CTEMPs now offers instructional videos to train instrument users on how to assemble field deployable fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing systems (FD-DTS). While not yet nominated for the Academy Awards, these videos will help you assemble and operate CTEMPs instruments. These can be viewed using the following links, and copies on CD are shipped with each instrument and should be taken to the field to help you in your installation.

We recommend that you view these videos BEFORE heading to the field and with the instruments unpacked in your laboratory to thoroughly familiarize yourself with their assembly and operation.

CTEMPS 1: DTS Enclosure Assembly - This video explains how to set up the support structure for the main enclosure where the DTS is housed.

Assembly instructions as a document

Reference sheet








CTEMPS 2: Solar Panel Assembly - This video explains how to set up the support structure for the 80W solar panels that power the DTS. Three panels are typically used to power a system.

Assembly instructions as a document

Reference sheet







CTEMPS 3: Power box and Antennae - This video explains how to add the extra parts to the
back of the DTS Enclosure box: power box, 3G antenna for data transmission to the server, eKo radio antenna for weather stations, and small solar panel for a calibration bath bubbler (to mix the baths).







CTEMPS 4: Connecting   Everything Together - This video explains how to connect all of the cables once the hardware and support structures are assembled. Connections include: 3G and eKo antenna cables to lightening arresters and ports, Ground connections for antennae and DTS Enclosure, Connecting batteries in parallel, Connecting solar panels in parallel, Connecting solar panel power cable, and finally Connecting all cables: Battery to power box, Solar to power box, DTS enclosure to power box (it is important to do this last!).






CTEMPS 5: Calibration Bath Set-Up - This video gives a brief introduction to the calibration bath set-up, shows the support structure for a cable coil inside a cooler, and a bubbler for keeping the bath well mixed. We also show you how to power the bubbler with a small solar panel (mounted on the back of the DTS enclosure) and battery.







CTEMPS 6: Inside the DTS and Power Boxes - This video gives a tour of what's inside the DTS Enclosure and Power Management Box.








CTEMPS 7: Clean your E2000 Connectors - This video describes how to clear the fiber optic connectors (E2000).








CTEMPS 8: Assembling the eKo Weather Stations - This video describes all of the components of the self-contained (eKo) weather stations that ship with the FD-DTS. Assembly of support structure, attaching instrumentation, and set-up considerations are addressed. Data from the (radio) weather stations self-network to the FD-DTS, and are sent over G3 modem to the server with DTS data.