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IrriMAX User Guide

IrriMAX User Guide
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Contents
IrriMAX User Guide.................................................................................................................................................. i Before you begin ....................................................................................................................................................1 What's included in the IrriMAX package?..........................................................................................................1 System requirements .........................................................................................................................................2 Conventions......................................................................................................................................................2 About this manual .............................................................................................................................................3 Referenced Manuals..........................................................................................................................................3 Using the index .................................................................................................................................................4 Using the Glossary............................................................................................................................................4 Using online help ..............................................................................................................................................4 Printing online help topics.................................................................................................................................5 Working with dialog boxes................................................................................................................................5 Using IrriMAX.......................................................................................................................................................7 Introduction to IrriMAX....................................................................................................................................7 What is IrriMAX?........................................................................................................................................7 Registration and Licensing...........................................................................................................................8 How IrriMAX works ...................................................................................................................................8 Associated software.....................................................................................................................................8 Installing IrriMAX.......................................................................................................................................9 Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader ...............................................................................................................12 Uninstalling IrriMAX ................................................................................................................................13 Starting IrriMAX.......................................................................................................................................13 Exiting IrriMAX........................................................................................................................................15 The components in IrriMAX ...........................................................................................................................16 The Workspace Manager ...........................................................................................................................16 The Layout window...................................................................................................................................17 The Graph window ....................................................................................................................................18 The Logger Configuration..........................................................................................................................19 The Calibration Registry............................................................................................................................20 Understanding soil moisture and salinity management .....................................................................................21 Example 1 - The Summed Graph ...............................................................................................................22 Example 2 - Stacked Graph........................................................................................................................22 Example 3 - Daily totals Irrigation and Rainfall pane..................................................................................23 Example 4 - Event Amounts Irrigation & Rainfall pane ..............................................................................23 Example 5 - Fertilizer/Salinity Pane ...........................................................................................................24 Example 6 - Matric Potential Graph ...........................................................................................................24 Example 7 - Custom Sensors......................................................................................................................25 Selecting the method of irrigation & rainfall data entry...............................................................................25 Managing files and data...................................................................................................................................25 File formats ...............................................................................................................................................26 Storing similar databases in the same place ................................................................................................27 Separating ES2 databases from current files ...............................................................................................27 Using file names that correspond to sites....................................................................................................27 Managing logger sites................................................................................................................................27 Getting the data from the field to your office ..............................................................................................28 Software Reference Guide ....................................................................................................................................29 The Workspace Manager.................................................................................................................................29 Introduction to Workspace Manager...........................................................................................................29 About the Workspace Manager.............................................................................................................30 Managing Windows with Workspace Manager .....................................................................................32 Managing graphs in the workspace window..........................................................................................32 Workspace File Menu................................................................................................................................34 Creating new files in Workspace Manager ............................................................................................34 Creating new databases in Workspace Manager ....................................................................................36 Opening files in Workspace Manager ...................................................................................................38 Editing and cloning soil moisture databases ..........................................................................................40
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Saving workspaces ...............................................................................................................................42 Printing from Workspace Manager .......................................................................................................43 Using Global Page Setup......................................................................................................................43 Workspace Properties...........................................................................................................................44 Workspace View Menu..............................................................................................................................49 Viewing the toolbar and status bar ........................................................................................................49 Workspace Tools Menu .............................................................................................................................49 Zip Workspace.....................................................................................................................................50 Mail Graphs .........................................................................................................................................50 Webify Workspace...............................................................................................................................52 Workspace Window Menu.........................................................................................................................53 Viewing windows ................................................................................................................................53 Workspace Help Menu ..............................................................................................................................57 IrriMAX Settings ............................................................................................................................................57 IrriMAX Settings Overview.......................................................................................................................57 Changing Date and Time Settings ..............................................................................................................58 Changing Font Settings..............................................................................................................................59 Changing Measurement Settings ................................................................................................................60 Changing Color Settings ............................................................................................................................62 Changing Water Budget Line Settings........................................................................................................63 Changing Irrigation and Rainfall Settings...................................................................................................64 Changing Mail Settings..............................................................................................................................66 Changing General Settings.........................................................................................................................67 Layouts...........................................................................................................................................................70 Introduction to Layouts..............................................................................................................................70 Layout File Menu ......................................................................................................................................72 Creating new files in the Layout window ..............................................................................................72 Opening layouts ...................................................................................................................................74 Saving layouts......................................................................................................................................75 Printing layouts ....................................................................................................................................75 Closing layouts ....................................................................................................................................78 Layout Edit Menu......................................................................................................................................78 Editing layouts .....................................................................................................................................79 Editing selected objects ........................................................................................................................80 Selecting objects for editing .................................................................................................................80 Editing the appearance of a layout window ...........................................................................................82 Layout View Menu....................................................................................................................................86 Layout Help Menu.....................................................................................................................................86 Graphs ............................................................................................................................................................88 Sensor Selection window ...........................................................................................................................88 About the Graph window...........................................................................................................................89 Menu bar .............................................................................................................................................90 Toolbar ................................................................................................................................................91 Graph Header.......................................................................................................................................91 Graph Popup menu...............................................................................................................................93 Status bar .............................................................................................................................................94 Graph symbols .....................................................................................................................................94 Summed graph...........................................................................................................................................95 Growth Stages ...........................................................................................................................................95 Stacked graph ............................................................................................................................................96 Separate Y graph .......................................................................................................................................96 Common Y graph ......................................................................................................................................96 Irrigation and rainfall pane.........................................................................................................................97 Salinity pane............................................................................................................................................100 Custom Sensors Pane...............................................................................................................................101 Scrolling graphs.......................................................................................................................................102 Missing databases in graphs.....................................................................................................................103 The Graph window commands.................................................................................................................103 Graph File Menu .....................................................................................................................................104 Opening graphs..................................................................................................................................104 Saving graphs.....................................................................................................................................105 Printing graphs...................................................................................................................................105 Closing graphs ...................................................................................................................................107
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Properties for the graph window .........................................................................................................108 Graph Edit Menu.....................................................................................................................................117 Ruler commands ................................................................................................................................117 Graph comments ................................................................................................................................119 Graph View Menu ...................................................................................................................................120 Interpolating graphs ...........................................................................................................................121 Viewing the toolbar and status bar ......................................................................................................121 Graph Zoom commands...........................................................................................................................122 Graph Tools Menu...................................................................................................................................125 Updating the Database from the Graph Window .................................................................................125 Export Data from the Graph's database ...............................................................................................127 Zip Graph ..........................................................................................................................................127 Mail Graph.........................................................................................................................................128 Webify Graph ....................................................................................................................................129 Graph Help Menu....................................................................................................................................130 Text Data Viewer..........................................................................................................................................131 Introduction to Text Data Viewer.............................................................................................................131 Text Data Viewer File Menu....................................................................................................................134 Saving data to a text file .....................................................................................................................134 Printing data from the Text Data Viewer.............................................................................................135 Closing the text data viewer window ..................................................................................................137 Text Data Viewer View Menu .................................................................................................................137 Irrigation & Rainfall Data Entry ....................................................................................................................139 Site Settings.............................................................................................................................................139 Irrigation & Rainfall Entry dialog ............................................................................................................140 Selecting Irrigation & Rainfall data..........................................................................................................141 Choosing an Irrigation & Rainfall database for editing........................................................................141 Selecting Irrigation or Rainfall............................................................................................................142 Selecting Sites to edit .........................................................................................................................142 Edit/Preview window...............................................................................................................................143 Menu & toolbar commands ................................................................................................................144 Editing I&R event table......................................................................................................................144 Submitting your changes to the I&R database .....................................................................................145 Exporting data to another database ...........................................................................................................145 Importing from another database..............................................................................................................146 Spike Remover..............................................................................................................................................149 Introduction to Spike Remover.................................................................................................................149 The Spike remover dialog ........................................................................................................................149 Range Blanker dialog...............................................................................................................................151 Logger (and Database) Configuration ............................................................................................................153 The Logger Configuration window ..........................................................................................................153 Sending configurations to the RT6 logger.................................................................................................157 Normalizing RT6 sensors.........................................................................................................................158 Salinity, Matric Potential and Custom Sensors .........................................................................................159 Sensor Properties.....................................................................................................................................162 Calibration Registry ......................................................................................................................................163 The Calibration Registry window.............................................................................................................163 Recalculate database .....................................................................................................................................167 Recalculate Database dialog.....................................................................................................................167 Troubleshooting .................................................................................................................................................169 Troubleshooting Workspace Manager............................................................................................................169 Troubleshooting layouts ................................................................................................................................169 Troubleshooting graphs.................................................................................................................................171 Troubleshooting the Text Data Viewer ..........................................................................................................172 Troubleshooting logger configurations...........................................................................................................172 Troubleshooting I&R data entry ....................................................................................................................176 Troubleshooting Known problems with printer drivers...................................................................................178 Troubleshooting Registration and Licensing ..................................................................................................179 Frequently asked questions .................................................................................................................................181 Questions about superseded Sentek software .................................................................................................181 Questions about logger configuration rules ....................................................................................................181 Questions about changing logger configurations ............................................................................................182
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..........................................................195 Drip Irrigation ..............................................................195 How to register IrriMAX..........IrriMAX User Guide Contents Questions about logging (sampling) intervals......................................................................................190 What are the database file access rules........................................................................................................................................................................................................................187 What parts of the soil profile do sensors on the probe measure? .............................192 Flood & Furrow Irrigation .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................186 What is Matric Potential..............196 How to transfer a license from one copy of IrriMAX to another .................................................................................................................................................................................183 Questions about rectifying logger setup errors .........183 Questions about logger and computer time...................................................................................193 Center Pivot & Linear Move Systems .........................................................................................................................................198 Sentek Pty Ltd v ......................................................................................................191 How to determine irrigation applied (in millimeters)..........................................................183 Questions about sensor configuration............................182 Questions about logger memory and downloading ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................185 What can you do with the Summed Graph? .......................188 Checking current soil moisture .....................................................................................................................................................186 What soil volume does a single sensor measure?....188 What will be summed? .......................................................................185 Questions about copying workspaces and files..........................184 Questions about calibrations.............................................................................................................................184 Questions about circling loggers/probes between multiple sites ..........................................................................191 What is involved in logger communication .....................187 What are the water units? ........................................................................................................................194 Fixed Sprinklers with 100% coverage ............................

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5. Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 (for reading the manuals that are in PDF format) (not included in Internet download) 11.IrriMAX User Guide Before you begin Before you begin Information about versions This manual was written for IrriMAX Version 7.0 SP1 (IrriMAX requires version 5 or later) (not included in Internet download) 12. case studies. The IrriMAX programs: IrriMAX Database Manager Data Exchange Logger Manager Remote Connection Manager (RCM) Database Converter Logger Download (this version 5 only runs in command line mode) Logger Download version 4. 3.g. 8. describing alternatives to the default Sentek calibration coefficients HTML templates for use by the Webify and email feature of workspaces and graphs. containing installation instructions. A License certificate which includes a unique serial number that must be entered during the Registration process.1. 9. Online help file for each of the programs Example databases and workspaces with graphs and layouts Calibration. to setup IrriMAX on your computer Manuals (User guides) for each of the programs.1 version) AutoSDB (programming tool) License agreement (selectable Australia or US and other countries) Readme. 6. known problems and things discovered after this manual was prepared An Installer. 2.ini and Calibration-ReadMe.1 (the superseded ESW 4. This section covers: • • • • • • • • • • • What's included in the IrriMAX package? System requirements Conventions About this manual Referenced Manuals Using the index Using the Glossary Using online help Help file not found message Printing online help topics Working with dialog boxes What's included in the IrriMAX package? IrriMAX is supplied on a Compact Disc (CD) or as an Internet download (about 18MB) and it includes: 1. 7.txt file. Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6. 10. 4. in PDF format (Adobe Portable Document Format) and selected resource documents e.txt files. Sentek Pty Ltd 1 .

now release the button. for example.. Bold text is used for: • menu items and tool buttons that you click to run a program command. The IrriMAX software requires approximately 30 MB of hard disk space. Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 requires about 13 MB of hard disk space after installation.0 or later are required to run the IrriMAX software. Type of information Icons represent: • buttons on a toolbar that you click to choose commands quickly • icons on the desktop that you can double click to open software • Minimized IrriMAX windows. A video monitor supporting at least 1024 x 768 pixels is recommended for ease of interpreting IrriMAX graphs. click Help' • for emphasis.'. The commands may also be completed using the equivalent buttons or shortcut keys as appropriate. or Windows NT 4. Conventions The following conventions are used throughout this guide. An Internet Explorer minimal installation (browser only) requires 45 MB of hard disk space to install and 27 MB after installation.au. 'From the Menu bar. 'Note:.sentek. for example. This is usually the left mouse button unless you have configured it differently in Control Panel. This drops a list of items from which you can select an option. 'Right-click' means to click the secondary mouse button. 'Click and drag' means to click and hold the left mouse button. Mouse actions: • • • • • • 'Click' means to click and release (without moving the mouse between these actions) the primary button on your mouse. then move the mouse to drag an item (or border) to the required position. for example. 'Drop-down list' means to click on the down pointing arrow next to a text box. Note: Windows XP Professional X64 Edition (64-bit) is not supported and running IrriMAX on this configuration may cause system instability. Conventions Icons Small Caps Arrow bullet (Ø) Bold text Sentek Pty Ltd 2 . These processes are written based on the menu commands. 32 MB RAM and Windows 98 or later. 'Double-click' means to quickly click the primary mouse button twice.SDB' Step by step process.0 with service pack SP6a or later and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5. that appear above the Taskbar Small capitals are used for: • keyboard shortcut keys.IrriMAX User Guide Before you begin If you require more information about other products and services provided by Sentek Pty Ltd visit the web site at www. Microsoft Excel 97 or Office 97 or later is required if Excel workbook support is required in Data Exchange. usually the right button. It is recommended that at least a Pentium-III based system with 128 MB RAM be used for optimum performance. 'Press SHIFT+F1' • filenames. for example. 'Point' means to move the mouse until the cursor moves on top of an item on the screen.. System requirements A minimum of a Pentium 200.com. 'DATABASE.

The basic steps for checking current soil moisture and soil moisture trends are described in this section. file names or paths. Text presented under the heading 'Note:' is important information that should be considered before completing an action. dialog and message box titles. • The AutoSDB2 manual is available in the folder where IrriMAX is installed (typically C:\Program Files\Sentek\IrriMAX\AutoSDB2\AutoSDB2_Manual.IrriMAX User Guide Before you begin Conventions This font face Type of information This font face is used for window. Graphs can be opened from The Workspace Manager and the Graphs window Each way of opening a graph is described under the window from which it is done. for example. The Software Reference Guide section describes the function and controls of each window in IrriMAX. Text presented under the heading 'Warning:' is critical information that must be considered before completing an action. '[file name] is not a valid logger image file'. for example. 'The Site Configuration window displays'. Sentek Diviner 2000 User Guide This covers the installation and use of Diviner 2000 display unit and probe. wireless communications. In this case. Some commands can be used in more than one window. It also covers the Diviner 2000 software utilities for backup and restoring Diviner 2000 data. for example. AutoSDB2 Programmers' Manual This manual is programmer oriented and describes the interface between third-party developed software and IrriMAX. It is available in the IrriMAX installation folder.pdf). the commands are described for each window in which they are accessed. Referenced Manuals Other Sentek manuals that may be of interest to IrriMAX users include: • • • • • Calibration of Sentek Pty Ltd Soil Moisture Sensors The methodology recommended by Sentek for soil moisture instrument calibration Sentek EnviroSCAN Hardware Manual This covers the installation and use of EnviroSCAN RT6 loggers. opening graphs. The other manuals are available on the Sentek Resource Kit CD. probes and sensors Sentek EnviroSCAN Plus Hardware Manual This covers the installation and use of EnviroSCAN Plus web enabled. Square brackets Note: Warning: Square brackets are used for non-specific text. It is also used to cross reference to sections of this manual. TriSCAN Agronomic User Manual This manual covers the monitoring. About this manual The IrriMAX manual is separated into sections: • • • • • Before you begin Using IrriMAX Software Reference Guide Troubleshooting Frequently asked questions The Using IrriMAX section describes how IrriMAX is used to analyze soil moisture and provides an overview of the IrriMAX software. Sentek Pty Ltd 3 . typically C:\Program Files\Sentek\IrriMAX\AutoSDB2. understanding and management of the Sentek fertilizer/salinity and soil water monitoring system.

37 adding …………….PDF).. 'opening'. 'logger configuration' indicates that the word or phrase is mentioned. 'workspace'. 4. Click the Glossary on the Help toolbar Sentek Pty Ltd 4 . use ToolTips to display information about each item on the window.44 deleting ….…………. and by action. A capitalized word such as 'IrriMAX' indicates a reference to a product.88 logger configuration ……………….. 7. on the toolbar and then click an item on the window to display information about that 5.122 This indicates that logger configuration is mentioned in the context of the calibration registry. Where the lowercase reference is under another reference and slightly indented. Click item. To see a ToolTip for a dialog box.9 registry ……………. To see menu item descriptions. whereas a lowercase reference. 8... for example. 2. for example. Click to display help on a dialog box containing this button. Click the Favorites tab and click Add to keep a reference of your favorite topics In a dialog box.122 changing …. Using the Glossary The online glossary is available using the Glossary button on the online help toolbar.…………. position the mouse pointer over the menu item until the description appears in the status bar at the bottom of the window. double click items in the help list..…………. position the mouse pointer over the button until the name appears as a ToolTip.. Click the Index tab to search for topics by using an index of keywords and phrases. The index cross-references subjects by keyword. The glossary is also included in the printed copy of the IrriMAX User Guide (IRRIMAX. for example.. Press SHIFT+F1 on the keyboard to view pop-up help on the control that has focus in a dialog box. Click the Search tab to use full-text search and look for specific words. Press F1 on the keyboard to view help on the currently active window. A glossary of IrriMAX terminology is also available. Using online help Online help is available from any section of the software by doing any of the following: Ø To obtain online help 1. Click the Contents tab to scroll through a table of contents for online help. 3. 6. 9.IrriMAX User Guide Before you begin Using the index The index in this user guide lists keywords with page references. To see the name of a toolbar button. From the Help window. click on the title bar and then click the item... for example: Calibrations ….

If you are unsure about what a control on a dialog box means. point to IrriMAX. Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader can be installed from the IrriMAX CD. Select either the selected topic. The directory should contain the following help files: • • • • • • • • • IMAXMAIN. you should reinstall the software to update the missing files.. A full copy of the user guide is also supplied as a file in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (PDF). it is not currently available..CHM If a help file is missing. Dialog boxes display further options to select or clear.CHM LGRDL41. Point to Sentek.. in PDF format. this command displays a dialog box. click the Start button and point to Programs.CHM) are in the program directory. for example. or the selected heading and all subtopics. You can print a full copy of the PDF user guide using Adobe Acrobat Reader. These files are available from the Start menu.CHM DBCVT. Ø To print a help topic In help. click on the small question mark ( ) and then click on the control. Printing online help topics Individual help topics may be printed as required.CHM DBMGR.IrriMAX User Guide Before you begin Help file not found message A help file cannot be found.CHM IRRIMAX. 2.CHM RCM. which is used to view the PDF user guide. which can be printed. Ø To view a Manual in PDF format 1.CHM LGRDL. Working with dialog boxes If a command in a menu bar is followed by three periods.CHM DEXW. Please refer to the Adobe Acrobat Reader online help for details on how to print selected pages or a full copy of the user guide in A4 format. Ø To print the PDF version of the user guide A full copy of this user guide is provided with the software. From the Windows Taskbar. point to Manuals and click file you wish to view Adobe Acrobat Reader displays the selected file. If an option is dimmed. Settings.CHM LGRMGR. Please ensure that the following HTML compiled help files (*. click . Sentek Pty Ltd 5 .

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providing clear water management information.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX Using IrriMAX This section provides an overview of IrriMAX and describes how IrriMAX is used. meaningful data readings. each site consisting of a strategic array of probes. A database supporting TriSCAN devices can have up to 16 sites. This section covers: • • • • Introduction to IrriMAX The components in IrriMAX Understanding soil moisture and salinity management Managing files and data Introduction to IrriMAX This section covers: • • • • • • • • • What is IrriMAX? Registration and Licensing How IrriMAX works Associated software Installing IrriMAX Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader Uninstalling IrriMAX Starting IrriMAX Exiting IrriMAX What is IrriMAX? IrriMAX software integrates with the Sentek range of hardware (including RT6 Loggers. Each probe contains up to sixteen sensors (maximum of 32 sensors per database) set to measure moisture content over a range of preset depths. IrriMAX software displays this data. Matric potential sensors can be added to an IrriMAX database and graphed as an alternative to moisture sensors. The most critical aspect for achieving quality and yield in irrigated agriculture is the ability to match the crop's water requirements with irrigation or rainfall events. The sensors regularly monitor the soil moisture content and salinity. Each site can have its own irrigation & rainfall data. it is important to have a Sentek trained agronomist. in a pane above the soil moisture graph. The importance of a Sentek Trained agronomist or distributor on installation For accurate. Diviner 2000. EnviroSMART. analyze the site. IrriMAX provides the ability to display irrigation & rainfall crop water application rates in a bar-graph form. TriSCAN sensors monitor changes in soil salinity. EnviroSCAN. An IrriMAX RT6 compatible database can support up to eight sites. These changes in salinity at various soil depths over time are plotted in the IrriMAX software in a separate graph pane above the soil moisture data. or distributor. 99 probes and 999 sensors. EnviroSCAN Plus. Custom sensors can be added to non-RT6 databases and can be graphed in custom sensors graph panes. Sentek Pty Ltd 7 . This accurate measure of water use provides water management control for an entire root zone. install the soil probes and configure the software. which is influenced by a range of factors including irrigation and fertilizer management. EasyAG and TriSCAN devices) to create a network of irrigation management sites. which is related to the plant's dynamic water use and the influence of the aboveground environment. IrriMAX provides growers with a continuous account of the plant's water use dynamics.

Transfer License allows you to move a license from IrriMAX on one computer to another computer. matric potential. When you select Register Now you must fill in the registration details and either: • • • Automatically email the information Print the information for faxing View the information and manually copy it to your email program Registering later allows IrriMAX to fully operate. The registration site code and site key are specific to your computer and will not work on another computer.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX Registration and Licensing License management in IrriMAX requires that every installation of IrriMAX be registered with Sentek. IrriMAX allows you to manage. making IrriMAX unusable until a site key is entered and validated. Multiple workspaces can be created and managed as required. and salinity. For more information see the section entitled How to register IrriMAX for the steps in registration. Following this rule you can safely reinstall IrriMAX without having to re-apply for registration. a Registration and Licensing dialog appears every time IrriMAX is started. This environment is known as the workspace and displays in the Workspace Manager window. Computer clock changes may result in immediate termination of the trial period. Until you have registered IrriMAX you should not change the computer clock back by more that 75 minutes (e. This dialog has the options to Register Now. Also the section How to transfer a license from one copy of IrriMAX to another. Register Later or Transfer License. save. A trial period of 30 days is available for evaluation and the email delays in obtaining a registration site key. If you wish to remove IrriMAX but retain the license you can uninstall IrriMAX but you must not delete the IrriMAX program directory (which contains the license management files). The workspace is likened to a desk workspace that contains all the information and tools (papers. Associated software IrriMAX uses associated programs (utilities) to: • make remote connections between a Computer and logger • • • • • manage RT6 loggers manage databases transfer data between different types of files download data convert ES2 database formats to IrriMAX format (.sdb).g. After this is done IrriMAX will no longer operate on the first computer. daylight saving adjustment). rainfall and irrigation. Sentek Pty Ltd 8 . Warning: Uninstalling or removing IrriMAX will not renew the 30-day trial period. Until IrriMAX is registered. but unless it is registered IrriMAX will stop working 30 days after the first time it is run. How IrriMAX works The IrriMAX program provides a desktop environment for the management of site layouts and graphs of soil moisture. restore and print workspace files. pens and books) you need to get your work done.

salinity from TriSCAN sensors and for entering and viewing Rainfall and Irrigation information. Refer to the Logger Manager User Guide for details. Refer to the Database Manager User Guide for details. Logger Image file (.csv. Database Manager is used to view existing database configurations. Refer to the Database Converter User Guide for details. There are two ways of getting the IrriMAX installation media: Sentek Pty Ltd 9 . The Database Converter utility converts EnviroSCAN 2 database formats to the IrriMAX 5 (EnviroSCAN 4) database format.sdb). create new databases or manipulate databases. merging two databases to create a single database. It can also send configurations to the RT6 logger.wdb). and SoloPORTER. for backward rcmw. Irrigation & rainfall database (. data block headers.txt). voltages and dynamic sensor readings. Comma Separated Values text file (.lif). Diviner 2000. For example. EnviroSCAN Plus (Internet. Remote Connection Manager (RCM) manages the remote connection between a computer and a remote RT6 logger over a modem or radio connection.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX IrriMAX is the main application used to manage and view soil moisture information from the logger. The supported types are Soil moisture database (. Installing IrriMAX The IrriMAX installation process detects previous installations of EnviroSCAN or IrriMAX and will install the new version over the top of the previous version. Logger Manager communicates with the RT6 logger to provide basic logger diagnostics and management functions. Logger Download allows Remote Connection Manager to use Logger download version 4 unmodified core program parameters which it converts into Data Exchange parameters. It also allows the setting of baud rate. RT6 Logger. sensor configuration. Refer to the Remote Connection Manager User Guide for details.xls). Data Exchange transfers data to and from various IrriMAX sources and destinations. Excel worksheet (. Note: This Logger download only runs in command line mode. The IrriMAX Workspace Manager maintains the graphs. Refer to Data Exchange User Guide for details. layouts and database configurations. This information includes: viewing logger identification. sampling interval and logger date and time. .ini compatibility. ROM firmware version. Cable and Folder).

In this case: • • On the Windows task bar click the Start menu and select Run. Windows XP). . Login as a user with Administration privileges (only required on Windows NT..exe and the setup program will start. Calibration. the Windows autorun facility may be disabled.txt. so the download may take a long time on a dial-up connection.. Download the IrriMAX installer file from the Sentek web site http://Sentek.txt and check for last minute changes etc. The file size is about 18M bytes.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX • • Obtain an IrriMAX Compact Disc (CD) This CD contains the IrriMAX installer.exe (about 18 Megabytes) . Place the IrriMAX CD in your CD/DVD drive and the setup menu will appear. Please Do Not uninstall IrriMAX prior to installing the latest IrriMAX. Acrobat Reader installer. Windows 2000.exe" (where d: is the drive letter of your CD/DVD drive) and click OK The IrriMAX CD menu appears: Sentek Pty Ltd 10 . WARNING for users upgrading from a previous version of IrriMAX An IrriMAX Upgrade requires a valid license of IrriMAX on your system. 3. On the Run dialog type "d:\menu. Follow the instructions below for the Steps common to download and CD install 2. Ø To install IrriMAX from the Internet download file 1. The file does not contain the support files that are present on the IrirMAX CD. Windows 2000. Windows XP).com.IrriMAX71Setup. If the Setup menu does not appear. Login as a user with Administration privileges (only required on Windows NT. Download the IrirMAX installer and related files from the downloads section of theSentek web site. Internet Explorer Installer.ini (these may have additional information if you are upgrading) Double-click on Readme..Calibration-ReadMe. Ø To install IrriMAX from the CD 1.ini and Rcmw. and Sentek Resources documents.au using link Downloads and save them in a convientient folder on your computer eg. 4. Double-click on the IrriMAX71Setup. 2.com. How to use IrriMAX. My Downloads.au using link to Downloads. http://Sentek.

Click Yes when asked if you want to continue. IrriMAX requires system files that are distributed with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5. The License Agreement window is displayed. Click to Install IrriMAX 7. Click on the View ReadMe. The Welcome window is displayed.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX 3. IrriMAX cannot be installed on Windows 95. the Installer may need to remove the old licensing service and restart the computer. 4.it is crucial for a successful installation of the software. 6. You will be unable to install the software if you don't have a suitable version of Internet Explorer installed on your computer.0. 7.txt button and check for last minute changes etc. Please do not attempt to save time by skipping the restart . Enter your name and the name of your company and click Next. You should then restart the system and run the Installer again. Select your country and click Next to continue Sentek Pty Ltd 11 . This is the last version that is compatible with all versions of Windows (except Windows 95).0 SP1 is available on the IrriMAX CD menu. The Customer Information window is displayed. Notes: If you are upgrading IrriMAX from a version earlier than IrriMAX 7. you should consider a more recent version of Internet Explorer. If you have at least Windows XP SP2.0 or later. Read the welcome message and click Next to continue. An option for installing Internet Explorer 6. The Installer will check your system for the minimum requirements and look for an existing installation of the software.1 button and follow the instructions below for the Steps common to download and CD install Ø Steps common to download install and CD install 5.

. because IrriMAX online help covers exactly the same information. (If you are upgrading an existing IrriMAX installation. Click Next to continue. The Select Features window is displayed. Ø To install Acrobat Reader 1.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX 8. and start IrriMAX. The Choose Destination Location window is displayed. You can automatically view the Read Me file or run IrriMAX by selecting the appropriate check boxes. Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Acrobat Reader is used for reading or printing the IrriMAX manuals. you can now logout from the Administrator login and log back in as a normal user. The Choose Destination Location window displays To alter the destination folder path for program files.exe" (where d: is the drive letter of your CD/DVD drive) and click OK Run the Acrobat reader installation program by clicking the Install Acrobat Reader 5. Review your settings and click Back if any are incorrect. If the Setup menu does not appear.) It is recommended that you accept the proposed installation folder. Click on a feature's name to read a description of that feature. (If you are upgrading an existing IrriMAX installation. 11. 9. Select the button to accept the license agreement. The installation process is now complete. Click Next to continue. You can add or remove features by running the Installer again and choosing the Modify option. IrriMAX 6. this step is skipped. On the Run dialog type "d:\menu. To change it. See section How to register IrriMAX.0 button. The Start Copying Files window is displayed.0 is provided for compatibility with Windows 98. Click Next to begin the installation process. once the upgrade has completed) Select the features you want to install.. do one of the following: click Next to accept the default Sentek Pty Ltd 12 . If you wish. Note: This is a convienent time to register IrriMAX. • • 2. click the Change button. 13. 10. • Place the IrriMAX CD in your CD drive and the menu program will start.. it can be installed from the IrriMAX CD.0. The Unpacking Acrobat Reader window displays followed by the Acrobat Reader Setup window The Acrobat Reader setup window is displayed. 14. In this case: On the Windows task bar click the Start menu and select Run. The appropriate Software License Agreement is displayed.1 or IrriMAX 7. Reregistration is not required if you are upgrading from IrriMAX 6. 4. Acrobat Reader version 5. It is not mandatory to install this program. The InstallShield Wizard Complete window is displayed. which are in PDF format. then click Next to continue. 3. so you are not limited to the 30-day trial. the Windows autorun facility may be disabled. If Acrobat Reader is not currently installed. Click Next to continue. and deselect the features you do not want to install. There are more recent versions available for later versions of Windows. this step is skipped. The progress meter displays and the IrriMAX files are installed. 12. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

point to IrriMAX and click IrriMAX The Workspace Manager window displays. Workspaces. select Settings. Note: Removing IrriMAX does not remove existing user data. Respond Yes to the message "Do you want to completely remove the selected application and all of its features" The uninstall process then displays the steps in the removal progress Some user files may prevent removal of some folders. 3. and select Control Panel In the Control Panel. select "IrriMAX 7. 5. 2. license files and configuration files are all retained. 6. layouts. open Add/Remove Programs In the list of software. Note: The license manager Registration and Licensing dialog will appear until IrriMAX is registered. Clicking the Details button will list these folders Warning: If you wish to retain your currently registered license (for later reinstallation of IrriMAX) you must not delete the IrriMAX license files.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX • 5. Uninstalling IrriMAX If you wish to completely remove IrriMAX from your computer it can be done using the Add/Remove Programs facility in the Windows Control Panel. See page 196 for the process to register IrriMAX. Ø To uninstall IrriMAX 1.1" and click Add/Remove button Select the Remove option and click Next to continue. See page 8 for further information. From the Start menu. log files. See page 67 for details of startup options. The message "Thank you for choosing Acrobat Reader" is displayed Click OK Note: Acrobat Reader can be uninstalled using the same method as for uninstalling IrriMAX. click the Start button and point to Programs. From the Windows Taskbar. Point to Sentek. 2. in the IrriMAX program directory. 4. • click Browse and select the preferred setup path The Choose Folder window displays. graphs. Sentek Pty Ltd 13 . Starting IrriMAX Ø To start IrriMAX 1. databases. 5. click OK and click Next.

Sentek Pty Ltd .. the icon (see File formats) next to the file name depicts the type of file. Note: Print workspace only prints graphs which have the Workspace Print checkbox selected. Ø To start IrriMAX and load a document: 1.exe command with the full path to the required document. If Print is selected the operation will be performed then IrriMAX will automatically close. graph or layout document that you want IrriMAX to load automatically on startup (the quotes are necessary if blanks appear in the path name). See To Open or Print IrriMAX documents from Windows Explorer above. . Ø To start IrriMAX from the command line Advanced users can launch IrriMAX from the command line or a custom shortcut. graph or layout document to be automatically loaded when the program starts.sws).. Note: You can also replace the IrriMAX. Double click to launch IrriMAX and open the desired document. Click OK 14 3.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX Note: If you chose to have desktop icons installed on your Windows desktop during the installation. On the Run dialog. where "document" is the path to the workspace. This allows specification of a workspace. Ø To Open or Print IrriMAX documents from Windows Explorer: IrriMAX has Windows file extension associations which allow the opening and printing of workspaces (. 2. 3. The program may have been installed at a different location on your machine. Note that the path to "IrriMAX.EXE" "document". 2.sll) from Windows Explorer.gss and . From the Windows Taskbar. type "C:\Program Files\Sentek\IrriMAX\IrriMAX.gt.EXE" above is an example only. IrriMAX will automatically start.gsk) and layouts (. For command line parameters see the index entries for "command line". Open Windows Explorer and browse to the folder containing the desired IrriMAX documents. OR Right-mouse click on the desired filename and on the popup menu select the Open or Print menu item. You can also specify that you don't want to save changes to the workspace. graphs (. Note: If file extensions are not displayed. 1. click the Start button and select Run. you can also start IrriMAX by double-clicking this icon.

Once all files have been saved or abandoned the application will shutdown. Sentek Pty Ltd 15 . Exiting IrriMAX Exiting IrriMAX shuts down the IrriMAX application. you will not be prompted to save changes to the workspace when you exit the program. message boxes display prompting you to save or abandon each document. Ø To exit IrriMAX From the Workspace File menu click Exit: • If the open files have not been saved.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX Ø To start IrriMAX with a temporary workspace: If you launch IrriMAX with the command line switch /tempws (not case sensitive). This prompting may not be wanted.

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The components in IrriMAX
The main components in IrriMAX are:
• • • • • The Workspace Manager The Layout window The Graph window The Logger Configuration The Calibration Registry

The Workspace Manager
The Workspace Manager is the heart of IrriMAX from which you can: • create a workspace to manage all open IrriMAX windows • • • • • • open IrriMAX files in the associated windows create, view and manage logger configurations view current soil moisture and salinity readings at a glance open graphs to view soil moisture and salinity trends and associated irrigation & rainfall data (if I&R data is present). add or edit irrigation & rainfall data batch print your graphs.

The Workspace Manager provides the simplest view of the current soil moisture content using a soil moisture gauge. At a glance, you can see whether the displayed site requires irrigation. Only one workspace can display at any time but each workspace can display multiple soil moisture gauges.

What does Workspace Manager manage? The Workspace Manager manages all windows associated with a workspace. From Workspace Manager, you can control how the windows are displayed or hidden on the screen (minimized). Workspace Manager does not manage files, but it manages the windows in which the files are opened.

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Example 1: From the Workspace Manager you can open a graph file in a Graph window and the graph information will be displayed in the workspace. If the graph window is closed, the graph information is removed from the workspace. Example 2: If you save and close a workspace (that includes one or more graphs) and open the workspace at a later stage, Workspace Manager opens all windows associated with the workspace. You can use Workspace Manager to arrange the windows on the screen.
Workspace Manager also manages logger configurations, via a Logger Configuration dialog box. Note: The same Logger Configuration dialog box is also available in the Database Manager utility. Refer to the Database Manager User Guide for further details.

The Layout window
From the Layout window you can create a picture of your site configurations and create graphs. The Layout window provides a stylized picture of each logger configuration. From the Layout window, any combination of probes, sites and sensors may be selected to display the corresponding data in a graph window.

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The Graph window
From the Graph window you can view graphs. The Graph window displays converted data in a timebased graph for detailed examination. The graph provides a picture of the soil moisture, salinity and rainfall and irrigation status over a given time period. Data can also be exported to external file formats for customized analysis techniques.

Each of the windows has its own toolbar and menus to select commands within the window. Each window obtains data and displays it in a way specific to that window. For example, calibrated data from the loggers in the field is converted for display as a graph in the Graph window. Moisture data, salinity data and rainfall and irrigation data are displayed in separate panes.

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The Logger Configuration
The data and the logger configuration can be accessed from a dialog box within the software, known as the Logger Configuration dialog box. The configuration of logger, sites, probes and sensors is managed in the Logger Configuration dialog box. The Logger Configuration dialog box also provides access to the Calibration Registry where calibrations for specific soil profiles are stored. It also allows selection of from the preset registry for custom Sensor Properties.

When the logger configuration has been sent to the logger and the logger hardware has been installed you can start to log data. Note: Once a database contains data, the hardware configuration cannot be changed. You cannot add delete of change sensors. You can change the logger ID, site name, probe name, air, water and calibration values.

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Each calibration equation relates to a particular soil type. List of calibrations Equation details Sentek Pty Ltd 20 .IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX The Calibration Registry The calibration registry displays a list of all installed calibration equations and their details.

• • • • • • Expert advice is recommended to understand the full extent of all the parameters mentioned above. soil structural problems. you can visualize the actual depth of an irrigation or rainfall event.The Summed Graph 21 . fruit loads. weather conditions and many other factors Year to year irrigation management histories and a record of implemented irrigation strategies Effective wetting depth of irrigation & rainfall Occurrence and impact of water tables on the soil profile and the crop root zone Changes of the shape of the 'wetting onion' in drip irrigation Site specific soil water budgets for optimal crop productivity and irrigation efficiency (With these budgets you can predict the next irrigation date and the necessary amount of irrigation to refill the profile) On-farm overview of soil water budgets from all sites to prioritize irrigation management decisions in terms of urgency. soil salinity changes. irrigation system performances. The following soil moisture parameters can be quantified numerically and displayed graphically using the IrriMAX software: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Daily crop water use Daily evaporative and drainage losses from the soil profile Soil water extraction patterns within different layers of a soil profile Depth and distribution of the root zone Growth progress and growth decline rate of the root zone Depth and distribution of a wetting front after an irrigation Rate of redistribution of a wetting front after an irrigation or rainfall event Behavior of soil water dynamics in the soil profile indicating changes in soil texture and/or structure Fertilizer impact and salinity trends Saturation point. By recording irrigation & rainfall water application rates and times. IrriMAX can display a range of dynamic changes in soil moisture and salinity that occur in the soil profile. disease incidents. Using continuous soil water data. a clearer overview of crop water management can be seen. Trends of water extraction rates in the soil profile mirror the speed and depth level at which crop water use is occurring. cultural management practices. soil types. topographical exposure. the reason for any increase in moisture can easily be identified and quantified. With the help of the software. The following is a brief introduction on the use of IrriMAX data using the following examples: • Sentek Pty Ltd Example 1 . ages. Data from all sites and sensors can be sampled from once a minute to once a day (typically at 10 or 30 minute intervals). varieties. rate of drainage and onset of field capacity in any given layer of the soil profile Rate of soil water depletion in a stressed or unstressed phase of the crop Onset of crop water stress Crop water use under waterlogged conditions Crop water use changes as affected by: different crops. and how to recognize and work with these key decision making criteria effectively to generate rational irrigation management decisions. You are able to observe how quickly the plant is 'drinking' and can see the extent of the living root zone. canopy sizes.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX Understanding soil moisture and salinity management IrriMAX processes continuous soil moisture and salinity data from a network of Sentek probes representing different sites on the farm and different depth levels within a particular soil profile. These are essential decision making criteria for good irrigation scheduling. By viewing the I&R graph above the soil moisture graph. phenological phases.

