data from a connected Levelogger, select
the ‘Download Data from Levelogger’ icon. There are four
options for downloading data. They are: All Data, Append
Download, Partial Download and Recover Previous Log.
The data will be presented in both tabular and graphical format.
Note: The default directory for downloaded and saved data is in the
‘Data’ folder:
<C:\Program\Files\Solinst\Levelogger 4_3\Data>.
Data is saved as a .xle data file.
3. To save data, click the ‘Save Data’ icon and input desired
name for the saved file.
4. To export the file for use in other software, click the
‘Export’ icon. The file can be exported to a *.csv or *.xml file.
Note
To change the
default directory for
downloaded data, use
the ‘Configuration’
menu at the top of the
software window. Select
‘Application Settings’
and input or navigate
to a different folder
destination. Click ‘OK’.
Tip
The *.csv and *.xml file
formats are supported
and can be imported by
most spreadsheet and
database programs.
The data graph can be
exported to a *.bmp
file or a *.png file by
clicking File > Export >
Graph.
DataGrabber™
Connect a DataGrabber
to an in-field Levelogger
via a Direct Read Cable
or Adaptor, and transfer
data to a USB key.
Data Control Window
Real Time View
Real Time View provides on-screen measurement as data is being recorded by the connected datalogger. A
view rate is set independently of the logging period of the Levelogger and does not interfere with internal
logging taking place. To take a reading at any specific time, click
and that reading will be added to the
displayed data. The data can be exported and saved.
Compensate the Data
Click the ‘Data Wizard’ tab to open the ‘Data Wizard’ window. In this
window the ‘Wizard’ will guide you through Barometric Compensation,
Manual Data Adjustments, and Parameter Adjustments on your open
data files. There are two convenient options; Basic or Advanced
compensation. This allows you to choose just one, two, or all three
types of compensation. Multiple Levelogger files can be barometrically
compensated at once, using one open Barologger file.
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Tip
‘Manual Data
Adjustment’ allows you
to use manual water
level measurements
to adjust your data to
depth to water readings.
Levelogger Series Quick Start Guide
Levelogger Edge Field Measurement
Levelogger Edge Ranges
Each model of Levelogger is rated for a specific submergence depth
(Table 1). The choice of model largely depends on the accuracy of the water
level required and the submergence depth. The selection, however, should be
based on the maximum anticipated water level fluctuation.
Model
Submergence
Depth
Accuracy
Barologger
Air only
± 0.05 kPa
M5
5 m (16.4 ft.)
± 0.3 cm (0.010 ft.)
M10
10 m (32.8 ft.)
± 0.5 cm (0.016 ft.)
M20
20 m (65.6 ft.)
± 1 cm (0.032 ft.)
M30
30 m (98.4 ft.)
± 1.5 cm (0.064 ft.)
M100
100 m (328.1 ft.)
± 5 cm (0.164 ft.)
M200
200 m (656.2 ft.)
± 10 cm (0.328 ft.)
Note
The Levelogger Edge
can withstand overpressurization of 2
times the intended
range, e.g. a Model
M10 can accommodate
a fluctuation of 20
meters or 60 feet and
still record pressure.
However, over-range
accuracy is not
guaranteed.
Table 1 - Levelogger Edge Ranges
Measurement Fundamentals
Leveloggers (L) measure the total
pressure acting on a transducer at
their zero point/sensor. The total
pressure is caused by the column of
water lying above the Levelogger
pressure sensor AND the barometric
(atmospheric) pressure acting on
the water surface. To compensate
for barometric pressure fluctuations
and get true height of water column
measurements (H), a Barologger (B)
is required, i.e.:
Levelogger Reading (L)
Barologger Reading (B)
=
Height of Water Column (H)
Verifying Readings
The best recommendation is to
compare barometrically compensated
Levelogger data (H) with a measured
depth to water level value (d)
(using a Water Level Meter). The
deployment depth of the Levelogger
(D), minus the manual depth to water
measurement (d), should equal the
compensated Levelogger reading, i.e.:
Deployment Depth (D)
Depth to Water (d)
=
Height of Water Column (H)
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Barologger Edge
A single Barologger can
be used to compensate
all Leveloggers on site,
within a 20 mile/30 km
radius and with every
1000 ft (300 m) change
in elevation. Ensure
that your Barologger
will start logging within
at least 3 hours of your
Levelogger start time.
