Deployment Endurance Calculator

Deployment Endurance Calculator is an aid for quickly determining the maximum deployment length for a moored instrument, based on battery capacity. Deployment Endurance Calculator is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite.

Deployment Endurance Calculator Features

The Deployment Endurance Calculator is an aid for quickly determining the maximum deployment length for a moored instrument. Inputs to the program include the instrument type, firmware revision, sample interval, use of a pump and/or auxiliary sensors (as applicable), and type of battery. The Calculator outputs the expected maximum deployment length in days, based on our conservative estimate of battery capacity. The Deployment Endurance Calculator was written for use on systems running Windows XP service pack 2 or later, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit systems).

Note that the Calculator does not check the memory capacity; we expect to add that capability in the future. However, in most cases, the battery endurance governs the maximum deployment length (see the instrument manual to perform a quick check of the memory capacity).

The Calculator can be used with the following instruments:

  • SBE 16 SeaCAT C-T (optional P) Recorder (older product)
  • SBE 16plus and 16plus V2 SeaCAT C-T (optional P) Recorder — RS-232 or RS-485 interface
  • SBE 16plus-IM and 16plus-IM V2 SeaCAT C-T (optional P) Recorder — Inductive Modem Interface
  • SBE 19plus and 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler — in moored mode
  • SBE 37-SM and 37-SMP MicroCAT C-T (optional P) Recorder — RS-232 interface only; RS-485 interface will be added at a later date
  • SBE 37-IM and 37-IMP MicroCAT C-T (optional P) Recorder — Inductive Modem interface
  • SBE 37-SMP-IDO MicroCAT C-T (optional P) Recorder with Integrated Dissolved Oxygen — RS-232 interface only; RS-485 interface will be added at a later date
  • SBE 37-IMP-IDO MicroCAT C-T (optional P) Recorder with Integrated Dissolved Oxygen — Inductive Modem interface
  • SBE 37-SMP-ODO MicroCAT C-T (optional P) Recorder with Optical Dissolved Oxygen — RS-232 interface only; RS-485 interface will be added at a later date
  • SBE 37-IMP-ODO MicroCAT C-T (optional P) Recorder with Optical Dissolved Oxygen — Inductive Modem interface
  • SBE 39 Temperature (optional P) Recorder — RS-232 interface (note: not currently compatible with SBE 39plus)
  • SBE 39-IM Temperature (optional P) Recorder — Inductive Modem interface
  • SBE 39plus Temperature (optional P) Recorder — RS-232 and USB interface
  • SBE 56 Temperature Logger

Our best effort has been made to provide a useful deployment planning tool that covers a wide range of instrument firmware revisions, while minimizing the risk of data loss due to overly optimistic battery capacity assumptions. Due to variations in components, instrumentation, production revisions, battery age or shelf life and general factors beyond our control, this Calculator is for use at the end user's own risk. Instrument battery life may vary in any given environment.

There is no manual for this program, but its use is covered in the Help menu.

If you discover reproducible bugs in Deployment Endurance Calculator, please document the steps taken to achieve them and send a report to software@seabird.com. We welcome any suggestions for new features and enhancements.

Deployment Endurance Calculator 1.6

September 2, 2014
DeploymentEnduranceCalcV1_6.exe for Windows XP/Vista/7

The Revision History describes each version of software — including bug fixes, modifications, and new features. You may not need the latest version; our revisions often include improvements and new features which may have little or no impact on your operation. Review this site regularly to view the latest changes. You may choose to download a revision if the bug fixes, modifications, and features would be useful in your operation.

Deployment Endurance Calculator Version 1.6
02 September 214

1. ADDITIONS

a. SBE 39plus: Add to Deployment Endurance Calculator.


Deployment Endurance Calculator Version 1.5
31 December 2012

1. ADDITIONS

a. SBE 56: Add to Deployment Endurance Calculator.
b. 37-SMP-ODO and 37-IMP-ODO: Add to Deployment Endurance Calculator.
c. 16plus V2 and 19plus V2, firmware 2.5 and later: Add compatibility with DelayAfterSampling= command, and ability to select SBE 63 as an auxiliary sensor.


Deployment Endurance Calculator Version 1.4
22 May 2012

1. BUG FIXES

a. 16plus V2: For optional Digiquartz pressure sensor, calculation was correct but report did not document entered integration time.


Deployment Endurance Calculator Version 1.3
1 November 2011

1. MODIFICATIONS

a. Reduced battery capacity for pumped MicroCATs (37-SMP, 37-IMP) with firmware version < 4.0; see Field Service Bulletin 23 for details.


Deployment Endurance Calculator Version 1.2
19 April 2011

1. ADDITIONS

a. Compatibility with SBE 37-SMP and 37-IMP MicroCATs with version 4.0 and later firmware.