The graph shows a steeper slope during the daytime indicating a higher water use by the crop than at nighttime.Stacked Graph Example 3 .Stacked Graph Sentek Pty Ltd 22 . irrigation was again applied. Rain later on the 17th raised the moisture content above the Full point.The Summed Graph The summed graph provides you with a picture of soil water changes occurring in the profile.Custom Sensors Example 1 .IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX • • • • • • Example 2 . The irrigation event shows the water content rising quickly.Event Amounts Irrigation & Rainfall pane Example 5 . When soil moisture depletion reached the Refill Point on the 17th June. 30cm and 40cm expressed as soil water content in mm.Fertilizer/Salinity Pane Example 6 . Example 2 .Matric Potential Graph Example 7 .Daily totals Irrigation and Rainfall pane Example 4 . This summed graph shows the moisture values for a probe with sensors located at 10cm. which replenished the soil water content to the set Full point.

20cm. 30cm. Example 4 . An alternative. but as a default is from 9am to 9am the next day. The rainfall and irrigation data is displayed as a column graph with the column width of a 24 hour period on the x-axis. This can then be compared directly to any increases in soil moisture. Losses due to canopy interception. When the daily format is selected.Event Amounts Irrigation & Rainfall pane This "Amount" mode shows each irrigation event or rainfall application against time. is particularly useful for pivot or linear movement irrigation systems where the rate of application is readily adjusted. below the irrigation and rainfall bars show the total amount The segment box numbers of water that has been applied over a given period between the vertical dotted lines. Example 3 . and the depth of infiltration related to the amount of water applied. The value of the daily total graph is that it shows the total amount of water that is applied over the course of a day. reflecting the highest concentration of roots active in water uptake located in this soil layer. runoff and evaporation can be readily seen. The graph shows crop water use is most pronounced at the 10cm soil depth. In the example above. The start time of this 24 hour period is defined in the Changing Irrigation and Rainfall . This graph is particularly useful in applications such as drip or sprinkler irrigation where the irrigation is applied at a uniform rate and the key value of interest is the amount of water applied in millimeters or inches. There is a small gap between days to highlight the start time of each day. The y-axis shows the total application for the day. Irrigation infiltration can also be seen by the rise in soil moisture occurring at the 40cm soil depth (Note the time delay for the irrigation to reach this depth). The duration of this period is dependent upon the time scale of the x-axis. and also for analyzing the impact of rainfall events. the y-axis reflects the amount of water applied in total for the 24 hour period. the "Rate" mode. Sentek Pty Ltd 23 . the graph zoom is such that each vertical dotted line represents a 12 hour period and the numbers represent the total amount of irrigation and rainfall for each 24 hour period 9am to 9am the next day.Daily totals Irrigation and Rainfall pane This graph shows the amount of water applied to the site in each 24 hour period in the form of rain and irrigation.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX This stacked graph shows the readings for a probe with sensors at levels of 10cm. and 40cm. depth of irrigation and even lateral spread of water where more than one probe is used. It is designed for advanced interpretation of the impact of varying application rates on infiltration.

but there will also be varying effects of canopy interception under some crop types.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX The y-axis shows the total water application for each event. The graph shows that the short irrigation event on 8 November caused an increase in the salinity. which can help determine whether irrigation is necessary after rain. Therefore the amount of water applied in millimeters or inches is shown by the height of the column. Higher application rates in some soil types can lead to surface run-off and poor infiltration. You cannot graph moisture and matric potential in the same pane because the axis units are different. Example 6 . The x-axis is the time scale. storm events.Matric Potential Graph This graph shows matric potential in the primary pane. It is showing regular daily irrigation events and weekly larger saturating applications. while the earlier irrigation events were long enough to flush the salts from the root zone. Light rain falling as drizzle will have different infiltration rates to heavy. Sentek Pty Ltd 24 . There is also a general drying trend over the month (summer). Plotting rainfall as a rate graph will help analyze the impact of rainfall on soil water content.Fertilizer/Salinity Pane This graph shows the fertilizer/Salinity pane above the moisture pane. Example 5 . The width or thickness of the column reflects the duration of the water application. The influence of application rate on infiltration can be compared to an increase in soil moisture content. This amount is also listed as a number underneath the bar when you zoom into a daily time-view.

To simplify the data entry process. From this data. which Sentek Pty Ltd 25 . These files should be managed in a way that makes them easy to locate every time you need them. There are two possible outputs. Under Record Type. end time. it is necessary to define the start time for the 24 hour period shown on the graphs. Often daily rainfall records provided by meteorological stations are for a time period from 9 am to 9 am. select the sites you wish to display and click on Settings.Custom Sensors This voltage pane. rain gauges may be checked at another period of the day. If you select start date and amount. end time and amount. Another use for this pane is to display a stacked graph of the same sensors that are present in a summed graph in the primary graph pane. Often rainfall data is expressed as the previous 24 hour period. the date that you enter in the data entry sheet will be shown as the starting date of the 24 hour period. daily at 11:00 pm). you will need to select daily totals as your method of data entry. either entering the start date and amount or end date and amount. duration and amount of irrigation applied. it is important to consider the desired output of the data. duration and amount. in the global settings it is possible to define the mode of data entry. showing the end date of the 24 hour period in the data entry sheet. It is also necessary to define the mode of data entry. It is important to define the start time of this period prior to data entry. You can either enter the start time. if you wish to view the data as amount of water applied per day on the y-axis.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX Example 7 . Managing files and data Various file formats are used with the IrriMAX software. This will enable you to enter the start time. For most applications. from an EnviroSCAN Plus system. It is important to devise a file storage system. the rate of application is calculated and plotted against time. in which case you should select end date and amount. While it is convenient to display data in the 24 hour period from midnight to midnight. the end time. This enables the display of the amount of water applied as irrigation and rainfall per day against time. then you should select Specific Times as your record type rather than daily totals. ensure that Daily Totals are selected. this may not be the period of actual data collection. When entering daily data. If you wish to analyze the impact of varying application rates. either as daily totals or showing user defined times of irrigation. entering the data as daily totals is the recommended approach. Selecting the method of irrigation & rainfall data entry Before entering rainfall and irrigation data. Alternatively. or start time. duration and amount. shows the battery voltage at each sample interval (sensor V1) and the voltage at each upload to the Internet (sensor V2. To select daily totals. in the Irrigation and Rainfall Entry dialog box. Note: Even if you have precise start and end time records for irrigation events.

The I&R databases must have the same filename as the soil moisture databases that they are associated with (except for the file suffix of WDB instead of SDB).SWS .SDB .. IrriMAX 7 databases can also contain custom sensors. IrriMAX uses the following file formats.contains information from a single logger for up to eight sites.. This file contains logger configuration information and moisture data. File formats.WCS Icon . 99 probes and 999 sensors. .GSK . IrriMAX 5 can read IrriMAX 5 databases that were updated by later versions. but. and up to 32 sensors.sdb) .GT .contains the irrigation & rainfall data for each of the sites in the matching soil moisture database.contains this kind of information IrriMAX Workspace IrriMAX Logger Layout IrriMAX Summed Graph IrriMAX Stacked Graph IrriMAX Separate Y Graph IrriMAX Common Y Graph IrriMAX soil moisture Database Logger configuration portion of a SDB file that has been temporarily detached (do not delete these files) IrriMAX irrigation & rainfall database Logger configuration portion of a WDB file that has been temporarily detached (do not delete these files) Sentek Pty Ltd 26 .SLL . This section covers: • • • • • • File formats Storing similar databases in the same place Separating ES2 databases from current files Using file names that correspond to sites Managing logger sites Getting the data from the field to your office File formats The data for the IrriMAX system is stored in two types of related databases: • The Soil Moisture Database (.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX matches the crops.WDB .. IrriMAX 6 can read and update an IrriMAX 7 database but it will ignore custom sensors. logger configurations.GSS .wdb) . These databases contain irrigation & rainfall application rates. The following guidelines have been provided to help you structure your file storage. logged over time.LCS . TriSCAN compatible databases can contain up to 16 sites. Warning: IrriMAX 5 cannot read soil moisture databases created by later versions of IrriMAX. times and periods. You can double-click on a workspace. and workflow practices that you prefer.. layout or graph file to launch IrriMAX and open that file.GSC . • The Irrigation & Rainfall database (.

It is recommended that where more than one database exists for one site.. It is suggested that separate sub-folder be created for the storage of IrriMAX files. In this way. Managing logger sites It is important to use clear naming conventions for loggers and to replicate these naming conventions within computer file structures. Saving a database when a workspace is loaded proposes the same folder as the workspace document. EnviroSCAN 2 databases should be backed up to disk and then converted to IrriMAX using the Database Converter Using file names that correspond to sites Using long file names that correspond to the actual site description is advisable. Multiple IrriMAX database files can be stored in the same folder. additional folders are added to store individual crop information. Within that folder structure.WDB file) These files are automatically generated when required. In this way. It is important to use names that you will recognize and that are easy to remember. Files may be named for location. . information is easy to find and manage. Versions of Windows have different locations for "My Documents": Platform Window 95/98/ME Windows NT 4 Windows 2000/XP Typical Default Location C:\My Documents C:\Winnt\Profiles\<current user name>\Personal C:\Documents and Settings\<current user name>\My Documents IrriMAX files do not have to be in these default locations. From then on IrriMAX proposes the last save folder. The following guidelines should be used when setting up logger sites: Sentek Pty Ltd 27 .wdb) which is associated with each logger database (Soil moisture database . For example: 1 Logger1 South Gate 1 Beetroot 2002 1 Beetroot 2003 1 Lettuce 2003 1 Logger2 West Orchard 1 Nectarines 2003 1 Peaches white 2003 1 Peaches yellow 2003 Separating ES2 databases from current files EnviroSCAN 2 database folders and files should be stored in separate folders to IrriMAX databases. It is recommended that after installing IrriMAX. A folder (directory) structure that nominates the site of the logger for the four main loggers could be used. seasonally adjusted or under varied cropping conditions..contains this kind of information Index files associated with an IrriMAX irrigation & rainfall database (. The Site names that you use will also be used as site names for the Irrigation & Rainfall database (.. These configurations may be used at different times of the year.sdb). you can have more than one logger configuration per logger. those files are stored in a similar place.. Storing similar databases in the same place The first time IrriMAX has to perform a database save it proposes the "Save As" with default "My Documents" folder. You may have two loggers taking information from four areas. crop and seasons as required.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX File formats.WDX Icon .

For example. If crop rotation is likely. paddock. Backup the database after each successful download. Assign distinctive logger IDs Use location or crop names to distinguish one logger from another. do not use crop names alone but use combined crop and season names.IrriMAX User Guide Using IrriMAX • • Select a different Site for each Irrigation area (e. section or crop area). • • Getting the data from the field to your office Data can be downloaded from the logger in three ways: • • • By going into the field and directly connecting a laptop into the logger (front panel of the housing) and downloading data By disconnecting the logger from the logger housing and taking it to your computer (requires office download cable) By remotely connecting to the logger from the office. so the irrigation statistics can be recorded individually.g. then downloading data. Sentek Pty Ltd 28 . Refer to the Remote Connection Manager User Guide and Data Exchange User Guide for details of downloading data either remotely or via a direct connection. each Pivot. Malbec Spring 1999 Label loggers/logger housing clearly with their IDs A space is provided on the inside lid of the logger housing for an information sticker.

Each way of opening a graph is described under the window in which it is done. When you open the workspace again. The layouts and graphs are based on a database file that is originally configured using the Logger Configuration dialog box This section covers: • • • • • • Introduction to Workspace Manager Workspace File Menu Workspace View Menu Workspace Tools Menu Workspace Window Menu Workspace Help Menu Introduction to Workspace Manager Workspace Manager supports the following components: • Workspace (. the associated graphs and layouts also open. for example. . Sentek Pty Ltd 29 .IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Software Reference Guide The Software Reference Guide describes the commands as they appear in the software.gsk and . This reference guide covers the following areas: • • • • • • • • • • The Workspace Manager IrriMAX Settings Layouts Graphs Text Data Viewer Irrigation & Rainfall Data Entry Spike Remover Logger (and Database) Configuration Calibration Registry Recalculate database The Workspace Manager The Workspace Manager is the main window of the IrriMAX program. From the Workspace Manager. If you close a graph or layout. A workspace file is created and displayed in the Workspace Manager.gt. that file is removed from the workspace. display and arrange a set of layouts and graph windows. the command is described under all the windows from which it is accessed. In both cases the graph is included in the current workspace. In this case. for example. all other windows are accessed and managed. There is no difference between opening. opening graphs. a graph from Workspace Manager or from the Graph window.sll) Graphs (.gss) Text data viewer (for graphs) Data entry for Irrigation & rainfall events Creation of databases (Logger configuration) Sending configuration to RT6 Logger Database tools for Spike Remover and Recalculation Changing global IrriMAX settings Once you create a workspace. you can add new or existing layouts and graphs and save the workspace file. Graphs can be opened from the Workspace Manager window or from the Graph window. This file acts as a container to organize.sws) • • • • • • • • Layouts (. Some commands can be used in more than one window. .gsc.

Similarly. Layouts Layouts can be created or opened from the Workspace Manager. For example. From this window graphs can be easily accessed and printed. A workspace can contain multiple graphs and layouts but only one workspace can be displayed at any time. About the Workspace Manager The Workspace Manager displays information about all of the graphs associated with that workspace file. See page 42 for details. You can create a new workspace from scratch or you could create a new workspace based on an existing workspace. Sentek Pty Ltd 30 . display and arrange a set of layouts and or graph windows.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Closing the Workspace Manager will exit IrriMAX. you can also quickly create a new graph directly from Workspace Manager. You could. The database stores the name and position of each of the hardware components attached to the logger. Graphs New graphs can be created from the Workspace Manager or from Layouts. viewing summed graphs. You could use one workspace to combine layouts or graphs from multiple loggers. probes and sensors using the Logger Configuration dialog box. saving a copy with a new name and editing the new workspace. You have the choice of first creating or opening a layout in the layout window. then creating a new graph or you can create a new graph directly from a database without using a layout. This workspace file acts as a container to organize. A workspace also displays a soil moisture gauge for each summed graph contained in the workspace. New configuration information is setup and sent to the logger. Databases New databases are created by configuring loggers. for example. Once a database contains readings you cannot change the logger configuration. sites. The new layout is created as an unsaved layout file in the Layout window. a consultant could save a different workspace for each client. Workspaces A workspace is created and displayed in the Workspace Manager window. stacked graphs or any combination of graphs and layouts. You could save time by opening an existing workspace. Whilst it is recommended that a layout be used to create new graphs. The layouts and graphs are based on a database file that is originally configured using the Logger Configuration dialog box. use more than one workspace to organize and view data from a single logger if you wanted to have different 'views' of the same data.

The Workspace Manager window commands All Workspace Manager commands are available from one of the following: • • Sentek Pty Ltd menus on the menu bar buttons on the toolbar 31 . toolbar.g. Graph Type .Graphs with the check box selected will be printed when the File menu Batch Print command is selected or a graph file is opened with the Print option. • Graph Info -lists the title of each graph file saved within the workspace. The columns are: • Last . Clicking on the Graph Info opens and displays that graph. The value is displayed using a soil moisture gauge so that you can view the current moisture summed value compared to the Full and Re-Fill points set in the graph.displays the last summed value from the summed graph. normal letters in the following lines of the graph file list the sites and probes selected in to the graph and the information entered in to the graphs comments field. summed or stacked and a short description of other panes "I & R" will be present if the graph has the irrigation & rainfall pane open Print . The fields are sorted alphabetically. e. status bar and five columns. Controls -displays the Minimize. Maximize and Close buttons for the displayed graph window.lists the type of graph displayed.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The Workspace Manager window consists of a menu bar. • • • Note: The rows can be sorted (up or down) by clicking on any of the column titles. Bold underlined letters show the graph file name. These controls allow you to control the graph window when the graph window is hidden.

Ø To hide the Workspace Manager window Right-click on the title bar and click Send Back to send the Workspace Manager window behind all other open windows. Managing Windows with Workspace Manager Workspace Manager allows its windows to be independently maximized. the menu commands display the shortcut keys that perform the equivalent command. Toolbar The Workspace Manager toolbar is used to quickly access major editing and viewing commands that are applicable to the workspace window. At a glance. The toolbar displays by default but can be hidden or displayed as required. saved in a workspace. all windows become hidden Workspace can be restored from Taskbar or clicking its icon in the System Tray (to the right of the Taskbar) For further detail see the section titled Viewing windows Managing graphs in the workspace window Graph information. Status bar The status bar at the bottom of a window displays information about the window. you can see the type of graph that has been created and the graph's file name. From the workspace window you can click on the graph title to display the graph. Each of these menus contains sub menus and commands. The steps described in this manual refer to the menu paths even if there is another way of invoking the command. Where available. layouts) Bring layouts to the front Send behind the other windows Rearrange icons on the desktop (while minimized) Control graphs from the Workspace window When the Workspace is minimized. Special operations that can be performed in IrriMAX Windows include: • • • • • • • • Cascade and Tile vertically or horizontally Control windows of the same type as a group (graphs. is displayed in the Workspace Manager window. Menu bar The Workspace Manager window menu bar contains all commands under five menus.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide • • shortcut keys on the keyboard options from the title bar shortcut menu (right-click on title bar to see the menu) Note: Not all commands are available using all methods. minimized and restored When they are minimized they become icons that float above the Taskbar. the name of the command being selected appears in the status bar. Sentek Pty Ltd 32 . As you use the mouse to point to icons on a menu or toolbar.

in the red. the last summed value has fallen below the value assigned to Onset of Stress. The usefulness of the fuel gauge will depend on the accurate positioning of the agronomic lines on the summed graph. • Missing databases If you open a workspace containing a graph. If the soil moisture gauge pointer is: • • in the blue. in the green. Sentek Pty Ltd 33 . the last summed value is less than the value set for the Full Point and greater than the value set for the Onset of Stress.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide You can also use the controls to manage each open graph window. See page 54 for details on other ways to manage windows. Therefore. a large red question mark displays in place of the soil moisture gauge. Important Note: The last reading is the last one from the database and is not necessarily the last one in the logger. the soil water content for the soil profile being graphed is within the agronomic lines set. or contains no valid data. You can search for the missing database to update the graph and workspace. The gauge displays the last value from the summed graph in relation to the Full and Re-Fill points set in the graph. A trained agronomist should set these positions. the last summed value is currently above the value assigned to indicate the Full Point. The soil moisture gauge The soil moisture gauge is displayed for summed graphs in the workspace. See page 103 for details of finding missing databases from the Graph window. and the original database file has been removed or renamed.

Sentek Pty Ltd 34 . CTRL+SHIFT+S save all open workspaces. Ø To create a new workspace 1. CTRL+SHIFT+G create a new graph directly (accessing database file) bypassing layout window. open a recently used workspace. Page Setup. The menu commands.. layouts. New databases and logger configurations may also be created from the Workspace Manager File menu. select New and click Workspace. See Creating new files in the Layout window. (button is on the title bar) Creating new files in Workspace Manager The Workspace Manager window can be used to create new workspaces.. open a workspace. See Introduction to Workspace Manager..IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Workspace File Menu The File menu displays file commands for the Layout. a message box displays.. open a layout.... A new unsaved workspace displays. ALT+F4 close the IrriMAX software... create a new database. Properties… Exit CTRL+O CTRL+W CTRL+D CTRL+L CTRL+G CTRL+S Expand the Open submenu.. open a recently used layout. See Using Global Page Setup. change the current page setup. See Sensor Selection window Open Ø Workspace. prompting you to save each changed file.. open a graph. create a new workspace... expand the New submenu. Graph and Workspace windows. From the File menu. graph and layouts. Note: If a workspace is already open with unsaved changes to the workspace. See Printing from Workspace Manager. CTRL+P print all selected graphs. Layout..Logger (and Database) Configuration.. Save Workspace Save Workspace As. CTRL+SHIFT+D CTRL+SHIFT+L create a new layout. graphs or layouts. Database. Save All Recent Workspaces Recent Graphs Recent Layouts Batch Print. open a recently used graph.. graphs and databases. Graph. open a database. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item New Ø Workspace Database Layout Graph CTRL+SHIFT+W Shortcut key Button To. See. Change the properties of the current workspace. save the workspace with a new name. save changes to the current workspace.

3. 2. 5. From the File menu. select New and click Graph. The Sensor Selection window displays. You cannot create a summed matric potential graph with more than one sensor. Click Open. Select the sensors to be included in the graph. From the File menu. select New and click Layout. You cannot mix moisture and matric potential sensors on the one graph. click on the drop-down arrow and browse for the folder where the database file is located. Note: Clicking the icons in this window toggles between selecting and deselecting 35 Sentek Pty Ltd . A list of available files displays. 4. Click on the database to be used to create the graph. An unsaved blank layout displays in the layout window. The Open dialog box displays (to open the database in which the graph will get the data).IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To create a new layout 1. In the Look in: box. Ø To create a new graph 1. See page 72 for details on using the layout window.

you can use Logger Manager to obtain it. For example.. Logger Configuration is used to create and edit databases. 6. See Sensor Selection window section for a description of the graph types. Matric Potential and Custom Sensors. Click on the text.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide sensors. Irrigation & Rainfall databases can be created from the Logger Configuration dialog box. Hint: Document the cabling configuration of the loggers. Ø To create a new soil moisture database 1. 7. 'Log12'. probes and sensors in the field on a piece of paper. Cloning an existing database can also create a new database. 'New Logger'. Refer to the Database Manager User Guide for details. If you are unsure of the Logger ID. Creating new databases in Workspace Manager Note: Setting up of salinity databases is described in Salinity. The new database retains the original logger configuration but not any data. A new unsaved graph displays in the Graph window. Selected sensors are highlighted in green. If you already have a database that is close to the required configuration. Document the database configuration on paper as well. and then data added to them via the I&R Data Entry window. sites. Once a graph exists it is possible to add panes to graph custom sensors. Note the Add Site button at the top right. command to save a copy of the database with a new name. This is described in the Data Exchange User Guide. Note: Logger names are limited to 22 characters Sentek Pty Ltd 36 . A database can be created from Workspace Manager and from Database Manager. 'New Logger'. 2. From the File menu select New and click Database The Logger Configuration dialog box displays the text. and enter the "Logger ID" of the logger as used in the field. you can open the database and use the Save New As. in the Logger Tree View column.. Copying an existing database will also create a new database. Click on the graph type icon in the toolbar. Ensure that the two maps represent the same information before loading the settings into the Logger Configuration dialog box. See Custom Sensors Pane (Page 101).

Note: Site names are limited to 18 characters. Note: The buttons for adding and deleting components are dynamic. For example. Continue adding sites. A site represents a block with similar physical characteristics such as crop type. click Add Site. 5. Each sensor is assigned a sequential number based on this format. 7. Note the Add Probe button changes to Add Sensor. With the cursor still in the probe name. 8. 'Shiraz' for one block of shiraz grapes. There may be more than one probe per site. click Add Probe. This is the name given to the site on the Layout top cap image. With the cursor still in the logger name. In this example. A sensor is added under the probe with the name 'S1'. click Add Sensor. Sentek Pty Ltd 37 . A site is added under the logger with the default name of 'Site 1'. Note the Add Site button changes to Add Probe. Note: Probe names are limited to 3 characters. Click on the text 'Site 1' and enter the name of the site as used in the field. probes and sensors as required. Click on the text 'P1' and enter the name of the probe as it is labeled in the field. 6. If there are multiple probes in a site the image is shown as a cluster of top caps. The button name and function depend on which component is selected.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 3. soil type or irrigation facility. the probe name is left as 'P1'. With the cursor still in the site name. 4. A probe is added under the site with the default name of 'P1'.

and the new database will be listed beneath the one you selected.sdb) that you wish to create a matching irrigation & rainfall database (. Click Quit. All IrriMAX file types can be opened and managed from the Workspace Manager.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 9. In the File name: box. Note: If the button is dimmed. Ø To create a new irrigation & rainfall database 1. A message informing you that a new irrigation & rainfall database was created successfully will appear. Click Quit.. 2. The Logger Configuration dialog box closes. a graph summary displays in the Workspace Manager window and the graph file displays in the Graph window. in the background. but on the Logger Configuration dialog the Logger Type field must be set to "Other". Once this is done adding sensors is done in the same manner with the added option of creating a moisture sensor or a dual (salinity) sensor. there is an I&R database already existing. Opening files in Workspace Manager Note: Clicking displays all IrriMAX file types in the Open dialog box. in its own window. The contents of the selected directory displays. 3. Since a workspace maintains a list of all layouts and graphs associated with the workspace. 5. The Save As dialog box closes. it opens in the appropriate window. When you open an existing workspace. Click Save New As. The Save As dialog box displays. Sentek Pty Ltd 38 . enter a file name for the new database. in the original size and position as when the workspace was last saved. if you open a stacked graph file (*. For example.. Click Save. and click Open The Logger Configuration dialog box displays the current soil moisture database (logger) configuration. When an IrriMAX file is opened from Workspace Manager. In the Save in: dialog box. 13. From the File menu. select Open and click Database.GSK). Matric Potential and Custom Sensors for detailed steps. 10. click on the down-arrow and select a location for the new database.wdb) for. Make sure you have finished adding sites to the soil moisture database Click 'Create I&R DB' to create a matching irrigation & rainfall database (one irrigation and one rainfall sensor for each site in the soil moisture database). 4. each of these files opens. You can open files by: • • browsing to the directory containing the file and selecting the file selecting a file from the recent files list in the File menu. Select the soil moisture database (.. The Open dialog box displays (to open a database on which to base the I&R database). all associated windows open. 6. Ø To create a new salinity compatible database Salinity compatible databases are created in the same way as soil moisture database. 11. See Salinity. one by one. 12.

• From the File menu. to open a database in the Logger Configuration dialog box Graph. Workspace Manager maintains a list of recently used files from which you can select a file to open. Ø To open a recently used file 1. In the Look in: box. 4.. click one of the following: Recent Workspaces to display a list of recent workspaces • Recent Graphs to display a list of recent graphs • Recent Layouts to display a list of recent layouts. Click Open. select Open and click one of the following: Workspace....IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide A recently used file is a file that has been opened before. A maximum of four files (for each file type) is displayed in the list. 2. The recently used file list is continually updated each time you open a file. A list of available files displays. The file opens and displays in the appropriate window.. to open a graph in a Graph window Layout. to open a layout in a Layout window The Open dialog box displays. Click on the file to be opened... A list of the recently used files displays. Ø To open a file 1. Sentek Pty Ltd 39 . to open a workspace in the Workspace Manager window Database. 3. • • • • From the File menu. click on the drop-down arrow and browse for the directory where the file is located..

Editing and cloning soil moisture databases Once you open a soil moisture database in the Logger Configuration dialog box. Note: Data Exchange also offers a method for cloning databases. The Save As dialog box displays. cloning the configuration and editing it may save time instead of creating a new one from scratch. The selected file opens in the appropriate window. 3. all aspects of its configuration are editable. The Logger Configuration dialog box closes. If the database contains readings. The Logger Configuration dialog box can only be used to view the configuration. with the source configuration displayed. When two loggers have the same or similar configurations. click Save New As. The Save As dialog box closes. click on the down-arrow and select a location for the new database. Editing a database without moisture readings If the database does not contain moisture readings. If you require a new irrigation & rainfall database. site labels and probe labels. In the Save in: dialog box. enter a file name for the new database Click Save. You cannot edit or clone irrigation & rainfall databases with the Logger Configuration dialog box. Click Quit. 4. 7. Create an I&R database Editing a database containing moisture readings Once moisture readings are added to a database.. click 'Create I&R DB'. The contents of the selected directory display. probes and sensors. Ø To clone a database 1. you can edit or clone the database as required. Change sensor calibration equations. The differences are described below. 5. See page 38 From the Logger Configuration dialog box. In the File name: box.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 2. but without the moisture readings. Create and delete sites. Change sensor addresses and depths. You can do any of the following: ü ü ü ü ü ü Change Logger ID. no parts of the configuration are editable and the database cannot be cloned.. The Logger Configuration dialog box is now displaying the cloned database. Click on the required file from the list. Note for Diviner® 2000 users: If the database originates from a Diviner® 2000 unit. Change normalization values (air and water counts) for each sensor. Editing a soil moisture database The degree to which a database can be edited depends on whether it contains moisture readings or not. the configuration of its sensors becomes fixed. Cloning a soil moisture database Cloning a database is the process of duplicating the configuration into a new file.. you are limited to doing the following: Sentek Pty Ltd 40 . 2. 6. Open the database file you wish to clone.

probes or sensors. Add Probe or Add Sensor as required. probe or sensor respectively. • 3. Delete Probe or Delete Sensor as required. Deleting a probe deletes all sensors attached to the probe. See below for details on editing a database. If you want to add an item. but no moisture readings. 4. site and probe labels as required by clicking on the existing labels and entering the new name. Changing sensor calibration equations. you are prevented from: û û Creating and deleting sites. If you have changed the logger ID label or altered the configuration of sensors. The changes are saved. See page 38 From the Logger Configuration dialog box. Changing normalization values (air and water counts) for each sensor. select the site. • • • • • • Open the database file you wish to clone. See page 153 for details on the Logger Configuration dialog box Sentek Pty Ltd 41 . Note: Deleting a site deletes all probes and sensors attached to that site. The Logger Configuration dialog box closes. and will have to create new graphs from it. by clicking on the fields and reading new values from the sensors. the configuration sent to the logger and readings downloaded. you will need to clone the database. site labels and probe labels. Note: This is a single button but the text changes as different logger tree items are selected. To protect the validity of the moisture readings already collected. 2. by clicking on the fields and entering new values. Make changes to the normalization values as required. you should update the logger by clicking Send to Logger. Click Quit.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide ü ü ü Changing Logger ID. to add a probe to a site. This new database can then be edited as desired. probes and sensors. See page 40 for details on cloning a database. For example. Note: This is a single button but the text changes as different logger tree items are selected. Ø To edit a database 1. All existing graphs and layouts will still refer to the old database. If the database does not yet contain moisture readings: Make changes to the sensor addresses and depths as required. select the logger. Make changes to the calibration equations for each sensor as required. Click Save. probes and sensors after collecting moisture readings. Click Delete Site. Editing a database's sensor configuration after readings are taken If it becomes necessary to change the physical layout of sites. 5. Click Add Site. Note: This will erase all moisture readings in the logger's memory. You will have to add the new database to your layouts as required. they will be lost. site or probe to which you want to add a site. using Data Exchange. This will result in a database with an identical configuration. If you want to delete any sites. If the readings have not yet been downloaded to a database. Note: Readings can be transferred from the old database to the new one. by selecting new values from the drop-down list. Changing sensor addresses and depths. do one or more of the following. as appropriate: Make changes to the logger. select the item.

the original file will be replaced with this file. 2. Note that the default name for a new workspace is 'Workspace'. If any files have not been saved before. 5. The Save As dialog box displays. The unsaved files could include workspaces. 3. 5. or try to open a new or existing workspace.. 4. If any files have not been saved before. layouts or graphs. If you want to save the workspace with a different file name. The file information is saved for all open layouts. the Save As dialog box displays for each unsaved file. 3. If the workspace is an existing workspace. click Save Workspace. Enter a file name for each new file. Select a file location for each new file. From the File menu. From the File menu. click Save Workspace As. Enter a file name for each new file. 4. Sentek Pty Ltd 42 . the workspace file does not exist until you save and name the file. 2. the Save As command is used. Note: If you close the Workspace Manager window.. layouts or graphs) you can use the Save All command. To quickly save changes to all open files (workspaces. graphs and the workspace. Click Save.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Saving workspaces When you create a new workspace. 2.. The new workspace is saved. Click Save. Ø To save a workspace as a new file 1. the file information is saved. 3. Click Save. Note that the current file name displays in the File name dialog box. Enter a file name for the new workspace. the Save As dialog box displays for each unsaved file. Ø To save all open windows 1. The new file is saved. 4. click Save All. Note: If you do not enter a new file name. you are prompted to save all unsaved files used in the currently open workspace. You are prompted to save any unsaved layouts or graphs. From the File menu. The new file is saved. Select a file location for each new file. Select a file location for the new database. Ø To save a workspace 1.

Note: Changes to the printer settings apply only to IrriMAX and do not alter the printer settings for any other application.. Click OK. The Page Setup dialog box displays. Select a printer. 2. Ø To batch print graphs 1. click Batch Print. From the File menu. From the File menu.. water budget dithering and source are common to all Page Setup dialogs. The paper size. The Batch Print dialog box displays. Sentek Pty Ltd 43 . click Page Setup. Using Global Page Setup The Workspace Manager Page Setup command is used to control the default orientation (portrait or landscape) of new documents. From Workspace Manager. you must have already selected the graphs to be printed.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Printing from Workspace Manager Batch printing is used to print one or more graphs at a time. you can use the Page Setup from the File menu of that document. select the graphs to include in the batch printing. Before you run the Batch Print command.... After a document is created. so changing those parameters on one document is reflected in Page Setup of all documents. 3.. Ø To set the page setup options 1. 4. The progress meter displays as graphs are sent to the printer. Graphs to be printed are selected in the Print column of the Workspace Manager window. to change the paper orientation and margins.

select either Portrait or Landscape. The required paper size The paper source Under Orientation. Sentek Pty Ltd 44 . select from the drop-down lists: • • 3. Workspace Properties The Workspace Properties dialog presents a number of tab pages containing properties that are stored within the workspace document.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Do one or more of the following: 2. Under Paper. The follwing tab pages allow setting of Workspace Properties: • • • • Mail Graphs Webify Workspace Webify Graphs FTP Upload Mail Graphs The Mail Graphs property page is used to set the properties of the workspace that control how graphs are mailed.

Enter 0 to use the same width or height as on screen. These macros are: • • • • GRAPH_NAME_TEXT is replaced by the name of the graph. Otherwise you can enter the recipients at the time you create the email.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Recipients Enter the email addresses of the recipients of the emailed graph snapshots. Use the Browse… button to search for a different template file. Leave blank to use the graph names. Sentek Pty Ltd 45 . GRAPH_DOWNLOAD_TEXT is replaced by the date and time of the last download into the database shown in the main pane of the graph. which can be found in the Templates folder inside the IrriMAX installation folder.html. Leave blank to use the default template GraphEmail. Template A template file to use when converting the graphs to emails. Override these dimensions with those in graph document If this box is checked and a graph document specifies a non-zero dimension in its properties. then the graphic dimension will be taken from the properties of the graph document. separated by commas. Subject Enter text for the subject line of the emails. GRAPH_LOGGER_TEXT is replaced by the Logger ID from the database shown in the main pane of the graph. Graphic Dimensions The width and height in pixels of the graphical part of the emailed graph snapshot. Enter the email addresses here if you will repeatedly email the same people. The subject text can contain certain macros that will be replaced with information specific to the graph you are mailing. GRAPH_COMMENT_TEXT is replaced by the user-entered comment for the graph.

Zoom graphs to vertical extents Check this box to zoom the graphs to show their full vertical range.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide An example of when this can be useful is if a particular graph contains a large number of panes. Only include graphs marked for batch printing Check this box to mail only those graphs with a tick in the Batch Print column in the workspace manager window. Sentek Pty Ltd 46 . Note that the graphs will continue to show the new time range after the process is complete. Leave blank to use the default template Workspace.html. Scroll graphs to end Check this box to scroll the graphs to reveal the most recent readings. Note that the graphs will continue to show the new range after the process is complete. It might be desirable to specify a large height value for that graph only. Use the Browse… button to search for a different template file. Webify Workspace The Webify Workspace property page is used to set the properties of the workspace that control how the workspace is converted to web-compatible form. which can be found in the Templates folder inside the IrriMAX installation folder. prior to taking the snapshot for emailing. Output Folder Use the Browse… button to select a folder to receive the files output by the webification process. prior to taking the snapshot for emailing. Workspace Template A template file to use when converting the workspace to web-compatible form.

Enter 0 to use the same width or height as on screen.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Output File Name The name for the webified workspace file. Use the Browse… button to search for a different template file. then the graphic dimension will be taken from the properties of the graph document. Upload when complete Check this box to upload the generated files to the Internet using FTP. Graphic Dimensions The width and height in pixels of the graphical part of the emailed graph snapshots. Index. Webify Graphs The Webify Graphs property page is used to set the properties of the workspace that control how the graphs are converted to web-compatible form. Leave blank to use the default template Graph. Only include graphs marked for batch printing Check this box to include only those graphs with a tick in the Batch Print column in the workspace manager window.html. which can be found in the Templates folder inside the IrriMAX installation folder. It might be desirable to specify a large height value for that graph only. Graph Template A template file to use when webifying the graphs.html is another choice. Sentek Pty Ltd 47 . Leave blank to use the workspace name. Override these dimensions with those in graph document If this box is checked and a graph document specifies a non-zero dimension in its properties. An example of when this can be useful is if a particular graph contains a large number of panes.

to receive the uploaded files. prior to webifying them. uncheck for active mode. Zoom graphs to vertical extents Check this box to zoom the graphs to show their full vertical range. Sentek Pty Ltd 48 .IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Scroll graphs to end Check this box to scroll the graphs to reveal the most recent readings. Note that the graphs will continue to show the new time range after the process is complete. Note that the graphs will continue to show the new range after the process is complete. Usually 21. Port Port number to use when connecting to your FTP server. User Name User name for authentication by your FTP server. See glossary entry for FTP for more information. prior to webifying them. Path Path of a folder on the FTP server. relative to the default login folder. Passive Mode Check this box to connect using passive mode. FTP Upload The FTP Upload property page is used to set the properties of the workspace that control how the webification output files are uploaded to the Internet. Address The name or IP address of your FTP server.

the name of the command being selected appears in the status bar. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Toolbar Status Bar To. Sentek Pty Ltd Shortcut key CTRL+I Button To. Ø To display the toolbar and status bar From the View menu. When ticked.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Password Password for authentication by your FTP server. the status bar displays. See Recalculate database. 49 . Viewing the toolbar and status bar The toolbar is used to quickly access major editing and viewing commands that are applicable to the window. Workspace View Menu The View menu lists elements of the window that may be displayed or removed from view. Launch the Data Exchange utility. The toolbar and status bar display by default. Create or modify an irrigation & rainfall database.. See Spike Remover. Used to place a hyperlink in the upload notification email. Path URL The URL for public access to the upload folder on the FTP server. The status bar at the bottom of a window displays information about the window. When ticked.. Recalculate the moisture readings in a database. Workspace Tools Menu The Tools menu provides a variety of options for manipulating databases and workspaces. the toolbar displays. display or hide the status bar. click: • Toolbar to display the toolbar • Status Bar to display the status bar. See Irrigation & Rainfall Data Entry.. When a menu or toolbar item is being selected a short description of the item is shown on the status bar. As you use the mouse to point to icons on a menu or toolbar. The toolbar displays by default but can be hidden or displayed as required.. Recipients Email addresses of recipients for a notification email after successful upload.. The menu commands. Remove spikes from a database. display or hide the toolbar. separated by commas. The menu commands.. toolbars. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Enter Irrigation & Rainfall… Spike Remover… Recalculate Database… Data Exchange. for example.