Tip
To adjust all readings in
your Levelogger file to
depth to water below a
well casing (d), record
a manual water level
measurement using
a water level meter.
This reading should
correspond in date and
time with an actual
Levelogger recording.
Use this as a reference
datum in the Manual
Data Adjustment option
in the Levelogger
Software Data Wizard.
Levelogger Field Notes
Tip
Before Deployment
Before deployment, make sure you do the following:
• Program your Levelogger, using Levelogger Software, with the correct
project identification, memory mode, sampling regime, time, etc.
Note: It is useful to synchronize the times of all Leveloggers and
Barologgers being used for the same project.
• Set a future start time, or start the Levelogger if deploying on a wireline/
Kevlar rope (Leveloggers can be started after deployment if using a Direct
Read Cable)
• Determine borehole depth to ensure Levelogger does not touch the
bottom of the well (avoid submergence in sediment)
• Record the deployment depth of your Levelogger
• Use a Solinst Model 101 or 102 Water Level Meter to take a manual
depth to water measurement that will be used to verify Levelogger readings
• Determine the minimum and maximum expected water levels, as
Leveloggers must remain submerged for the entire monitoring period, and
Barologgers must not be submerged
It is recommended to
take a manual water
level measurement
before installing a
Levelogger, shortly after
installation, periodically
during your monitoring
interval, and at the end
of your measurement
period. Use these
measurements to verify
Levelogger readings, and
for data adjustments
later on. Ensure you
take manual readings
as close in time as
possible to a scheduled
Levelogger reading.
Deployment
• Deploy your Levelogger and Barologger using a direct read cable for
down-well communication, or use an inexpensive wireline or Kevlar cord.
Note: For information on other types of installations, see the latest
Levelogger User Guide.
• Install the Barologger in a similar thermal environment as the Levelogger
• The Barologger should be suspended beyond the frost line and deep
enough to avoid large temperature fluctuations
• Ensure the Barologger location is vented to atmosphere
Well Caps
The Model 3001 2"
(or 4" with Adaptor)
Well Cap Assembly
provides a secure
method of installing
your Levelogger using
wireline/Kevlar cord
or Direct Read Cables.
A Support Hanger
Bracket is available
for supporting and
organizing down well
wires or cords, or for
coiling extra Direct Read
Cable lengths.
After Deployment
After deployment, make
sure you do the following:
• Take a manual depth to
water measurement after
the well has stabilized
(approximately 10
minutes)
Wireline/Cord
Deployment
Direct Read
Deployment
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• Take another manual
depth to water
measurement just before
removing the Levelogger
from the well
Levelogger Series Quick Start Guide
In-field Communication
If you have installed your Levelogger using wireline/Kevlar cord, you can communicate with your Levelogger
via an Optical Reader and Levelogger Software on a laptop PC.
If you have installed your Levelogger using a Direct Read Cable, you can communicate with your Levelogger
via a PC Interface Cable and Levelogger Software on a laptop PC, or using a Levelogger App Interface and the
Solinst Levelogger App on your mobile device, without removing the Levelogger from the well.
Note: A Direct Read to Optical Adaptor can be used to directly connect a Levelogger to an App Interface.
Optical Reader
PC Interface Cable
Frequently Asked Questions
Solinst Levelogger
App & Interface
(Also see http://www.solinst.com/Prod/3001/Levelogger-FAQ.php)
How can I protect my Levelogger from corrosive or marine environments?
The Levelogger Edge has a corrosion resistant Titanium-based coating. In harsher chemical environments, you
can protect the Levelogger using a thick membrane balloon (e.g. helium) filled with non-corrosive/non-toxic
fluid (tap water). As pressure changes, the fluid encasing the loggers will transmit the pressure differential to the
logger’s pressure transducer, without exposing it to corrosive conditions. Continual monitoring is recommended
to assess the effectiveness of the protection at your site.
