Convert Diviner 2000

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This software processes and reformats data from the Diviner 2000 soil moisture sensor, and outputs text files that can be used by M-Log, Excel or other software; and also a Post file for Probe for Windows.

The Diviner 2000 records and displays data in the field unit, but the data can also be transferred to a PC using the Sentek Diviner Utilites Backup. Every time Sentek Backup is run, a new csv file for each site/tube is created.

If the data is not cleared in the Diviner 2000, the next time Sentek Backup is run new csv files will be created that have both the readings in the first csv file, plus any later readings.

The csv files cannot simply be joined together, because the data can be repeated. This software reads all the csv files, but does not duplicate the data.

The folder where the csv files have been left by Diviner Backup should be located with ...

The contents of a csv file can be checked with Edit, and file(s) deleted with Delete

If a lookup file is being used it needs to be selected from the drop-down, and can be edited with Edit

Post file output will be of all readings after the Last Post date. This date will be set by the software after generating a post file, but can be changed by the user.

The Post file name will be generated automatically.

Process will output both data files and a post file.

If Process is used again, a new post file will be created (with an 'A' at the end of the filename), but it will have no readings.

Help will show this web page, Upload will run the Diviner Backup software, and Exit will close the software.

Output to Text Files

At the end of the season there will be one file for each site/tube, containing all the readings for that site.

The folder where the text files will be left should be located (or created) with ...

The contents of a file can be checked with Edit and file(s) deleted with Delete

A text file will be created for each tube with file name: SITE000nn.DAT

The file base name (e.g. SITE) and extension (e.g. DAT) can be changed. 000nn is the site number, either the DivinerID or your site number if Get SiteID from Lookup is ON

If Average readings is ON, readings taken on the same day will be averaged before being output. This allows multiple scans by the Diviner to be taken down the same tube and averaged.

Output to text files will only be done if Output text file is ON.

Output to Post File

Each time Process is used a new post file will be created with a name based on the date e.g. 2009May02.PST

The format for the file name can be selected - the default = yyyy MMM dd makes it easier to sort to locate a post file.

If you process a second time on the same day the post file name will have an 'A' appended e.g. 2009May024A.PST , etc.

The Serial Number will be saved in Probe for Windows, and allows further adjustments to be made to the Diviner2000 values.

The date format - default: dd mmm yyyy HH:MM:SS - will be used for both Post output, and for averaged text output.

If Get Site numbers from lookup is ON, the Diviner 2000 SiteID numbers will be converted to your site numbers.

Output to a Post file will only be done if Output to Post file is ON.

Lookup file

The Diviner 2000 records a SiteID for each tube/site, in the range 0-99.

The allows for only 99 sites, but some users could be recording more than 100 sites.

To allow for this a lookup file can be used that converts from the Diviner 2000 1-99 numbers to your numbers.

Separate lookup files could be used on different farms, or in different valleys.

Lookup files must have extension lkp, and their folder located (or created) with ...

A new lookup file will be created if a new name is entered on the main tab and Process used.

Lookup files can be Edit and Delete

The format is...

DivineID, PRID 'comment
1, 401 'tube 1 is our site 401
2, 402 'tube 2 is our site 402
5, 612 'tube 5 is our site 612

When the lookup file is saved it can be sorted by DivinerID, or by your ID number.

When Process is used (and a Lookup File is being used), if a Diviner2000 SiteID is found that is not in the lookup file, a new entry is made with a dummy YourSiteID= 999999.

The csv files will not be processed, and you will be asked to edit the lookup file and change the 99999's to your site numbers.


Uploading is done with Diviner Utilities, a programme supplied and supported by Sentek.

The location of this programme on your PC can be set, and then run with Upload


Status of software at 4 May 2009 v 1.0.001

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4 May 2009 ver 1.0.002