. Choose the name and location for the Zip file and click Save.sws. 2. Ø To copy a workspace and associated files to a Zip archive 1. so the volume name will be represented as the top-level folder in the path. It will not add files to an existing archive. all the graph and layout documents in the workspace... If the recipient's security policy forbids this. See IrriMAX Settings (page 57) IrriMAX Settings. select Zip Workspace… A file selection dialog appears. the file C:\Files\Workspace. However. Zip files cannot store volume information... By default. Zip Workspace A single workspace document and its associated graph. Sentek Pty Ltd 50 . Individual graphs can be specified by use of the Batch Print column in the workspace manager. See Zip Workspace.WDB file) exists with the same name as the database in the main pane of a graph window. it should be possible for them to create an exception for emails originating from you. layout and database files can be copied to a Zip archive.sws will be stored within the Zip file as C\Files\Workspace. Mail Graphs… Webify Workspace… Shortcut key Button To.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Menu item Zip Workspace. The Zip file will contain full path information for each file. For example: C: CD "C:\Program Files\Sentek\IrriMAX" IrriMAX. Copy all the files in the workspace to a ZIP archive. For example. and each database (. The archive will contain the workspace document.SDB file) that is currently being viewed in a graph window. viewable within the recipient's email client. or for giving the files to another person. IrriMAX will prompt for confirmation before overwriting it. Change the global settings for the application. Note: This feature requires that your machine is connected to the Internet. and that the recipient's email client is configured to allow HTML emails with embedded pictures. From the Tools menu of the workspace manager window. See Mail Graphs. If the Zip file already exists.zip" echo errorlevel=%ERRORLEVEL% IF NOT ERRORLEVEL 0 PAUSE Mail Graphs Snapshots of the graphs as currently shown on screen can be sent as HTML emails. See Webify Workspace. Ø To Zip a workspace from the command line Use the /zip switch to create a Zip archive of a workspace from the command line. IrriMAX will send one email for each graph in the workspace.exe "Example DB\LeekWorkspace.sws" /zip:"Example DB\LeekWorkspace. If an irrigation and rainfall database (. Generate a snapshot of the workspace in Web-compatible format and optionally upload it to a FTP server.. it will be backed up regardless of whether it is being viewed or not. This is convenient for making back-ups. Send snapshots of all or some of the graphs as Webcompatible emails.

For example: C: CD "C:\Program Files\Sentek\IrriMAX" Sentek Pty Ltd 51 . the Mail Settings page might appear if you have not already configured IrriMAX for sending mail. Ø To mail graphs in a workspace from the command line Use the /mail switch to mail a workspace's graphs from the command line. This field is mandatory. select Mail Graphs… The Mail Graphs dialog appears Recipients Enter the email addresses of the recipients of the emailed graph snapshots. Finally. At this point. Subject Enter text for the subject line of the emails. These macros are: • • • • GRAPH_NAME_TEXT is replaced by the name of the graph. separated by commas. The subject text can contain certain macros that will be replaced with information specific to the graph you are mailing. Leave blank to use the graph names.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To mail snapshots of the graphs 1. GRAPH_DOWNLOAD_TEXT is replaced by the date and time of the last download into the database shown in the main pane of the graph. click OK to email the graphs. GRAPH_LOGGER_TEXT is replaced by the Logger ID from the database shown in the main pane of the graph. Advanced… Click this button to invoke the Mail Graphs properties page for the workspace. The saved properties of the workspace will determine which graphs are mailed and to whom. GRAPH_COMMENT_TEXT is replaced by the user-entered comment for the graph. From there you can specify additional properties to fine-tune the way the emails will appear. Only include graphs marked for batch printing Check this box to mail only those graphs with a tick in the Batch Print column in the workspace manager window. From the Tools menu of the workspace manager window. 2.

IrriMAX can upload the generated files to the Internet using FTP. Data Exchange will open in a special mode to allow upload of the files using FTP. From there you can specify additional properties to fine-tune the way the webified workspace will appear. with an embedded graphic file showing those elements of the graph that cannot be otherwise represented.sws" /MAIL echo errorlevel=%ERRORLEVEL% IF NOT ERRORLEVEL 0 PAUSE Webify Workspace A snapshot of the current workspace can be converted into web-compatible files (HTML). Click OK to webify the workspace. with links to each of the graphs. The graphic file is in PNG (portable network graphics) format and is viewable in most modern browsers.exe "Example DB\LeekWorkspace. This is useful for converting the workspace into a universal format for use in presentations or for publishing on the Internet. Finally. This document contains embedded thumbnail images of the graphs. Only include graphs marked for batch printing Check this box to include only those graphs with a tick in the Batch Print column in the workspace manager window. 2. After a workspace has been webified. Upload when complete Check this box to upload the generated files to the Internet using FTP. When the process is complete. The webification process produces a web-compatible document (usually a HTML file) for each graph. select Webify Workspace… The Webify Workspace dialog appears Output Folder Use the Browse… button to select a folder to receive the files output by the webification process. From the Tools menu of the workspace manager window. and soil-moisture gauges for each summed graph. Sentek Pty Ltd 52 . Ø To webify a workspace 1.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide IrriMAX. IrriMAX will open the files using your default web browser. Advanced… Click this button to invoke the Webify properties pages for the workspace. A document is also produced for the workspace. you will be asked if you wish to view the output. if you selected Upload when complete.

The Workspace Manager window is sent behind all other floating windows. tile the windows from the left to the right of the screen. except the Workspace Manager window. Sentek Pty Ltd 53 . ALT +O ALT +T CTRL+R Viewing windows Once a file is opened (see page 38). Floating windows are free to float anywhere on the screen. include the layout window in the window arranging commands. tile all open windows from the top to the bottom of the screen.. CTRL+M ALT +C Shortcut key Toolbar Button To. display the Windows dialog box. ALT+O. displaying and accessing other open windows. return all windows to the position they were in prior to minimizing. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Arrange Ø Cascade Tile Horizontally Tile Vertically Include Workspace Manager Include Graphs Include Layouts Minimize All Restore All Minimized Bring Layouts to Front Window Ø Windows. arrange windows in overlap all open windows. All windows can be managed from the Workspace Manager window using the Window menu. Note: To quickly hide the Workspace Manager window. All windows can be viewed on the screen at one time. minimize all open windows. ALT+I can be used in most IrriMAX windows The menu commands.sws" /WEBIFY echo errorlevel=%ERRORLEVEL% IF NOT ERRORLEVEL 0 PAUSE Workspace Window Menu The Window menu provides options for sizing. include the Workspace Manager window in the window arranging commands. either tiled on the screen. including floating in front or behind other windows. The Window menu displays up to 15 file names. cascaded or floating. For example: C: CD "C:\Program Files\Sentek\IrriMAX" IrriMAX. bring the Layout windows in front of the Workspace window. Note: The shortcut keys for windows arrangement ALT+C. ALT+T. include the graph window in the window arranging commands.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To webify a workspace from the command line Use the /webify switch to webify a workspace from the command line.. right-click in the title bar (the bar at the top of the window containing the text IrriMAX) and click Send Back.. The saved properties of the workspace will determine which graphs are webified and how it is done. it displays in the appropriate window..exe "Example DB\LeekWorkspace.

from the Window menu. To select all files. click Windows. The last file selected from the list is activated and displayed.. select the graph or layout file to view. the workspace will be empty. Note: You can select multiple files to view. Ø To close open windows from the Windows dialog box From the Windows dialog box select the file(s) to close and click Close. press and hold the SHIFT key and select the last file in the list. Ø To save open windows from the Windows dialog box From the Windows dialog box select the file(s) to save and click Save.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To view open windows From the Window menu. The file(s) displays in the appropriate window. Using the Windows dialog box All open windows are listed in the Windows dialog box. select the first file in the list.. Sentek Pty Ltd 54 . Note: If there are more than 15 windows open. Ø To view open windows from the Windows dialog box From the Windows dialog box select the file(s) to view and click Activate. save or close by pressing and holding the CTRL key and left-clicking each file name. From the Windows dialog box you can: • • • display one or more open windows (if the windows are floating the last file selected displays on top) save one or more open windows close one or more open windows. Note: If you close all windows.. The Open Windows list displays all open windows. The graph or layout file displays.

Note: When all windows are minimized the window arrangement commands are dimmed. Arranging windows You can arrange all windows or selected types of windows to suit the information displayed. You can select which types(s) of windows to be included in the arrangement from the Arrange option of the Window menu in Workspace Manager. See page 32 for details of using the Workspace Manager window. You can apply the window arrangement commands to all windows or selected types of windows. You can arrange all windows or selected types of windows by selecting which types to include. The types are included in the arrangements when the buttons are depressed. Horizontal arrangement Tiling windows horizontally arranges all open windows in horizontal pattern from the top to the bottom of the screen. you may want to view a workspace. Arranging windows and icons is useful if. this window will float on top of all other window arrangements. if you only want to arrange and view the layout windows with the Workspace Manager window on one screen you would make sure that the Include Layouts option is turned on (selected) and that Include Graphs option is turned off (not selected). Icons appear at the bottom of the Windows desktop. you can minimize that window into an icon. Sentek Pty Ltd 55 . with a corresponding layout and graph window as three vertically aligned windows occupying the whole screen. For example. The windows overlap from least recently used to most recently used. Cascade arrangement Cascading windows arranges multiple windows in an overlapping sequence so that the title bar of each window is visible. Ø To select which window types are included in the arrangement commands From the Window menu. Note: The buttons on the toolbar for Include types are two position buttons. The Workspace Manager window remains in the foreground. point to Arrange and click one or more of the following: • • • Include Workspace Manager to include or exclude the Workspace Manager window in the window arrangements Include Layouts to include or exclude the Layout windows in the window arrangements Include Graphs to include or exclude the Graphs windows in the window arrangements. if you do not need to see a particular window but still need to keep it open. Note: The Workspace window has controls for minimize. Types windows that can be arranged A specific type or all open IrriMAX windows can be arranged from the workspace. The types are: • • • Layouts windows Graph windows Workspace window For example.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Arranging windows and icons Windows and icons (minimized IrriMAX windows) can be arranged from the Workspace Manager window using the Windows menu. Similarly. you want to view multiple windows at the same time. A type is selected to be included in the arrangements when the option is checked. maximize. If you do not include the Workspace Manager window. for example. restore and close each of its graphs.

Ø To bring layouts to the front From the Window menu. Note: When all windows are minimized the window arrangement commands are dimmed. Ø To minimize all windows From the Window menu. Minimizing all windows The Minimizing all windows command minimizes all open Graph and Layout windows in one simple step. Note: This is different to a conventionally minimized window that displays the button in the Taskbar. select Arrange and click one or more of the following: • • • Cascade . ) Bringing layouts to the front If Workspace Manager contains one or more layouts. multiple or all windows are minimized. When a layout or text viewer window is minimized an icon (button) displays at the bottom of the desktop. It does not matter whether one. the Restore all Windows command restores all minimized windows. This saves you having to minimize all windows using the standard Windows minimize button ( in every open window. If you want to minimize the Workspace Manager window. All open Graph and Layout windows will disappear until the Workspace Manager window is restored Minimizing windows hides the windows from view without closing the windows. you can bring the layouts to float on top of all other windows. for example. Ø To restore all minimized windows From the Window menu. The Restore all Windows command restores all minimized windows to normal windows. Ø To Arrange included window types From the Window menu. This makes it easy for you to find and display a layout. All minimized Graph and Layout windows are restored to the previous arrangement. as this is the parent from which you manage the other windows.All 'included' window types tile vertically. click Minimize All.All 'included' window types cascade with the Workspace Manager window on top Tile Horizontally .IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Vertical arrangement Tiling windows vertically arranges all open windows in a vertical pattern from the left to the right of the screen. Restoring minimized windows displays all open windows as they were prior to minimizing. click Bring Layouts to Front All Layout windows are brought to the front of all other open windows. click Restore All Minimized. if they were tiled they will return to their tiled positions. When a graph window is minimized it disappears. click in the title bar. All open Graph and Layout windows are minimized and appear as icons at the bottom of the Windows desktop. The Workspace Manager window remains open.All 'included' window types tile horizontally Tile Vertically . Sentek Pty Ltd 56 . The Minimize All command is also dimmed.

click Settings. Click OK to close the dialog box.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Workspace Help Menu The Help menu provides access to the online user guide contents and search utilities.. Click the Index tab to search for topics by using an index of keywords and phrases. Ø To access online help From the Help menu. Shortcut key F1 Button To. display current version information.. click About IrriMAX. Click the Find tab to use full-text search and look for specific words. The following settings topics are available: • • • • • • • • • IrriMAX Settings Overview Changing Date and Time Settings Changing Font Settings Changing Measurement Settings Changing Color Settings Changing Water Budget Line Settings Changing Irrigation and Rainfall Settings Changing Mail Settings Changing General Settings IrriMAX Settings Overview From the File menu. Ø To access version information about IrriMAX 1. The IrriMAX about dialog box displays. These settings are global and apply to all appropriate windows within IrriMAX. From the Help menu. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Help Topics About IrriMAX. display the online help file. IrriMAX Settings The Workspace Manager IrriMAX Settings dialog box provides controls to customize how IrriMAX looks and how it displays information. The menu commands. Click the Contents tab to scroll through a table of contents for online help. click Help Topics... 2. you can change the colors used for lines in a new graph or the measurement units displayed on all graphs. Sentek Pty Ltd 57 ... The Help window displays. For example. The IrriMAX Settings dialog box displays with the Date & Time tab. These settings can be changed at any time.

To return all date and time settings to the original configuration click the Reset All button. forward slash (/). This is in case you want to select another tab of the dialog box to make further changes to other settings. In the Format drop down list.. • • 4. Reset all settings on the displayed tab to the default values. Changing Date and Time Settings Date and time format can be customized to suit the way you want to show dates and times within IrriMAX.. 3. From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box. Click this button.to perform this function Apply all changes and close the IrriMAX Settings dialog box.. select the category of date and time you wish to change.) or colon (:). Date and time settings can be customized to suit American or European conventions and 12 or 24-hour clocks.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide All tabs of the IrriMAX Settings window have a common set of buttons for editing. The global settings remain unchanged.. full stop (. These are the values that applied when you first installed the software. Cancel the IrriMAX Settings dialog box without applying any changes. click the Date and Time tab (if not already displayed). Sentek Pty Ltd 58 . for example. accept the default or enter a separator. Ø To set the date and time formats 1. Display the online help. 2. do one of the following: Click the down arrow and select the format for that date and time category Accept the default In the Date Separator box. In the Category list. Apply all changes without closing the IrriMAX Settings dialog box. .

Ø To change the Font settings 1. forward slash (/).IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 5. Do one of the following: • • • Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog box Click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) Click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. In the Time Separator box.) or colon (:). 8. It also affects the calculation of weekly rainfall and irrigation totals. In the Category list. 7. From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box. 2. for example. click the Fonts tab. The available fonts are those installed in your Windows font directory. This setting is used in the graphs to determine the position of the vertical dashed lines when they are spaced one week apart. A sample of the new date format displays in the Sample box. To return all font settings to their original configuration click the Reset All button. Select either 12 or 24-hour clock. click the down arrow and select the day on which you want week intervals shown on graphs to start. 6. full stop (. Click Change. Changing Font Settings Character Font settings may be changed for the Workspace Manager window. Sentek Pty Ltd 59 . In the Week start day box. Logger Layout window. and Graph window. 3. The Font dialog box displays. accept the default or enter a separator. select the category to be changed.

select a style from those listed. Click OK. A sample of how the font will display is shown in the Sample box. A sample of the font displays in the Sample box. select an appropriate size to match your font. 8. In the Script drop down list. In the Size list. Changing Measurement Settings Units of measurement are used to calculate and display sensor depths. Sentek Pty Ltd 60 . so the setting should not be changed after the logger is configured. 5.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 4. The spacing of sensors is fixed at the time you configure a logger. scroll and select a font or enter the first letter/s of the font to narrow the selection to that area of the list. A sample of how the font will display is shown in the Sample box. 6. Only fonts that have special character sets. Italic. It is recommended that all reading be either metric or imperial rather than a mixture of both. 9. for example. Do one of the following: • • • Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog box Click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) Click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. Not all fonts have multiple script settings. In the Font style list. click on the drop-down arrow and select from the list. To return all measurement settings to their original configuration click the Reset All button. sensor spacing and moisture readings. such as Central European. The IrriMAX Settings dialog box displays. 7. In the Font dialog box. Symbol or Mac will list multiple script settings.

a list of existing user-defined units is available from the drop-down list. If you want to define a new moisture unit (other than those listed). User defined measurements may be edited or removed as required. for example. as the measurement name must be able to be easily read on a graph. Select a sensor depth. Sentek Pty Ltd 61 . restrict the name to about five characters. When customizing the name of your units. The Measurement tab of the IrriMAX Settings dialog box displays again. 3. Select either Millimeters per spacing. • • • Do one of the following: Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog box Click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) Click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. 5. If you select User Defined. click Add. 2. Enter a customized measurement equation.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To set units of measurement 1. 4. Select a sensor spacing measurement of 10cm (centimeters) or 4 inches (Imperial). cm = 0. Select a moisture measurement to display on the graphs. measurement unit of Centimeters or Inches. Inches per spacing or User Defined. click the Measurement tab. You can edit or remove existing user defined units by clicking Edit or Remove respectively. Click OK to accept the new user defined measurement units. From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box.1 x (mm). The User Defined Measure Unit dialog box displays.

To change a color. The Color dialog box displays. click on the drop-down arrow next to the category. Changes to colors are made as required. for example. Note: Changes to the Default Line Colors only apply to new documents created. From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box. Sentek Pty Ltd 62 . To change the line colors of an existing graph. Ø To change color settings 1. see page 108. click the Colors tab.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Changing Color Settings The color of layout highlights (showing a selected item in the layout window) and the color of graph lines and bars (as displayed in the graph window) may be changed as required. 2. Clicking the Reset All button resets both the colors and default line colors but only resets default line colors for lines that exist in the list. to make lines easier to read on a graph.

click Add Color. The last sensor color is deleted. To remove colors from the Default Line Colors list. 3. Click OK. Changing Water Budget Line Settings The default names. Note: Changes to the Budget Lines settings only apply to new summed graphs created. To add colors to the Default Line Colors list. drawing styles and colors of the water budget lines may be changed for IrriMAX summed graphs. see page 109. click the Colors tab. click Remove Color. Do one of the following: click OK to apply the changes and close the IrriMAX Settings dialog box click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. Ø To edit default line colors 1. Do one of the following: • • • Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog box click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) Click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. Note: The line color is black if a line number is not specified in this list. • • 4. • • • Do one of the following: Select a color from the Basic colors palette Click Define Custom Colors>> and click on the variegated palette. Sentek Pty Ltd 63 . Click Add to Custom Colors to select the non-basic color and return to the Basic colors palette.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 3. To change the water budget line properties of an existing graph. 4. The next sensor spacing displays in a different color. From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box. 5. 2. The Color dialog box closes.

2. 5.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To change default water budget line settings 1. To change the default name for a water budget line. click on the Default button. Changing Irrigation and Rainfall Settings This dialog can be opened from three places: • • • Workspace Manager IrriMAX Settings Irrigation & Rainfall Entry system menu Irrigation & Rainfall Site Settings dialog Warning: For existing sites it is not recommended to change the settings from specific times to daily totals. Sentek Pty Ltd 64 . click the Budget Lines tab. • • • From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box. 4. This is because Irrigation & Rainfall Data Entry does not reconcile specific times with daily 24-hour durations. click on the corresponding edit control in the Default Name column and type in a new name. styles and colors to the system defaults. To restore the default names. To change the default style or color for a water budget line. Do one of the following: click OK to apply the changes and close the IrriMAX Settings dialog box click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. 3. click on the corresponding control in either the Style or the Color column.

This is the time of day that the I&R Totals modes use as the start time for Hourly. When opened from Workspace Manager. Daily. Rainfall amount (specific times and daily totals) Irrigation amount (specific times and daily totals) (Graphs) Day Start (Data Editing) Date/Time Entry Format (Data Editing) Settings for (Data Editing) Entry/View columns For the selected setting combination this field specifies which columns appear in the table in the Edit/Preview window. rainfall records could be stored as rainfall to 9am. or rainfall from 9am (the previous day).IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Control Irrigation & Rainfall tab page (Graphs) Week Start Description This is the IrriMAX Settings tab page for Irrigation & Rainfall. It also affects the calculation of weekly rainfall and irrigation totals. The selection of end date or start date or duration may be governed by the way that data is recorded e. or 24 hour clock). The format of this field is controlled by Windows Regional setting for Time (12 hour with AM/PM. In the Week Start box. Sentek Pty Ltd 65 . This field has four options and each is set independently. When it is opened from the Irrigation & Rainfall Site Settings dialog only this tab is displayed.g. When daily totals are selected the time is not displayed in the Edit/Preview table. Placing the mouse pointer over the date cell will display a ToolTip that shows the time. This selects the format of date and time field in the table in the Edit/Preview window. Weekly and Monthly totals. other IrriMAX Settings tab pages are also available. It can be changed at any time because the database stores the date/time in a format independent way. This setting is used in the graphs to determine the position of the vertical dashed lines when they are spaced one week apart. click the down arrow and select the day on which you want week intervals to start.

or 24 hour clock). Some countries may record the observation as rain for the current day. Sentek Pty Ltd 66 . . This corresponds to internationally accepted rainfall observations which record the 9am observation as the rain for the previous day. The format of this field is controlled by the above Date/Time Entry format (12 hour with AM/PM. but remain on current dialog so further combinations of Settings for can be set. midnight).IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide (Data Editing) Day start This field only appears for rainfall or irrigation daily totals and specifies the start time of daily event. The default for Rainfall (Daily Totals) is for the rainfall end-date at 9:00am. Sender Identification Enter the email address and name to identify the sender of the emails sent by IrriMAX on your behalf. Your ISP or network administrator will provide you with these settings. The settings in this section should be the same as you would enter into a mail client like Outlook Express. Save the changes and return to the Site Settings dialog (or Workspace Manager window) Discard any changes and return to the Site Settings dialog (or Workspace Manager window) Save the changes. The default for Irrigation (Daily Totals) is 00:00 (12:00am. This may need changing to the time you typically start daily irrigation. Open online help for this dialog Changing Mail Settings The Mail tab of the IrriMAX Settings dialog box contains two sections: • Outgoing Mail Server • Sender Identification Outgoing Mail Server IrriMAX acts as an SMTP mail client for the purpose of sending mail.

the new size only applies to newly added image objects in the layout window. which represents the typical time scale over which the soil moisture needs to be monitored. IrriMAX will attempt to send an email to the address that you entered in the Sender Identification section. The value here is the default value assigned to newly created graphs. on the Layout window. Graph default preset date range Each graph window has a preset date range.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Testing your mail settings To verify the settings you have entered. click the Test… button. Changing General Settings The General tab of the IrriMAX Settings dialog box contains three sections: • • • Startup settings Logger layout settings Graph settings Startup options IrriMAX can be configured to open the last used workspace each time it is started. Holding down the SHIFT key while IrriMAX starts will prevent the opening of the last workspace. This is when new database is added to a layout. Sentek Pty Ltd 67 . using the mail server specified in the Outgoing Mail Server section. This is a convenient feature if you regularly use the same workspace. or when new site is added to an existing database in the layout document. may be changed as required. The splash screen is the Sentek graphic picture that displays when the software is started. The preset date range for graphs can be changed individually using the graph settings dialog. Logger image settings The size of the default logger and site icons. This image can be switched off with the Show splash screen option. If you select a new default size.

Sentek Pty Ltd 68 . From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box. 2. Do one of the following: • • • Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog box Click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) Click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. Click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. It must be noted that any screen line width greater than one will noticeably slow down the drawing of graphs. 2. click the General tab. Under Logger layout. Normally the widths are set to one. • • 3. Ø To change the startup settings 1. Under Startup. • • • From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box. select from the drop-down list: Small Medium Large Do one of the following: Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog box. The preset date range should represent the typical number of days over which recent soil moisture needs to be monitored. Graph line widths The width of graph lines can be independently set for when they are displayed on screen and when they are printed. Ø To set the graph line widths 1. Click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings). or use the arrow buttons to increase or decrease the value. click the General tab. click the General tab. click the checkboxes to select: Load last workspace on startup to load the last workspace when you next start IrriMAX. 2. • • • 3. Ø To set the default layout image size 1. 3. • • • From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Note: Changes to the Preset Date Range only apply to new graphs created. Changing the widths affects all the display of all graphs. Show splash screen on startup to turn the splash screen on Do one of the following: Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog box Click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) Click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. but this value may be increased to improve legibility of the lines. Type a value in the preset date range edit box. From the IrriMAX Settings dialog box. Ø To set the default preset date range 1. click the General tab.

select a line width from the Line width on screen or Line width when printed drop-down lists. 3. • • • Under Graph.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 2. Sentek Pty Ltd 69 . Do one of the following: Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog box Click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) Click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box.

Sentek Pty Ltd 70 . or create a new layout. toolbar. status bar and a layout area. and create new graphs from the databases displayed.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Layouts The Layout window provides a pictorial representation of logger configurations. The Layout window consists of a menu bar. add / edit Irrigation & Rainfall data About the Layout window The Layout window opens when you view a workspace in IrriMAX that contains a layout. From the Layout window you create a picture of your site. This section covers: • • • • • Introduction to Layouts Layout File Menu Layout Edit Menu Layout View Menu Layout Help Menu Introduction to Layouts From the Layout window you can: • create new layouts from existing databases • • • view and modify layouts create graphs from layouts.

a large red question mark displays over the logger and sites images. Menu bar The Layout window menu bar contains all commands under five menu items. The toolbar displays by default but can be hidden or displayed as required. Where available the menu commands display the shortcut keys that perform the equivalent command.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The components of a layout are: • logger image(s) • • one or more site images with probes and sensors a background image or color The images can be moved around the window as appropriate. Ø To return to the Workspace Manager window from the Layout window Click on Toolbar The Layout window toolbar is used to quickly access major editing and viewing commands that are applicable to the Layout window. in the menu bar. You could use an aerial photograph of the site area as the background image and place the logger and site image at the appropriate places on the background. Note: If a site contains more than three probes the image shows three probes with a '+' sign. Status bar The status bar at the bottom of a window displays information about the window. As you use the mouse to point to icons on a menu or toolbar. See page 80 for details of finding missing databases. You can search for the missing database to update the layout. Layout window commands All Layout window commands are available from one of the following: • menus on the menu bar • • buttons on the toolbar shortcut keys on the keyboard Sentek Pty Ltd 71 . the name of the command being selected appears in the status bar. For example. Each menu item contains commands or submenus with commands. Missing databases If you open a layout and the original database file has been removed or renamed.

. Sentek Pty Ltd . Ø To create a new layout 1. Print Print Preview Page Setup... click on the file to be opened. If you do not see a menu. A blank layout displays. A shortcut menu displays if available.. open an existing layout.. See Printing layouts. CTRL+O CTRL+S Creating new files in the Layout window The layout window is used to create new layouts or new graphs based on databases included in the layout window. change the current page setup. Make sure the edit mode is enabled before proceeding ( button depressed). save the current layout with a new name.. See Opening layouts. From the File menu. 4. Database files have a file extension of . For example: • • • Right-click on a blank layout to display a list of commands for the layout space. The menu commands.. The Open dialog box displays. Graphs can be created for a logger or site through the Sensor Selection window.SDB. 5. no shortcut options are available for that item. From the Edit menu. click New. In the Directory contents: box. save the current layout. 72 3. close the layout window. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item New Open Save Save As. click on the drop-down arrow and select the directory where the database is located.. click Add Database... Right-click on a site image to display the commands specific to the site. Ø To display the shortcut menus Right-click any item (object) in the window. Right-click on a logger image to display the commands specific to the logger or a whole database. create a new layout. print the layout. In the Look in: box. See Saving layouts. Graphs can be created from any open layout provided that the database contains at least 2 readings. Note: Follow the steps below to use the current layout displayed. Close on the title bar CTRL+P Shortcut key CTRL+N Button To. See Creating new files in the Layout window.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide • options from the shortcut menu (right-click an item in a window to see the menu in context with the item) Note: Not all commands are available using all methods. Layout File Menu The File menu displays file commands for layouts. 2. preview the file as it will print.

double-click either a logger image (to display a Sensor Selection window with all sites) or a site image (to display a Sensor Selection window with only the selected sites). Note: Clicking the icons in this window toggles between selecting and deselecting sensors. 4. See Sensor Selection window section for a description of the graph types. You cannot create a summed matric potential graph with more than one sensor. Click Open. Ø To create a new graph 1. 2. The Sensor Selection window displays the sensor configuration for the selected object. Selected sensors are shown as green. From here you can alter the way any component of the layout appears using the Edit menu options. Select the sensors to be included in the graph. This is a new unsaved layout. A pictorial representation of the logger configuration database displays in the Layout window. You cannot mix moisture and matric potential sensors on the one graph. 3. From the Layout window. Click on the graph type icon in the toolbar. Sentek Pty Ltd 73 . A new unsaved graph displays in the Graph window.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 6.

' Right click one or more Site(s) & select 'Enter Irrigation & Rainfall. Open layouts are placed in the currently open workspace of the Workspace Manager window. The Open dialog box displays. giving you the opportunity to create a new Irrigation & Rainfall database. In the Directory contents: box. Ø To open a layout 1.. 2. In the Look in: box.. • • • 2. From the File menu.' (this will pre-select this site or sites in the I&R data entry dialog). From the Layout window. click Open..SLL. click on the filename of the layout to be opened.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To Add Irrigation & Rainfall data Note: A Logger with an associated irrigation & rainfall database will have an icon like this: 1. do one of the following: Select a logger & click the 'Enter Irrigation & Rainfall data' icon on the toolbar. Ø To open a recently used layout from the layout window From the File menu. You can open files in the Layout window by: • • browsing to the directory containing the file and selecting the file selecting a file from the recently used file list in the File menu.. The layout displays. click on the drop-down arrow and select the directory where the file is located. Sentek Pty Ltd 74 . Click Open. The Irrigation & Rainfall database icon is displayed. click on the file to be opened.. Opening layouts Each layout opens in its own layout window.. 4. Right click on a logger & select 'Enter Irrigation & Rainfall. an 'Open File error' will be displayed.. 3. If there is no I&R database associated with the selected soil moisture logger (database). The layout displays. Please see page 139 for further help on I&R data entry. Layout files have a file extension of *.

. The new layout is saved. The new file is saved. The layout file is saved. Ø To save a layout as a new file 1. Printing layouts Layouts can be printed from the Layout window. Enter a file name for the new layout file. the Save As dialog box displays. Select a file location for the new layout. the Save As command can be used to save a copy of the layout with a new name. to set whether the document is printed in portrait or landscape orientation. The Print Preview command displays the current file. click Save. Using the Print Preview command. Note that the default name for a new layout is 'Layout1'. You can also print your layout to a printer file. before sending layouts to the printer. Some darker backgrounds may obscure logger setups when printed on low resolution.. 3. If you close an unsaved layout you are prompted to save the layout. From the File menu.. Click Save. 3. 2. Enter a file name for the new file. Note: Printing without backgrounds on black and white or slow printers may save time and printer resources. Before you print. Ø To save a layout 1. Ø To change page setup for a layout 1. From the File menu. You can print a layout with or without its background. Click Save. Note: If you do not enter a new file name. For example. as it would appear when printed. click Save As. you should check that the page setup is correct for the document being printed. 2. you could use this feature to print a layout using another computer that doesn't have IrriMAX installed.. you can ensure that margin. printer settings and selected content are correct. The Save As dialog box displays. If the layout has not yet been saved.. 4. click Page Setup.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Saving layouts If you require a copy of the layout.. Select a file location for the layout file. For example. From the File menu. Note that the current file name displays in the File name box. The Page Setup dialog box displays. The Page Setup command is used to control how the document is printed on the page. A printer file saves all necessary information in a file that can be used on another printer supporting the same printer language. Sentek Pty Ltd 75 . black and white printers. 4. the original file will be replaced with this file.

select any or neither of the following options: Center layout on the page Print layout background Click OK to save the changes and close the Page Setup dialog box. The Print Preview window displays. 4. From the File menu. Under Paper. 5. Note how the sample page reflects these changes. Ø To view a layout in print preview 1. Under Margins.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 2. • • 3. Sentek Pty Ltd 76 . click Print Preview. enter any special requirements for margins. • • 6. Under Layout. select either Portrait or Landscape. select from the drop-down lists: The required paper size The paper source Under Orientation.

The Print dialog box displays. From the Print Preview window toolbar you can: To. display the second page of the file where the file has more than one page. Sentek Pty Ltd 77 . minimize the view of a specific area of the file. where the file has more than one page.. where the file has more than one page. display two pages of the file simultaneously. display the previous page of a file where you are on a page other than the first page.. display one page of the file..IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 2. Ø To print a layout 1... close the print preview window. Click.. send the file in its current state to the printer. enlarge a specific area of the file. click Print.. From the File menu.

Ø To close layouts From the File menu. choose a new image select the small default icon select the medium default icon select the large default icon access label position options for the selected item. If you close an unsaved layout. 4. The Print to File dialog box displays. click Print. 6. Closing layouts Since each layout file opens in its own window. Under Copies. instead you could click Workspace on the menu bar. access the options for a selected item(s) Edit Irrigation & Rainfall data..PRN. The Layout window is closed. position the label in the center of the icon position the label above the icon Sentek Pty Ltd 78 . equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Selection Ø Enter Irrigation & Rainfall.. edit the selected logger configuration. 5. From the File menu. Logger Configuration. The layout is sent to the printer. remove selected database (configuration).... Click OK. you are prompted to save the layout and the Save As dialog box displays. The Print dialog box displays. Note: You should not close a layout if you want to retain it in the workspace. Click the Print to file option. Click OK. Layout Edit Menu The Edit menu displays commands to format and configure a layout. access the image options for the selected item. 3..IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 2. Printer files have a file extension of *. Default Small Default Medium Default Large Label Position Ø Center Above Shortcut key Button To. Closing a layout removes the layout from the currently displayed workspace in the Workspace Manager window. 2. Click Save to save the layout printer file. The menu commands. click Close.. Remove Database Image Ø Choose.... Select a destination for the file. closing a layout file also closes the window. Enter a file name. See Editing the appearance of a layout window. Ø To print to a printer file 1. select the number of copies you want to print. 3.

This causes all the databases in the layout to reload their configuration and update the layout window. no editing commands are available. These changes can only be made when the layout window is in editing mode. select a background color. Background Ø Color. colors and fonts. Sentek Pty Ltd 79 . The buttons and menu options are dimmed. straighten links... When editing mode is turned off. make links fatter. Image.... make links normal thickness. Select All Font. change the fonts settings. Thin Normal Thickness Fat Snap-To Grid Ø Off Fine Medium Coarse Enable Editing (Create Graph) CTRL+E CTRL+B CTRL+F select all the elements of the layout window.. See Editing the appearance of a layout window.. access the links option. Logger configurations can be edited through the Logger Configuration dialog box accessed from the Edit menu.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Menu item Below Left Right Add Databases.. refresh the databases in the current layout. See Editing the appearance of a layout window.. This window is also displayed by double-clicking the logger image or site image in the layout window. select a link color. make links thinner.. position the label below the icon position the label to the left of the icon position the label to the right of the icon add a database to the current layout. view the Sensor Selection window to create graphs.. See Editing the appearance of a layout window. access the background options. CTRL+I to change the alignment of links and images. tile the background image. Refresh Databases Shortcut key Button To. Editing layouts Layouts may be edited to change elements of the layout window such as appearance. See Editing the appearance of a layout window.. to prevent accidental movement of a logger in relation to the background picture. to enable layout editing. Tile Image Links Ø Straighten all Links Color. See page 19 for details on the Logger Configuration dialog box Note: It is recommended to turn off edit mode when the layout has a background image. select a background image.

removed and refreshed in a layout when using edit mode. The background by changing colors. the only editing commands available are in the Image and Label Position submenus. Release the mouse button and the selected objects are highlighted. The images and links that represent the logger and its sites and probes. Image and Label Position submenus. see page 82 for details. you have changed logger or site names. a line displays the borders of the selection. Selected objects can also be moved about the layout by dragging a selected object(s) with the mouse. All objects in the layout From the Edit menu. You can edit the following objects in editing mode: • • • The layout by adding or removing databases. Note: When editing mode is turned off. for example. objects cannot be moved within the layout.BMP) images. Ø To select objects for editing You can select one or more objects by doing one of the following: • • One object Click on one object. Loggers and probes are displayed using the default images or customized with either the crop images supplied or your own images. you can select the object and view the shortcut menu at the same time. Changes can now be made to the layout file. fonts and background images. As the mouse moves. for example. If. Editing selected objects The Edit menu only displays the edit commands available for the selected object(s). If you select both a logger and a probe. except the background. you can refresh the database(s) appearance in a layout. If you select a probe. you select a logger image. click each object to be selected. Multiple scattered objects (not including links) Press and hold the ctrl key. for example. the Selection menu is empty. Managing databases Databases can be added. Ø To enable editing From the Edit menu. must be selected before they can be edited. Note that IrriMAX only supports bitmap (*. If a database has changed since the layout was first created. Click and drag the mouse until the selection encloses the objects. Sentek Pty Ltd 80 .IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Note: Logger configurations are not a part of the layout window. • • Note: If you right-click an object. see page 82 for details. Selecting objects for editing All objects. the object is highlighted Multiple adjacent objects (not including links) Place the cursor at a point. the layout window will not know until the Refresh Databases command is used. so can still be edited when edit mode is turned off. the Selection submenu is empty. If no object is selected or more than one object is selected. If a database file is restored. Each object is highlighted as it is selected. above and to the left of the objects to be selected. click Enable Editing. click Select All. the editing commands include Remove Database.

