Flood Triggered Automated Camera System (FTACS)

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The FTACS was installed on the 12th February 2009 at Sculpture Cave. The next flash flooding incident did not occur until September of the same year - almost 7 months after installation. The camera was retrieved in September for data. The unit performed successfully, despite almost a year of being out there with the elements. Here are just a few examples of what the FTACS has managed to capture...

Aha! Water flows and trips the sensor!

Here we go...

It appears that the unit has switched on without drama as soon as the first hint of water hits the cave. No visible flow in the water is seen, but nevertheless the scene at the right depicts just how high the water has become.

Debris flow in action

Wallaby caught on camera

And not much longer, debris can be seen travelling towards the cave. Still, however, there doesn't seem to be much visible indication of huge water flow. But given the harsh daylight this has been captured in, the motion is perhaps misrepresented by the presumably high shutter speed of the shot. Also interesting are the random shots (erroneously fired after the flooding incident) capturing the local fauna - like the wallaby on the right.

At the time of extraction of these results, I was not employed at the department, and thus unfortunately only a limited number of images were provided to me (purely for interest). These four are the ones I think are the most representative of what we tried to achieve. But, who knows what is being withheld? :)

UPDATE (Feb 2012): I just heard from the deparmtnet that the FTACS is still functioning and providing valuable images. Apparently the timing circuit has gone a bit out of whack but nevertheless the relays still appear to be switching in and out quite reliably. I must say this thing is doing quite well out there in the wilderness - though I suspect it won't be long the heat and humidity finally take their toll. We will wait and see...



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