Follow the steps below to set up your new Marine System.
Note: This walkthrough is based on the Firmware v.74E and the SSM App v.5.0.94 (Available in the Google Play Store).
1. Turn on your tablet that was included with your system
2. Register the SuperSting™ Manager (SSM) App
3. If you have purchased the Marine license—then at the Preferences screen, select the Marine CRP checkbox and press the "Apply Changes" button as seen below:
4. Setup a Wifi connection with your SuperSting™ WiFi. To do this, first, make sure your SuperSting™ is in Wifi mode by checking the switch on the console (see image below). In the SSM App's main screen, select the Wifi Settings button to open the Android Wifi settings. The WiFi SSID is SuperStingXXXX (XXXX = last 4 digits of your instrument serial number). You can find your password listed on the printed license sheet placed in the front pocket of your Instruction Manual folder
5. Go back to the SSM App main menu
6. Push the Remote Control button
7. On the Main Menu, press 1 to go to Automatic Mode
8. On the next screen, press 2 to create a new data file, then give your file a name (Max 8 characters)
9. Pick your marine cmd file. As you can see below, we have provided one in the cmd directory called MarineDD
10. Continue through your setup by confirming/editing the information on the next few screens: Select Switch System Type | Cable Address Setup | Measurement Settings | Contact Resistance Test
You are now done setting up the SuperSting™ for your marine survey. Now, prep your system to start measuring:
11. On the Automatic Mode screen, press the MEA button to select "Start measurement", as seen below. This will take you to the Marine Module tabs
12. On the next screen, input the GPS coordinate offsets and turn ON the external and Android device GPS logging. The External GPS logging will only become enabled if the SSM App detects a valid NMEA stream on the SuperStingXXXX WiFi network (with the $GPRMC NMEA sentence for lat/long; you may need to turn that ON in the external GPS unit). The next step shows you how to check if the NMEA stream is available and what NMEA sentences are enabled on the External GPS unit
13. Swipe the screen to go to the NMEA tab (seen below) and make sure you are receiving the GPS strings for latitude, longitude, depth, and temperature. You may have to set up your external GPS unit to output the required NMEA strings ($GPRMC (for lat/long), $SDMTW (temperature) and $SDDBT (depth)
14. Swipe the screen to get back to the Offset Tab and push the "Start Measurement" button
Important Connections and Settings:
- Turn off any power saving features on the Android device to decrease interruptions in your work.
- Turn off any screen saver or screen time-out functions so that the screen doesn't time out during the survey.
- We recommend using an external power source for the tablet in addition to the tablet's internal power.
- The SuperSting™ AC/DC Power Supply is ideal for powering the tablet and SuperSting™ Marine
- Make sure the external GPS is powered by its own deep cycle battery and NOT the SuperSting battery
- Make sure nothing else is connected to the SuperSting™ batteries to avoid ground loops
- Make sure the deep cycle batteries and the SuperSting™ are electrically isolated (sitting on plastic, rubber or another other insulator) if you are operating with a metal boat hull. Ground loops that create noisy data can develop if not isolated properly.