From the Edit menu. Sentek Pty Ltd 81 . Ø To refresh all databases (no selection necessary) From the Edit menu. See page 153 for details on how to configure a logger. Note: Logger and probe labels are defined in the logger configuration and display in the Layout window. 3.. Click on the database to be included in the layout. select the Selection submenu or right-click the logger image. click on the drop-down arrow and browse for the directory where the database file is located. 4. The Selection submenu displays. Ø To remove a database from the layout (logger selection only) 1. select the Selection submenu or right-click the logger image. Right-click on the affected logger and click Find Missing Database. The Logger Configuration dialog box displays. Select Logger Configuration. 2.. Click Open. Select Remove Database. 2.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To edit the logger configuration (logger selection only) 1. 5. click Refresh Databases All data is updated in the layout window. 2.. In the Look in: box. The Missing Database dialog box displays. The red question marks are removed from the images. A list of available files displays. Click Browse to browse for the missing database. Click OK to remove the database. Ø To find a missing database (logger selection only) 1. You are prompted to confirm that you want to remove the database from the layout.. To edit label text you have to edit the logger configuration in the Logger Configuration dialog box. 3. The logger and site images are removed from the layout. The Open dialog box displays. The Selection submenu displays.. From the Edit menu.

Select Image. and the images that represent loggers and probes. The Selection submenu displays. for example.. the image may be tiled (repeated across the window). Where an image is chosen. • • • 2. giving you the opportunity to create a new Irrigation & Rainfall database. You may want to do this if. Individual labels cannot be formatted separately. Backgrounds can be displayed as block colors or images.' Right click one or more Site(s) & select 'Enter Irrigation & Rainfall.. You can also place bends into any link. Editing the appearance of a layout window The appearance of a Layout window. From the Edit menu. Layout links are the lines that join site images to logger images in the Layout window. Right click on a logger & select 'Enter Irrigation & Rainfall. By default the links display as straight lines. Ø To change the size of an object (any selected image) 1. select the Selection submenu. Link color and line thickness can be changed so that the link clearly contrasts against colored backgrounds. Sentek Pty Ltd 82 .' (this will pre-select this site or sites in the I&R data entry dialog). you use a background image to represent your irrigation layout and you may want to place the logger and site images on the background image to reflect their true physical positions. The Irrigation & Rainfall data entry database is displayed. Please see page 139 for further help on I&R data entry.. Note: If there is no I&R database associated with the selected soil moisture logger (database). can be edited individually. do one of the following: Select a logger & click the 'Enter Irrigation & Rainfall data' icon on the toolbar. The Image submenu displays. Changing the layout font setting changes the font of all the labels displayed in the Layout window. 2.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To Edit Irrigation & Rainfall data A Logger with an associated irrigation & rainfall database will have an icon like this: 1. From the Layout window. an 'Open File error' will be displayed. Links can be: • • • • bent (individually selected links) straightened (individually selected or all links) changed in color (all links) changed in line thickness (all links)..

*. In the Directory contents: box. Above to position the label directly above the image. click Font. A sample of how the font will display is shown in the Sample box. to select a new image. The Selection submenu displays. In the Font style box.JPG. *. • Do one of the following Click Choose.. 2. To position the label. 3. 2. In the Font box.BMP. A sample of how the font will display is shown in the Sample box. for example. click on the image to be opened. *. Sentek Pty Ltd 83 .. Allowable image files have the extensions *. In the Look in: box.PNG. The new image displays in the Layout window. The label is repositioned. Click Open.EMF. From the Edit menu. scroll and select a font or enter the first letter/s of the font to automatically scroll to that area of the list. The Label Position submenu displays. Italic. The Font dialog box displays. Select Label Position.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 3. Left to position the label to the left of the image.. 3. click on the drop-down arrow and select the directory where the image is located. Below to position the label directly below the image. Click Default Small to select the default small image Click Default Medium to select the default medium image Click Default Large to select the default large image. The Open dialog box displays. Right to position the label to the right of the image. *.. • • • Ø To change a label position (any selected image) 1.TIFF and *. click: Center to position the label in the center of the image. • • • • • From the Edit menu.. select a style from those listed. Ø To change layout fonts 1. select the Selection submenu.GIF.

The Color dialog box displays. Not all fonts have multiple script settings. Note: The layout window does not control the image size. A sample of how the font will display is shown in the Sample box. select an appropriate size to match your font.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 4. • • • • To change the current link color using the Basic colors palette.TIFF and *. 5. Only fonts that have special character sets. select Background and click Image.GIF. The Color dialog box closes and the background refreshes with the new color. Click Add to Custom Colors.. Click Open. In the Script box. such as Central European. In the Directory contents: box. The Open dialog box displays.. *. 2. *. *. From the Edit menu. 3. select a color and click OK. To change the current link color using the Custom Colors palette: Click Define Custom Colors>>.. Sentek Pty Ltd 84 .PNG.. click on the drop-down arrow and select a preferred script. Allowable image files have the extensions *. Ø Changing the background image 1. You may need to alter the image size in a graphics software package if you want it to fill the window. Select a color using the custom color controls. *. From the Edit menu. Click OK.JPG. Symbol or Mac will list multiple script settings. select Background and click Color. In the Size box. 6. click on the image to be opened. The Font dialog box closes. click on the drop-down arrow and select the directory where the image is located. The Color dialog box closes and the links are refreshed with the new color. Click OK.EMF. In the Look in: box. 4... 3. The image displays in the Layout window. Do one of the following: 2. Ø Changing the background color 1.BMP.

From the Edit menu. You are prompted to confirm that you want to straighten all links. and click Straighten. The link is highlighted. The Color dialog box closes and the links are refreshed with the new color. select Background and click Tile Image. Sentek Pty Ltd 85 . 3. Click OK. Do one of the following: To change the current link color using the Basic colors palette. From the Edit menu.. Click and hold the mouse button at the point on the link where you want to place the bend. The Color dialog box displays. select Links and click Color. 4. The window is refreshed and all links are straightened. 2. select Links and click the desired width. To change the current link color using the Custom Colors palette: • • • • Click Define Custom Colors>>. The Color dialog box closes and the links are refreshed with the new color. Note: The current background must contain a background image for this command to work. 2.. from: • Thin • Normal Thickness • Fat All links display at the chosen width. select a color and click OK. 3. Repeat this process to place all required bends in the links. Drag the link to place the desired bend. Ø To change the color of all links 1. The whole link is straightened. 2. The image is replicated across the window. Click Add to Custom Colors. Click OK. Ø To change the link width From the Edit menu. The link now has two straight segments joined at the bend. select Links and click Straighten all Links.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø Tiling a background image From the Edit menu. Ø To bend a link 1. Ø To straighten selected links Do one of the following: • Right-click anywhere on the link. Ø To straighten all links 1. Click on the desired link in the layout. the bends remain intact but the segments closest to the image adjust in length to conform with the new position. Note: If you click and drag a logger or site image after the bends are placed. Select a color using the custom color controls.

you can see the image moves in 'jumps' reflecting the grid cell size. Use Snap-To Grid when you want neat alignment of images in the layout. The menu commands. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Toolbar Status Bar To. the name of the command being selected appears in the status bar. and click Remove Bend. The more coarse the setting. display or hide the toolbar.. The status bar at the bottom of a window displays information about the window. select Snap-To Grid and click the required setting from: • • • • Off Fine Medium Coarse. click: • Toolbar to display the toolbar • Status Bar to display the status bar. The selected bend is removed. Using Snap-To Grid Snap-To Grid is used to control how objects are aligned in the Layout window. the staus bar shows the database name. When ticked. Snap-To Grid can also be switched off.. toolbars. The toolbar displays by default but can be hidden or displayed as required. When a menu or toolbar item is being selected a short description of the item is shown on the status bar. Ø To use Snap-To Grid From the Edit menu. Layout View Menu The View menu lists elements of the window that may be displayed or removed from view. this allows you to place objects anywhere in the layout. | After clicking on a logger image.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide • Right-click on a bend. Ø To display the toolbar and status bar From the View menu. the bigger the 'jumps'. Layout Help Menu The Help menu provides access to the online user guide contents and search utilities. the toolbar is displayed. Snap-To Grid settings 'draw' an invisible grid across the window and elements can only be moved to the intersecting points on the grid. When Snap-To Grid is on and you move an object such as a site image. display or hide the status bar. When ticked. The layout links and images will conform to the chosen setting when moved. the status bar is displayed. Sentek Pty Ltd 86 . Viewing the toolbar and status bar The toolbar is used to quickly access major editing and viewing commands that are applicable to the window. for example. As you use the mouse to point to icons on a menu or toolbar.

Click the Index tab to search for topics by using an index of keywords and phrases. Ø To access online help From the Help menu. Ø To access version information about IrriMAX 1. Click the Contents tab to scroll through a table of contents for online help. The Help window displays.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The menu commands. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Help Topics About IrriMAX.. 2.. click Help Topics. From the Help menu. Shortcut key F1 Button To. Sentek Pty Ltd 87 .. display the online help file display current version information.. click About IrriMAX.. The IrriMAX about dialog box displays. Click OK to close the dialog box.. Click the Find tab to use full-text search and look for specific words.

Graphs can be created in the Workspace Manager window or the Layout window. This is done with the Sensor Selection window. the database and the desired sensors must be selected then type of graph chosen. See page 34 for details on creating graphs in the Workspace Manager window See page 72 for details on creating graphs in the Layout window. This section covers: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Sensor Selection window About the Graph window Summed graph Growth Stages Stacked graph Separate Y graph Common Y graph Irrigation and rainfall pane Salinity pane Custom Sensors Pane Scrolling graphs Missing databases in graphs The Graph window commands Graph File Menu Graph Edit Menu Graph View Menu Graph Zoom commands Graph Tools Menu Graph Help Menu Sensor Selection window To create a graph.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Graphs The Graph window displays data from the loggers in a selected graph format. This window opens when you create a graph from either: • • Workspace Manager Layout window Sentek Pty Ltd 88 .

representing all selected soil water sensors. the Irrigation & Rainfall pane (if I&R data is present. logger icon or depth value boxes in this window toggles between selecting and deselecting sensors.representing individual soil water sensors in order of increasing depths Separate Y graph . About the Graph window The Graph window is made up of multiple panes. Selected sensors are shown as green. Some graph menu items and toolbar buttons affect only the data shown by the graph in the selected pane. Clicking on a probe head will select or deselect all sensors on that probe.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Clicking the sensor icons. on a common Y axis (the average soil water content of two or more probes can be displayed if the sensor depths are compatible) Stacked graph . Dual (salinity moisture) sensors are distinguished by a different color combination. Sentek Pty Ltd 89 . probe cap icons. the Salinity pane (if salinity sensors exist and salinity pane is activated using the Salinity button) and the Soil Moisture pane. The selected pane is identified by the bold title in the left hand pane margin. and this pane is activated using the I&R button). Clicking on the logger icon will select or deselect all sensors. Clicking a depth indicator will select or deselect all sensors at that depth. The four graph types are: • • • • Summed graph .representing the sum of the data from all selected sensors. You cannot mix matric potential and moisture sensors on the one graph (they have different units). Matric potential sensors have a different symbol.representing the individual soil water sensors in order of increasing depths with individual Y scales per sensor Common Y graph .

gsk for stacked. Graph files are saved with a file extensions of *. Dragging the pane splitter bars will change the relative size of these panes. salinity pane. Data for the currently selected pane can also be displayed in a separate Text Data Viewer window and saved as an ASCII text file. custom senor pane(s). See page 131 for details.gt for summed. *. above the soil moisture pane.gss for separate Y and *. *. Status bar Graph symbols on the graph lines. and soil moisture or matric potential (primary) pane.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The Graph window consists of • • • • Menu bar Toolbar Graph Header Graph panes containing the graph lines and axes that appear in the order from the top: Irrigation & rainfall pane. Each of these menus contains sub menus and commands. with the I&R pane above the salinity pane. Sentek Pty Ltd 90 . • • When I&R data and/or salinity data is displayed the graph is split horizontally into additional panes. Where available the menu commands display the shortcut keys that perform the equivalent command. Menu bar The Graph window menu bar contains all commands under six menus.gsc for common Y graph types.

the details are: • Logger ID and last download • • Line legend of color. the details displayed are: • Logger ID and last download • • Line legend for each line of each color. The toolbar displays by default but can be hidden or displayed as required. Toolbar The Graph window toolbar is used to quickly access major editing and viewing commands that are applicable to the Graph window. site and probes. sites and probes followed by depths User entered comments If you are viewing a separate graph. If you are viewing a summed graph.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To return to the Workspace Manager window from the Graph window Click on in the menu bar. Sentek Pty Ltd 91 . if not the primary database Line legend for each line of each color. User entered comments If you add a custom sensors pane the header adds a description of the lines in the custom sensor pane: • • Sensor type and the database name. for short) of the Graph window displays details about the logger. sites and probes and depths on each probe. sites and probes and depths on each probe. Graph Header The Graph Header (the header.

Ø To enable or disable a header row 1. All enabled rows display while the cursor remains in the header. which are described in Graph comments. edit or delete a header comment The graph header comment is a field separate to comments embedded in the graph. Double-click on the Comment box. 3. Each row of the header displays by default but if you do not need to see the details or require a larger area to display the graph. A shortcut menu displays. You can add. Checked menu items indicate that a row is enabled. 2. you can disable any or all of the rows in the header. edit or delete the header comment. • • • • • Sentek Pty Ltd Click the name of the row to enable or disable. Ø To add. The Edit Comment dialog box displays. just delete the text in this dialog box. Right-click anywhere in the window header. 1. To delete a comment. Type any comments about this graph in the Edit Comment dialog box. You can choose from: Logger Details Site Details (for summed graphs only) Probe Details (for summed graphs only) Line Details (for separate graphs only) Comments. 92 . Disabled rows are hidden from view until you enable them again. Autohide is a convenient feature of the header. Click to save the comments or to close the comment box without saving. The comment displays in the Comment box. 2.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The bottom row of the header section contains a Comment box where you can enter your own comment. Using Autohide you can hide all enabled rows until you point the cursor to the dividing bar above the graph. Note the ToolTip when you point to the Comment box.

This menu is displayed when you click the right mouse button while the mouse pointer is anywhere in graph window. excluding the axis areas. or Right-click anywhere in the graph header or in the dividing bar above the graph (when the header is hidden). Click Autohide to toggle selected or cleared flag. all enabled rows hide until you point the cursor to the dividing bar above the graph unchecked.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Enabled (checked) rows display and disabled (unchecked) rows are hidden. all enabled rows remain display at all times. Note: Disabled rows do not display at any time. Unhide the header by pointing to the dividing bar above the graph. If the menu item is: checked. Sentek Pty Ltd 93 . Ø To use Autohide 1. Graph Popup menu There is a shortcut to commonly used graph operations using the graph popup menu. User the menu View submenu Auto Hide Graph Header (the item has a tick mark when Autohide is enabled). A shortcut menu displays. • • 3. 2. right-click in the revealed header and in the shortcut menu deselect Autohide. Note: If all rows are disabled. right-click the dividing bar above the graph (a small remnant strip of the header section) to display the shortcut menu.

The icon will have a red-cross if the database cannot be read. Status bar The status bar at the bottom of a graph window displays information about the window.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The items in the menu depend on the type of graph pane in which you click. left and right in line labels Arrow. Zoom to Vertical Extent (available on all pane types). This is equivalent to clicking the zoom • • • to horizontal extents button on the graph toolbar. The graph status bar can contain the following information: • • • • • 'Ready' or a description of toolbar and menu items when they are selected Current sampling interval for that graph. • Database being accessed message Graph symbols As well as the graph lines. Units of measurement Usage Last data point in the database Orphan data point or very short line segment.g. Delete Growth stage (only available on summed graphs). • Zoom to Horizontal Extent (available on all pane types). the name of the command being selected appears in the status bar. This is equivalent to clicking the zoom to vertical extents button on the graph toolbar. New. Remove Pane (not available on primary pane). Measurement units of the vertical axis (metric or imperial) Sentek Pty Ltd 94 . Pointing to this icon will show a ToolTip containing the path and filename of the database e. up and down in labels Chevron. As you use the mouse to point to icons on a menu or toolbar. Symbol Name Diamond Cross Gap in line Bold number in label Arrow. when there is no line intersecting the axis The arrow points in the direction of the graph line when the line is above or below the display area Appears when graph window size reduced to a size where there is no room to display the axis as well as the data. in minutes Time span of the X-axis Moisture span of the Y-Axis Database connected icon. Edit. up and down. having invalid points on either side One or more invalid data points The bold number is the sensor number as shown in the line legend in the graph header The arrow points in the direction and value of the next valid data reading. symbols can appear: within the graph panes. left right.

IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Summed graph This represents the sum of the data from all selected soil moisture sensors (the average soil water content of two or more probes can be displayed if the sensor depths are compatible) Note: You cannot sum multiple matric potential sensors. but a summed graph can be created for a single one to allow use of agronomic lines and regions. Sentek Pty Ltd 95 . The following example shows four growth stages in grapes. See section Setting Growth Stages (page 112) for setting up the growth stage budget line values and the growth stage start points. you can add water budget lines which can define agronomic regions (full point to onset of stress). and the water demands of the vines at those stages. Growth Stages Once a summed graph is created.

Separate Y graph The separate Y graph represents the individual sensors in order of increasing depths. within each probe. There is an individual Y scale per sensor. Sentek Pty Ltd 96 . To allow comparative analysis. each Y scale can be independently dragged to overlap the graph lines of other sensors. Common Y graph This represents all selected sensors against a common axis.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Stacked graph This represents individual sensors in order of increasing depths.

The segment size changes with different horizontal xaxis zoom levels Total mode graphs have a narrow space present between each bar to distinguish the period boundaries. The numbers only appear at zoom levels where space permits the display of numbers such as 12:00 (12 hours). At the top border of event graphs. A new I&R graph pane is created with the type of mode that was previously selected. Hourly Totals. These colors can be different to the bars on other mode options. Irrigation and Rainfall. The color of the I&R bars can be changed using the Workspace Settings for "Irrigation rate bars" and "Rainfall rate bars". The color of Rate mode bars can be different to the other modes. Each mode has the following format: • A popup menu selector in the top left corner which allows selection of the six different modes. The event modes present the amount applied or rate of application of each specific irrigation or rainfall event. The height of each bar represents the rate of application. These defaults can be changed using the colors tab in Workspace Settings. Event Amounts. the duration of irrigation is shown.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Irrigation and rainfall pane The Irrigation & Rainfall pane is displayed when the View. and Monthly Totals. and irrigation. Note: When I&R data is averaged across multiple sites the totals bars have a horizontal highlight to distinguish the parts comprising the average. There are six possible modes for this pane: Event Rates. Weekly Totals. Daily Totals. Irrigation and Rainfall menu item is selected. Sentek Pty Ltd 97 . The default color of the rainfall bars is blue and the default color of irrigation bars is magenta. The vertical y-axis on the rate graph shows the application rate in millimeters (or inches) per hour (mm/h or inches/h). The totals modes present the total amount of water applied in a predefined period of time. • • • • • Event Rates Mode This graph display the application rate (mm/hour or inches/hour) for all I&R events. The vertical y-axis on totals graphs show total applied water in the mode selected. in magenta. This popup menu is equivalent to the main menu View. Where there is an overlap between irrigation and rainfall events the irrigation bar is placed above the rainfall bar to show an accumulated total. in blue. Below the bars on event modes are segmented totals for rainfall plus irrigation with subtotals for rainfall. • A bar graph representing Irrigation and Rainfall.

IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Event Amount Mode The total amount of water (mm or inches) and start time for each recorded event is shown as a solid bar followed by shading that progresses until the end of the event. The default is 9:00am Sentek Pty Ltd 98 . The height of each bar indicates the total amount of water applied during the event. Hourly Totals Mode This graph displays the total water applied in each hour. When an event spans an hour boundary the total in each hour is partitioned according to the number of minutes the event covered. The start time of each hour is set to the time specified in I&R Global Settings for Graph "Day Start".

The default is 9:00am. Sentek Pty Ltd 99 . When an event spans a week boundary the total in each week is partitioned according to the number of minutes the event covered. The start time of each week is set to the time specified in I&R Global Settings for Graph "Day Start". Monthly Totals Mode This graph displays the total water applied in each calendar month. The start day of each week is set to the time specified in I&R Global Settings for Graph "Week Start".IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Daily Totals Mode This graph displays the total water applied in each day. When an event spans a day boundary the total in each day is partitioned according to the number of minutes the event covered. The start time of the first day of the month is set to the time specified in I&R Global Settings for Graph "Day Start". Because each month is a calendar month there may be different number of days in each period. When an event spans a month boundary the total in each month is partitioned according to the number of minutes the event covered. Note: If the rainfall data entry Settings are set to "Daily Totals". "End Date" and 9:00am (the defaults) the data entered on the first day of the month will be accumulated in last day of the previous month. The default is Monday. This is an internationally accepted method of recording daily rainfall observations. The start time of daily totals is set to the time specified in I&R Global Settings for Graph "Day Start". Weekly Totals Mode This graph displays the total of water applied in each week (7 days). The default is 9:00am. The default is 9:00am.

Stacked and summed moisture graphs display salinity sensors as stacked graphs of separately movable graph lines for each sensor.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Interpretation of I&R graphs: The following guidelines can assist in the interpretation of I&R graphs • • • • The I&R graph segment total is the total amount applied for the time-period demarcated by the solid vertical bars. Common-Y and separate-Y graphs display the salinity data with the same axis type as the moisture pane. Salinity pane The Salinity pane is displayed when menu View. Sentek Pty Ltd 100 . The vertical ruler is common to all graph panes.C. To show a daily rate on the I&R segment totals. The larger font size value is the sum of the smaller font size irrigation value and rainfall value. Volumetric Ion Content or toolbar button selected. The ruler can be used at any point to measure the instantaneous time and rate. follow the dotted lines down to the Soil-Water graph x-axis. It displays a graph in the following format: • • • • • • is The pane is only available if the database has salinity sensors. To read the time-period.I. X-zoom in or out until the Soil-Water and I&R x-axes are at a time-scale of 1 day. Salinity is displayed in units of Volumetric Ion Content (V.) The color of each graph line is the same color as the corresponding moisture sensor. See the "TriSCAN Agronomic User Manual" for interpretation of salinity data.

holding down the Shift key and clicking on the last sensor.Tab to the Sensors field. By default the current database is selected. select or deselect individual sensors using the space bar. is Warning: Closing a custom sensor pane loses all of its sensors selections and graph comments. then tab to graph type button and press enter Mouse . The graph types available are Stacked or common-Y (summed and separate-Y are not available). Highlighting a particular sensor type displays all of the sensors of that type.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Custom Sensors Pane A Custom Sensors pane is created from menu View.Select individual sensors by pressing the Ctrl button while clicking in individual sensors or select a range of sensors by clicking on the first sensor. New Pane… or toolbar "+" button selected. This opens the Select Sensors for New Pane dialog. but you can browse and select any other database. • Sentek Pty Ltd 101 . All of the sensor types in that database are displayed. You can the select one or more sensors using the mouse or keyboard: • • Keyboard . then using up and down arrows.

The new pane has following format:.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide When the graph type button is activated the new pane is created. Sentek Pty Ltd 102 . You can scroll a graph using the standard Windows scroll bars and scroll buttons. Click the left mouse button and drag the axis left or right. • • Α line graph. Ø To scroll a graph along the horizontal axis 1. Point the cursor to the horizontal axis. or using the Graph window scrolling feature. The cursor changes from an arrow symbol 2. Stacked or common-Y Α vertical axis legend contains the units description and unit abbreviation in square brackets Up to 9 custom sensor panes can be created on one graph. The graph scrolls along with the mouse. to a hand symbol . Removing a Custom sensor pane You can remove a Custom Sensors pane by either : • • • Click in the desired pane then click the remove "-" button Right mouse click in the desired pane and select Remove Pane from the popup menu. Select menu View then select the pane name (ticked) from the menu list to remove the pane Scrolling graphs Scrolling can be done across the horizontal axis (time scale) or up and down the vertical axis (I&R or moisture scale).

103 Sentek Pty Ltd . If you attempt to access the data by. 4.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To scroll a graph along the vertical axis 1. Missing databases in graphs If a graph is opened and the database on which it is based was removed or renamed. The selected database is not the one that created the graph. Click on the required database. the graph window displays a red cross on top of the database icon at the right of the Graph status bar. for example. Click Open. Point the cursor to the vertical axis. Ø To find a missing database 1. • • • From the Missing Database dialog box. but is compatible with it. but you should be aware of the possibility that you are connecting the wrong one. and try again. and cannot be connected. 2. click on the drop-down arrow and browse for the directory where the database file is located. If you connect the wrong database the graph will adapt. 5. Save the graph to make the new connection permanent. In the Look in: box. 3. The selected database is incompatible with the graph. A list of available files displays. A warning message box displays. The cursor changes from an arrow symbol 2. There are three possible outcomes: The connection is restored. but the water-budget lines and comments will become meaningless. close the graph without saving it. Click the left mouse button and drag the axis up or down. You can proceed with connecting the database. An error message box displays. resetting the graph. The graph scrolls along with the mouse. The Open dialog box displays. Click Browse to browse for the missing database. The Graph window commands All Graph commands are available from one of the following: • • menus on the menu bar buttons on the toolbar • • shortcut keys on the keyboard options from the shortcut menu (right-click an item in a window to see the menu in context with the item). to a hand symbol . If this happens. 6. the Missing Database dialog box displays.

The menu commands. Print Preview Page Setup. See Opening graphs. See Properties for the graph window. Save the current graph with a new name. U ALT +ENTER ALT. A CTRL+P ALT. Preview the file as it will print. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Open.. F. Open a recently accessed graph. ALT +F4 on the title bar Close the Graph window.. List of most recently open files Close Shortcut key CTRL+O Button To. print and close files. Open an existing graph. Change the current page setup. save.. 104 .. Properties. V ALT.. See Saving graphs. F..... 1 2 etc..Printing graphs. Print the graph. Graph File Menu The File menu lists commands used to open. Each graph opens in a new Graph window and each graph is placed in the currently open workspace of the Workspace Manager window. See . Print. Change properties for this graph only. Save the current graph...IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Note: Not all commands are available using all methods. See Printing graphs. F. You can open graphs in the Graph window by: • • Sentek Pty Ltd browsing to the directory containing the file and selecting the file selecting a file from the recently used file list in the File menu. Opening graphs Only graphs can be opened in the Graph window. F. Save Save As. CTRL+S ALT.

The graph displays in the Graph window Saving graphs If you require a copy of the graph. 4. click Open. *. Note: If you do not enter a new file name.GSS and *. *. Note that the current file name displays in the File name box. Click Save. 3.GT. as it would appear when printed.GSK. click Save As. Using the Print Preview command. you can ensure that margin. Enter a file name for the new file. before sending the information to the printer.. the Save As command is used. See page 89 for details of graph types. Click Open. The graph displays in the Graph window.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To open a graph from the Graph window 1. Ø To save a graph 1. 2. the original file will be replaced with this file. 2. the Save As dialog box displays. From the File menu. From the File menu. click Save Graph. The Print Preview command displays the current graph. The Save As dialog box displays.. click on the filename of the graph to be opened. Printing graphs Graphs may be printed from the Graph window or Workspace Manager. The Open dialog displays In the Look in: box. Graph files have a file extension of *.. Enter a file name for the new graph file. 4. printer settings and selected content are correct. Select a file location for the new graph. Sentek Pty Ltd 105 .. The new file is saved. Note that the default name for a new graph is 'Graph1'. 2.GSC. 3. click on the drop-down arrow and select the directory where the graph file is located. In the Directory contents: box. Ø To save a graph as a new file 1. From the File menu. If the graph has not been saved before. Ø To open a recently used graph From the File menu.. 4. The new graph is saved. The file information is saved. Select a file location for the graph file. see page 43.. To batch print multiple graphs from the Workspace Manager. Click Save. click on the file to be opened. 3.

5. A printer file saves all necessary information in a file that can be used on another printer supporting the same printer language. You could use this feature. • • 3.. Ø To change page setup for a graph 1. Under Margins. For example. Sentek Pty Ltd 106 . The Page Setup dialog box displays. Under Paper.. 4. Under Water Budget Regions.. The Page Setup command is used to control how the document is printed on the page. for example. Note how the sample page reflects these changes. you should check that the page setup is correct for the document being printed. 2. to print a graph using another computer that doesn't have IrriMAX installed. From the File menu. to set whether the document is printed in portrait or landscape orientation. Before you print. select either Portrait or Landscape. select the printing style for the colored regions 6. click Page Setup.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide You can also print your graph to a printer file. select from the drop-down lists: the required paper size the paper source Under Orientation. Click OK to save the changes and the Page Setup dialog box closes. enter any special requirements for margins.

The Print dialog box displays. click Close: If the file has not been saved a message box displays prompting you to save the changes.. enlarge a specific area of the file. send the file in its current state to the printer.. From the File menu. Ø To print to a printer file 1. The Print dialog box displays. 5.. 2. From the File menu. Click OK.. The Print Preview window displays. Click OK. Click the Print to file option. where the file has more than one page.. click Print. 2. Enter a file name. From the Print Preview window toolbar you can: Click. 2. select the number of copies you want to print. Note: You should not close a graph if you want to retain it in the workspace. 4. Under Copies. display the second page of the file where the file has more than one page.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To view a graph in print preview 1.. Printer files have a file extension of *. Click Save to save the graph printer file. The Print to File dialog box displays. Sentek Pty Ltd 107 . display two pages of the file simultaneously. Select a destination for the file. From the File menu. click Print Preview. click Print.PRN.. 3. 6. To return to the Workspace click Workspace on the menu bar. The graph is sent to the printer. To. minimize the view of a specific area of the file. display the previous page of a file where you are on a page other than the first page.. where the file has more than one page.. Ø To print a graph 1. Closing graphs Ø To close a graph From the File menu. close the print preview window. 3. display one page of the file..

Not all graph properties are available for every graph type.. Note: Graph properties apply to the currently displayed graph. Click this button. Sentek Pty Ltd 108 . The number of lines available to be changed depends on the type of graph being used.. You can alter the default properties for new graphs by changing the global IrriMAX Settings in Workspace Manager. Cancel the Properties dialog box without applying any changes.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Properties for the graph window Graph properties change the color of graph lines and change the way graphs display.to perform this function Apply all changes and close the Properties dialog box. The settings remain unchanged.. This is in case you want to select another tab of the dialog box to make further changes to other settings. the Water Budget Line properties are only available to a Summed graph type. Display the online help. click Properties. For example.. The Properties dialog box displays. Apply all changes without closing the Properties dialog box.. All tabs of the Properties window have a common set of buttons for editing.. Ø To view (or change) graph properties From the File menu. . Ø To set graph line attributes 1. From the Properties dialog box click the Graph Lines tab (if not already displayed).. Setting Graph Line Colors The Graph Lines tab allows you to set the color of the graph lines.

For example.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 2. The Color dialog box displays. Click OK. • • 4. Sentek Pty Ltd 109 . you can specify the moisture content considered to be the refill point where irrigation is necessary. Click on the Color down arrow of the line you wish to change. Do one of the following: click OK to apply the changes and close the Properties dialog box click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box. Setting Water Budget Lines Note: Water budget lines are only available for Summed Graphs. The Color dialog box closes. Click Add to Custom Colors to select the non-basic color and return to the Basic colors palette. Water budget lines allow you to specify indicators for different states of soil saturation. • • • Do one of the following: select a color from the Basic colors palette click Define Custom Colors>> and click on the variegated palette. 3. 5.

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The water budget lines can be used in two ways. 1. The Full Point and Onset of Stress settings are used to display three, color-coded sections in the graph. These colored bands are reflected in the soil moisture gauge displayed in the Workspace Manager window. Note: It is recommended a Sentek trained agronomist or distributor analyze how these water budget lines should be set for correct irrigation practice. Marker lines can also be used to highlight strategic reference points.

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The following water budget lines can be used with the summed graph: • • • Saturation All soil pores (spaces between solids) are filled with water. Field capacity The moisture content after drainage of the gravitational water is known as field capacity and it is the upper limit of moisture held in the soil. Full Point The 'Full Point' is the soil water content after an irrigation. Irrigation should replace the amount of soil water extracted by the plant root zone without producing significant excess that drains below the bottom of the root zone wasting water and fertilizer. Water logging A soil water content usually between field capacity and saturation threshold, where the rate of crop water use is reduced by a limited supply of soil air to the root zone. Refill Points 1,2,3 The concept of a 'Refill point', is the soil water content at which point irrigation should occur, usually in order to replenish the soil water content to the Full Point. The Refill Point can be set when an applied irrigation quantity has been used up and before the crop has reached the onset of stress. Multiple Refill Points can be set to gain a desired physiological plant response (i.e. To regulate cell expansion, maximize cell reproduction, regulate concentrations of cell content components i.e. sugars, etc.). Onset of stress The soil water content in the plant root zone, when the first observable slow down of the maximum daily crop water use rate after irrigation or rainfall occurs. This slow down should not be caused by a change in weather conditions, phenological stage of the crop, crop disease, harvest, spraying with chemicals, insect damage, etc. These factors need to be excluded through
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crop observation and weather monitoring. The slow down of daily intake should correlate only with the starting difficulties of the plant to develop sufficient osmotic pressure to extract soil water from a diminishing soil water reservoir. • • • Driest ever This indicates the driest soil water level ever measured on that site. Permanent Wilting The soil water content at which the crop is subjected to irreversible wilting. Marker 1,2 Marker lines can be used to denote other important thresholds in a soil water budget i.e. water content during flowering and fruit set etc.

Ø To set water budget lines 1. 2. From the Properties dialog box click the Budget Lines tab. Click the Full Point check box to enable this water budget line.

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The graph reflects this value using colored sections. 4. Select a line style and color.

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Repeat this sequence to set the Onset of Stress line. Repeat this sequence to set other water budget lines as required. Do one of the following: click OK to apply the changes and close the Settings dialog box click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box.

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Setting Water Budget Line Names
Water Budget Line Names are the names assigned to states of soil water content. These names may be

changed as required. A set of default names is available in IrriMAX. Note: The Full Point and Onset of Stress names, and the colors used to set the graph regions are fixed and cannot be altered.

Ø To set Water Budget Line Names 1. 2. • • 3. 4. • • • From the Properties dialog box click the Budget Line Names tab. Do one or more of the following: click the Default Names button to fill the New Names boxes with the default names and edit the names as required. These default names can be changed in the Workspace Manager global settings. enter names of your choice in the New Name boxes. The Use New Names button activates. Click Use New Names to set the new names. The new names now display in the Current Names column Do one of the following: click OK to apply the changes and close the Properties dialog box click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box.

Setting Growth Stages
Summed graphs allow the user to specify agronomic lines and regions that reflect the plant's varying moisture demands at various stages of its growth cycle. A growth stage consists of a starting date/time, and a new set of agronomic line and region values that apply from that time onward, until the start of the next growth stage. For scientific purposes there could be 20 different growth stages but typical farming uses is four or five stages.

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Growth stages are created using the Graph Properties dialog and are stored in the graph so are therefore unique to that particular graph. Only lines that are enabled on the Budget Lines tab page are displayed. Growth Stages are defined on the Growth Stages tab page. Only lines that are enabled on the Budget Lines tab page are available for editing. There are two method of opening the Growth Stages dialog: • • Click the Graph Properties button on the graph toolbar and select the Growth Stages tab. This initializes the date and time of the growth stage to today. Right-mouse click on the graph, at the date and time you wish the start the growth stage to display the popup menu and select menu item New Growth Stage.. This initializes the date and time of the growth stage to the date and time at which you positioned your mouse.

To edit or delete an existing growth stage using this popup menu you can click anywhere to the right of the growth stage start line. It is not necessary to click on the start line.

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. The settings on other tab pages remain unchanged. Fine adjustment of the value can be done using the spin buttons. Set the agronomic line value onwards from the start date for this line. The Name field can be changed on the Budget Line Names tab page. .html. Either from the growth stage selection list or the new name. Leave blank to use the default template GraphEmail. This is in case you want to select another tab of the dialog box to make further changes to other settings. Cancel the Properties dialog box without applying any changes.Template A template file to use when converting this graph to an email. Delete the selected Growth Stage name. Sentek Pty Ltd 114 . Display the online help. Apply all changes and close the Properties dialog box. Save the currently displayed growth stage. changing the name field changes the name in the growth stage list.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Click this button.. The list is presented in chronological order. The initial value is set to the value set on the Budget Lines tab page. Mail Graph . which can be found in the Templates folder inside the IrriMAX installation folder.to perform this function An existing growth stage can be selected from this combo-box if you want to modify or delete it. If the value field is dimmed you must enable the line on the Budget Lines tab page. The names do not appear here until they have been added via the New button.. Apply all changes without closing the Properties dialog box. Note: For an existing name. The stage name and its start date are displayed Use this to add a new growth stage. Setting Mail and Webify Properties Mail & Webify Properties control the way the graph is converted to email or web-compatible form..

GRAPH_LOGGER_TEXT is replaced by the Logger ID from the database shown in the main pane of the graph. Webify Graph . Leave blank to use the graph name. GRAPH_COMMENT_TEXT is replaced by the user-entered comment for the graph. Mail Graph . separated by commas. Sentek Pty Ltd 115 . Webify Graph . Setting General Properties General Properties control the way a graph displays in the window. Otherwise you can enter the recipients at the time you create the email. You can also enter the subject at the time you create the email. Enter 0 to use the same width or height as on screen. Enter 0 to use the same width or height as on screen.Graphic Width and Height The width and height in pixels of the graphical part of the emailed graph snapshot. Leave blank to use the default template Graph.Subject Text for the subject line of the email. Mail Graph .Template A template file to use when webifying this graph. Enter the email addresses here if you will repeatedly email the same people. Mail Graph . The subject line can contain certain macros that will be replaced with information specific to the graph you are mailing. These macros are: • • • • GRAPH_NAME_TEXT is replaced by the name of the graph.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Use the Browse… button to search for a different template file.Graphic Width and Height The width and height in pixels of the graphical part of the emailed graph snapshot. which can be found in the Templates folder inside the IrriMAX installation folder. Use the Browse… button to search for a different template file.Recipients The email addresses of the recipients of the emailed graph snapshot. Webify Graph . GRAPH_DOWNLOAD_TEXT is replaced by the date and time of the last download into the database shown in the main pane of the graph.html.Output Folder A folder to receive the files generated by the webification process.

This can be set to the number of days that are significant for your agricultural watering cycle. The graph must have the last reading visible before saving. Sentek Pty Ltd 116 . when a graph file is opened. • Preset Date Range The preset date range refers to the time scale along the horizontal axis. If the section displayed includes the end point. and new data is added to the database. you can use this feature to ensure the new end reading is viewed when the graph is opened. in order for this feature to work. 2. This setting is used by the Reset Graph and Zoom To Preset Date Range commands. Do one of the following: click OK to apply the changes and close the Properties dialog box click Apply to apply the changes without closing the dialog box (you can now change other settings) click Cancel to discard the changes and close the dialog box.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The two general properties are: • Save/Open Options/ Stick to end of graph By default. 7 days. Enter the number of days that are significant for your agricultural watering cycle. • • • From the Properties dialog box click the General tab. Select Stick to end of graph to display the graph at the last reading taken each time it opens. Ø To set the General Properties 1. it displays the same section of the graph that displayed before it was last saved. 3. 4. for example.

