Thievery and vandalisms protected shelters for hydro-meteorological stations

Vandalisms and thievery compromise the functioning of monitoring networks. Non existing rural electrification and poverty together with the remote location of the stations increase their vulnerability. Furthermore, shelter construction is one of the main costs in the network implementation. This project aims at developing low cost, vandalisms and thievery protected shelters for hydro-meteorological stations.

Methodology for civil construction of hydro-meteorological stations

The methodology is summarized as follows:

  • Phase I - Civil construction overview

  • Phase II - Field mission 1

  • Phase III - Preparatory works 1

  • Phase IV - Field mission 2

  • Phase V - Preparatory works 2

  • Phase VI - Field mission 3

  • Phase VII - Maintenance

Flow diagram

Three field missions are necessary. Field missions 2 and 3 require each previous preparatory works (1 and 2). The construction should be accomplished in the following order (see Civil construction flow diagram):

  1. Identification of stations location (field mission 1)

  2. Purchase of sensors and electronic equipment (starting with imported equipment) as well as of civil construction materials, beginning with the security glass (preparatory works 1)

  3. Construction of door, roof, platform, and fences (preparatory works 1)

  4. Painting door, roof, and platform (preparatory works 1)

  5. Concreting shelter and inspection chambers (preparatory works 1)

  6. Foundation excavation, construction of column, and trench digging (field mission 2)

  7. Shelter montage (at headquarters), sensors infrastructure preparation (pipes, connections, etc.), and fences (preparatory works 2)

  8. Mounting shelter, installing sensors infrastructure, fences, inspection chambers, and equipment (field mission 3)


Civil construction flow diagram


Meteorological and hydrometric stations


Shelter design


Shelter local construction


Shelter field construction