Faculty Advisor

Carrera, Fabio

Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.


The goal of this project was to create a device to automatically measure and record turbulence discharged from motorboats in Venetian canals, and create a map of those discharges over time. Engine RPM readings are time and position tagged with GPS data and stored on a flash memory chip. The prototype system can be powered from the boat's battery for up to a week of data collection. Geographical Information System (GIS) software is used to remap the GPS engine RPM data to a physical location on a user viewable city map. The prototype is intended to be placed in motorboats that roam about the Venetian lagoon in order to map the location and magnitude of underwater turbulence. This system can aid the city of Venice, Italy in identifying areas that suffer from constant underwater turbulence.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

June 2007


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering