Demonstrations and insight at the European User Symposium

This year’s Nortek European User Symposium provided a platform for users and interested parties to come together and discuss projects, challenges, solutions and findings related to Nortek’s pulse coherent instruments.

The symposium was held in Karlsruhe, Germany over the 22nd and 23rd of October. This information-packed event was organized and hosted by Terra4 and Nortek at the Achat Plaza hotel and Bundesanstalt fur Wasserbau (BAW). An authority in waterways engineering, BAW contributes to ensuring that waterways in Germany meet strict technical, financial and ecological demands.

Capabilities and challenges

The first day was loaded with presentations. The morning session was dominated by topics related to the Vectrino Profiler. Several participants presented their work using Nortek’s Vectrino Profiler to obtain high-accuracy 3D velocity profile data in their laboratory flumes. The work presented highlighted the capabilities of this instrument and also some of the challenges in working under demanding flow conditions. This lead to lively discussions on how best to collect such data, and researchers were able to help each other by offering candid exposure of their work and sharing some great tips with one another. The afternoon session again touched on the Vectrino Profiler before moving on to scour studies, turbulence measurements, flux measurements, and an in-depth look into Nortek’s Integrated Motion Unit and AD2CP platform (as seen in Nortek’s Signature instruments).

Sharing insight across the scientific community

The second day focused on instrument demonstrations - specifically the Vectrino, Vectrino Profiler, Vector with IMU, HR Profiler and Signature1000. BAW’s fantastic flume facilities made for some interesting and entertaining demonstrations. This was followed by a guided tour of BAW before lunch and final discussions.

The organizers were excited to see attendees from Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and Switzerland, all taking part and discussing Nortek’s systems. With both Robert Craig (Software Developer at Nortek Scientific) and Atle Lohrmann (Nortek’s CTO) present, we were able to provide a great platform for Nortek instrument users to share ideas and experiences.

We would like to thank all attendees who took part, with special thanks going to the presenters and host institution, BAW, specifically Thorsten Huesener who facilitated the Nortek instrument installations and provided a tour of the BAW facilities.