Remove all vertical rulers from the graph. In addition. Each of these labels can be dragged to four positions with respect to the ruler and graph line intersection (top left. C Button To. Ruler commands The Edit menu displays commands to add and remove rulers on a graph. Horizontal rulers can be moved up and down the vertical axis. Remove all horizontal rulers from the selected pane. E. You can drag the ruler to view moisture values at a specific time. Each ruler has a set of labels in small boxes. Add a new Horizontal ruler to the selected pane. Up to 64 rulers can be added to a graph. A vertical ruler is able to be moved to a date/time on the horizontal scale and displays a moisture value and I&R value where it intersects the graph(s). top right. Add a new vertical ruler to the graph. H ALT. Note that the cursor changes from an arrow symbol to a pointing finger symbol . bottom right). all the labels on a ruler can be to the opposite position (flipped) with the graph right-mouse popup menu. Note: Rulers remains stationary in the window when you scroll a graph. E. E. Once a ruler is added to a graph you can move the ruler by clicking and dragging the ruler line. R ALT. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Insert Vertical Ruler Remove All Vertical Rulers Insert Horizontal Ruler Remove All Horizontal Rulers Insert Comment Shortcut key ALT. Sentek Pty Ltd 117 . The menu command. E. bottom left. Add a new comment to the graph.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Graph Edit Menu The Edit menu contains commands to add comments and rulers to the graph... The ruler labels show the value of the graph at the ruler intersection points. E ALT. E. V ALT. The following picture shows a vertical ruler on 19/Jun/1997 at 8:12:39 am. A value label is only present when there is a scale on the vertical axis.

44 mm. Horizontal labels default to the left side of the axis. 2. Ø To remove a single ruler from the graph 1. click Insert Vertical Ruler or click in the graph pane where you want a horizontal the ruler then on the Edit menu click Insert Horizontal Ruler. From the Edit menu.10 mm and 11. Hold the mouse over the ruler so that the pointing finger displays. Click the left mouse button on the ruler and drag it to the required position. Sentek Pty Ltd 118 . There is no label on horizontal rulers on a stacked graph or separate-Y graph unless it only has one sensor. If required. Ø To insert a ruler into a graph 1. you can click and drag a label to the other side. The labels on each vertical ruler display on the right side of the ruler. A ruler appears on the graph.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The following picture shows horizontal rulers at 30.

All vertical rulers are removed from the graph. When the icon arrow points to a 119 Sentek Pty Ltd . Ø To remove all rulers from a graph From the Edit menu. or click in the graph pane where you want to remove horizontal rulers then on the Edit menu click Remove All Horizontal Rulers. A comment cursor 2. Comments are saved and restored with the graph. Each comment comprises a balloon containing text and an arrow pointing to the creation position. Note: These comments are in addition to the graph header comment described in About the Graph window. Right-click and click Remove Ruler. From the Edit menu. While the cursor is a comment arrow pointing down the comment will anchor to the x-axis of the current pane. The comments can be anchored to either a point on a graph line or the x-axis of any of the graph panes. appears on the graph.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 2. Horizontal rulers are only removed for the currently selected pane.. click Insert Comment or click the comment icon on the toolbar. Graph comments Graphs can be annotated with multiple comments. Drag the comment cursor to the desired position. but obviously too many comments will obscure the underlying graphs. The ruler is removed. click Remove All Vertical Rulers. There is no limit on the size or number of comments. Once a comment has been created the following actions can be performed: • • • • • • Modify the text in a comment (word wrapping occurs automatically) Remove the comment Drag the balloon to another location in the current pane Adjust the comment width (height is automatically adjusted with automatic word wrapping) Change the font of the text in all comments Change the background color of all comments (the text remains the color of the associated graph lines) Ø To insert a comment into a graph pane 1.

equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Sentek Pty Ltd 120 . and balloon width changes. 2. If you want to abandon comment creation. Right-click and click Remove Comment. 4. Ø To change the background color or text fount of all comments 1. Drag the cursor. Move the mouse to anywhere in the balloon (but don't left-click because that will cause text edit mode to be entered). The comment is removed. See the description in global settings for Changing Font Settings and Changing Color Settings. settings or text files. The initial text is set to "new comment". The balloon border changes from solid to a dotted box. The text can be modified using arrow-keys and mouse movements as with any multi-line edit box. Ø To change the text in a comment 1. 3. 2. Graph View Menu The View menu lists commands used to view window objects. Drag the cursor left or right cursor. move the cursor to the Edit menu and click Insert Comment (to remove the tick). Click outside the balloon. The balloon height will adjust automatically and will allow for word wrapping. Move the mouse to anywhere in the balloon and click once. Move the mouse to anywhere in the balloon and click once. 2. 2.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide point on a graph line the icon changes to an angled-arrow and the comment will anchor to that point on the graph line. The menu commands. The balloon border change from solid to dotted and the cursor changes to an edit box I-beam. Move the cursor towards the dot in the middle of either side of the dotted border and it will change into a two-way arrow cursor. Move the cursor towards a corner of the dotted border and it will change into a four-way arrow cursor. and the balloon will move to the new position. The balloon border changes from solid to a dotted box. Or click the comment icon on the toolbar. Move the mouse to anywhere in the balloon and click once. Ø To remove a comment from the graph 1. 3. Ø To reposition a comment balloon 1. Click outside the balloon to exit edit mode. 3. Ø To change the width of a comment balloon 1. 3.

When ticked. X ALT. V. When ticked. the software interpolates the value at 40cm and adds that value to the summed values in the graph. V. the status bar displays. the toolbar displays. Display or hide the status bar. V. if you have sensors at 10. Note: This menu item/toolbar button is enabled only if all water budget line values are set to 0. 20. R CTRL+I OR ALT. to view the underlying data values for the graph in the currently selected pane.Graph Header. The graph updates with the (added) interpolated sensor values. 30 and 50cm on a probe but no sensor at 40cm. click Interpolation. V. This applies even to disabled water budget lines. The toolbar displays by default but can be hidden or displayed as required. New Pane… Text. T ALT. where you are adding the moisture values for all sensors per probe.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Menu item Toolbar Status Bar Auto Hide Graph Header Shortcut key ALT. Viewing the toolbar and status bar The toolbar is used to quickly access major editing and viewing commands that are applicable to the window. Sentek Pty Ltd 121 . to take account of depths that have no associated sensor. V. S ALT.. Access theText Data Viewer.. O ALT. Open the Select Sensors for New Pane dialog. to create a custom sensor graph. View or hide the Irrigation & Rainfall graph pane (if I&R data is present). See Salinity pane. See Custom Sensors Pane.. V.. For example. I Interpolating graphs Interpolation is the process of estimating unknown intermediate values between two or more known values. Display or hide the toolbar. V ALT. V. When ticked. Interpolate the current graph (summed graphs only). Ø To interpolate a summed graph From the View menu. View or hide the Volumetric Ion Content (salinity VIC) graph pane (if salinity sensor exist in the database). A Button To. Volumetric Ion Content Irrigation & Rainfall Interpolation ALT. the header only displays when the mouse hovers over the dividing line above the top graph pane. See . Display or hide the graph header legends. See Interpolating graphs. V. Note: Interpolation is only possible if: • one or more sensors are missing between the shallowest and deepest selected sensors • • all available sensors are selected on each probe between the shallowest and deepest selected sensors in the Sensor Selection window the graph is a summed graph.

When a menu or toolbar item is being selected a short description of the item is shown on the status bar. Zoom in rectangle to increase or decrease the size of a selected section of data or Zoom X or Zoom Y to increase or decrease the current display. the time span of the current graph window and the y-axis range in measurement units. Ø To display the toolbar and status bar From the View menu. Graph Zoom commands The Zoom menu displays commands to change the scale of the horizontal or vertical axes.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The status bar at the bottom of a window displays information about the window. Note: Y-axis zooming is applied to the pane (moisture or I&R) that is currently active. the current sampling interval in minutes. click: • Toolbar to display the toolbar • Status Bar to display the status bar. The graph status bar displays. Clicking anywhere in a pane makes that pane active. for the primary pane. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Sentek Pty Ltd 122 . Time is displayed along the horizontal (X) axis. the name of the command being selected appears in the status bar. Irrigation &and rainfall application rate is displayed in I&R pane. As you use the mouse to point to icons on a menu or toolbar. so its vertical axis title text is shown bold. The menu commands. X-axis zooming uses the current center point of the x-axis as the center of the next zoom level. Soil water content displays along the vertical (Y) axis of the moisture pane.

Y CTRL+Y Zoom In Rectangle Zoom to Preset Date Range Reset Graph Undo Zoom CTRL+R reset the current graph to display the last data point(s). in the current pane. see page 115 for details on how to change the range. zoom in on the horizontal axis. You cannot redo an undo. allowing you to choose a specific area to enlarge. Horizontal zoom. Days. Remains selected until you turn the feature off. displaying a more detailed Soil Water Content scale zoom out on the vertical axis. to fit all available data to the height of the window.. displaying a more detailed time scale (less data) zoom out on the horizontal axis. Revert to the last zoom level. Also available from the graph popup menu. The scale is adjusted to display the maximum and minimum readings. so the graph with covers the select time range X CTRL+X Hours.. Zoom in on the preset date range. Zoom in on a selected rectangle. This does not reposition the horizontal or vertical scales. around the current graph center point. The scale is adjusted to display the first and last readings. displaying a less detailed Soil Water Content scale zoom to the vertical extents. displaying a less detailed time scale (more data) zoom to the horizontal extents to fit all available data to the width of the window. or Week Zoom Y Ø In Out Extents SHIFT +Y zoom in on the vertical axis. Sentek Pty Ltd 123 . Menu item Zoom X Ø In Out Extents Shortcut key SHIFT +X Button To. until all zooms have been undone. Repeating the function reverts one more level. by clicking the right mouse button and selecting the desired zoom from the popup menu. restoring the time scale to match the numbers of days in the preset date range. so graph lines may disappear off the screen. Also available from the graph popup menu.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Zoom to horizontal extent and zoom to vertical extent are also available from the graph popup menu.

Note: This feature remains on until you turn it off by completing step 3 or click Zoom in rectangle again 2. click Zoom In Rectangle. a line displays the borders of the selection.The graph is refreshed so that the selected time range fills the whole displayed X-axis.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To zoom the horizontal axis When the zoom level displays the vertical dashed lines at seven-day intervals (weekly) the date on the line is the day of the week (Monday through Sunday) that is set in Workspace Manager Settings for the "Week start day". Ø To revert to the previous zoom level From the Zoom menu. As the mouse moves.the graph is refreshed and the spacing of the Y-axis decreases Extents . Click and drag the mouse until the selection encloses the required section of the graph. Release the mouse button and the selected section enlarges to fill the available window. 3.the graph is refreshed and the spacing of the Y-axis increases Out . click Undo Zoom. From the Zoom menu. Ø To zoom a rectangle 1. Week . respectfully.. the date on each line is the first day of the month (not 30 day intervals). using the axis center point as the new center point. Ø To reset a graph From the Zoom menu. Sentek Pty Ltd 124 . click Reset Graph.the graph is refreshed and the X-axis is magnified Out . click Zoom to Preset Date Range. The window is refreshed and the latest data displays. The mouse pointer changes to cross hairs when pointing to a section of the graph. Ø To zoom a preset date range From the Zoom menu. select Zoom X and click: • • • • In . Days.the graph is refreshed and the spacing of the X-axis decreases Extents .The graph is refreshed so that the entire X-axis displays. Hours.the graph is refreshed so that the entire Y-axis displays. The window is refreshed to the previous zoom level (X-zoom or Y-zoom). Ø To zoom the vertical axis From the Zoom menu. The graph resizes to display the preset date range defined in General tab of the Settings dialog box. select Zoom Y and click: • • • In . The graph axis remains positioned with the new center point the same as the previous center point. From the Zoom menu. Note: Setting the preset date range to 31 days or 124 days will result in Zoom to Preset Date Range or Reset Graph displaying weekly or monthly intervals. When the zoom level displays the vertical dashed lines at month level. Also note that the Zoom In Rectangle button is depressed.

T. See Recalculate database. See Updating the Database from the Graph Window Setup and initiate Data Exchange to export data from the current pane's database. See Export Data from the Graph's database. Setup and initiate Data Exchange to update the current pane's database. W Updating the Database from the Graph Window As an alternative to manually initiating Data Exchange. T. T. T. E Enter Irrigation & Rainfall… Spike Remover… Recalculate Database… Zip Graph… Mail Graph… Webify Graph… ALT. Z ALT. or another third-party database load program (which uses AutoSDB) you can setup the parameters needed to initiate the update and run them from the graph window. Save a snapshot of the graph in Web-compatible format. T.. M ALT.. S ALT. D Button To. T.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Graph Tools Menu The Tools menu contains commands for manipulating the graph. Open Irrigation and rainfall data entry. Export… ALT. Click on the graph pane to update its underlying database. The menu commands. T. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Download… Shortcut key ALT. 2. Ø To download data into the graph's database 1. I ALT. See Spike Remover. Copy the graph document and all related database files to a Zip archive Generate an email containing a snapshot of the graph. See also Export Data from the Graph's database. R ALT. From the Tools menu select Download or click the download icon download dialog opens: on the graph toolbar. Open the Spike Remover dialog for the current pane's database. and the database in the currently active graph pane. Recalculate database for the current pane. The Sentek Pty Ltd 125 . T.

dat" --sdbfile="%D" --probe1="101" --auto-start="true" Direct application 3. iii. Example Data Exchange command line parameters: Source type EnviroSCAN Plus RT6 Excel <source module> ESP RT6 EXCEL Command line including <source arguments> /S:ESP /SERVER:"My Server" /LOGGER:"Carrots" /S:RT6 /PORT:COM1 /BAUD:9600 /S:EXCEL "D:\My Documents\Data2006\Carrots. starting with the text /S:.dat" "%D" Where the file MyUpdate. The Download to edit box is populated with the parameters used last time download was called from this pane.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide You have four options before clicking OK: i. Leave the edit box blank. This will start Data Exchange with its data source set to the last used parameters and its data destination automatically preset to the current graph's database file. See the Data Exchange help/manual for description of its arguments. The list contains the parameters used by all graphs in the current workspace that have updated this database. The %D is replaced with the current graph's database file. Use this method if you are not familiar with command line parameters. This may be a batch file or a program name with parameters. and just click OK.bat contains: rem source is percent-1. Enter Data Exchange command line parameters. Sentek Pty Ltd 126 . For Data Exchange command line parameters. see the Data Exchange User Guide section Data Exchange Command line and the sub-sections on Command line parameters in the section Source and Destination types. then click OK. IrriMAX automatically fills in the Data Exchange data source parameters from this line and the data destination parameters based on the graph's database name. ii. destination is percent-2 "c:\MyApp\MyApp. iv.bat" "D:\My Documents\Data2006\Carrots. The %D must be uppercase and enclosed in quotes so embedded spaces in path and filename are not misinterpreted. Enter a command line to start a third-party database update application.exe "%1" "%2" "c:\dbload2\dbload2. Then click OK.xls" Example third party application command line and its parameters: Batch file "c:\MyUpdate. then click OK. Use the existing command line (from the last time the database was updated) or click the and select a previously entered command line.exe" --soil-data-file=" c:\dbload2\CR10x.

From the Tools menu select Export (there is no toolbar icon). Click OK and the Data Exchange dialog opens with the source and destination options preset. Click on the graph pane whose database you want to update. Ø To export data from the graph's database 1. 5. or for giving the files to another person. on the graph Status bar during the Note: The database is marked busy download and the graph lines are refreshed when the download is complete. Export Data from the Graph's database In a similar way to updating the database using the graph it is possible to initiate a save of the graph's database. 4. select Zip Graph… A file selection dialog appears. The Data Exchange dialog opens with the source database preset. Choose the name and location for the Zip file and click Save. 2. 5. Then setup the destination parameters as wanted.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 4. From the Tools menu of the graph window. Ø To copy a graph and associated databases to a Zip archive 1. Then click the Quit button and return to the graph. Sentek Pty Ltd 127 . This is convenient for making back-ups. 3. Click the Start button and wait for the export of data to complete. Then click the Quit button and return to the graph Zip Graph A single graph document and its associated database files can be copied to a Zip archive. Click the Data Exchange Start button and wait for the download to complete. 2. Click the Set Range button if you any want only a portion of the database.

so the volume name will be represented as the top-level folder in the path. the file C:\FILES\GRAPH.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide If the Zip file already exists. and each database (. separated by commas. Mail Graph A snapshot of the graph as currently shown on screen can be sent as a HTML email. Leave blank to use the graph name. IrriMAX will prompt for confirmation before overwriting it. Ø To mail a snapshot of the graph 1. The Zip file will contain full path information for each file. The archive will contain the graph document. This field is mandatory. The subject text can contain certain macros that will be replaced with information specific to the graph you are mailing. It will not add files to an existing archive. Subject Enter text for the subject line of the email.SDB file) that is currently being viewed in the graph window. and that the recipient's email client is configured to allow HTML emails with embedded pictures. These macros are: • Sentek Pty Ltd GRAPH_NAME_TEXT is replaced by the name of the graph. For example. Zip files cannot store volume information.GT will be stored within the Zip file as C\FILES\GRAPH. Note: This feature requires that your machine is connected to the Internet. However.WDB file) exists with the same name as the database in the main pane. 2. If an irrigation and rainfall database (.GT. From the Tools menu of the graph window. 128 . it should be possible for them to create an exception for emails originating from you. select Mail Graph… The Mail Graph dialog appears Recipients Enter the email addresses of the recipients of the emailed graph snapshot. If the recipient's security policy forbids this. viewable within the recipient's email client. it will be backed up regardless of whether it is being viewed or not.

Finally. click OK to webify the graph. Advanced… Click this button to invoke the Mail and Webify properties page for the graph.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide • • • GRAPH_COMMENT_TEXT is replaced by the user-entered comment for the graph. the message text is not saved within the graph document for multiple uses. When the process is complete. Webify Graph A snapshot of the graph as currently shown on screen can be converted into web-compatible files. you will be asked if you wish to view the output. Ø To webify a graph 1. GRAPH_LOGGER_TEXT is replaced by the Logger ID from the database shown in the main pane of the graph. At this point. From there you can specify additional properties to fine-tune the way the webified graph will appear. This is useful for converting the graph into a universal format for use in presentations or for publishing on the Internet. unlike the Webify Workspace feature. The graphic file is in PNG (portable network graphics) format and is viewable in most modern browsers. From the Tools menu of the graph window. The webification process produces a web-compatible document (usually a HTML file) with an embedded graphic file showing those elements of the graph that cannot be otherwise represented. Message Enter an optional message for the recipients of the graph. Sentek Pty Ltd 129 . From there you can specify additional properties to fine-tune the way the email will appear. there is no option for automatically uploading the files to the Internet using FTP. GRAPH_DOWNLOAD_TEXT is replaced by the date and time of the last download into the database shown in the main pane of the graph. the Mail Settings page might appear if you have not already configured IrriMAX for sending mail. Finally. 2. Unlike the other values entered on this dialog. click OK to email the graph. select Webify Graph… The Webify Graph dialog appears Output Folder Use the Browse… button to select a folder to receive the files output by the webification process. IrriMAX will open the files using your default web browser. Note that. Advanced… Click this button to invoke the Mail and Webify properties page for the graph.

The menu commands.. click About IrriMAX. Click the Contents tab to scroll through a table of contents for online help. Ø To access online help From the Help menu.. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Help Topics About IrriMAX. Sentek Pty Ltd 130 .IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Graph Help Menu The Help menu provides access to the online user guide contents and search utilities. The IrriMAX about dialog box displays. click Help Topics. 2. Click OK to close the dialog box. display current version information. Ø To access version information about IrriMAX 1. Click the Index tab to search for topics by using an index of keywords and phrases.. The Help window displays.. From the Help menu. Shortcut key F1 Button To.. display the online help file.. Click the Find tab to use full-text search and look for specific words.

Ø To view the data in the Text Data Viewer On the graph. and was the last pane you clicked in. duration and amount values (per site) from an I&R graph pane use the column colors. Soil Water Content. If the I&R pane is visible. or press the toolbar button . Warning: The Text Data Viewer cannot not be used to read text files. (The current pane is signified by the vertical axis title text being bold (e. click anywhere in the pane containing the data to be viewed. Then. salinity data or I&R data in ASCII text format. if the graph is viewing a three-day period of data. For example.g. This section covers: • • • Introduction to Text Data Viewer Text Data Viewer File Text Data Viewer View Introduction to Text Data Viewer From the Text Data Viewer window you can: • view raw and soil moisture data (per sensor or summed) from the moisture graph pane • • • • • view salinity raw and VIC data from the salinity graph pane view irrigation and rainfall. Data Exchange cannot read Text Data Viewer files but it offers a more flexible method of exporting data in text format. salinity or I&R data). open graphs or update databases. The whole database can be viewed by selecting Entire Database from the View menu. only that data is displayed in the viewer. The viewer does not read text files but can save the viewed data in a text file. Text files are saved with a *. which can also be reloaded into an IrriMAX database. then the I&R graph data will be displayed. click Text. The Text Data Viewer displays the data that corresponds to the date range currently visible in the graph. Note: This feature is normally used for scientific analysis of data where data values are critical. A Text Data Viewer showing Soil Moisture Content: Sentek Pty Ltd 131 .IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Text Data Viewer The Text Data Viewer is a facility used to view and save raw and soil moisture data. The Text Data Viewer will display the data applicable to the active Pane. which make different sensor data easier to distinguish print the data save the data to a text file. Soil moisture data will be displayed if the Soil moisture pane is active.TXT extension. from the View menu.

These are typically inserted to cause a break in the graph line. the raw value for each sensor. or if the Scaled Frequency (SF) calculation is invalid or the Spike Remover blanked or removed this reading. Sentek Pty Ltd 132 . • • • • • 2. 1. It shows the time. The data section lists the data that constitutes the graph. They also occur if the raw value is zero. The text header section is static and displays: the logger ID last sampling interval selected sites crop or probe name type of graph (summed or separate type. ERROR (-2) indicates a value that could not be calculated. and if summed. ERROR values may be corrected by changing the calibration equation. and its calculated moisture value. Unlike INVALID moisture values. possibly due to a problem with the calibration equation for that sensor or an out-of-range condition.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The Text Data Viewer window has two main sections. There are two special kinds of moisture value. both of which appear as a break in the graph line: • • INVALID (-1) indicates a value that cannot be graphed. whether the data is interpolated).

the duration and amount values for each sensor. the name of the command being selected appears in the status bar. Status bar The status bar at the bottom of a window displays information about the window. I1 is the irrigation sensor for the "North Pivot" site.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide A Text Data Viewer window showing Rainfall & Irrigation data: The Rainfall Text Data Viewer window has two main sections. Each menu item contains commands or submenus with commands. Sentek Pty Ltd 133 . The toolbar displays by default but can be hidden or displayed as required. As you use the mouse to point to icons on a menu or toolbar. In the above picture. It shows the time. The text header section is static and displays: the logger ID selected site names and a map to the sensors in each site The data section lists the data that constitutes the graph. Ø To return to the Workspace Manager window from the Text Data Viewer Click on Toolbar The Text Data Viewer toolbar is used to quickly access major editing and viewing commands that are applicable to the Text Data Viewer window. Menu bar The Text Data Viewer menu bar contains all commands under four menu items. • • 2. the status bar in the Text Data Viewer cannot be hidden. 1. Where available the menu commands display the shortcut keys that perform the equivalent command. and R1 is the Rainfall sensor for the "North Pivot" site. in the menu bar. Unlike the status bars in other windows.

Print Print Preview Page Setup. You can include the following information in the file: • logger details as shown in the header section Sentek Pty Ltd 134 .. Since the header is a read-only section containing text you can. Ø To copy the header text Right-click in the header section click Select All Type CTRL+C to copy the header contents to the Windows Clipboard from which it can be pasted to.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Missing databases If you open the Text Data Viewer and the original database file has been removed or renamed. Text Data Viewer File Menu The File menu displays file commands for the displayed text file. a word processing document. Close Button To. It is recommended to use the functionality in Data Exchange to select a destination of Comma Separated Values (csv) or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (xls). if required. equivalent shortcuts and tool buttons are: Menu item Save As. for example.. on the title bar Saving data to a text file Data from the Text Data Viewer can be saved as a text file (*. Warning: The data structure exported by Text Data Viewer cannot be reloaded into an IrriMAX database.TXT) for use in other applications that do not support the IrriMAX database file format. preview the file as it will print... copy all or a selected part of the header text to the Windows Clipboard. print the text file. You cannot paste or edit the header details directly. Text Data Viewer window commands All Text Data Viewer commands are available from one of the following: • menus on the menu bar • • • buttons on the toolbar shortcut keys on the keyboard options from the shortcut menu (right-click an item in a window to see the menu in context with the item) Note: Not all commands are available using all methods. Click OK to continue. close the viewer window.. a message box displays advising that the database could not be found. What am I saving? You can choose what to save in the text file. The menu commands. Note: The only shortcut menu available in the Text Data Viewer is the Windows text-editing menu. save the current text file. change the current page setup. as the information is stored in the database.. See page 103 for details of finding missing databases.

before sending the information to the printer. 3. The text file is saved. You may print a text data in color or black and white. 4. comma or semicolon as required. Warning: Some color printers are unable to print in colors other than the standard Windows colors. Select one or more of the following as required: Output Logger Information to include the header information Align Columns Evenly to make the text file easier to view Output only highlighted rows to save only the selected rows in the Text Data Viewer Column Delimiter as a space. Note: To select multiple data rows press and hold the ctrl key and left-click each row..IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide • • • all data records that correspond to the displayed section of the graph (in the Graph window) all data records from the database if viewing the entire database selected data records (rows). Ø To save data as text 1. The Save As dialog box displays.. you can ensure that margin. From the File menu. For example. Enter a file name for the new file. as it would appear when printed. Select a file location for the file. select the first row in the list. remove any custom colors being used to define text data sets. printer settings and selected content are correct. The Print Preview command displays the current file. Sentek Pty Ltd 135 . click Save As. • • • • 5. Printing data from the Text Data Viewer Text data can be printed from the Text Data Viewer window.. contiguous or non-contiguous. To select multiple adjacent rows. you should check that the page setup is correct for the document being printed. to set whether the document is printed in portrait or landscape orientation. 2. Click Save. The Page Setup command is used to control how the document is printed on the page. Using the Print Preview command. Before you print. If this occurs. press and hold the SHIFT key and select the last file in the list.

. Sentek Pty Ltd 136 .. select from the drop-down lists: the required paper size the paper source Under Orientation.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To change page setup in Text Data Viewer 1. display two pages of the file simultaneously. where the file has more than one page.. From the Print Preview window toolbar you can: To. close the print preview window. minimize the view of a specific area of the file. display the second page of the file where the file has more than one page. Ø To view a text file in print preview 1. From the File menu. enter any special requirements for margins. where the file has more than one page. click Print. Ø To print a text data file 1. select either Portrait or Landscape. 2.. 2. From the File menu. click Print Preview. 4. enlarge a specific area of the file. display one page of the file. send the file in its current state to the printer. click Page Setup. Click... The Page Setup dialog box displays.. From the File menu. Click OK to save the changes and close the Page Setup dialog box.. 5.. Under Margins. • • 3. Under Paper. The Print dialog box displays. display the previous page of a file where you are on a page other than the first page. The Print Preview window displays. Note how the sample page reflects these changes..

select the number of copies you want to print. Under Print range. Click the Print to file option. 3. 6. The Print to File dialog box displays. 4.PRN. Click OK. Printer files have a file extension of *. Text Data Viewer View Menu From the View menu you can select the toolbar. Ø To print to a printer file 1. From the File menu.. The Print dialog box displays. Under Copies.. Closing the text data viewer window You can close the Text Data Viewer at any time.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 2. The Text Data Viewer closes. Under Appearance. Enter a file name. Sentek Pty Ltd 137 . 5. 3. Ø To close the Text Data Viewer From the File menu click Close. select to print all records in the viewer or just the selected records. 2. The layout is sent to the printer. view an entire database or view sensors in different colors so that they are easily distinguished on the report. Select a destination for the file. select if you want to print the text using the colors in the viewer. Click Save to save the layout printer file. Click OK. 5.. 4. click Print.

What am I viewing? When you open the Text Data Viewer from the Graph window. Each column expands to fit both the data as well as the column header width. The columns in the Text Data Viewer window can be sized manually using the mouse or automatically using the menu paths or toolbar buttons. Ø To view sensors in color or black & white From the View menu. click Compact Columns. click Expand Columns. The column-sizing feature is provided to make it easier to view multiple columns. Once the viewer is open. For example. Ø To display the toolbar From the View menu. you can still choose to include all data from the source database. only the data visible in the graph window is shown in the viewer. when clear the text is in black and white Ø To compact columns From the View menu. Ø To expand columns From the View menu. The column colors are the same as the graph line settings. Each column contracts to a minimum required width to show the values without stripping them. fewer data records display in the viewer. click Toolbar. Sentek Pty Ltd 138 . The toolbar displays by default but can be hidden or displayed as required. click Sensor Colors. You can use the Graph window zoom and scroll features to select the specific period that you want to send to the viewer. When Sensor colors is checked the data is displayed in color. Viewing sensors in different colors makes it easier to distinguish between multiple columns. to display more columns. if you zoom to a smaller time period in the horizontal axis of the graph. All data in the database is displayed.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The toolbar is used to quickly access commands that are applicable to the window. The toolbar displays. Ø To view an entire database From the View menu. click Entire Database.

sites are usually edited individually. An I&R database (. This Site Settings dialog is accessed from the Irrigation & Rainfall entry dialog. so for irrigation. as daily totals or whether date and time and duration are entered. dates and durations for each site individually. Control Record Type Description Specific times or Daily Totals This field controls whether data is entered. Sentek Pty Ltd 139 . Site Settings Once an I&R database is created and before you can enter I&R events. There are three processes to understand. and the site names are the same in each database. You can then create/modify these events before saving to the database. However irrigation is usually applied differently to each site. you must configure the I&R methods for each site in the database. For each site there will be site settings for irrigation and site settings for rainfall.. all initiated from the Irrigation & Rainfall Entry dialog: Create/Edit I&R events in a database This allows you to create new I&R events and change existing events in your selected database. in that it shares its filename (except for the WDB file extension). For example rainfall is generally applicable to all sites. The section "How to determine irrigation applied (in millimeters)" covers analysis of I&R data to determine the amount of water applied per irrigation. The Irrigation & Rainfall Data Entry dialog enables the entry of either irrigation or rainfall data to one or more sites at the same time. where un-configured sites are highlighted in Red. so all sites can be selected and the same amount and duration will appear in all sites for the chosen date and time.sdb). on the Edit/Preview window. The new/revised data can then be saved to the database. Export events to another database This allows you to export (send) events to another database. Import events from another database This allows you to import events from another database.wdb) is closely associated with a corresponding Soil Moisture database (. When Daily Totals is selected the start time of each record will be take from the start time in global I&R Settings.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Irrigation & Rainfall Data Entry Irrigation & Rainfall databases hold records of water application amounts. You can create/modify these events before sending to the other database.

• Layout window This method presets the database name and the sites you selected. Sentek Pty Ltd 140 . Drip. if the application rate is not blank). • Graph window This method presets the database name and the sites present in the current graph. Select graph menu option File. By defining the application and duration of irrigation the system calculates the amount of water applied. This option is used when the application rate of the irrigation system is fixed. Once an I&R database (. Pivot. from the duration multiplied by the rate. The application rate field is used for setting a default application rate for newly inserted irrigation records. Irrigation & Rainfall This method presents you with an empty database name and you can then select or browse to any database. The Import or Export Irrigation System type must be the same as the database site's type.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Irrigation System Sprinkler. once the Duration is entered (i. I&R data entry can be accessed from three places: • Workspace Manager window Clicking the I&R icon on the toolbar or selecting menu File. Flood. The calculated value is stored in the amount. It is used for Irrigation type entries only. Enter Irrigation & Rainfall. pre-selected with the current event type (irrigation or rainfall) and record type (specific times or daily total) See page 64. Select a logger image. This will not take into account varying distribution uniformity of the irrigation system. or Other This field is for information only. New. This field is dimmed for rainfall settings. See page 36 for more detail on creating an I&R database. This dialog allows the selection of a database to manipulate I&R data and sets which parts of the database will be used. This opens the global I&R Settings dialog. where you can then select menu item Enter Irrigation & Rainfall. Amount User entered or Calculated From Rate This field allows the irrigation amount column on the Edit/Preview to be automatically calculated.wdb) exists it can be accessed to add I&R data through the Irrigation & Rainfall Entry dialog. Save the changes and return to the I&R entry dialog Discard any changes and return to the I&R entry dialog Irrigation & Rainfall Entry dialog I&R data can only be added once a new I&R database has been created. for new rows.e. The Application rate is stored in the I&R database. This field is dimmed for rainfall settings. Rate This field is only displayed when irrigation Calculated From Rate is selected. site image or multiple site images and click the I&R icon on the toolbar or right-click on the highlighted area to be presented with a menu.

to the current database Send selected I&R events. Apply selected I&R events. from another compatible database. ..to perform this function Browse your computer for the desired I&R database (.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide I&R Entry controls Click this button.. modify and delete I&R events in the I&R database.. either Irrigation or Rainfall After these steps. Irrigation system type and amount calculation method Clear the selected sites checkboxes Open help about this window Close I&R data entry an return to window that initiated it Selecting Irrigation & Rainfall data Ø Steps required to edit an I&R database This action allows you to add to or change the irrigation & rainfall data in the database..wdb) Add. from the current database. all of the database's sites are displayed Select one or more compatible Sites (see below) Click Edit Events to view the data in the Edit/Preview window Select Save to submit the displayed data to the database Choosing an Irrigation & Rainfall database for editing Sentek Pty Ltd 141 . or to save proposed changes for later use. • • • • • Access the Irrigation & Rainfall Entry dialog (see above) and choose an I&R database (it may already be pre-selected) Choose the I&R event type. to another database Set up/change the duration record type (specific times or daily totals).

each of which can contain one or more probes with attached moisture sensors. Do one of: • • • • Click Browse to browse for a file Click the database down arrow to select a recent file Type in a file name in the database field From the Layout window. then select & click on item). This means that I&R data is common to all probes at a site. You should click and select compatible sites or select each incompatible or un-configured site and change its Site Settings.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To Open an I&R database file This action opens an Irrigation & Rainfall database ready for editing. Sites can be presented in three states: • • • Red Sites highlighted in red have not had their Site Settings configured. Incompatible sites will have their checkboxes dimmed. Selecting Irrigation or Rainfall Ø To Select either Irrigation or Rainfall This action allows you to make changes to the selected sites for either Irrigation or Rainfall sensors only. Selecting Sites to edit A moisture database can contain multiple sites. Within the associated I&R database each site has one rainfall sensor and one irrigation sensor (there is no probe associated with these sensors). When multiple sites are available you can select multiple checkboxes. select a logger or a number of sites and click the Enter Irrigation & Rainfall icon on the Toolbar: or select the Enter Irrigation & Rainfall shortcut menu item (Right click. Sentek Pty Ltd 142 . This must be done before you can select the site for editing. Note: You can only select a combination of sites that have compatible Site Settings. Black One or more of these sites may be selected for editing Grey (dimmed) Sites names that are dimmed are not compatible with other sites that have been selected Below the sites list is the site setting for the currently selected site. • Click the down arrow on the Choose Event Type field to select either Irrigation or Rainfall. All three values must be the same for sites to be compatible.

the I&R Data Entry dialog is opened with site checkboxes pre-selected. or right-mouse click on a highlighted site icon then on the shortcut menu item select the Enter Irrigation & Rainfall Edit/Preview window When you click window. Clicking on the I&R Entry dialog you are taken to the Edit/Preview on the Import or Export dialogs also takes you to this window. You select one or more sites on the Layout window and click the Enter Irrigation & Rainfall icon . Note: When called from the Graph or Layout window.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To Select one or more sites to edit Click the checkboxes for one or more sites to which you wish to make the same changes at the same time. Sentek Pty Ltd 143 .

Update the database with the displayed data Return to Irrigation & Rainfall Entry dialog to choose another database ALT +F4 Abandon changes made to the current cell Insert a new event Delete the selected event or restore an already deleted event Go to the next event that has been added. End Time The End Time is the date and time at which the irrigation or rainfall event ended. and this item has at least one site that has different data (duration or amount) from the other(s).. The columns available are: Start Time The Start Time is the date and time at which the irrigation or rainfall event started.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Menu & toolbar commands Menu item File Save Close Edit ESC Insert Delete/Undelete Next change Previous change Help INS DEL CTRL+S Shortcut key Button To. Sentek Pty Ltd 144 . The event will be deleted Multiple sites are selected.. the Duration can be calculated. The combination of columns that are displayed is controlled by the global I&R Settings for data editing. This date-time must be unique in the database. It cannot not fall within any other record's Start Time and End Time span. From this and the Start Time. Position the mouse cursor on the cell to display a ToolTip giving the details for each site. changed or deleted Go to the previous event that has been added. changed or deleted Displays this help file F3 SHIFT +F3 F1 Editing I&R event table Color Legend The rows in the Edit table are highlighted according to their status: Type face Black on cream type face Black on pale blue type face Black on pale green type face Red on pale red type face with Struckout text Asterisks (***) in amount or duration column Meaning Item is unchanged from the I&R database Changed existing event New event.

You are warned that this will happen. The main provisos for exporting to another database are: Sentek Pty Ltd 145 .IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Duration The Duration is the number of hours and minutes the irrigation or rainfall event lasted for. From this and the Start Time. The export operation is similar to editing events in a database but allows you to transfer data from the selected database to another database. and changing records as required. Submitting your changes to the I&R database Once you are satisfied with your changes you can Submit your changes to the Irrigation & Rainfall database. the End Time can be calculated. Amount The Amount is the total amount of water applied to the sensor over the Duration. Note: If you close the window without saving. 1. Ø To Submit changes to the I&R database This action changes the data in the Irrigation & Rainfall database. The Text Data Viewer displays this data in minutes. all items in the Edit list will turn black. Click the save button: If successful. The units type is taken from the global setting for measurement moisture spacing. This can be useful to keep rainfall records in multiple databases in synchronization. Close the I&R Data Entry dialog Exporting data to another database This dialog opens when you click on the I&R Entry dialog. the application Rate can be calculated. 3. 2. deleting. all of the changes will be discarded. From this and the Duration. adding. This process makes the changes to the I&R database file.

