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SBE Data Processing© is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite. SBE Data Processing consists of modular, menu-driven routines for converting, editing, processing, and plotting of oceanographic data acquired with Sea-Bird equipment.
SBE Data Processing supports the following Sea-Bird products:
SBE Data Processing's use is covered in its Help menu as well as in a software manual (see Manual link at top of page).
SBE Data Processing was written for use on systems running Windows XP service pack 2 or later, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.
|Type||Module Name||Module Description|
|Instrument Configuration||Configure||Define instrument configuration and calibration coefficients.|
|Data Conversion||Data Conversion||Convert raw .hex or .dat data to engineering units, and store converted data in .cnv file (all data) and/or .ros file (water bottle data).|
|Bottle Summary||Summarize data from water sampler bottle .ros file, storing results in .btl file.|
|Mark Scan||Create .bsr bottle scan range file from .mrk data file.|
|Data Processing||Align CTD||Align data (typically for conductivity, temperature, and oxygen) relative to pressure.|
|Buoyancy||Compute Brunt Väisälä buoyancy and stability frequency.|
|Cell Thermal Mass||Perform conductivity thermal mass correction.|
|Derive||Calculate salinity, density, sound velocity, oxygen, potential temperature, dynamic height, etc.|
|Filter||Low-pass filter columns of data.|
|Loop Edit||Mark a scan with badflag if scan fails pressure reversal or minimum velocity test, or to eliminate surface soak data.|
|Wild Edit||Mark a data value with badflag to eliminate wild points.|
|Window Filter||Filter data with triangle, cosine, boxcar, gaussian, or median window.|
|File Manipulation||ASCII In||Add header information to a .asc file containing ASCII data.|
|ASCII Out||Output data and/or header portion from .cnv file to an ASCII file (.asc for data, .hdr for header). Useful for exporting converted data for processing by non-Sea-Bird software.|
|Section||Extract rows of data from .cnv file.|
|Split||Split data in .cnv file into upcast and downcast files.|
|Strip||Extract columns of data from .cnv file.|
|Translate||Convert data in .cnv file from ASCII to binary, or vice versa.|
|Data Display||SeaPlot||Plot data (C, T, P as well as derived variables and data from auxiliary sensors) from a single file or from multiple files on the same plot (overlay plots). Create TS plots with contours. Plots can be sent to a printer or saved to a file or the clipboard. SeaPlot can plot data at any point after Data Conversion has been run.|
|Miscellaneous||SeaCalc II||Calculate derived variables from one user-input scan of temperature, pressure, etc. Derived variables include Practical Salinity, depth, density, potential temperature, sound velocity, etc. Can also calculate Absolute Salinity (see Application Note 90 for details).|
The following additional programs are also installed on your computer when you install SBE Data Processing, in the same directory as SBE Data Processing:
|phfit.exe||pH calibration coefficient calculation software. Run phfit.exe from a DOS window, following the prompts to run the software.|
NMEA simulation software. NMEATest simulates a NMEA navigation
device transmitting messages in RMA, RMC, GLL, or GGA format, and is useful
as a troubleshooting aid for:
This program removes null characters from
uploaded SBE 25plus data file and should be used only if:
(a) SBE 25plus includes auxiliary serial (RS-232) sensor data that was saved in the .xml file instead of a separate .txt file (SetInline#=y), and
(b) There are 2 auxiliary serial sensors of the same type on the 25plus, and
(c) Running the Data Conversion module in SBE Data Processing produced a file with bad flags for the second auxiliary serial sensor data.
Run StripNULLchars.exe from a DOS window, following instructions provided in the software. The data file can then be processed in SBE Data Processing's Data Conver
The Seasoft V2 software suite also includes the following Windows programs:
- Deployment Endurance Calculator -- calculator for determining deployment length for moored instruments.
- SeatermV2 -- terminal program that interfaces with SBE 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, 19plus V2, 25plus, 37 without oxygen (firmware 3.0 and higher), 37 with oxygen (IDO and ODO), 54 and 90588, 56, 63, and Glider Payload CTD.
- Seaterm -- terminal program that interfaces with most instruments, providing setup, data retrieval, and diagnostic tests.
- SeatermAF -- terminal program that interfaces with instruments that include Auto Fire capability for autonomous operation of an SBE 32 Carousel Water Sampler (with an SBE 17plus V2 or AFM) or SBE 55 ECO Water Sampler, providing setup, data retrieval, and diagnostic tests.
- Seasave V7 -- data acquisition program that acquires, converts, and displays real-time or archived raw data.
- Plot39 -- plotting program for data uploaded from the SBE 39 or 39-IM.
Also, see Seasoft for Waves - Win32 -- for use with SBE 26, 26plus, or 53.
The following calibration modules in Seasoft-DOS have not been added to SBE Data Processing: OXFIT and OXFITW. Seasoft-DOS is still available on our FTP site.
- Internet Explorer is installed on Windows NT, and
- Active Desktop was installed from Internet Explorer 4.0.
Problem Symptoms: SBE Data Processing works, but Internet Explorer does not operate properly. Problems include error messages upon opening Internet Explorer, and/or the inability to cut, paste, copy, delete, or rename files in Internet Explorer. Uninstalling SBE Data Processing eliminates the problem with Internet Explorer.
Solution: Uninstall Active Desktop before installing SBE Data Processing. Internet Explorer and SBE Data Processing will work properly.
If you discover reproducible bugs in SBE Data Processing, please document the steps taken to achieve them and send a report to Julia Robinson via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fax (425-643-9954). We also welcome any suggestions for new features and enhancements.
Last updated: 22 May 2013