2. MODIFICATIONS

a. Does not allow selection of lithium battery pack (42 or 30 Amp-hr) for SeaCAT (SBE 16, 16plus/16plus V2, 16plus-IM/16plus-IM V2, 19plus/19plus V2) if SeaCAT integrated with SBE 5P or 5T pump.


Deployment Endurance Calculator Version 1.1
30 December 2010

1. ADDITIONS

a. Compatibility with SBE 37-SMP-IDO MicroCAT.
b. Compatibility with current (production) version of 37-IMP-IDO MicroCAT.
c. Ability to select lithium battery packs (42 or 30 Amp-hr) for SeaCATs (SBE 16, 16plus/16plus V2, 16plus-IM/16plus-IM V2, 19plus/19plus V2).


Deployment Endurance Calculator Version 1.0
3 June 2009

Initial release of battery endurance calculator program for moored instruments -- SBE 16, 16plus, 16plus-IM, 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, 19plus (moored mode), 19plus V2 (moored mode), 37-SM, 37-SMP, 37-IM, 37-IMP, 37-IMP-IDO, 39, and 39-IM.

I am confused by all these software names. Which software does what?

Sea-Bird’s software package is called Seasoft©. Seasoft is available in both Windows and DOS versions. However, processing capability added to our software after early 2001 has been added only to the Windows versions (for example, processing data from new Sea-Bird instruments or interfacing to additional auxiliary sensors). Sea-Bird recommends that all customers use the Windows version, unless there is a compelling reason to run DOS.

Windows Software

  • Seasoft V2 — Seasoft V2 is actually a suite of stand-alone programs. You can install the entire suite or just the desired program(s).

  • Deployment Endurance Calculator — calculates deployment length for moored instruments, based on user-input deployment scheme, instrument power requirements, and battery capacity.
  • SeatermV2 — terminal program launcher that interfaces with Sea-Bird instruments developed or redesigned in 2006 and later, which can output data in XML. Can be used with SBE 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, 19plus V2, 25plus, 37 (SI, SIP, SM, SMP, IM, IMP, all with firmware 3.0 and later), 37 with oxygen (SIP-IDO, SIP-ODO, SMP-IDO, SMP-ODO, IMP-IDO, IMP-ODO), 39plus, 54 and PN 90588, 56, 63, and Glider Payload CTD. SeatermV2 provides setup, data retrieval, and diagnostic tests.
  • Seaterm — terminal program that interfaces with most older Sea-Bird instruments, providing setup, data retrieval, and diagnostic tests.
  • SeatermAF — terminal program that interfaces with instruments that provides 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 — acquires, converts, and displays real-time or archived data. Seasave V7 is an entirely new version of Seasave, officially released March 2007.
  • SBE Data Processing — converts, edits, processes, and plots data; some of SBE Data Processing’s most commonly used modules include Data Conversion, Bottle Summary, Align CTD, Bin Average, Derive, Cell Thermal Mass, Filter, and Sea Plot.
  • Plot39 — plots ASCII data that has been uploaded from SBE 39plus, 39, or 39-IM Temperature Recorder or SBE 48 Hull Temperature Sensor.
  • Seasoft for Waves-Win32
    Provides setup, data retrieval, data processing, auto-spectrum and time series analysis, statistics reporting, and plotting for the SBE 26 and SBE 26plus Seagauge Wave & Tide Recorder. Also provides setup, data retrieval, data processing, and plotting for the SBE 53 BPR Bottom Pressure Recorder.

Can I install my Sea-Bird CD-ROM on multiple computers or give it to another interested scientist?

You are free to install the software on multiple computers and to give the software to any interested potential user.

Sea-Bird's Seasoft© software is provided free of charge to Sea-Bird users and is not subject to any license. Seasoft is protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties. All title and copyrights in and to Seasoft and the accompanying printed materials, and any copies of Seasoft, are owned by Sea-Bird Electronics. There are no restrictions on its use or distribution, provided such use does not infringe on our copyright.

The software is posted on our website, and anyone can download it.

What operating systems are compatible with Seasoft?

Current Sea-Bird software was designed to work on a PC running Windows XP service pack 2 or later, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit). We chose Windows because of its widespread availability, and suitability as an acquisition platform. Sea-Bird provides the software free of charge as part of our instrument support. Because of this, we do not have the resources to write and provide support software for other operating systems, such as Apple, Unix, or Linux.

  • If you have a valid PC emulator on your system, the Sea-Bird software may run, but we have no way to confirm this, or that the I/O connections to the instrument will properly function.
  • If you have access to a PC running Windows, you can use Sea-Bird’s software to convert the data from our proprietary format to ASCII (in engineering units of C, T, P, etc. with calibration coefficients applied); then you could use your own software on a different computer to perform additional processing.