Records that don't exist in the selected database. The two options are: • Copy amounts from the selected database The amount in the selected database record is copied to the other database site(s) • Calculate using rate in the other database site(s) The amount in the selected database record is discarded and the selected database duration and the other database rate are used to calculate the other database amount The two options are: • Export changes to amounts and newer events Any record that has a changed amount (on the Edit/Preview window) plus records later than the last record in the other database are copied. Choosing an Irrigation & Rainfall database for editing.. Open the Edit/Preview dialog and allow modifications before saving. but exist in the other database. Choose destination sites 3.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide • • • • • You can only select one site on the I&R Entry dialog (Export button is dimmed if more than one site is selected) Each other destination site must have the same record type (specific times or daily totals) Each destination site must have the same irrigation system Destination event type (rainfall or irrigation) will be the same as the type on the I&R Entry dialog Source records that do not have a matching start date and duration in the destination database will not be modified during the transfer process Description The database to receive the events (destination database cannot be the same as source database). Choose export options Importing from another database This dialog opens when you click on the I&R Entry dialog. for a full description. Choose destination database 2. Control/Group 1. Choose amount entry method Click the checkboxes to receive the data. do not cause a deletion of these records. See page 141. Browse your computer for the desired I&R database (. Incompatible destination sites have the checkbox dimmed. The data displayed is the records that will be transferred from the selected database to the other database. Un-configured sites have a red checkbox. Sentek Pty Ltd 146 . Deletions and changes to durations or end time are not copied • Export newer events only Only selected database records later than the last record in the other database are copied Open online help for this dialog Discard any changes and return to the I&R Entry dialog 4. Changes in duration or end date are not allowed.wdb). Edit/Preview will display the all records in the other database and highlight records that are different (in amount) and records that are new.

for a full description Browse your computer for the desired I&R database (. Choosing an Irrigation & Rainfall database for editing. Choose amount entry method Sentek Pty Ltd 147 . The data displayed is the records that will be transferred from the other database to the selected database. Changes in duration or end date are not proposed.wdb) Open the Edit/Preview window and allow modifications before saving. Incompatible sites have the checkbox dimmed. 2. Choose a single source site Click on the checkbox to select the desired site from which to get the data. Choose source database Description The other database to supply the events (source database cannot be the same as the selected database). See page 141. The provisos applying to Export Events also applies to Import Events. Un-configured sites have a red checkbox. The two options are: • Copy amounts from other database The amount in the other database record is copied to the selected database site(s) • Calculate using rate in selected database site(s) The amount in the other database record is discarded and the duration in the other database and the rate in the selected database are used to calculate the amount in the selected database 3. Edit/Preview will display the all records in the selected database and highlight records that are different (in amount) and records that are new.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide This operation is like Exporting but is useful if you wish to merge multiple sets of data into the selected database. Records that don't exist in the other database do not cause a proposed deletion of records in the selected database. Control/Group 1.

IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 4. Deletions and changes to durations or end time are not copied • Import newer events only Only records in the other database that are later than the last record in the selected database are copied Open online help for this dialog Discard any changes and return to the I&R Entry dialog Sentek Pty Ltd 148 . Choose import options The two options are: • Import changes to amounts and newer events Any record that has a changed amount (on the Edit/Preview dialog) plus records later than the last record in the selected database are copied.

Spikes and orphans can occur in logger data because of environmental factors. What happens to the 'Removed' spike? When a reading (from a spike or orphan) is 'removed'. indicating that this value is not to be graphed. like lightning strikes. faulty battery connections etc. How do I restore the removed spikes? When you use the database tool Recalculate. The original raw value is not removed and can be used to recalculate the calculated value. See page 167 The Spike remover dialog This dialog can be initiated from two places: • In Workspace Manager . Select the check box "Recalculate INVALID moisture values" and the calculated values will be recalculated from the raw values using the calibration coefficients in the database. An orphan is a reading on its own with a gap on either side. Orphans are not considered to be spikes. so that a smaller angle (sharper spike) will be graded as more severe than a shallow angle (wider spike). select Database Tools and click Spike Remover • On a Graph window . select Database Tools and click Spike Remover The Spike remover window contains two main sections: • The list of spikes which were found in the database (if any) • A sketch of the graph section of the first selected spike in the list Sentek Pty Ltd 149 . This section covers: • • • Introduction The Spike remover dialog Range Blanker dialog Introduction to Spike Remover Spike Severity The Severity of a spike is defined by the angle of that spike.from the File menu. its calculated value is set to INVALID (-1). It can be helpful to remove them using Spike Remover.from the File menu.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Spike Remover A spike is an unexpected change in a graph's shape.

point to Database Tools & select Spike Remover (the database is already specified when spike remover is initiated from the graph window) OR Sentek Pty Ltd 150 . For example by clicking on Severity. .IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Using the Spike Remover List control section you can: • • • • Sort spikes & orphans by clicking on the header buttons. Select one or multiple spikes (hold down the SHIFT key and select first and last of a range. and remove them all by clicking Remove..sort the list of spikes in incremental order by a column. Spike remover controls Click this button. the most severe spikes and orphans are placed at the top. View the selected spike or orphan on the graph window Remove the selected reading(s) Show the Range Blanker dialog See page 151 Close the Spike Remover dialog Ø To Remove spikes from a database 1a. (the sorted column is identified by an asterisk on the column header button).to perform this function (All list control column Header Buttons) . Select a single spike and view a sketch of it in the sketch area. Select a single spike and view the true graph window by clicking View.. the CTRL key to select each individually). From the Graph File menu...

See page 167 Range Blanker dialog The Range Blanker is used to hide a range of readings from the soil moisture database. This means ALL of the readings in this range will have their calculated values set to INVALID (-1) so that they don't show on the graphs. and you want to remove the entire period. The Range Blanker is used if a period of instability has occurred. Sort through the list (if any) and click Remove to remove any spikes or orphans you do not want.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 1b. The spike remover dialog displays 3. Sentek Pty Ltd 151 . 4. or all the sensors. This can be done for one single sensor. From the Workspace File menu. Select the desired database and click Open 2. use the Recalculate database tool with the 'Recalculate INVALID moisture values' checkbox checked. Click Close to close the dialog. To recover INVALID readings. point to Database Tools & select Spike Remover The Open dialog box displays.

IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The 'removed' values can be retrieved by using the Recalculate dialog. with the 'Recalculate INVALID moisture values' checkbox checked. See page 167 Sentek Pty Ltd 152 .

Note: The Edit DB command is only available if a database has been selected from the list in the Database Manager window. Matric Potential and Custom Sensors for setting up those types of sensors. Matric Potential and Custom Sensors Sensor Properties The Logger Configuration window The Logger Configuration dialog displays the logger tree. Names that correspond to the logger. which support up to 16 Run-A and 16 Run-B moisture sensors Non-RT6 (type Other) third party loggers. Displays the sensors normalized water reading. The configuration process produces a 'map' of the configuration of the logger. The Logger Configuration dialog box displays. See Salinity.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Logger (and Database) Configuration This section covers: • • • • • The Logger Configuration window Sending configurations to the RT6 logger Normalizing RT6 sensors Salinity. click Create New DB or Edit DB. which may support Sentek EasyAG and EnviroSMART probes with sensor types. There can be more than 32 sensors on a type Other probe. Displays the sensors normalized air reading. Ø To display the Logger Configuration dialog box From the DB Tools menu. The logger tree view displays a pictorial representation of the current logger configuration. These loggers can have TriSCAN (moisture and salinity) sensors and custom sensors. The Logger Configuration dialog supports two types of logger: • • Sentek RT6 loggers. Column Logger tree view Address Depth Air Water Calibration Content Displays a picture of the logger configuration Displays the sensor types and sensor addresses. Sentek Pty Ltd 153 . sites and probes in the field are added to the logger configuration. Displays the calibration assigned to that sensor. Displays the sensor depths.

Sentek Pty Ltd 154 . . Shortcut menu Click this button.. The button changes to. To collapse the logger tree view.. The Add and Delete buttons are dynamic and change according to the type of component that is selected in the logger tree view. For example. This configuration is sent to the logger using the Send to Logger button.. Right-click on the probe and select Add Sensor from the shortcut menu.to perform this function add a site to the logger. click . add a probe to a site.. To expand the logger tree view. click ..IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide The logger configuration tree represents the way in which a logger and its probes and sensors are setup.. to add a sensor to a probe you can do one of the following: • • Click . To add components to the logger tree view you can: • use the Add buttons • right-click on the hardware element to display the shortcut menu listing the options specific to the selected element.

Not visible when a non-RT6 logger Type is selected. close the logger configuration dialog box. delete a site from the logger. delete all sites from the logger. delete a probe from the site.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Click this button. save or clone a new logger configuration.. ... Sentek Pty Ltd 155 . The button label changes and displays a sub-menu when a nonRT6 Logger Type is selected. On one cable run you can have: • a maximum of 16 sensors On one probe you can have a maximum of 16 sensors.. send the logger configuration to the logger.. The line directly above the one that has been deleted is highlighted. The line directly above the one that has been deleted is highlighted. The Delete button corresponding to the highlighted component. take normalizing sensor readings from the selected sensor. access online help. The line directly above the one that has been deleted is highlighted.. See section Normalizing RT6 sensors access the Calibration Registry.to perform this function add a sensor to a probe. save changes made to an existing logger configuration. The button changes to. create a new Irrigation & Rainfall database to match the current logger's site names. RT6 logger Setup rules The configuration is limited to any one of the following conditions: On one logger you can have: • • • a maximum of 32 sensors divided into 2 cable runs of 16 sensors a maximum of 8 probes a maximum of 8 sites Not visible when a non-RT6 logger Type is selected. You should not create a new irrigation & rainfall database until you have finalized the new logger sites configuration. The Delete button corresponding to the highlighted component. The Delete button corresponding to the highlighted component. delete a sensor from the probe.

Only the addresses A1-A16 and B1-B16 may be used. When a new logger configuration is created.the two extreme conditions. a default air count (65535) and water count (0) display. it cannot be altered. An address is changed by clicking on the address box and entering a new alphanumeric address or using the arrows within the cell to scroll to the new address. A drop-down arrow appears and alternative calibrations can be selected from the drop down list. This then stores these values in the database tables. One logger can support two cable runs consisting of an arrangement of probes and sensors. You must alter the address (from the sequence) that is not dimmed.g. Normalizing sensors means taking air (no moisture) and water readings and storing them in their appropriate cells in the Logger Configuration dialog box. a soil profile consisting of a sand surface layer on top of a clay layer below. If. The depth is changed by clicking on the depth box and entering a new depth or scrolling to a new depth. Depth (cm/inches) column The depth is the depth of the sensor. A4. Air and water columns The air and water columns display the normalized sensor reading for the sensors. If the address is dimmed. Calibration column The calibration column displays the calibration that is assigned to the sensor. after you have added all sensors. non-humid air for the most accurate base reading. A depth of anything other than multiples of the spacing value is invalid. in position. Sentek Pty Ltd 156 . Sensors need to be normalized for air and water readings . Calibrations are selected for each sensor by clicking on the calibration column. Note: If a new sensor is added later. The order of the addresses is not dependent on the probe or site name. you want to rearrange the address sequences you can change the address manually. Addresses are automatically assigned when each sensor is added. Two separate sequences of sensor addresses are available. as the presence of any moisture will affect readings. Note: The depth indicator must be entered according to the defaults for sensor spacing (10 cm or 4 inches). All other sensors below that sensor will be sequentially updated. Cable runs may be addressed as Run A (addresses A1-A16) or Run B (addresses B1-B16).IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Naming conventions Probe names are limited to three characters Logger names are limited to 22 characters Site names are limited to 18 characters Address column An address is a sequential alphanumeric reference marking the position of a sensor on a cable and the position of that sensor in relation to other sensors on the same cable. Repeat this for each probe until the sequence is ordered. To correct address sequences enter a valid address in the first address box on that probe and press Enter. Addresses must follow a sequential pattern and the addresses for each sensor must be unique. Sensors on the same probe must have unique depths. the sequence of addresses may appear disordered. The calibration equation is a formula used for transforming the raw sensor reading to moisture units. e. Therefore. Different sensors may require different calibrations for different depths through out the soil profile. Sensor calibration is selecting the right calibration equation for the soil type in which the sensor is working. can be measured accurately as different soil types respond differently when taking moisture measurements. below ground level. Note: It is important to normalize the air reading in non air-conditioned.

adjustments to the current sampling interval and PC and logger time can be made. From the Logger Configuration dialog box... When the basic logger configuration has been established and more calibration equations have been added to the Calibration Registry. change or delete a calibration From the Logger Configuration dialog box click Calibrations. Sentek Pty Ltd 157 . Select the COM port and baud rate for connection to the logger. Sending configurations to the RT6 logger When a database is configured. A direct physical connection between the logger and the PC serial port is required. When a connection to the logger has been established. Custom sensors are assigned (Default calibration).. 2. Ø To send configurations to the logger: 1. Ø To add.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Click to select a calibration from the list. the new configuration settings can be sent to the logger. the logger configuration is edited and accurate calibrations are assigned to sensors. click Send to Logger. If the Logger Configuration dialog box has not yet established a connection to the logger. and click OK. the Connect to Logger dialog box displays. The Send Configuration to Logger dialog box appears. The Calibration Registry dialog box displays. 3. or if the connection was broken. The default calibration (Default Sentek Calibration) is assigned to all new moisture sensors.

sensor list and sampling interval in the logger. Note: The logger records data against a date and time. If you do not want to overwrite this information click Cancel. The Read Sensor button remains depressed while the air or water count readings are taken. either the air or water cell for a sensor. Click Set to System Time if you wish to synchronize the time settings on the logger and the computer. default air count (65535) and water count (0) are set. the sensor addresses and the sampling interval. Click Send. This will overwrite the logger ID. Normalization takes into account variations between sensor responsiveness. Changes to the COM port or baud rate cannot be performed. The Logger Configuration Read Sensor button is dimmed until you select. click Cancel to return to the Logger Configuration dialog box.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Note: The section titled Existing logger configuration (will be erased) shows the information currently stored in the logger. On one probe. Note: Make sure that your computer's clock is correct. The Time comparison section shows the computer's system time and the time in the logger. Enter the sampling interval required for this database. Click OK. the two extreme conditions of soil moisture content. It will also erase all readings in the logger. These values are then stored in the database tables. Normalizing RT6 sensors RT6 Sensors need to be normalized for air (dry) and water (saturated) readings. The air or water count is then read by clicking the Read Sensor button. 5. and then click Send to Logger again. the logger ID. Normalizing sensors means taking air and water readings and storing them in their appropriate cells in the Logger Configuration dialog box. air counts can be read sequentially by moving up and down the air count column using the arrow Sentek Pty Ltd 158 . The Send configuration to Logger dialog box closes but a connection still exists to the logger. 4. If these settings need to be changed. 7. This is known as a time stamp. Data corresponding to the new time stamps is not available. When a new logger configuration is created. 6. Use the Connect button to attempt to re-establish a connection. The database configuration is sent to the logger. in the logger tree. the new time stamps overlap the previous time stamps. Please make sure that you have already downloaded that data. A message displays asking you to confirm this action. Warning: The next step will erase all existing data in the logger. If the logger's clock is set backwards. with the probe in an access tube. Note: If the connection to the logger is broken while you are working in the Send configuration to Logger dialog box. you will receive an error message and the Send button will be disabled.

Click in the air value of the first sensor. wind speed. temperature. The water count fluctuates at first and then stabilizes. 5. you can use the arrow keys to move to the water count column and start water readings when the probe is in place in the water filled chamber. press the keyboard right arrow to move to the last reading in the water count column. The Read Sensor button is activated Click Read Sensor. 4.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide keys on the keyboard. Alternatively. Note: Pressing Enter on the keyboard will also stop the sensor reading. From this column. to the middle of the container. 3. Ø To Normalize the sensors 1. When all sensor readings on the probe have been taken. Matric Potential and Custom Sensors IrriMAX has the capability of creating databases that comprise: • • • • Sentek Pty Ltd Moisture sensors Salinity sensors. The air count is measured at regular intervals. leaf wetness 159 . Salinity. in turn. press the keyboard up arrow to move to the next sensor. Select the logger baud rate and appropriate COM port and click OK to make the connection. you will still be connected to the logger. If the logger is not already connected. click Read Sensor again to release it. When the air count has stabilized. When the air values are established. Start the second sequence here. the Connect to Logger dialog box displays. such as TriSCAN sensors Matric potential sensors Custom sensors e. The following steps assume that: • The computer is connected to the logger • • Probe is installed in an access tube in dry air when taking air counts Probe is inserted into a "normalization container" when taking the water counts Note: Make sure the sensors do not get wet. Insert the probe into an access tube held clear from its surroundings. Start the air and water reading sequence here. 6. In this way you can move to a new probe and start taking readings again. Note: If you have just sent your configuration to the logger. or Press the keyboard up arrow once more to take you into the inactive cells. End the sequence here. either: • • Click Read Sensor again to stop the reading process. 2. When the water count has stabilized.g. press the keyboard down arrow to move to the next sensor. Insert the probe into the normalization container and position each sensor. The air count fluctuates at first and then stabilizes. The water count is measured at regular intervals.

Alternatively the data can be supplied in a text file (CSV) or Excel spreadsheet (XLS) using Data Exchange. Matric potential sensors. Ø To create a database that supports non-RT6 sensors Warning: The logger type can only be changed when the database is empty. above the moisture pane and custom sensors in custom sensor panes. or dual matric potential/salinity sensors. Sentek Pty Ltd 160 . Each sensor type has a different pictorial representation: • • • • • (A) Moisture sensors (A/S) Moisture/Salinity Sensors (salinity is always dual) (M) Matric Potential (M/S) Matric Potential/Salinity Sensors (salinity is always dual) (C initially) Custom Sensors Note: an asterisk will appear in the type column if the sensor properties do not match the properties in the sensor preset registry. in any combination. These databases are not supported by RT6 loggers. custom sensors. and once the type is changed to Other it cannot be changed back to RT6. A type "Other" logger can be configured with up to 16 sites. Once the logger type is Other you can add moisture sensors. A new column on the dialog indicates the sensor type and the tree view symbols are different for salinity sensors. IrriMAX can graph the resultant fertilizer/salinity data in a salinity graph pane.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Third-party logger software can update these databases via the AutoSDB2 programming interface. The Logger Configuration dialog allows you to change the logger type from RT6 to Other. dual moisture/salinity. 99 probes and 999 sensors. TriSCAN sensors are supported on Sentek EnviroSMART and EasyAG devices.

then the sensor address number. Matric potential "M" and custom "C" (that can be changed) and the sensor number can be in the range 1 to 999. Click in the custom sensor address field and the sensor type and address become editable.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 1. click Save New As and save the database in your desired folder. 5. Sentek Pty Ltd 161 . Change the Logger name. Then click the Properties button to set its properties Select the desired sensor type or enter the units and valid range and optional description for the sensor and click OK. See Sensor Properties for further details. 2. 4. and add sites and probes as described in The Logger Configuration window. Click the Add Sensor button and select either moisture or matric potential sensor. When the configuration is built as required. 6. Select Other in the Logger Type field and click OK to the warning message. salinity sensors are prefixed by "S". B. Custom sensors require an additional step to configure their characteristics. a dual sensor or Custom sensor. Only sensors with matching characteristic can be graphed in the one graph pane. Moisture sensors are always prefixed by "A". submenu New then select Database or click the New Database icon on the toolbar. 3. select menu File. M and S. From the Workspace Manager. A new Logger Configuration dialog box appears. Enter a new type in the range A to Z excluding reserved types of A.

Rules for custom sensors: • • • • Only sensors with matching characteristics can be graphed in a single graph pane (Sensor type.are accessible from the Logger Configuration dialog by selecting a sensor row then either clicking the Properties button or right click on the row and selecting Properties from the popup menu. M) can be viewed but cannot be changed. Sensor Properties Sensor properties . You cannot change calibration equations or normalization values. See the section Rules for Creating a Data Source in the AutoSDB2 programmer's manual for further information. "Temperature [C]" You cannot save a preset for the default sensor type "Custom" Sensor characteristics cannot be changed once there is data in the database Sentek Pty Ltd 162 . Measurement unit. B. The values for a newly created custom sensor are: • Sensor Type: "Custom" • • • • • • • Measurement Unit: "?" Unit Description: "Unknown" Invalid Value -1 Unitialized Value -2 Minimum Value 0 Maximum Value 100 Prevent Recalculation: unchecked These values can be changed to reflect the characteristics of the sensor but it is recommended to save them in a preset which can be used later to build another sensor with the same characteristics. For TriSCAN sensors these values are preset during the configuration of EnviroSMART and EasyAG devices. range values) The graph pane vertical axis legend consists of the sensor type and measurement units in square brackets e. S. This data is supplied during the download of the data from third-party loggers. Only custom sensor properties can be changed.g.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Note: There are various restrictions when you create databases containing salinity sensors. Properties of Sentek reserve sensor types (A.

which is stored in the directory where IrriMAX was installed. which will then set the characteristics to match the preset values. Similarly. Sensor Preset Registry Once you have set the characteristics of a custom sensor you can save them in the custom sensor presets registry.g. you are notified of a discrepancy. you are notified that the calibration is unregistered and have the option of adding the calibration to your registry. This could occur if. Each time a layout is opened in IrriMAX. It is also recommended that all sensors of a particular sensor type have the same properties. Note: See the "Calibration of Sentek Pty Ltd soil Moisture Sensors" manual for further technical information. If the database calibration values are different to the registry values. you are using a database (with calibrations) that was configured on another computer. Advanced users can access the set of calibration equations that are described in the "Calibration-Readme. the database calibration values are compared to the calibration registry. Sentek Pty Ltd 163 . for example. "L" for leaf wetness sensors. Note: For clarity and self documentation purposes it is recommended you assign a different sensor address symbol for each sensor type e. Each calibration equation relates to a particular soil type. When you add another custom sensor you can select the sensor type for the Sensor Type list. if a database contains a calibration that is not in the registry.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide • • Clicking OK changes the characteristics of the sensor to match the entered values. you have changed a calibration equation after the calibration was assigned to a sensor. Not the values loaded from the preset. If the sensor type is selected from the type list on the Logger Configuration dialog it inherits the characteristics from the preset registry. This could occur if. Note: The boxes in the calibration registry dialog box that are marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed. Initially the preset registry is empty but as you Save Preset the information is saved in the file Sensors. "T" for temperature sensors. If sensor current properties do not match the preset registry properties an asterisk is added in the sensor type column of the logger tree. for example. Calibration Registry This section covers: • The Calibration Registry window The Calibration Registry window The calibration registry stores all calibration equations.ini.txt" file on the IrriMAX CD.

Click this button. .List of calibrations IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Equation details The calibration registry displays a list of all installed calibration equations and their details. Calibrations may be named by institution. save the changes and closes the Calibration Registry dialog box. When adding new calibrations to the registry it is important to complete as many details boxes as possible. developer or for a specific soil type. This field is limited to 99 characters The name of the organization or person who supplied the equation.to perform this function add a new calibration equation to the Calibration Registry. accept the changes made to a calibration. discard the changes made to a calibration. The boxes marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory. you will be prompted to add it to the calibration registry. If a database is loaded that has a calibration equation that is not present in the registry.. A calibration is a statistical equation that is based on a scattered group of sample values... This calibration equation is used to analyze. change a calibration equation. This equation is represented by the Coefficient A... usage.. delete a calibration equation from the registry. close the calibration Registry dialog box without saving the changes. Calibrations are specific to soil types.. In this box. access online help. Calibration Name *Origin *Soil Texture *Coefficient A .. Exponent B and Constant C boxes.enter the following details. This field is limited to 99 characters Calibration equation coefficient Sentek Pty Ltd 164 . This field is limited to 99 characters The specific soil profile. The name of the new calibration.

Alternatively. 3. with values of volumetric water content determined gravimetrically from soil immediately adjacent to the tube. This field is limited to 99 characters Warning: Assign the correct calibration equation to your logger configuration. The higher the number the more objective the equation. *Exponent B *Constant C Equation display R2 CV(%) N Author / Publication . Scientific users or users interested in the absolute values must carry out calibration of the Sentek sensor.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide In this box. See the manual "Calibration of Sentek Pty Ltd Soil Moisture Sensors" for a detailed description of the calibration procedure. The coefficient of variation. New equations can be added as required. To obtain absolute data. 5. In this way the moisture levels from the sensor are directly related to the real values determined from the soil. Standard calibration equations are provided with the IrriMAX software.. as is the case with all other volumetric soil water monitoring devices. you must calibrate the Sentek sensors for every given soil type. you can insert your own calibration equation for every single sensor later. Calculations differ for different soil types. before a site-specific calibration of the sensors can be undertaken. This shows the trends of soil water dynamics. or in a container in the laboratory. 4. Click Accept. however accurate absolute data for all soil types are not generated automatically. Sentek sensors are precise measurement instruments. data may be incorrect and misleading. This box displays the formula that is used to calculate the raw sensor readings to calibrated moisture values. The Calibration Registry displays. If the wrong calibration equation is used.. The coefficient of determination (R-squared). This is a number between 0 and 1 that provides an indication of accuracy where 0 is inaccurate and 1 is accurate. 2. When these values are plotted on a graph they form a relationship that is described by a mathematical calibration equation. click Calibrations. 165 . Calibration equation exponent Calibration equation value No data is entered in this box. These equations transform normalized raw data into volumetric soil water content values. The number of sample values used. Click Add.enter the following details. Calibration of sensors in a specific soil is done by comparing scaled frequency readings from an access tube installed in the field. You can use the default calibration equation to convert the very first raw data into a graphical or text format. Ø To add new calibrations to the registry 1. you can continue to use the default calibration equation to visualize changes on a relative scale. Click Save & Close to save the changes and close the Calibration Registry dialog box. The details of the author of the calibration and the publication details of where it first appeared. Sentek Pty Ltd In the Logger Configuration dialog box... Complete other boxes as required. Complete all boxes marked with an asterisk (*). If you wish to obtain accurate absolute readings of volumetric soil water content for scientific or other purposes. Most IrriMAX users do not require absolute volumetric water content readings because they are using the relative changes in soil water dynamics for their daily irrigation management practices.

Click OK to continue. Ø To delete calibrations 1. 5. 4. Ensure all boxes marked with an asterisk (*) are completed.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Ø To change calibrations 1. If adding a calibration from an existing database file. 3. The Calibration Registry displays. 5. In the Logger Configuration dialog box. Click Save & Close to save the changes and close the Calibration Registry dialog box. Click Save & Close to save the changes and close the Calibration Registry dialog box. Sentek Pty Ltd 166 . 2. Click Delete. The Calibration Registry displays. Select the equation to be deleted from the registry list. 2. In the Logger Configuration dialog box. The message "Do you wish to proceed with deletion?" displays. Click Change. select the new equation from the registry list. Click Accept. click Calibrations. 3. 4. Complete or edit boxes as required. click Calibrations.

From the Workspace File menu. Some databases may have some of their data hidden because of erroneous readings. The way to restore this data is to Recalculate the data. From the Graph File menu. Ø To Recalculate readings in a database 1a. select Database Tools and click Recalculate • • On a Graph window .from the File menu. The following Database Recalculation dialog appears: Sentek Pty Ltd 167 .IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide Recalculate database This section covers: • Recalculate Database dialog Recalculate Database dialog Recalculate database can be initiated from three places: • In Workspace Manager . from the DB Tools menu select Recalculate DB Recalculating a database re-applies the calibration formula(s) to every raw value in the database. giving a new set of calculated values (which are the values used for graphs). Select the desired database and click Open 2. point to Database Tools & select Recalculate The Open dialog box displays. point to Database Tools & select Recalculate (the database is already specified when recalculation is initiated from the graph window) OR 1b. invalid formulas or other reasons (like incorrectly calculated data being imported using AutoSDB 2 or Data Exchange). select Database Tools and click Recalculate Using Database Manager.from the File menu.

4. Leave the "Recalculate INVALID moisture readings" check box clear and click Recalculate to recalculate error readings e.g. after changing calibration equation coefficients. click Recalculate to restore every spike Sentek Pty Ltd 168 . OR 3b. The following warning appears: 4. 5. Click OK On the Database Recalculation dialog.IrriMAX User Guide Software Reference Guide 3a. Select the "Recalculate INVALID moisture readings" check box Warning: The following steps will restore every spike that was previously removed by the Spike Remover.

g. Message 'Error reading file [file name] [error description]' Meaning/Action This error means that either the file is corrupt or truncated. open the Start button. You should check to see if you have run out of space. Message 'Error reading file [file name] [error description]' Meaning/Action This error means that either the file is corrupt or truncated. 'Error writing file [file name] [error description]' This error will only occur if there is no more disk space or there is a hardware error (rare).g. choose Settings. or there is a hardware error (rare). you may need to find the other user who is accessing the file. You should check to see if you have run out of space. • • • • • • • • Troubleshooting Workspace Manager Troubleshooting layouts Troubleshooting graphs Troubleshooting the Text Data Viewer Troubleshooting logger configurations Troubleshooting I&R data entry Troubleshooting Known problems with printer drivers Troubleshooting Registration and Licensing Troubleshooting Workspace Manager The following error and warning messages display under the conditions described. or simply try again later. In the first case you should try to find and restore the file. or there is a hardware error (rare). To install and detect a default printer. You need to install your printer in accordance with the instructions from the manufacturer.' This message displays when you are trying to print from the Workspace Manager window and there is no printer installed.IrriMAX User Guide Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This section covers error message and how to interpret them for the following areas:. In a network situation. 'Error opening file [file name] [error description]' This message could mean that the file does not exist. 'Error writing file [file name] [error description]' This error will only occur if there is no more disk space or there is a hardware error (rare). or that another process has an exclusive lock on it. You should restore the file from a backup. empty Recycle Bin). 'There is no default printer. You can then try to save the file again. Troubleshooting layouts The following error and warning messages display under the conditions described. In the second case. empty Recycle Bin). you can close any windows that may be accessing the file and try again. select Printer and then select Add Printer. Sentek Pty Ltd 169 . You should restore the file from a backup. and remove unwanted files (e. and remove unwanted files (e. You can then try to save the file again.

Select the sensors to be graphed then click the graph type again. You can use the Logger Configuration and Calibration Registry dialog boxes to edit the unregistered calibration. Re-select the sensors ensuring eight or less are chosen before clicking the Separate Y graph button. This may happen if you have updated a calibration in the registry since the database was created. 'The document will be printed very small. or that another process has an exclusive lock on it. The selected probes use different depths. 'Really straighten all links?' This message displays in the Layout window when you select the Straighten Link command. You can use the print preview feature to verify that the layout will be printed as you expect. Do you wish to continue printing?' This message displays in the Layout window when printing a layout whose elements will probably be illegibly small after it is scaled to fit the page. you can close any windows that may be accessing the file and try again. 'Cannot create graph More than 16 sensors are selected' This message displays in the Layout window when you select a Common Y or Stacked graph to be generated from a selection of more than 16 sensors. 'When creating a summed graph. the sensor depths selected must be the same across all probes that have sensors selected. Click OK to continue. In a network situation. To bring the database up to date. you may need to find the other user who is accessing the file. then select it into the affected sensors. in the Sensor Selection window. Re-select the sensors ensuring sixteen or less are chosen before clicking the Separate Y graph button. and the listed databases are detected to be using one or more calibrations that differ from calibrations in the calibration registry with the same name. or simply try again later. Click OK to continue. In the first case you should try to find and restore the file. or alter your layout to cover a smaller area. 'Calibration change detected! The following databases contain calibrations which differ from those in the registry with the same name: [filename]' This message displays when opening a layout file. Adjust the page setup or layout.IrriMAX User Guide Troubleshooting Message 'Error opening file [file name] [error description]' Meaning/Action This message could mean that the file does not exist. change its name and register it. In the second case. Click OK to confirm this action. Another possibility is that you have two distinct calibrations that share the same name. 'Cannot create graph No sensors are selected' This message displays in the Layout window when you select a graph to be generated but no sensors have been selected. you can use the Logger Configuration dialog box to change the calibrations for the affected sensors to the calibrations in the registry. Click OK to continue. Sentek Pty Ltd 170 . or click Yes to continue. Either de-select the sensors that are a different depth and causing a conflict or correct the logger configuration before creating a summed graph. 'Cannot create graph More than 8 sensors are selected' This message displays in the Layout window when you select a Separate Y graph to be generated from a selection of more than 8 sensors. ' This message displays in the Layout window when you are creating a summed graph and select sensors from multiple probes in the Site Selection window. This will happen if the page margins are set too wide. or the loggers and sites are placed very far apart on the layout. Click OK to confirm this action. in the Sensor Selection window. 'Really remove database from the layout?' This message displays in the Layout window when you select a database to be removed from the layout file. You may wish to change page orientation and margins. in the Sensor Selection window.

'Error writing file [file name] [error description]' This error will only occur if there is no more disk space or there is a hardware error (rare). or simply try again later. selecting all available sensors. 'Interpolation is only allowed for a range of depths if all available sensors in the range are selected. 'The following Database was not found: [filename] Press Browse to locate the missing Database or Press Cancel to abort the current operation. Troubleshooting graphs The following error and warning messages display under the conditions described.IrriMAX User Guide Troubleshooting Message Open File error: Unable to open Irrigation & Rainfall database Meaning/Action The Irrigation & Rainfall database may not yet be created. you may need to find the other user who is accessing the file. 'Error reading file [file path] Graph was not created from this database' This message displays in the Graph window when a database has gone missing. Answer 'Yes' to the prompt to create a new I&R database matching the selected logger. The water budget lines will have no meaning under the new interpolation setting. 'There are less than two readings in database [database name]' This message is displayed when there are not enough readings in the database to draw a line. The graph needs to be regenerated from the layout window. The database may have been moved or renamed. You can then try to save the file again. you can close any windows that may be accessing the file and try again. or there is a hardware error (rare). While browsing for the correct location of the database.' This message displays in the Graph window when interpolation is selected but the full range of available sensors between the shallowest and deepest sensor was not used to generate the graph. Download data from the logger or select a database with sufficient data to generate a graph. Message 'Error reading file [file name] [error description]' Meaning/Action This error means that either the file is corrupt or truncated. In the second case. 'The interpolation setting cannot be changed if any water budget lines have non-zero values. and remove unwanted files (e. empty Recycle Bin). so you are prevented from changing the setting until you have set the water budget line values back to zero. you have attempted to open and connect to the wrong database.' This message displays in the Graph window when a database has gone missing. In a network situation. In the first case you should try to find and restore the file. Sentek Pty Ltd 171 . 'Error opening file [file name] [error description]' This message could mean that the file does not exist. To produce a graph you require more readings.g. between the shallowest and deepest sensor. or that another process has an exclusive lock on it. You should check to see if you have run out of space. You should restore the file from a backup. The missing value may actually exist in the readings. Click Browse and locate the missing database file or click Cancel to stop the operation.' This message displays in the Graph window when attempting to change the interpolation setting on a summed graph and some water budget lines have already been set to non-zero values. from the Sensor Selection window.

IrriMAX User Guide Troubleshooting Troubleshooting the Text Data Viewer The following error and warning messages display under the conditions described.g. In the second case. or there is a hardware error (rare). empty Recycle Bin). or there is a hardware error (rare). 'Error opening file [file name] [error description]' This message could mean that the file does not exist. or that another process has an exclusive lock on it. You should restore the file from a backup. 'Error opening file [file name] [error description]' This message could mean that the file does not exist. Click OK to continue. and remove unwanted files (e. or simply try again later. You should check to see if you have run out of space. and remove unwanted files (e. 'Error writing file [file name] [error description]' This error will only occur if there is no more disk space or there is a hardware error (rare). You should check to see if you have run out of space. Message 'Error reading file [file name] [error description]' Meaning/Action This error means that either the file is corrupt or truncated. Click OK to continue and change the address to a lower number or start a new sequence beginning at B1. The maximum valid address on Run A or Run B is 16. you may need to find the other user who is accessing the file. you can close any windows that may be accessing the file and try again. you can close any windows that may be accessing the file and try again. In the second case. In a network situation.' Adjust the column margins or the page setup and try printing again. In a network situation. In the first case you should try to find and restore the file. In the first case you should try to find and restore the file. Meaning/Action 'Error writing file [file name] [error description]' This error will only occur if there is no more disk space or there is a hardware error (rare). You can then try to save the file again. empty Recycle Bin). You can then try to save the file again. you may need to find the other user who is accessing the file. Message Logger Configuration 'Error reading file [file name] [error description]' This error means that either the file is corrupt or truncated. or simply try again later.g. This error has two possible causes: • • You tried to add more than 16 sensors to a single run of the logger configuration. Troubleshooting logger configurations The following error and warning messages display under the conditions described. or that another process has an exclusive lock on it. You should restore the file from a backup. 'Operation causes a sensor address to exceed the permitted range.' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box. See What are the database file access rules for details about Sentek database files. Sentek Pty Ltd 172 . Try using smaller margins. 'Column exceeds paper width. You have altered a sensor address that causes the last address in the run to exceed 16.

Highlight the calibrations to be added..' This message displays in the Layout window when a database is opened that has at least one calibration equation that does not exist in the calibration registry. A logger must have a site.' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when trying to save a logger that has no sensors attached.'. 'The addresses on Run B are nonconsecutive.' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when two sensors have been given identical addresses. Click Accept..' Meaning/Action This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when two sensors have the same address.' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when there is a gap in the sensor address sequence on Run A. 'The logger has no sites attached. Click OK to continue and add a site. This could occur if. Click OK to continue and correct the duplicate name. for example you have deleted the calibration from the registry or you have used a database configured on another computer. probe and sensor.' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when trying to save a logger that has no probes attached. Click OK to continue and correct the duplicate address. Click OK to continue and correct the addressing.' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when trying to save a logger that has no sites attached. You can add them to the registry by clicking 'Calibrations. site or probe has been deleted. 'A probe has no sensors attached. 'A site has no probes attached. Please re-enter the address.' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when two probes have been given identical names. Probe names are case sensitive and must be unique. Click Change.' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when two sites have been given identical names. Click OK to continue and enter a valid name.. probe and sensor to be valid. probe and sensor. which do not exist in the calibration registry. highlighting them and clicking 'Change' then 'Accept'. Click OK to continue. 'This database contains one or more calibrations. A logger must have a site. click Calibrations. Site names are case sensitive and must be unique. The new calibrations will be added to the calibration registry. Click OK to continue and correct the duplicate name. 'The ID must contain at least one character..' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when there is a gap in the sensor address sequence on Run B. 'The entered value causes an address conflict. 'A site already exists with that name. These calibrations can be added to your calibration registry as required. 'The addresses on Run A are nonconsecutive. To add the new calibrations to the calibration registry. Sentek Pty Ltd 173 . probe and sensor to be valid. A logger must have a site. 'A probe already exists with that name.. Click OK to continue and provide unique address to all sensors. Click OK to continue and correct the addressing. probe and sensor.' This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when the name of a logger. Click OK to continue and add a site. Click OK to continue and add a site.IrriMAX User Guide Troubleshooting Message 'Operation causes a sensor address conflict. probe and sensor to be valid. Please type in a valid ID.

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Message 'The maximum number of sensors has been reached.'

Meaning/Action This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when you try to add another sensor to a probe when there are already a maximum number of sensors on that probe. This maximum may be on the probe, site or logger. Click OK to continue. See page 153 for details of configuring a logger.

'The air count must be greater than the water count'

This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when normalizing air and water counts. This error may display: • when entering normalization counts manually • the sensor being normalized is not attached to the computer • the sensor has got wet Click OK to continue and provide a new reading that is greater than the water reading.

'This will delete the current sensor. Do you wish to proceed?'

This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when a sensor is selected for deletion. Click OK to continue the deletion or click Cancel to retain the sensor.

'This will delete the selected site and all its probes and sensors. Do you wish to proceed?'

This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when a site is selected for deletion. Click OK to continue the deletion or click Cancel to retain the site. Note: All probes and sensors connected to the site will also be deleted.

'This will delete all sites, probes, and sensors. Do you wish to proceed?'

This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when a logger is selected for deletion. Click OK to continue the deletion or click Cancel to retain the logger. Note: A logger, site, probe and sensor must be present before a database can be saved.

