Feasibility study for automation of the Central Laboratories, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey

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This study of the feasibility of further automating the Central Laboratories deals specifically with the combined laboratory operations in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Denver, Colorado and is prepared with the understanding that such a system will also be implemented at the Central Laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia, and Albany, New York. The goals of automation are defined in terms of the mission of a water analysis laboratory, propose alternative computer systems for meeting such goals, and evaluate these alternatives in terms of cost effectiveness and other specified criteria. It is found that further automation will be beneficial and an in-house ... continued below

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Morris, W.F.; Peck, E.S.; Fisher, E.R. & Barton, G.W. Jr. January 23, 1976.

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This study of the feasibility of further automating the Central Laboratories deals specifically with the combined laboratory operations in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Denver, Colorado and is prepared with the understanding that such a system will also be implemented at the Central Laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia, and Albany, New York. The goals of automation are defined in terms of the mission of a water analysis laboratory, propose alternative computer systems for meeting such goals, and evaluate these alternatives in terms of cost effectiveness and other specified criteria. It is found that further automation will be beneficial and an in-house system that incorporates dual minicomputers is recommended: one for time-shared data acquisition, processing, and control; the second for data management. High-use analytical instruments are placed on-line to the time-shared minicomputer, with a terminal at each instrument and backup data storage on magnetic tape. A third, standby computer is switched in manually should the time-shared computer go down. Field-proven, modular hardware and software are chosen. Also recommended is the incorporation of the highly developed, computer-integrated instruments that are commercially available for determining petrochemicals and other organic substances, and are essential to the Laboratories' mission. (auth)

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  • Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 30-JUN-76

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  • Report No.: UCRL--52001
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • DOI: 10.2172/4054399 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 4054399
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc872625

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Morris, W.F.; Peck, E.S.; Fisher, E.R. & Barton, G.W. Jr. Feasibility study for automation of the Central Laboratories, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, report, January 23, 1976; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc872625/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.