Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara: Santa Clara University, 2014.


Mechanical Engineering; Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Christopher Kitts

Second Advisor

Thomas Adamek


The Legacy Borehole Project is a three-year effort to design and build a sensor package that will be used to explore the geological and chemical conditions of the ocean floor. Over the course of three years, a mechanical structure and a robotic system will be constructed to lower sensors into previously drilled boreholes. As the team responsible for the development of the first year of this project, we have constructed a prototype sensor package and mock mechanical structure to test a communication interface between the sensors and a graphical user interface. The sensors were tested by lowering the sensor package into water and communicating data to a graphical user interface on a marine vessel. These test results were used to validate the prototype design and establish requirements for the final system.