'This will delete the selected probe and its sensors. Do you wish to proceed?'

This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when a probe is selected for deletion. Click OK to continue the deletion or click Cancel to retain the probe. Note: All sensors connected to the site will also be deleted.

'Do you wish to save your changes before leaving?'

This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when you click Quit without saving changes made to the logger configuration. Click OK to save the changes or Cancel to close the logger configuration window without saving the changes.

'The database is currently in use. You will not be able to make changes until it is released.'

This message displays in the Logger Configuration dialog box when database information is being displayed in layouts and graphs or the database is open in Database Manager. Click OK to continue. Close all files using the database you wish to edit before proceeding.

Send to Logger 'This operation will set the time in the logger to the computer's system time. Do you want to proceed?' This message is displayed in the Send Configuration to Logger dialog box when the Set to System Time button is clicked. Click OK to continue or cancel to leave the times as displayed.

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Message 'This operation will erase all existing data in the logger! Do you want to proceed?'

Meaning/Action This message is displayed in the Send Configuration to Logger dialog box when the Send button is clicked. When sending a new configuration to a logger the old configuration and all data associated with that configuration is deleted. Click OK to continue or Cancel to retain the existing configuration.

'COM port open operation failed'

This message is displayed in the Connect to Logger dialog box when a connection attempt has been made and has failed. Click OK to continue and check the physical connections. See communication for details on why logger communication may fail.

'COM port write operation failed'

This message is displayed in the Connect to Logger dialog box when a connection to the logger has been lost. Click OK to continue and check the physical connections.

'Logger response timeout - logger reply not received within the specified time'

This message is displayed in the Connect to Logger dialog box when a connection attempt has taken too long. Click OK to continue and check the physical connections.

'Logger's internal data structures corrupt'

This message is displayed in the Connect to Logger dialog box when the logger's memory has errors. Click OK to continue. See Data Exchange User Guide for further details.

'Could not find logger communication driver:'

This message is displayed in the Connect to Logger dialog box when the logger driver could not be found. You will need to re-install the software to correct this problem. Click OK to continue.

'Could not open port:'

This message is displayed in the Connect to Logger dialog box when a connection to the logger could not be established and the reason is unclear. Click OK to continue.

'Could not open logger:'

This message is displayed in the Connect to Logger dialog box when a connection has been made with the logger but information exchange is not occurring. Click OK to continue.

'Logger communication failed:'

This message is displayed in the Connect to Logger dialog box when an attempt to connect to the logger has failed and the reason is unclear. The logger Id in the logger may not match the Logger Id name in the database. Click OK to continue.

'Could not initialize COM library'

A problem occurred loading the logger driver software. Reinstall IrriMAX and try again.

'Could not create logger driver instance [error description]''

A problem occurred initializing the logger driver software. If the error description is REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG, you did not restart your computer after installing IrriMAX. If restarting you computer does not resolve the problem, you must uninstall and reinstall IrriMAX.

'Could not close logger'

The connection to the logger could not be closed.

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'Error getting <parameter>' 'Error setting <parameter>'

General logger error messages will report the action that failed e.g. 'Error getting logger clock time' and additional diagnostic values related to the failure.

Calibration Registry 'At least one item in this edit is incomplete or has invalid value. Please ensure that all required items have been filled in properly.' This message displays in the Calibration Registry dialog box when one or more of the mandatory fields are left blank. Click OK to continue and complete all boxes marked with an asterisk (*).

'Calibration with this name already exists. Use different name.'

This message displays in the Calibration Registry dialog box when you try to add a calibration to the calibration registry with the same name as one that is already registered. Click OK to continue. To add the calibration equation, provide a unique name for the equation.

'This will delete the selected calibration equation from the calibration registry. Do wish to proceed?'

This message displays in the Calibration Registry dialog box you attempt to delete a calibration equation. Click OK to continue or Cancel to retain the equation.

'Calibrations are being edited by another process. You will not be able to make changes until that process has unlocked the calibration file.'

This message displays in the Calibration Registry dialog box when a calibration equation is being edited elsewhere, for example in the Database Manager utility. Click OK to continue and close down all files using that calibration equation before making changes.

'There are one or more unregistered calibrations, which may be lost if you exit now. To save them in the calibration registry, click 'No' then 'Calibrations...'. Highlight the calibrations to save, and click the 'Change' and 'Accept' buttons. Do you wish to exit and possibly lose unregistered calibrations?'

This message may be displayed in the Logger Configuration dialog box when you attempt to exit after changing one or more calibrations in the database. It is a warning that you have replaced one or more calibrations, and these calibrations are no longer stored in the database or in the calibration registry, and will therefore be lost. Click Yes to close the Logger Configuration dialog box without saving the calibrations or follow the instructions in the message. If you want to save the calibration but don't want to use it in the database, you must register it in the Calibration Registry. Click Yes to close the calibration registry dialog box without saving the calibrations or following the instruction in the message.

Troubleshooting I&R data entry
The following messages are displayed under the conditions described. Message Click OK to edit the event again, Cancel to discard your edit. Could not find sensor after reopen Possible database corruption. If data was manually entered and loaded using Data Exchange please check your data layout. If problem persists - make a copy of the database then contact Sentek. Database structure corrupt - Site and sensor counts different Database <filename> is corrupt. Cannot find sensor record for site
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<site name> Database <filename> is corrupt. Cannot find virtual probe record for site <site name> Entered time or duration overlaps next event Entered time overlaps previous event Error <8 digits> adding source event <number Error <8 digits> replacing destination event <number> Event has the same start time as that of the following row. Try changing that row. Event has the same start time as that of the previous row. Try changing that row. Event overlaps a previous or following event. Click OK to edit the event, Cancel to discard the change. Event overlaps the end of a previous event. Event overlaps the start of a following event. Event start time is after that of the following row. Event start time is before that of the previous row. No irrigation/rainfall sensors found for selected sites Please enter a duration Please enter a positive rate Please enter an amount Set Column List failed Site(s) not found in database There is no available time window for insertion at this position You are replacing differing amounts and durations in several sites with a single amount and duration. Do you want to continue? You are replacing differing amounts in several sites with a single amount. Do you want to continue? You are replacing differing durations in several sites with a
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No event can overlap a previous or next event. Check the start time and duration. See "Entered time or duration overlaps next event". See "Could not find sensor after reopen". See "Could not find sensor after reopen". See "Entered time or duration overlaps next event".

See "Entered time or duration overlaps next event".

See "Entered time or duration overlaps next event".

See "Entered time or duration overlaps next event". See "Entered time or duration overlaps next event". See "Entered time or duration overlaps next event". See "Entered time or duration overlaps next event". See "Could not find sensor after reopen". You cannot move off a row until the duration and amount are valid. Either correct the value or click ESC. When you select Site Settings of Calculate from Rate the rate must be nonzero. See "Please enter a duration". See "Could not find sensor after reopen". See "Could not find sensor after reopen". See "Entered time or duration overlaps next event". The previous data, for this row, in each site will be lost.

The previous data, for this row, in each site will be lost.

The previous data, for this row, in each site will be lost.

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then the driver for another printer may work as a substitute. If you see "exception 10H" mentioned. If you can't make IrriMAX crash again. While it looks like IrriMAX is the culprit. Try installing another printer from your Windows installation media and make it the system's default printer (don't pick one from the list of problem printers below!). Printer Model Brother HL6 Series Canon Bubble jet BJC-70 Canon BJC-610 Canon BJC-4100 Canon BJC-4200 Canon BJ-200EX Canon BJC-210 Canon Multi pass 2500 Cheyenne BitWare Eclipse Fax Driver Epson ActionLaser 1100 Epson ActionLaser 1500 Epson Color Stylus Hewlett Packard (HP) DeskJet 660 Hewlett Packard (HP) DeskJet 660c Hewlett Packard (HP) LaserJet 5 series Sentek Pty Ltd Possible Alternative Driver Use Epson LQ2550 driver Use IBM Pro-Printer driver Use LaserJet 4 driver 178 . The Solution Note: This problem is documented in the Microsoft Online knowledge base reference number Q183522.IrriMAX User Guide Troubleshooting single duration. contact the program vendor. Most printer manufacturers are aware of the problem and the latest version of the driver for your printer will most likely be fixed. The problem occurs because certain printer or fax drivers disable the computer's numeric processor. You should contact the manufacturer of your printer for a driver update (drivers are usually freely available on the Internet). When IrriMAX next attempts to use the numeric processor. If you encounter the above message. it crashes. completely delete the previous driver from your Printers folder. answer Yes to completely remove all hidden files relating to the driver. If the problem persists. and neglect to re-enable it. then you have established that the driver is at fault. the problem is almost certainly a buggy driver. click on the Details button. If you are asked if you want to delete the files. Below is a list of printers with known problems. The system's default printer is the most likely candidate. possibly either during or after a printing-related operation. If there is no update or the update has not been fixed. the problem may be due to bugs in printer or fax drivers. Before installing a new driver." These errors result in the instant termination of IrriMAX and the loss of all unsaved data. Do you want to continue? Troubleshooting Known problems with printer drivers Illegal Operation Errors "This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.

rst IrriMAX. or after an upgrade the status of your IrriMAX license will be shown on the Registration & Licensing dialog. During a trial or if the license is corrupt the dialog will automatically apprear at IrriMAX startup.ind A summary of the messages that may appear on this dialog is given below.key IrriMAX.ent IrriMAX.IrriMAX User Guide Troubleshooting Printer Model Hewlett Packard (HP) LaserJet 6 series Hewlett Packard (HP) LaserJet 1000 Hewlett Packard (HP) LaserJet 4000 MidiComm Fax Driver by MidiSoft NEC Superscript 860 NEC Superscript 1260 Okidata OL600E or 4W Panasonic KX-P1123 Xerox DocuPrint C55 Possible Alternative Driver Use LaserJet 4 driver Use LaserJet 4 driver Use LaserJet 4 driver Troubleshooting Registration and Licensing Unitl you are fully licensed. This file is store in the folder (directory) where IrriMAX was installed e. Sentek Pty Ltd 179 . If the action taken does not resolve your problem the file IrriMAX.41s C:\Windows\System32\esnecil. Please configure your disk defragmenter to exclude the following files: • • • • • IrriMAX. The license management files have a file attribute of "System" and must not be moved from the location on the disk where they were created.g.ckn is needed to help to resolve the problem. They will never move with normal Windows operations but some disk defragmentation programs are known to move system files.ckn. Warning: The license manager installs some special files in the IrriMAX program directory and if these files are tampered with IrriMAX license management will block the software from working. You must then apply for a new registration site key by supplying the new site code. C:\Program Files\Sentek\IrriMAX\IrriMAX.

possible by a scheduled time resynchronization process A backup copy of the disk image containing IrriMAX may have been used The directory where IrriMAX was installed may have been relocated.reboot to activate time license Close all programs and restart the computer. Click Register Now to get a new site key from Sentek. but it has now expired. You must click Register Now to get another site key from Sentek. The license manager checks the physical location on the hard disk to prevent unauthorized copies of IrriMAX. Click Register Now to get a new site key from Sentek. If the problem persists and the table below does not describe the problem. See Registration and Licensing for information and guidance for license management files. No list file found Click Register Now to get a new site key from Sentek. possibly in an attempt to extend the pre-registration period. The site code was generated before the pre-registration period expired. Authorization time too early The computer's clock has been set back. Sentek Pty Ltd 180 . Re-registering with the new site code should resolve the problem. Message The entered site key cannot be confirmed. Some disk defragmentation programs and disk performance management utilities may move hiddensystem files. 2. Click Register Now to get a new site key from Sentek. 2. Site key file has been moved OR Program moved or site key bad password Restriction file moved Check if there are disk management tools on your computer. The system clock date or time has been modified. Check that it is the same as the one that you received from Sentek Registration department. Clock change . Invalid site key OR Action 1.IrriMAX User Guide Troubleshooting Please close all programs and restart your computer. You may have mistyped the site key. This can occur if the physical position of license manger files is changed. please contact you distributor or Sentek Registrations Department. [<reason> ] Reason 1.

Installing IrriMAX will overwrite EnviroSCAN program files. IrriMAX 6 cannot read graphs saved by IrriMAX 7. IrriMAX issues a warning before saving IrriMAX 5 and ESW files in the latest IrriMAX format. Question: How many probes can I have on 1 logger? Answer: Up to 8 probes. graphs and layouts? Answer: No . Installing the latest IrriMAX will overwrite earlier IrriMAX program files.0 and EnviroSCAN 4.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions This section covers common questions and suggested answers: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Questions about superseded Sentek software Questions about logger configuration rules Questions about changing logger configurations Questions about logging (sampling) intervals Questions about logger memory and downloading Questions about logger and computer time Questions about rectifying logger setup errors Questions about sensor configuration Questions about calibrations Questions about circling loggers/probes between multiple sites Questions about copying workspaces and files What can you do with the Summed Graph? What is Matric Potential What soil volume does a single sensor measure? What are the water units? What parts of the soil profile do sensors on the probe measure? What will be summed? Checking current soil moisture What are the database file access rules What is involved in logger communication How to determine irrigation applied (in millimeters) How to register IrriMAX How to transfer a license from one copy of IrriMAX to another Questions about superseded Sentek software Question: Can I convert my old EnviroSCAN 2. EnviroSCAN does not access I&R databases (. EnviroSCAN 4. using the Database Converter utility.x. A Sentek Technical Brief describes the procedure to convert IrriMAX 6 SDB files to IrriMAX 5 format. Question: Can IrriMAX 5 and earlier read IrriMAX 6 and IrriMAX 7 files? Answer: Databases and graphs created by IrriMAX 6 or and IrriMAX 7 cannot be read by IrriMAX 5 or EnviroSCAN for Windows 4. Questions about logger configuration rules Question: How many sensors can I have on an RT6 logger? Answer: Up to 32 sensors in two cable runs of 16 sensors.0 (ES2) data to run on IrriMAX software? Answer: Yes.wdb). Sentek Pty Ltd 181 . Question: Can EnviroSCAN 4 use IrriMAX databases.except EnviroSCAN can recognize IrriMAX 5 database and graphs that do not have the Irrigation & rainfall pane displayed.1 databases are directly compatible with IrriMAX. Question: Can I run dual IrriMAX and EnviroSCAN for Windows ESW on one computer? Answer: Sentek does not support dual installation.

click the Send to Logger button. keeping the original configuration of sensors and probes. Use the Logger Configuration dialog box (accessible from either Database Manager or the Workspace Manager window) for editing the logger configuration for the pertinent database. Question: What happens if I change the site ID? Answer: • Option 1-You have renamed the sites. Question: How many sensors can I have on a cable run? Answer: Up to 16 sensors. Any data logged under the previous ID will be deleted from the logger upon sending the modified configuration to the logger.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions Question: How many sites can I have on 1 logger? Answer: Up to 8 sites. in any combination. use the Edit DB command to change the ID and save the changes in the database file. • Use Logger Manager utility to change the sampling interval Question: What happens if I change the sampling interval? Answer: You will notice smoother or more stepped graph shapes in the displayed data after the sampling interval is changed. • Option 2-You have created a new database requiring a new logger ID.9 days) Sentek Pty Ltd 182 . Questions about logging (sampling) intervals Question: How do I change the sampling interval? Answer: • From the Logger Configuration dialog box. Question: How many sites. Questions about changing logger configurations Question: How do I change the logger ID? Answer: Download any existing data on the logger that you wish to save. A new logger ID is required in this situation. Question: What is the shortest time interval I can log? Answer: 1 minute. • To change incorrect site ID . The sampling interval is displayed. Question: What happens if I change the logger ID? Answer: If you have changed the logger ID and saved it you have created a new database. Question: How do I change the site ID? Answer: There are two situations where you may wish to change site IDs. Also with shorter sampling intervals the database file size will grow faster. In Database Manager. Question: How many sensors can I have on a probe? Answer: Up to 16 sensors. probes and sensors can I have on a type "Other" logger? Answer: Up to 16 sites. • • To create a new database while retaining normalization data . Question: What is the longest time interval I can log? Answer: 9999 minutes (6.this could occur where you wish to move the system in its current configuration to a new location. 99 probes and 999 sensors. Send the edited configuration to the logger.where you wish to simply rename existing site names and keep all data belonging to the sites with these new names attached. This resets the logger's memory and establishes a new file. In most cases you should download or reset the logger memory before changing logger ID.

IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions Questions about logger memory and downloading Question: How long will the logger hold data when removed from the logging housing? Answer: 2 days Question: How long does it take for the logger memory to fill up? Answer: It depends on the number of sensors the customer has installed and the logging interval. Then. There is absolutely no relation between the logger's clock and the computer clock. If there is a match download to the matching database will occur. Backup the database after each successful download. The download will proceed. reset memory on logger and replace logger in correct logging housing. From Database Manager. You will lose the data for that period. If you detect the error after downloading the data recorded for the period where the logger was in the wrong logging housing will not be valid. Questions about logger and computer time Question: How do I change a logger's date/time? Answer: The logger time can be synchronized to the computer clock or the logger time can be manually adjusted. There will be a problem where different loggers have the same logger ID and number of sensors. Question: What happens if I change a logger's date/time? Answer: You will notice a gap equivalent to the change in time or you will loose data for the period the time is changed right after clock adjustment depending whether the logger's clock has been set forward or backward. Questions about rectifying logger setup errors Question: What happens if I mix up loggers when downloading in the office? Answer: There will not be a problem where the loggers have different logger IDs and/or different numbers of sensors.44 multiplied by (Sampling interval (minutes) / the number of sensors). The readings in the logger are time stamped by the logger. To minimize the chance of this happening you should: • • • • Assign distinctive logger IDs Clearly label logger/logger housing with their IDs Implement a multiple directory database structure to create a unique data directory for each customer. The days = 69. The only time when the computer clock is important is when synchronizing logger time with computer clock. Question: What happens if I mix up loggers in the field and put the wrong logger in the logging housing? Answer: Warning: If you detect the error before download. Question: What happens if I download a logger where there is a time difference between the logger and the computer clock time? Answer: Nothing will happen. reset the logger memory and replace the logger in the correct housing. use the Trim database command to strip the period of invalid data. in Logger Manager. writing data to the database. Where there is no match an error message will appear preventing download. The software compares the logger ID and the number of sensors on the logger with the logger's ID and the number of sensors in the database. The software uses the reading timestamps (created by logger) for all the data processing. You will lose the data for the period the logger was in the wrong logging housing. To minimize the chance of this happening you should: • Assign distinctive logger IDs • Sentek Pty Ltd Clearly label logger/logger housing with their IDs 183 .

use Database Manager's Import/Export command.the complete logger configuration is stored only on the database. Backup the database after each successful download. Save the database and send it to the logger using the Send to Logger command.. See the Data Exchange User Guide for help. Question: Can I backup an individual database? Answer: Yes . Run Database Manager. This had been done for security reasons and for backup reasons as the logger in the field is exposed to a higher risk of damage than the user's computer. or to a text file. Refer to the Database Manager User Guide for details. to export logger settings to floppy disk.use backup or a compression program such as WinZip® to move the data (database files) to archive medium and then delete the database files you no longer require regular access to. or to a text file. and use the Edit DB command. Question: My disk is filling up . Question: Is the complete logger configuration stored on the logger in the field? Answer: No . and then import it into the correct database. This means you cannot access data unless you have the logger's configuration on your computer. then correct the invalid dates and times and transfer back to the database.. only those users with the logger configuration on their database can access the data. Question: Does export logger configuration save the database as well? Answer: No. Save the updated logger configuration to the database. Questions about calibrations Question: How do I change the coefficients in the calibration equation? Answer: Use the Calibration Registry dialog box to add/edit calibration equations.can I archive data? Answer: Yes . Edit the new database. Question: How do I change sensor depths on a probe? Answer: Download any existing data on the logger that you wish to save. and use the Edit DB command to set the new air and water readings for that sensor. Question: How can I transfer data from one database to a different one after I mixed up the logger ID's? Answer: Use Data Exchange to transfer the data to a Microsoft Excel worksheet. Hence the importance of making at least two backup copies of the logger configuration on floppy using export . Save the configuration to a new database file using the Save As. Swap the faulty sensor/s making sure you replace it at the same depth and then run Database Manager. command. While any person can access the logger with Logger Manager. This automatically resets the logger memory. Question: How can I regain missing data after the Logger Clock has been accidentally changed? Answer: Use Data Exchange to transfer the data to a Microsoft Excel worksheet. Sentek Pty Ltd 184 .one kept by the distributor and one by the customer. This can be accessed from the Logger Configuration dialog box.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions • • Implement a multiple directory database structure to create unique data directory for each customer. This should only be done by trained staff. Questions about sensor configuration Question: How do I change a faulty sensor? Answer: Download any existing data on the logger that you wish to save. to set the configuration as desired. See the Data Exchange User Guide for help. The logger stores only partial configuration information to ensure proper operation.use a compression/archive program such as WinZip®. Note: You can also use the Trim Database command in Database Manager to keep the database file to a reasonable size. Question: Can I backup a logger's configuration? Answer: Yes .

for example. In both cases. etc. ensure you download data from the logger. If you copy all associated files across with Sentek Pty Ltd 185 . Run Database Manager to create a new logger configuration.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions Questions about circling loggers/probes between multiple sites Question: How do I use a logger/probe if I want to move the equipment from site to site on a weekly basis? Answer: With great care! Using the same logger or same probes on different sites can be done provided you are very clear and very careful about what you are doing with respect to transport. Let's call the first site apples and the first logger ID 'Log-1-Apples'. do exactly the same thing. When you download.e. logger and/or probes) between two sites and log data at each site. the data will be placed in the database that corresponds to the current logger ID. To set the logger with the correct configuration. the paths of these dependent files are stored relative to the parent file. simply export the correct configuration to the logger (Import/Export command in Database Manager) before you start to log the data. You can switch between sites as often as you like provided you take great care to ensure you download and you have the correct logger ID at the correct site. the logger's configuration must remain the same. record air and water counts and save the database. Apples 16/11 to 22/11. You will also need to consider the practical issues of cabling and connections . Pears 8/11 to 15/11. Sentek do not recommend moving the EnviroSCAN RT5/6 on a daily or weekly basis. When you physically change sites. installation. hardware and software. You will need to install additional access tubes at subsequent sites. Pears 23/11 to 29/11. This will automatically reset the logger's memory and start logging data. as long as you take care of other files that the workspace may need. Apples 1/11 to 7/11. You want to move the system (i. The graph and layout files in turn store the locations of their database files. Questions about copying workspaces and files Question: Can I move a workspace to a different folder on my computer or from a floppy disk to my hard drive? Answer: Yes. export the correct logger configuration for the new site to the logger before you intend to log data.how will you protect the system from transport damage when moving the equipment between sites? Transport damage where equipment is being moved between sites is outside the terms of the warranty. To do this.will you install cable at subsequent sites or move the system complete with cable? Most importantly. To explain what to do with respect to software it is best to go through an example. you must consider the practicalities of system transportation . Before you move to the next site. Let's assume that you want to configure the logger as having four probes each with eight sensors.sws file) does not contain full information about its graphs and layouts.e. have the same number of probes with sensors in the same position at both sites. but stores the location of the graph and layout files to open when opening the workspace. Be sure to select a different logger ID for the second logger. After you have saved to the database you need to edit the logger's configuration to create the database for the second site. Use Save As to save the database. for example 'Log-2-Pears'. Question: What data can I expect if I use a logger/probe by moving the equipment from site to site? Answer: The data you will record for each site will have gaps in it. It is essential that you take care that the logger IDs are different and the correct one is loaded in the logger for the site before you start to log data. After you have established two databases with the one logger you can go ahead and log data. That is. Because of the high risk of transportation damage and the need to do everything exactly right every time the system is moved. i. complete with bottom stopper and top caps. The workspace file itself (. and in absolute terms.

Warning: If you do not copy all files across. menu item to determine the location of the file. Click on the Cancel button to close the file dialog. you can click on the drop-down box at the top to see the directory for that file.. your copy of the workspace will use the original layouts. relative to the external gas pressure on soil water.. if you have a workspace. What can you do with the Summed Graph? The summed graph is used to: • • • • • • • • sum all existing sensors in the profile create the sum of a subset of sensors (say 30 -70cm soil depth) display a single sensor estimate the soil water content for soil layers. Then save the workspace. Question: Can I change the files that my workspace refers to? Answer: Yes. where sensors are not present using the interpolation command average the soil water content of two or more probes if the depth setting of sensors is compatible. Add agronomic budget lines and regions Add growth stages to agronomic budget lines What is Matric Potential Matric Potential (matric suction. you can select the Save As. As stated above. to which a solution identical in composition with the soil solution must be subjected in order to be in equilibrium through a porous membrane wall with the water in the soil (ISSS Committee). graph and database on a floppy disc. Similarly.. Right click on the database and select the Find Missing Database. Databases in layouts will display their full file name if you hover the mouse over the logger icon for a second. For example. Sentek Pty Ltd 186 . from the popup menu. Close any graphs and layouts that are stored in the old location and use the Open >Graph and Open > Layout menu commands in the Workspace Manager to load in the graph and layout files from the new location. it will be able to find the files it needs using the relative path. and forget to copy the database. graphs and databases. which may lead to some confusion. identify the times when the soil water content goes beyond full point or onset of stress point. Save the layout to store the new database location. and will adjust the absolute location for the files. If you do miss some files in the initial transfer you can take the following corrective action.. Question: How do I tell which files my workspace is accessing? Answer: For graph and layout files. everything will work correctly when the workspace is copied. hover the mouse over the database icon in the status bar at the bottom of a graph to see the database file name. soil water suction) is defined as the negative gauge pressure. This will open a file dialog and allow you to find the copy of the database on your machine. Open the workspace. Reopening a layout will show the database icon dimmed with a red question mark over the top. it is recommended that you copy all files before opening the workspace from its new location.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions the workspace. you need to make the old database file unavailable. keeping any directory structure the same. When the file dialog opens asking for a new location in which to save the file. If a layout or graph is referencing the wrong database stored in the old location (on the A: drive for example). Close the graphs or layouts that reference the file and either rename the file or remove the floppy disk from the drive if the file is on a floppy disk. the graph will look in the original location (the floppy drive) for its database. When the workspace is opened from its new location.

Ø For metric units: Sentek Pty Ltd 187 . The effective range of most commercially available tensiometers is -10 to -85 kPa. while an almost completely dry soil has a matric potential of -1500 kPa. Plant roots living in the soil must exert a suction to overcome the force (matric potential) holding water in the soil. Variations in soil pore water ionic content and in atmospheric pressure can affect the readings. What does 1% or 1mm volumetric soil water content / 10cm or 100mm soil depth mean? You require 1 liter of water to cover 1 square meter (m2) to a soil depth of 1mm.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions This pressure is typically measured using a tensiometer: a closed hanging column of pure water in contact with a porous ceramic membrane which is in intimate contact with the soil. What are the water units? For example. Tensiometers approximate the matric potential by measuring the degree of suction (negative pressure) present in the soil. A saturated soil has a matric potential of zero kilopascals (0 kPa). For that layer (and only that layer). if one sensor (provided it has been calibrated) reads 1 mm that means there is 1mm of water content in a 100mm thick soil slice on a volume basis. What soil volume does a single sensor measure? A single sensor records moisture data from a soil volume outside the access tube which has a sphere of influence 10cm vertical height and a radial distance from the outer wall of the access tube of 10cm. this amounts to a volumetric soil water content of 1%.

given the limits of your particular number of probes. With further sensors at 10cm intervals on the probe rod. your probe has sensors located at the following depth levels giving respective readings in mm: Depth Sentek Pty Ltd mm H2O 188 . the measurement depth would be respectively (20-30cm. placing the center of the first sensor effectively at 5cm soil depth. 30-40cm and so on). For the other sensors at 10cm depth intervals on the probe rod. If you raise the datum plate of the top-cap 5cm above the ground surface. number of sensors per probe and depth location of these sensors. 35-45cm and so on). What will be summed? It is your choice. probes and sensor depths you have selected and presented in a summed total water content. probe lengths. The first sensor is located at a soil depth of 10cm (if the datum plate of the top cap sits on ground level) measuring effectively the soil profile slice of 5-15cm depth. parts of the profile or averages of compatible profiles. The next sensor is located at 20 cm measuring effectively 15 -25cm soil depths. Above each graph will be a summary of which sites. You choose which water content from different depth levels you sum up to present a total water content of an entire profile. the sphere of influence of the sensor will measure a soil slice from 010cm. the measurement depth would be respectively (25-35cm. For example.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions Ø For Imperial measurement units: What parts of the soil profile do sensors on the probe measure? Probes in almost all cases have more than one sensor to monitor the depth of irrigation and the depth of the root zone.

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Where: • The total soil water content from 10 to 50 cm is 115 mm. • • The total soil water content from 10 to 20 cm is 35mm. The total soil water content from 30 to 50 cm is 80 mm.

If you sum two (or more) probes with compatible sensors' depth settings, the total profile sum will be calculated as an average of all profile sums selected. How to estimate soil water content for a depth where there is no sensor? If you have sensors at 10, 30 and 40cm on the probe rod and no sensor at 20cm you can still calculate the water content from the sensors you do have and present as a summed graph. Note: This particular summed graph excludes the water content from 20 cm in the total sum of water content. It is not a true representation of the total water content in that profile. You are only adding the water content readings from 10cm thick, individual soil slices located at 10, 30 and 40 cm. In addition, if the first sensor is located at 10cm soil depth measuring effectively a depth from 5-15 cm, the water content from 0-5cm is being ignored. If you do not want to omit the first 5-cm of soil from your water content measurements, raise your datum plate of your top-cap 5 cm above ground level. However, the software allows you to calculate an estimation of water content for this missing value at 20cm by using the interpolation command. This command simply takes the water content at 10 cm and adds it to the water content at 30 cm and then divides the value by two to give you an average or approximation of the missing water content. Note: Interpolation may only work in uniform textured and structured soil profiles. In heavy textural layered profiles, a correct average may not be able to be estimated. For example, if the 10cm sensor measures a 10cm thick, gravel band, followed by clay soil and the 30cm sensor measures a 10cm thick band in that clay, the average water content at 20cm would be erroneous. You can estimate the readings from multiple missing sensors, but only if these readings are derived in between an existing upper and lower sensor in the profile. You cannot estimate the water content from 0-5cm, if your sensor is located at 10cm depth.

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Checking current soil moisture
After you have setup a workspace to display and manage your logger site(s), you can easily view current soil moisture readings at any time after data has been downloaded from the logger(s) to your database(s). The current soil moisture readings are displayed in summary form using the soil moisture gauge, in the Workspace Manager window. Multiple gauges can be displayed by adding the required graphs to your workspace. This procedure assumes that the Open last workspace on startup option is selected in the global settings, see page 67 for details. If you have not selected this option, you will have to open the Workspace from the File menu by clicking File > Open > Workspace... Ø To view current soil moisture readings 1. • • Open IrriMAX using one of the following methods: from the desktop, double-click on The last workspace open displays in the Workspace Manager window. from the Windows Taskbar, click the Start button and point to Programs. Point to Sentek, point to IrriMAX and click IrriMAX. The last opened workspace displays in the Workspace Manager window. The soil moisture gauge displays in the first column of the Workspace Manager window. It shows the condition of the most recent reading in the database.

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Ø To check soil moisture trends and details 1. 2. From the Workspace Manager window click on the graph Window Title. The graph opens and displays in the graph window. See page 89 for details of viewing graphs. When you have finished viewing the graphs, click Workspace on the graph menu bar, close IrriMAX by clicking Exit in the File menu.

What are the database file access rules
Sentek database files are opened in read-only or write mode. A database that has been opened for writing cannot be accessed. IrriMAX and its utilities will automatically relinquish exclusive access until the operation is complete. A database can be accessed for reading by many applications simultaneously. When a database file cannot be opened due to sharing violation the user will be alerted and advised to close down other applications or utilities, which may be accessing the database. Typical causes of this problem are • • The database is held open in read-only by another computer. This will prevent writing operations (e.g. download from logger to database) from taking place. Close IrriMAX on the other computer. Database Manager is also running, and is using one of the DB tools. Close the DB tool dialog and try again.

What is involved in logger communication
Communication with EnviroSCAN RT6 loggers from IrriMAX applications takes place in various modes described here. These modes are similar to the ways in which files can be opened with different read/write and sharing permissions under Windows. It is necessary to understand these issues if two or more communication utilities are running at the same time, as conflicts can occur if certain operations are carried out simultaneously. Some of the opening modes require exclusive access. This means that while a logger is open in that mode, all other open requests will fail. Similarly, if a logger is already open in any mode requests for exclusive access will fail. Anonymous and non-anonymous mode When IrriMAX or a utility requests opening a logger for communication, it can name a specific logger ID (non-anonymous) or request communication with any logger that on the specified port (anonymous). Opening a logger in anonymous mode will automatically open it exclusively. The condition for this to work is that only single logger be connected to the communication line. In the case of multiple loggers connected to the communication line (e.g. RS485 multidrop connection), an attempt to communicate in anonymous mode may fail due to communication conflicts occurring. Read-only, Direct and Set modes When communication is opened with a logger, the calling program requests a certain level of privileges that determine what actions it can perform. The three modes in which a logger can be opened are listed below. • Read-only mode This allows the program to read data and configuration information such as logger ID, number of sensors from the logger, number of data blocks and also the logged data. The logger clock can also be read in this mode. Read-only mode is non-exclusive. Direct mode In addition to the privileges for read-only mode, direct mode allows the real-time voltages and sensor readings to be read from the logger. Direct mode requires exclusive access. Set mode Set mode allows the calling program to set certain parameters in the logger such as communication speed, sampling interval, etc. Set mode requires exclusive access. Configuration mode This mode allows the calling program to over-write the logger configuration (such as number of

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sensors connected to a logger) and erase the data from the logger. Configuration mode requires exclusive access. Connection modes used by IrriMAX and utilities Logger communication takes place from Logger Manager, Data Exchange (Logger Download) and the logger (setup) dialog shared by IrriMAX and Database Manager. Data Exchange (Logger Download) always communicates in read-only mode. It usually communicates in non-anonymous mode. The only exception is when a logger is opened through the configuration dialog by specifying a COM port and baud rate. In this case, the logger will be opened anonymously in order to determine its ID, closed and then re-opened non-anonymously. Logger Manager communicates in various modes, depending on the activity being carried out. It will initially open in read-only mode, and stays in read-only mode until the Sensors or Voltages page is activated, at which point it closes the logger and reopens in direct mode. Once the logger is opened in direct mode it will not reopen in read-only mode if the Info or Data Blocks pages are activated. On the Settings page it will close and re-open in Set mode when the 'Apply' button is clicked, in order to send the updated time and sampling interval to the logger. The connection mode (read-only, direct or set) is displayed in the status bar. Logger Manager will use non-anonymous mode if it is supplied with a logger ID either through the command line or by connecting through a database. The logger dialog in IrriMAX and Database Manager always opens in anonymous configuration mode, and thus requires exclusive access. The logger is not opened until the Send to Logger button is pressed, and once opened it remains open until the logger dialog is closed. Downloading data from a logger into a database is achieved using Data Exchange with the Source module set to RT6. Data Exchange can use either anonymous or non-anonymous mode.

How to determine irrigation applied (in millimeters)
Determining the amount of water applied during irrigation depends on the type of irrigation system used. A standard protocol for expressing the amount of water applied is the depth of water applied (expressed as millimeters) to a given area of soil. This allows a correlation between the amount of water applied in millimeters and the soil moisture values, which are expressed in millimeters of water per 10 cm of soil. In general terms, the amount or depth of water applied in millimeters can be determined by a simple calculation if the volume of water applied and the area over which it is applied is known. The following formulae give a guide on determining the amount of water applied in millimeters per irrigation for each of the major types of irrigation.

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000 liters / 1000 Irrigation amount (mm) = Volume / wetted area = (1.000 m2 2.500 m3 = 1.500 / 15. 1. 3. Determine the total volume of water applied to the field (V) in cubic meters V = total liters of water applied / 1000 Calculate the amount of water applied in millimeters Irrigation amount (mm) = (V/A) × 1000 EXAMPLE CALCULATION: A field of cotton is contains 150 meter long furrows and is 150 meters wide. 1. 3. what is the amount of water applied in millimeters? Answer: Assumptions are made that there is an 80% distribution uniformity and that there is no water lost to surface evaporation. with each furrow being 1 meter wide.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions Flood & Furrow Irrigation Farrow irrigation is flood irrigation where only a portion of the land is flooded.5 mega-liters of water in an irrigation event. Total wetted area (A) = width of flood bay × number of bays × length of furrow = 1 meter × 100 × 150 meters = 15.000) × 1000 = 100 mm 193 Sentek Pty Ltd . If the grower applies a total of 1.500. There are 100 furrows within the field. Total volume applied (m3) = 1. Determine the total wetted area (A) A (m2) = width of flood bay or furrow (meters) × length of row (meters) × number of furrows in field 2. The plant beds are 0.5 meters wide.

Your local pivot or linear move supplier should be able to supply you with the appropriate chart for your situation. tire loaded radius.94 8. however.00 90.38 9.64 49.00 15.00 25.24 19.30 20. The following precipitation chart provides an example of calculating precipitation rates.35 7.00 30.40 31.86 12.00 70.33 6.88 18.70 15.62 8.63 (394.70 37.80 45.11 (10.75 38.08 6.1 gpm) Area under end gun = 2.07 acres) Motor size (HP) = ¾ Loaded motor RPM = 1750 Center Gear Box Ratio = 40T01 Wheel Gear Box Ratio = 50T01 Tire Size = 37.86 hectares (7. Irrigation amount allowing for distribution uniformity of 85% = 100 mm × 85% = 85 mm Center Pivot & Linear Move Systems For each type of center pivot or linear move system there is a relationship between the precipitation rate.45 9.15 37.05 20. timer setting and hours per revolution.67 15.50 89.69 Time Hours 7.60 8.41 38.93 9. Actual precipitation rates.47 ft) Liters per minute under pipe = 1494.89 (86.78 19.85 21. may vary due to wind drift.86 25. evaporation.40 25.21 16.8 cm × 60.07 Sentek Pty Ltd 194 .00 80.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions 4. EXAMPLE CALCULATION Total length pipe = 239.57 14.75 76.00 74.00 Precipitation Millimeters 3.82 24.92 12.55 59.9 inches × 24 inches) Last tower speed (meters per min) = 3.5 acres) Range of end gun = 18.85 75.81 5.90 51.69 76.00 50.4 meters (785.60 10.91 11.20 12.45 % Timer setting 100.25 40.35 7.52 Time hours 7.00 20.88 gpm) Area under pipe = 18 hectares (44.01 21.50 10.27 29.34 30.00 10. drive train efficiency.02 50.25 Timer based % Timer setting 100.00 60. elevation changes and soil type.00 63.24 17.72 25.32 4.32 22.90 19.83 5.60 35.10 44.05 25.11 ft) Liters per minute of end gun = 325.70 15.40 10.64 16.03 152.2 fpm) (Precipitation data figured with end gun running) Precipitation based Precipitation Millimeters 3.00 40.62 10.81 4.96 cm (14. tire slippage.00 35.75 15.70 38.16 12.30 19.00 5.32 meters (60.50 30.00 45.

