Gecko Firmware Updated

Gecko firmware version 2.9 is now available for download. It brings improved reliability to remote firmware uploads and addresses a bug in 2.8 where the “Stop Sampling” function had no effect. The upgrade process is as simple as ever – simply download the Rasbora.bin file, copy it onto your Gecko’s SD …

ESS and partners: putting the “tech” into Geotechnology

In addition to the unique high-tech product solutions that ESS designs and manufactures, we also proudly represent some of the best geotechnical equipment from around the world. We have distributed Canada-based Roctest geotechnical and structural monitoring products in Australia for over 10 years, and later added their Swiss sister-company Smartec‘s line of distributed fibre-optic based …

New EC and Salinity sensor with digital and analogue output

One of the biggest issues with long term field monitoring of electrical conductivity for salinity measurement is reliability. Electrical contact-type sensors are highly accurate, but the exposed contacts foul quickly and produce poor results, requiring regular cleaning to maintain accuracy. This is why our sealed toroidal type EC sensor has …

Purge bubbler defeats silting issues

One of the main advantages of the 6150 liquid level measurement system is that when a reading is taken, a high pressure blast of air is pushed through the bubble tube, clearing the tube of any water, silt or debris that might accumulate, particularly after flood events. The 6150 has …

Waves and Quick Quake: Free Seismic Analysis Software

Our seismologists have designed some of the best, easiest to use earthquake data analysis software, which are mostly free to use to make processing of your data and learning about earthquakes a much more enjoyable experience. Quick Quake has been available for the iPad for a few years, and today …

Power Tent

Created with portability and simplicity in mind, the Power Tent is a solar panel, battery and regulator pack that folds flat for storage and transport. The Power Tent uses flight-safe Nickel Metal Hydride batteries, but higher density Lithium Ion batteries can be specified where larger power capacities are desired and …

Gecko Prism

The Seismology Research Centre (SRC) division of ESS Earth Sciences has had a big year in 2016: celebrating its 40th anniversary since local earthquake monitoring began in 1976; and in the development and release of several new and improved products, the latest being the Gecko Prism broadband seismograph. The Gecko Prism, …

Gecko Helix 1Hz Seismograph

The Gecko Helix all-in-one seismograph was officially launched at the Asian Seismological Commission conference in Melbourne on 25-27 November 2016. Expanding our range of waterproof seismographs, the Helix integrates a triaxial velocity sensor with a bandwidth of 1Hz-100Hz, which is perfect for local and regional scale earthquake monitoring networks and aftershock …

User Manuals

Use the form to contact us with your support questions. You can download user manuals for our seismic, geotechnical and water products below. We’ll be posting more user manuals on this page soon. In the mean time, you can find more of our support material here.

New Geosystems website

We’ve cleared out the old Geosystems website and will now use it as a showcase for new technology in the field of geotechnical engineering. The first product we’ll be profiling is our development of a portable platform for the revolutionary Fast Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar (FastGBSAR). The full system will be …

New Sun Tracking Solar Station

Kipp & Zonen have released a new solar monitoring station that includes a suite of sensors to provide an all-in-one solution for monitoring the efficiency of your solar energy field. The RaZON+ includes instrument to measure Solar Irradiance, Direct Normal (DNI), Diffuse Horizontal (DHI) and calculated Global Horizontal (GHI), plus Sunshine …

Instructional Videos

Over the coming months we’ll be posting instructional videos along with our product information videos. ESS Earth Sciences has two video channels on YouTube – one for our Seismology Research Centre group and another for Geosystems. Have a look and subscribe to keep up to date with the latest technology and more. …

Gecko Seismograph mini-site

Get to know our new Gecko seismograph a little better at our new mini website. Browse the four-model range to learn about the features, relative pricing, and a bit on our history of seismograph development that stretches back almost 40 years. If you have any questions about the Gecko earthquake seismograph …

Earthquake Recording Instrumentation for Buildings

The science of structural response to earthquakes is about to get a massive data resource boost due to a mandate introduced in the Philippines for seismic instrumentation in buildings. In 1992, the National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP) first introduced the requirement for seismic monitoring of structures for engineering design …

Successful Realtime Water Quality Trial

An EventLab has been operating in a water treatment plant in Tasmania for around 6 months and has produced excellent results, verifying Optiqua’s claimed performance with a real-world trial in Australian conditions. ESS and Optiqua technicians installed the equipment and connected it to the Internet via cellular modem so that the data …

Bridge Monitoring using Radar

The Metasensing radar, when used in RAR mode (Real Aperture Radar), can scan an entire structure for synchronous multi-point displacement monitoring in real time, up to 4000 scans per second. In this video, the response of a rail bridge is monitored as trains of different type, speed and load pass. …

Blast monitoring packages

The Australian Standard for use of explosives (AS2187.2) provides guidelines for blast monitoring where the peak particle velocity (PPV) has a variable acceptance threshold based on the signal frequency. At 1Hz the acceptable threshold is as low as 5mm/s, rising (non-linearly) to 50mm/s at 100Hz. Historically the geophones used for blast monitoring …

Gecko SMA launches at PCEE

The Strong Motion Accelerograph (SMA) version of our Gecko seismograph debuted at the 10th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Sydney on 6-8 November 2015. Designed for structural monitoring and rapid deployment for aftershock monitoring, the Gecko SMA (and higher resolution Gecko SMA-HR) are the simplest-to-use seismographs on the market. Simply anchor …

Slope Stability Radar Demo in Sydney

ESS and Metasensing will be demonstrating the revolutionary FastGBSAR instrument in Sydney at the FMGM conference from the 9th to the 11th of September 2015. Come and visit Metasensing at Booth number 18, right outside the entry to the Plenary Sessions theatre. The MetaSensing FastGBSAR (Fast Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar) instrument is the …

Earthquake Monitoring Networks

The seismologists at the Seismology Research Centre that were involved in the design of our earthquake recorders and analysis software have written an article on: how to design a network; select the right instrumentation for the job; install the recording, power and telemetry equipment; and use data processing software to run …