How do I install my Levelogger in a surface water application?
For installations within rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes and watershed or drainage basin monitoring, the
shallow pressure range Levelogger Edge or Levelogger Junior Edge (M5) should be considered. For installation
in streams or rivers, stilling wells can be constructed which shield the instrument from the water turbulence.
Alternatively, Leveloggers can be lowered into a protective pipe or casing and then attached to a permanent
fixture such as a bridge, pier or hand driven marker/rod.
How do I protect my Levelogger from freezing?
To avoid icing/freezing and transducer damage, the easiest method is to lower the transducer to a point in the
water column below the frost line or ice formation depth. In water bodies such as shallow streams, wetlands
or ponds where icing/freezing may penetrate to the bottom, install the Levelogger in a vented stilling well
imbedded into the bottom of the water body beyond the frost line.
If this is not possible, place the Levelogger inside a thick membrane balloon filled with a non-toxic, noncorrosive anti-freeze solution or saltwater solution. Place the balloon in a section of perforated, 1.25" (30 mm)
ID pipe and install the logger in the monitored water. The antifreeze solution will protect the Levelogger from
ice expansion at the pressure transducer, yet transmit any pressure and temperature fluctuations that occur.
How do I protect my Levelogger from biofouling? Use the Solinst Model 3001 Biofoul Screen.
Is Levelogger maintenance required?
Yes, consult the Solinst Technical Bulletin “Ensuring Proper Use and Maintenance of Leveloggers” to maintain
the long life of your instrument, based on the monitoring environment specific to your application.
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Troubleshooting Guide
Levelogger Software:
1. You must have administrator privileges to install software on a computer.
2. Windows 7, 8, and 10 Operating Systems support Levelogger Software.
Levelogger data has been accidentally erased:
If the Levelogger has been restarted and the old data has not been saved, select the download option
“Recover Previous Log”. This will download your previous data set.
Communication Errors:
“Port Cannot Open”, “Check Com Port”
1. Reason: Solution: 2. Reason: Solution: 3. Reason: Solution:
4. Reason:
Solution: 5. Reason:
Software was started before USB device was connected to computer.
Restart computer, connect USB device, start software.
Incorrect Com Port is selected in Com Port selection menu.
Check the Com Port location for the installed device, by accessing the ‘Device Manager’
(through the Control Panel), and selecting the “Ports” section. This will state the Com Port the
device is installed on.
The correct Com Port is not available because the USB driver needs to be installed or updated.
See the USB Installation Guide, or refer to Section 4.1.3 of the Levelogger User Guide.
Another device shares the same Com Port or is causing a communication conflict.
Ensure that software for PDA or other devices, which automatically synchronize, are disabled.
Ask your system administrator for assistance.
RS-232 Adaptor to USB converter is improperly installed.
Note: Not all converters are compatible with all makes and models of computers.
Solution: Reinstall supplied driver for converter device.
“Communication Time-Out”, “Communication Error”
1. Reason: Levelogger, Direct Read Cable, or communications device has failed.
Solution: a) Narrow down the failure by using a different Levelogger, Direct Read Cable, or another
communications device.
b) Clean the optical “eyes” on the Levelogger and Optical Reader, or Direct Read Cable, with a
soft cloth.
c) Check that the communication cable is connected to the same Com Port that is chosen in the
upper middle of the Levelogger Software window.
Check the Com Port settings. They should be as follows:
• Bits per second: 9600
• Data bits: 8
• Parity: None
• Stop bits: 1
• Flow control: None
d) Try using a different computer, to see if this is the cause of the problem.
e) If using a laptop (especially in conjunction with a Direct Read Cable) your Com Port may not
be powered adequately to receive/transmit data. Try using a desktop computer to test this.
f) If problem persists, contact Solinst.
Note: All Leveloggers should be deployed and stored with the installation cap or direct read cable attached.
This prevents unnecessary battery drainage and protects the optical eyes.
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