4.21 m3 Area watered per sprinkler = 3 meters × 3. Sentek Pty Ltd 195 . 3. Record the number of hours of irrigation Calculate the total volume applied per sprinkler in liters Volume (liters) = Output (hour/hour) × No.2 meters = 9. Sprinkler output = 25 liters/hour Number of hours for irrigation = 6 hours Total volume applied per sprinkler per irrigation event = 25 liters/hour × 6 hours = 210 liters Volume applied per sprinkler in cubic meters = 210 liters/1000 = 0.21 m3 / 9. 6. 2. 1. 5.6 m2 Irrigation amount (mm) = (0. 5. 6.6 m2) × 1000 = 21.2 meters apart. How much water is applied in millimeters? Answer: 1.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions Fixed Sprinklers with 100% coverage The sprinklers are equally spaced in rows. Hours Convert the volume applied to cubic meters V (m3) = Volume (hour) / 1000 Calculate area watered per sprinkler (A) A (m2) = sprinkler spacing (meters) × row width (meters) Calculate the amount of water applied in millimeters Irrigation amount (mm) = (V/A) × 1000 EXAMPLE CALCULATION: A block of apple trees is planted at 3-meter row spacing. The sprinkler output is 35 liters per hour. 4. 3. Irrigation is applied for 6 hours. Determine sprinkler output in liters per hour 2. It is watered with under-tree sprinklers spaced 3.9 mm Drip Irrigation Calculating the amount of water applied to a given area of soil is more difficult with drip irrigation as there is a non-uniform wetting pattern and there is not 100% distribution of water over the land surface.

Typically the wetting pattern under the dripper tends to be an "onion" or "tear-drop" shape.4 liters Volume of water applied in cubic meters = 18. How much water is applied in millimeters? Answer: 1. in sandier soils the water tends to spread less and penetrate deeper than in more clayey soils. When a trench was dug next to a dripper after irrigation. 4.8 m was observed under each dripper. therefore it is difficult to determine the spread of the water with accuracy. Therefore the amount of water that is applied to the soil directly under the dripper in terms of millimeters is dependent on the size of the wetted area. 2.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions Water is applied from a point source. 4. 3.64 m2 Dripper output = 2.0184 m3 Water applied = (0. 6. Sentek Pty Ltd 196 .3 liters per hour. even after the trial period has expired. 6. a wetted width of 0.8 meters = 0.4/1000 = 0.3 liters/hour × 8 hours = 18.3 liters/hour Length of irrigation = 8 hours Volume applied per dripper per irrigation = 2. 3. The dripper output is 2. In general terms. 2. At best the amount of water applied under a dripper in terms of millimeters can only be estimated. 5. and then spreads laterally as it moves down through the soil profile.8 meters × 0. 1.7 mm How to register IrriMAX You can register IrriMAX at any time. A (m2) = W (meters) × W (meters) Determine dripper output in liters per hour Record number of hours irrigated Calculate total volume applied per dripper in irrigation Volume (liters) = Output (hour/hour) × Number of hours irrigated Convert volume applied to cubic meters V (m3) = volume (liters) / 1000 Calculate amount of water applied in millimeters Irrigation amount (mm) = (V/A) * 1000 EXAMPLE CALCULATION: A block of wine grapes is watered with drippers spaced 1 meter apart. Irrigation is applied for 8 hours.0184m3 / 0. 5. Average wetted area = 0. Dig trench next to drip-line after an irrigation to determine average wetted area (A) of the dripper.64 m2) × 1000 = 28.

The instructions and information presented by the Registration & Licensing dialog will vary depending on your current license state. Note: The dialog will verify that you have entered a correct serial number. This unique serial number is specified on the licence certificate which was supplied with the IrriMAX package and is comprised of sixteen alphabetic characters. or plain text that be copied into your email program. Enter the appropriate text and select either E-mail or Print/Fax or Show. 3. Sentek Pty Ltd 197 . Click the OK button. Alternatively. The Registration Details dialog. a printed document.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions Ø To register IrriMAX 1. 4. Click the Register Now button. This information together with the IrriMAX version and registration Site Code will be composed into either an automatic email message. If you are not licensed yet the Registration & Licensing dialog will appear whenever you start IrriMAX. The image below shows how it appears if you have not yet installed a full license. 2. it can be invoked by choosing Licensing IrriMAX… from the Help menu in Workspace Manager.

If you lose the contents of the folder. This means that once a folder is prepared for license transfer. Hidden system files are generated in this folder. choose Licensing IrriMAX. If you receive an error message check the reasons in section Troubleshooting Registration and Licensing Page 179. On the computer with the unlicensed copy of IrriMAX. The folder can be on a network. you must complete the remaining steps successfully. Note: Some email programs warn that an automatic email may contain a virus.com. You can the preview the email before sending or select Send anyway. start IrriMAX and on the Registration and Licensing dialog type (or edit-paste from the email) the supplied site key into the Site Key text box (spaces are not significant)." Registration is now complete. Warning: There can only be one outstanding transfer for any given unlicensed copy of IrriMAX.1 (or a later version) so that the license transfer function is available. Ø To perform a license transfer 1. If either computer is running a version of IrriMAX earlier than IrriMAX 7. It must be writable by both copies of IrriMAX. Thank you for choosing a Sentek product. 3. 6.au. This is a three step process: 1. If Print/Fax was selected a single page will be printed on your default printer. Click the Transfer License In. from the Help menu of the workspace manager window to invoke the Registration & Licensing dialog. Sentek Pty Ltd 198 . you will need to upgrade it to IrriMAX 7. so you must copy the whole folder. and the Registration & Licensing dialog will no longer appear at startup. You can then fax the page to the Fax number on the page.. Putting the old computer's license into the transfer folder Extracting the license from the transfer folder onto the new computer. until you receive a response from the Sentek Registrations department. You will get the message: "Your Site Key has been validated. you will need to obtain a Site Key from Sentek. button and follow the directions to prepare a folder for license transfer. When you receive the Site Key from the Sentek Registrations department (email or FAX). 3.1. The email may be viewed in the Sent Items folder of your email program. 2. Click the Validate button.IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions a) If E-mail was selected a message will be sent to registrations@sentek.. This dialog also appears each time you start an unlicensed copy of IrriMAX. floppy disk or other removable storage device (such as a USB memory key). Preparation of a transfer folder on the new computer 2.. After sending the request you can continue to use IrriMAX by clicking the Register Later button.. You will require an external storage device (for example a floppy disk or USB memory key) or a shared network folder to store the license files during the transfer process. How to transfer a license from one copy of IrriMAX to another It is possible to transfer a license from a fully licensed copy of IrriMAX into an unlicensed copy on another machine. The process does not require that you obtain a new Site Key from Sentek. b) 5.

..IrriMAX User Guide Frequently asked questions 4. Your old copy of IrriMAX is now unlicensed and will cease to function. 6. Sentek Pty Ltd 199 . click the Transfer License In. Click the Transfer License Out. On the computer with the unlicensed copy of IrriMAX. 5.. On the computer with the licensed copy of IrriMAX. choose Licensing IrriMAX… from the Help menu of the workspace manager window.. button and follow the directions to import the license. button and follow the directions to write the license to the folder you prepared in step 3.

..........................155 registry.....................................................166 default Sentek calibration ......................120 graph lines ..........53 /zip ................................................zip workspace ............................190 custom sensors create....................................................................................119 graph header .....................................................................9 Database Converter..............................5 system requirements....................................138 water budget lines .........................................................156 cascading windows ...............55 changing background color ...................................................................................................112 agronomists ..........................62 layout background..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................36 workspace............................................9 Database Manager...................108 label positions ............................................................ sizing..................................................................................... expanded ............. 81....................................................................................................83 layout fonts ........................................166 logger configuration ....................72 logger configuration ...138 text data viewer...........................................36 graphs..........................temporary workspace .. 111 air and water readings ...................................................84 balloon comment see graph comments ........ layout .......120 common-Y graph .................25 graph pane .....................................................................................................................................14 comments graph annotations...............167 200 ...........................................................12 print user guides..............................................................73 I&R database ........................62 layout....................................................................38 creating soil moisture .......................15 /webify .................................................................................................53 /zip .............................................156 arrange icons......................................................................................................................................85 water budget line attributes.............................................85 link width....162 data analysis .........156 agronomic lines...........................157 deleting.........................................................................................................106 columns text data viewer.....119 bending links .....................................82 layouts ....................................40 Sentek Pty Ltd color graph comments.................3 TriSCAN database .....................97 irrigation bars.144 I&R graph......................................................2 creating databases ........................53 asterisk .............................................. 93 AutoSDB2 manual.............................................................................................................................................................119 removing ....................................67 link colors ......................................126 file name.....................................................................................21 Data Exchange.... printing ....................................................................................................................................................................50 Acrobat Reader installing...... 92................. 160........mail workspace .....................102 properties.....................................84 background images.............................40 EnviroSCAN 2.......................................163 sensor calibration column ...........................................................138 text data viewer........................................62 setting...........................................................165 changing ................................................................................................................2 uninstalling ...................112 cloning databases ............................................................................................................................................................IrriMAX User Guide Index Index * see asterisk..63 water budget....................................................................................92 inserting................138 budget lines setting........83 layout icon size ................. 163 autohide..........................33 recalculate......................................166 graph properties ..............................27 finding missing ................................................ 7...................................50 batch file...........................................................................................138 command line /mail ........................ See sensors ........... See water budget lines...................................................163 /mail ................................................62 text data viewer.....................................................................................................85 black and white See monochrome..................................................84 rainfall bars...........................................................................................126 Data Exchange.................. compact ......................................................................................................161 example ....................................................................................................................................................42 current soil moisture readings.........................................13 adding calibrations...........62 I&R edit/preview legend .......................111 water budget line names ....9 databases creating I&R ............................. 110.....................webify workspace.......51 /tempws .... documentation .....165 address..... 103 missing .........36 editing and cloning............84 calibrations ........63 calibrations adding.................................15 /webify ....................................96 conventions.............55 arrange windows shortcut keys ...................................160 background image...................................51 /tempws .................................................................................................

...........................127 growth stages ................ 81....................................................................160 editing enabling in layout.............................................................................144 Excel version ......................................................................................................................5 disabling splash screen on startup..................105 201 ............................146 dialog boxes........................ 145 file formats ...................................144 export ..............................120 setting......................................................156 dialog Export I&R events ...................104 panning....55 autohide.....106 Diviner databases editing... 147 labels ............................. 108..................120 comment text font ..................141 export I&R............93 changing line color...................................................................98 inches per hour.................................................................................................97 monthly totals .......................................................................................................................82 layouts .............................................79 line and layout colors ................................................................45..............107 export from database ..............................................8 macros .139 Import I&R events ....................................................................................................................... 128 sending ...........................58 defragment...........................................100 irrigation & rainfall pane .............................121 Interpreting I&R ......................................................................................................................98 events rate...183 EasyAG .......189 soil water content ................26 names ...................................4 glossary of terminology..........IrriMAX User Guide Index refreshing............142 viewing text entire....................................................... see troubleshooting.................................................................40 download from graph .............67 dithered water budget.......................................... See sensors .............. global ....68 managing in the workspace window ...................................... 103 fonts changing layout..............................................................................189 ESW 4................................................. 115....................................................................................................................................................................32 mm per hour .............108 changing properties ............................99 opening..................................................................90 printing.................................................................................................................23 line width............................................79 FTP upload ..............................93 preset date range.................................................................................................................169 estimating moisture when no sensor ......................160 ERROR (-1) See INVALID (-1).......................................................96 creating........................................140 events amount .........................................................................................................................107 IrriMAX .............................................................125 logger capacity................15 layouts ..81 removing...............................................................................102 daily event start time ..............................................................................80 EnviroSCAN 2..................................................................................................................132 ERROR (-2) calibration value ................................................ 146.........2 Glossary ............................................................................125 downloading field data...........................48 function keys see shortcut keys .............................................78 export from graph ............. 27 EnviroSMART...........9............................................................................................................................59 formatting layout links ......................62 email graph template ................... global .................................................65 download to database ......................145 I&R site settings............................................................................................179 deleting calibrations ..27 opening...........................138 date and time..141...112 hiding header .....................................127 I&R events.........................................................................................................119 common-Y..145 import ............................................................................................................................183 logger id mismatch..2 exiting Sentek Pty Ltd graphs.........................141 end time..........................45 graphs.............................................166 depth..............120 comments ..............................................................................................................................66 license registation.......................40 selecting I&R......145 edit ...........................................97 irrigation and rainfall example..........4 graphs arrange windows ................................................................................................................................................................................38 finding missing databases............67 displaying last workspace on startup.... 114 ISP server settings. 51........................181 events amount.................... 141.....................................66 daily totals ......................97 interpolating..........................................................................83 graph comments........97 exiting .....145 duration ..........................................................28 from graph dialog...................................................................1 compatiblity ........................................... 115 comment color ........................................................................................125 entering Irrigation & Rainfall data ....................................... 44......... setting....................93 hourly totals.....81 saving ......................146 start time........73 custom sensors pane........132 error messages...............................141 import I&R ......................................................................................................................................................102 popup menu ......................................................................................................................................50 enabling layout editing........................80 I&R events....................................................67 primary pane....................................................................................................................................................... printing..................................................................................................................................................................99 day start time ..........81 layouts .......................

........................83 editing ...................121 interpolation............................. 1...........................................................................................156 setting image size..18 zooming..19 logger type.104 troubleshooting .........81 layouts arrange windows .....................84 tiling background ........................................189 interpretation I&R graphs ........................172 window.........................................................154 TriSCAN ..........................................................................................85 colors........74 see also databases.......................113 setting.....................................................................................................................................................67 creating............................................22 summed graph.....................................................................................................................................110 water budget line names .......................................159 troubleshooting ...................................................139 icons........57 labels changing positions .....112 help help file not found message ............................................................................................171 water budge lines ...................................26 how it works .................... 134 troubleshooting ...........................................................................................82 remove bend ................................................118 I&R see irrigation & rainfall ...........................................8 exiting.97 layout icon ...........169 window........................ 181 type Other configuration rules ......................... 196 serial number .............................36 selecting event type .......................................................................................................................................................4 hiding graph header..67 setup ................................................................................... 79 entering I&R data............................................................................................IrriMAX User Guide Index resetting .........68 stacked example......................................................... 141..............72 editing ...................................................................................................... 149 irrigation & rainfall data entry........139 data entry troubleshooting ...........................197 special files ......................181 IrriMAX settings...... 197 defragmentation programs...........................................117 rulers ...................2 IrriMAX 5 compatiblity .........................85 printing............................124 ruler popup menu ................................................12 IrriMAX ..............................................................................................................117 salinity example ....................................................................................................................................................................................153 202 ............................................................ 132................................................................................94 toolbar .................198 limits RT6 configuration rules............................................................................................................95 symbols .......................................... 82 link color ........................................85 import I&R events.....................................................................................................................85 logger naming................................................62 line style water budget lines .......179 transfer license.....................................................................................55 images background ..............................................................................................8 installing..................................140 IrriMAX associated software..................1 system requirements.. 146 installing Acrobat Reader ...................................................................................63 links bending.75 snap to grid ................................................................................................................................................................ 155................. 71........................5 using........... arranging.....................................................................................................................................85 link width..................................................122 growth stages example ........102 separate-Y graph ......................................................................................................................................9 package...................................................................112 week start day ........................................................................................................................5 printing topics ..............................157 setup rules.....................................143 graph pane ...................................................85 straightening ...........................................................154 logger configuration dialog box ...65 weekly totals ........176 Edit/Preview ..... 62.100 saving .........156 sending ..................................................................................179 errors .........................................................................................................100 INVALID (-1) calibration value ................................................182 line colors................15 Sentek Pty Ltd file formats ..155 the logger tree ................95 popup menu ....................24 salinity pane.......17 licence certificate.......................99 window........................ 8................................................................................................................................................................................................................ editing.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................93 horizontal ruler .........85 width .........................140 formatting..........86 toolbar ........153 working with..............................................................................................................142 starting data entry...............................................159 naming conventions .55 changing icon size.......105 scrolling..................................................................................................................................... 79......................................................................................94 summed example .......................96 status bar.............................................................................................................85 formating ...............................................23 stacked graph ............................................................................................96 setting line width....................................................197 license certificate...............179 registration...........9 interpolating...............

......................................................102 preset date range .108 graph line color ...168 Restriction file moved ......... 8..........5 PDF version of user guide ................ 71 monochrome text data viewer ...183 logger configuration ...................167 refreshing databases .....................78............198 Remote Connection Manager (RCM) .................................................74 workspace...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................97 popup remove pane ....................................................156 setup ................... 49.......................................... 34...........81 registration error messages ..............................................................................................184 EnviroSCAN software versions ............ 137 probes naming.............42 data as text ..................117 help......108 sensor ..........................................45................................................................................ 33.............75 203 ............................................9 Logger Manager...180 rulers flip labels ......162 stick to end.............................115 questions calibration............................................2 Office version ................ 38..........................................182 moving loggers between sites .............................150 resetting graphs.......................................................... 128 mail see email......................162 popup zoom ....................3 printing ......................................................................................................................119 vertical....................................................................................117 popup sensor properties.....................................................145 layouts ...........................................................................................75 online help topics ..............................154 Program moved or sitekey bad password ....... printing.............158 opening....................................................................................................................81 removing Spikes ..................................... 99 see also irrigation & rainfall ................ 86........179 license management ...............5 Sentek Pty Ltd graphs.................................................9 macros ....102 along the vertical axis..................................................186 graph ....................................................................... 75..............................................9 reading sensors ......................................................................................................IrriMAX User Guide Index Logger Download ......................................................... 134 graph comments.................................117 inserting.............................................183 logging intervals ......................................................................103 graphs.... 51......................14 popup graphs............................................................ 86............................................159 saving........................................................124 restore spikes .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................102 popup ruler................. 72.......118 removing ..................................................................................... 130 popup Explorer ........................................................................105 layouts .......................................................................................................105 I&R data .117 salinity graph pane ...............................................................67 print preview...............................24 sensors.............26 logger sites.......................................................100 sensors..... 105................................................159 menus edit .................................................................................................................................................36 RCM ...............123 rulers ............................................................................................................................ 67 other manuals.................9 removing databases.....................................106 normalizing sensors...............................................................................................................................................93 popup growth stages.... 107....115 propertiess preset date range ...............................................................................185 sensor configuration ...........................................................180 properties graph ......................................................158 recalculate database readings............................................................184 rainfall daily observations ............... 196 license transfer ..........135 to file ... 181.......................................................56 missing databases.......................................................................74 files.................138 water budget..............................3 panning along the horizontal axis..........................................................................................181 logger and computer time..................................................................................................................................................53 zoom................. 66...............................................................................................38 graphs...................................... 13............................... 120 window..43 printing full copy of user guide..........................................................117 horizontal..................40 all open windows ..................78 file ..................................................5 matric potential definition ................................................................................................122 Microsoft Excel version ..118 label.................................104 layouts .......................................................... 135 printers setting up ...................................................44 managing files....183 logger setup errors....................113 popup I&R.................. 182 logger memory & downloading ............ 115.....................................134 graphs..........5 text files...........................................................117 view................................................................................. 57.....................................115 setting...........27 manuals others of interest.......................................2 minimizing all windows .............................................

...........60 week start day ..... 139.................................................. using the....................................................................................113 ruler labels .............. 141 irrigation ...............................................................................................................................................................................................190 viewing trends..................................................................................... 125 help ...................................................................................154 separate-Y graph....................................68 graphs....162 salinity......................66 mail sender........................................................................................................................197 setting up printers.............42 scrolling graphs...........................115 straightening links........................................................................................................................ 68 status bar........................ 65 setup logger ...... 133 stick to end ....................................142 names in red...................112 system requirements.... 139 splash screen ....................138 Software Reference Guide............67 mail ......................................................................67 rainfall .......................................................................93 graph remove pane.............................................................................................................................................145 summed graph ..................................................................32 text data viewer closing the window ............................ 141 managing logger ...............................................2 system tray Workspace Manager icon ..................191 spike remover dialog.................................149 spikes removing ......................................142 names grey (dimmed).......................................................149 splash screen disabling at startup ......................... 139.....................................................64 daily totals ......163 properties..........................................102 growth stages ..172 204 .........58 date/time format .........................................................................................................................................................................142 I&R settings.137 Send back Workspace Manager.................................................................................117 sensor properties ........................65 fonts.................14 startup disabling splash screen .162 zoom....................................................................................... 139...IrriMAX User Guide Index workspaces ............ 34............................................................................................. 64.......... 64..142 naming.....................................................................................67 settings ..............................................................................................64 Irrigation & Rainfall.......................67 logger image size ..........96 starting IrriMAX............................................. 49 shortcut popup menu all graphs ...........29 soil moisture soil moisture gauge ......................................137 compact columns ........................................180 sites choosing ......59 graph line width ..123 site key cannot be confirmed .22 setting growth stages ........................................................................................................................................................64 load last workspace .........................................................................154 sensors.66 preset date range .........33 viewing current data...............................................................139 I&R rate...............................................................................................149 restoring....................................................................................................................................150 replacing...........................................................................................................................144 Layout editing.........................................................67 startup..................159 setup ............................96 serial number ................................................................... 142 uncheck all I&R................................................................................................156 characteristics .................................63 colors........................................................................................................................................... 94.....................102 selecting objects ........................................................................................................156 I&R types ................................................................32 sending logger configurations......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................72 rulers ................139 I&R global ............................ 64..............................67 windows arranging...............141 sizing columns in text data viewer .......................43 settings budget lines...............................................................................123 Sentek Pty Ltd Graphs ................................... 139 date and time..........138 expanded columns..........................................................................................................................64 I&R amount ............................67 stacked graph...........................................158 depth......154 shortcut keys graph .........138 troubleshooting .................................157 sensors addresses.............................................................121 Graph zoom ...67 testing mail ...........................................................66 mail server ... 49................ 67.......158 default water count................................................................14 from the command line..............................................168 severity...................159 default air count ...................................................................................................139 I&R site ......................................................................64 day start time ....117 skip load workspace .............................. 86..........................27 names black ....................... 71.....................156 normalizing...........................................................32..........................................53 Workspace Manager........... 122.............................80 views ..................................................78 Layouts.....................................................158 preset registry.............67 units of measurement ........13 from Explorer .............................................................64 specific times .............................................................130 I&R data entry ................................................................................................................................................85 submit............................................62 daily start time ............ 104............................................154 probes ..........................................................................................163 custom ..67 load last workspace ..................................................139 I&R calculated rate .........95 example ..................................................................................

..110 changing attributes .....................22 text data viewer..119 print preview.............................................. selecting.......... 114...................................................16 arrange window ..... 50......................................................................70 minimizing all............................................................171 I&R data entry .........................................................................................56 saving all open .........117 viewing entire databases text ...........................55 bringing layouts to the front.................................117 the status bar ..........85 windows horizontally .......................32 troubleshooting ..........124 undo ..................................................IrriMAX User Guide Index viewing the toolbar.111 names ..............................................................................................................................................................................................138 workspace............................................................................................................172 Workspace Manager............................................................................138 working with................. 71.......32 ToolTip ........................................................124 Y-axis............ 4.....47.............................................................21 dialog boxes..........32 return to .................................................................169 logger configurations..... 71................................................................................................................31 zip graph .............................54 working with data..................................................................127 workspace................. 135 rulers ....................135 tiling background images.......................................172 registration.....................................................56 toolbars graph .............86 summed graphs ................................................................................................................................................176 layouts ......133 Send back (hide) .....................54 text of sensors in color...................................................................................................................................42 tiling horizontally......................................................64 windows arrange............................................137 water content......................................................................53 graphs..140 managing graphs.............................................................................................................................63 webify command line .........................................................................32...........................................................................................................................................................163 user guide conventions....................132 water budget lines ...........................................................................................................................................50 zooming rectangle ..................15 Workspace Manager ..................................................................... 86................................................................................................................124 X-axis..........5 rainfall text data viewer .......................................................................................................................................................53 views.................2 printing ...............110 workspace saving .....138 open windows ......................................60 unregistered calibration ........................................ 75................................................................................................................................................................................55 closing the text data viewer .. 129 workspace.................................................................55 tiling vertically..................................................13 IrriMAX ..................................................... 94............................................55 entering Irrigation & Rainfall data .......................................................................169 undo zoom .......... 46...104 layout......13 units of measurement .................................42 temporary ........................................................ 133 version information.........159 troubleshooting graphs....... 122..............................................................................................56 viewing open ........................... 105......................................................................133 snap to grid ....................... 52 week start day........................137 layout..124 uninstalling Acrobat Reader ................................32 toolbar ............133 text files printing .............124 Sentek Pty Ltd 205 .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 134 viewing the text data viewer ................................................................. 49..........56 cascading .........1 vertical ruler .....188 units.....138 windows .................................................... 144 TriSCAN logger configuration ........................179 text data viewer 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raw sensor data into moisture units. This equation presents data for clear identification of trends and relative changes. It is important to assign the correct calibration to the correct soil type if absolute data is being collected. Batch file A batch file is a text-based file that contains one or more commands or programs to be executed when you run the batch file.BAT file name extension (also known as Script file). Clicking on a title bar activates that window and brings it to the front of the screen. Access tube The access tube is the cylindrical tube buried in the ground that contains the Sentek probe and its sensors. Baud rate The Baud rate specifies the speed at which the data is being transmitted/received via the serial communication port. Moisture units describe volumetric soil water content. If a calculated value is set to INVALID (-1) or ERROR (-2) then it will not appear on the graphs. Agronomist An agronomist is a rural land management and productivity specialist. which was stored by the logger and then used with the equation to calculate the calculated value. CDMA Sentek Pty Ltd 206 . The two cable runs are referred to as Run A and Run B. Cascaded Cascading windows enables you to see the title bars of all open windows but the windows are layered on the screen. The other component of the reading is the original raw value. similar to a telephone number for phone modems. and a single gap will appear in the graph in the place of one or more of these values. Call sign A call sign is a code used by Telemetry (radio modems) to identify themselves. Most IrriMAX users will use the default calibration equation supplied with the software. Cable run Two cable runs can exist on an RT6 logger. Active Mode FTP See FTP glossary entry for a description of Active Mode FTP. Batch files have a . Sensors send and receive information to the logger via the cable. Calibrations may be setup for individual soil types. The calculated value is the one used by the graphs and is a quantitative measure of the moisture for that sensor and that time.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary Glossary Absolute moisture value Absolute moisture values reflect accurate volumetric soil water content readings that have been derived by calibrating sensors for different depth levels for a specific site. Calibration equation A calibration equation is used to convert normalized. Calculated value The calculated value is the component of a logged reading that has been processed via the logger's calibration equation. There can be more than one soil type within a given soil profile.

Connection node For Connection node.WDB).TXT"). see Node.g. Data received Sentek Pty Ltd 207 . Diviner 2000. which can be used for communication to external devices. COM Port Handle The COM Port handle is the value provided by the operating system (Windows 98. matches the soil moisture database filename (except for the . EnviroSCAN Plus front panel or EnviroSCAN Plus Server. The program that obtains this value when opening the COM port can pass this value to another program in order to share the COM port. using a special cable e. Database A database is a file that stores data. Cooked value Cooked value is a Sentek term to describe the calibrated value resulting from passing a raw value through the Sentek calibration equation. Data Transmission Unit (DTU) The Data Transmission Unit (DTU) houses the EnviroSCAN Plus battery. Chemigation Chemigation. Windows NT. COM port COM Port is the abbreviation for Communications port. modem. A computer usually has one or two COM ports named COM1 and COM2. the solar panel and to the antennal. Cables run from the DTU to the probe.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary CDMA is the acronym for Code Division Multiple Access. RT6 logger. these parameters are specified after a space and a forward slash '/' to signify that it is a parameter (e. DEXC. which is not normally seen by the computer user. The core program then interacts with the remote device e.exe /L:"MY LOGFILENAME. Each data block is approximately 1 Kilobyte and there are up to 500 data blocks per logger. Core program A core program is the program that Remote Connection Manager (RCM) starts after it has established a communication link. This is an internal system parameter. See Fertigation.SDB) contains the logger configuration and readings data. Windows XP) when the Remote Connection Manager is opening a serial COM port. solar charger circuit and front panel. 2. as well as in rural Australia. Windows 2000. Data Exchange Data Exchange is the IrriMAX utility that downloads data from Sentek devices e.WDB file name extension). there are two types of database files: 1. Windows ME. to download data from a logger.g. Data block Data blocks are stored in the RT6 logger in sections. It is a mobile communications standard popular in several countries around the world. For IrriMAX. IrriMAX database (. In a batch file. Command line parameters Command line parameters allow the passing of information ('switches' and 'Arguments') to a program via the command line. including in North-East Asia and North America. Irrigation & Rainfall database (.g. Data Exchange also has the capability to transfer data between various IrriMAX data formats.g. modem or front panel connector on the RT6 logger housing..

It incorporates an EnviroSCAN Plus probe. ES Plus ES Plus is the abbreviation for EnviroSCAN Plus. See also Front Panel. See the definition of terms in the Agronomic User Manual. Diviner 2000 The Sentek Diviner 2000 is a hand held portable soil moisture monitoring system. Dimmed Dimmed fields (light gray) occur in edit boxes. which transmits it to the Internet. A higher EC means a greater salt concentration. It is also part of the abbreviation ES Plus Server. the total salt concentration of an extracted and prepared soil solution can be estimated by measuring the EC with an electrical conductivity meter. EnviroSCAN Plus EnviroSCAN Plus is a Sentek system that can upload its readings to the Internet. Note: The EC value of soil salinity is dependent on the technique used for sample preparation. See Token. Dithered graphs may print faster than solid color. solar panel. for the EnviroSCAN Plus Server.g. a part of EnviroSCAN Plus. DTU DTU is the abbreviation for Data Transmission Unit. Uploading is the sending of data to another location. Data Exchange can download the readings from the Internet into an IrriMAX database.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary from the probe is either sent through the front panel connector or sent to the modem. Electrical Conductivity (EC) is a measure of the ability of a material to conduct electricity. Refer to section on "Benchmarking Soil Salinity -TriSCAN Calibration" in the Agronomic User Manual. the Data Transmission Unit (DTU). Download Download is the process of receiving of data from another location e. The ease with which electrical current passes through water is proportional to the salt concentration of the water. Device Parameter Device parameters are used by RCM. Dialogs often prevent accessing other windows in the application until their OK or Cancel button is clicked. Electrical Conductivity Units (EC) Electrical Conductivity Units (EC) is the Systéme Internationale (SI) unit for electrical conductivity (deciSiemens per metre. The Data Exchange utility can communicate with a Diviner 2000 and download its collected data into an IrriMAX database. EC Units EC units is the abbreviation for Electrical Conductivity Units (EC). Download from the Internet to an IrriMAX database. A relationship between VIC and EC needs to be established. It comprises a data display unit and probe. See also: Window. Consequently. buttons or lists (Windows controls) when the control is temporarily disabled and does not accept user input. Dialog A dialog is a part of computer screen that has a title bar but does not have a menu or toolbar and generally cannot be resized. Dithering Dithering is used as a method of presenting solid graph colors on printers that cannot print solid color. dSm-1). The solid color is replaced with different dot patterns for each region. a modem and antenna. check boxes. Sentek Pty Ltd 208 .

Front Panel The front panel is part of the EnviroSCAN Plus Data Transmission Unit (DTU). Active mode requires the remote computer to make a Sentek Pty Ltd 209 . a Sentek distributor. The Internet is accessed through your ISP. your ISP or a third party contracted to support your web space.1 ESW 4.1 is the abbreviation for "EnviroSCAN 4. Fertigation Fertigation is the application of fertilizer via the irrigation system. also referred to as file name suffix. It may be you. battery and solar charger circuit. Horizontal extent is the time range from earliest data point to latest data point. Extent The graph extent is the limit of graph data. ES Plus Server Administrator The ES Plus Server Administrator is the person who maintains the ES Plus Server web space and its directory structure. FTP FTP is the acronym for File Transfer Protocol. the Sentek Windows program that has been superseded by IrriMAX. This is a standard method for data file transfer across the Internet.1 for Windows". . Data Exchange connects to the ES Plus server to read (download) the uploaded data files. the Hosting Provider company. Your ES Plus Server Administrator is normally the person who talks to the Hosting Provider company and your ISP. Field download cable The Field download cable is the communications cable used to connect between a computer COM port and the front panel of the RT6 logger housing (see also Office download cable). This may change the salinity of the soil. It contains the EnviroSCAN Plus power switch and the front panel download-connector.LIF. The vertical extent is the minimum and maximum value of the data currently displayed in the graph window.SDB.g. Firewall A firewall. Floating window Floating window can be placed anywhere on the screen. File name extension A File name extension is the three (generally) characters present after the final dot in a Windows file name.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary ES Plus Server The ES Plus server is the computer to which the EnviroSCAN Plus probe sends (uploads) data. in the context of Internet communications. They can float behind or in front of other window. Behind the front panel are the modem. Firmware Firmware is a computer program stored in Read Only Memory (ROM) on an integrated circuit chip of a device (for example. a logger). Firmware programs are not lost when the system is turned off and are permanent. Another common standard is HTTP. is computer software (or hardware) that intercepts all messages transferred to a computer and prevents unauthorized messages from propagating. . ESW 4. IrriMAX has some predefined file name extensions e. The ES Plus server is normally supplied by the Hosting Provider company.

Initialization Initialization is the process of getting a device or program into a defined or pre-determined state. HTTP HTTP is the acronym for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It is a mobile communications standard. which allows more efficient transmission of data. interpolating the graph includes a non-existent sensor at the 20cm position to calculate the total graph. GPRS usage is charged on the amount of data transmitted. Data can be transmitted at up to a theoretical maximum of 115. if a graph displays readings taken from sensors positioned at 10 and 30cm. I&R I&R is an abbreviation.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary connection to your computer. The tem "Interface board" is sometimes used to describe the circuit board at the top of a Sentek Probe which controls the sensors. GSM GSM is the acronym for Global System for Mobile communication. Interface The interface is the area of input and output and communication between the software. irrigation and rainfall data. not the time connected. Minimized IrriMAX windows are also called icons. EasyAG and EnviroSMART probes. Icon A Windows icon is a small picture that represents the use of a data file or program. Another standard is FTP. For example. It is used to setup and configure EnviroSCAN Plus. used in many countries worldwide. which your firewall may prevent.000 bits per second. IPConfig IPConfig is the abbreviation for the Intelligent Probe Configuration utility program. This is a standard communication method on the Internet. Interpolate Interpolation (on a summed graph) uses the proportional reading between two sensors to establish a reading for a missing sensor. See Irrigation & Rainfall. Hosting Provider The Hosting Provider is a company that supplies the computer and disk space to hold your ES Plus server. With Passive all connections are made by your computer. IrriMAX displays agronomic graphs for soil moisture. There is little performance difference between active and passive modes GPRS GPRS is the acronym for General Packet Radio Service. Double-clicking an icon opens the file or program. monitor (hardware) and the user. Sentek software uses a Windows interface environment. than GSM. news and opinions. The Internet is not synonymous with World Wide Web. designed primarily for voice. Sentek Pty Ltd 210 . Internet The Internet is a global network connecting millions of computers. See also glossary entry Web versus Internet. Graph A graph is used to display data in a pictorial format. More than 100 countries are linked into exchanges of data.

SDB) file in name (except for the . LAN LAN is the acronym for Local Area Network. relative to the external gas pressure on soil water. as well as data. The Logger ID in the logger and in the moisture database must match. to which a solution identical in composition with the soil solution must be subjected in order to be in equilibrium through a porous membrane wall with the water in the soil (ISSS Committee). probes and sensors that make up a database. the I&R bar graph representation of this data is shown on a pane above the moisture graph.WDB file name extension) and in site names. Logger tree view A logger tree view is a pictorial representation in a tree style. on a per site basis. Sentek Pty Ltd 211 . When multiple RT6 Loggers are on a single communication line (RS485 multiple devices). along with the start time and duration can be stored in an irrigation & rainfall database. Logger A logger is a device used to store data in the field. This file stores the logger configuration plus the logger data (up to the time that the logger image file is produced). Logger ID The Logger ID is a computer readable name that uniquely identifies a Sentek logger. In IrriMAX. Most LANs are confined to a single building or group of buildings. IrriMAX IrriMAX is set of Sentek supplied computer programs. soil water suction) is defined as the negative gauge pressure. The rate of water flow for both irrigation & rainfall. IrriMAX graphs data in IrriMAX databases. for example. such as Data Exchange and Remote Connection Manager get data from in-field loggers and add it to IrriMAX databases. by sending e-mail or engaging in chat sessions. sent to a third party via Data Exchange for downloading to a database and analysis.WDB) database file. This view is available in the logger configuration and database manager windows. for later downloading to a computer. on a per site basis. The main program. Users can also use the LAN to communicate with each other. Helper programs. An IrriMAX logger is the field unit that holds readings which can be downloaded into IrriMAX. Node Node is a Telemetry term.LIF) replicates the data image records from an RT6 logger. Irrigation & Rainfall Irrigation & Rainfall data is stored in a (. Many users can share expensive devices.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary Irrigation Irrigation is the application of water to a crop. ISP ISP is the acronym for Internet Service Provider. It is used to identify a communications device. Any number of image files can be produced from a logger and. of the logger. such as laser printers. A LAN is a computer network that spans a relatively small area. Matric Potential Matric Potential (matric suction. The ISP is a company that supplies your connection to the Internet (Your ES Plus Server is supplied by your Hosting Provider). The rate of water flow and the start time and duration can be stored in an irrigation & rainfall database. Logger image file A logger image file (file name extension of . which matches a soil moisture database (. used for relaying (via another Node). every logger must have a different Logger ID. either a modem connected to a logger or a radio modem.

Probe Sentek Pty Ltd 212 . Normalization container A normalization container is a water container containing a short length of access tube. This cable is normally used when a logger is brought back to the office for downloading (see also: Field download cable). Pane A Pane is a separate area of a graph window. Salinity pane. A type of file that electronically displays the image of a document exactly as it would appear if printed. Panes split the window into sub windows. which is freely available on the Internet. Parallel port A Parallel port is computer connector used for transmitting data in parallel. to allow for normalization of the water counts of sensors on a probe. custom sensors pane(s) and a primary moisture or matric potential pane. Your Hosting Provider will inform you if you must change from these defaults. which is sent from one device to another device. eight bits at a time. Passive Mode FTP See FTP glossary entry for a description of Passive Mode FTP. Parameter Parameter is a generic term for the value sent to a program or operation by the user or another program. Office download cable An office download cable is a special communications cable used to connect between a computer COM port and an RT6 logger when it is not connected to the Logger Facility Main Board. See User name. The parallel port is most commonly used for connecting printers to the computer. Packet Packet is the term used in computer communications to describe a 'bundle' or 'collection' of data. Changing these values may require the updating of your computer's firewall configuration. Port Port number. The cable requires a 12V DC power pack. in the context of Internet access. Every sensor in a probe must be normalized. PDF files are viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Normalization is the process of establishing the raw count corresponding to dry air (near 0% moisture) and raw count corresponding to water (100% moisture). A parallel port uses a 25-pin connector. HTTP protocol by default uses port 80. is the access point through which Internet data is transferred. PDF PDF is an acronym for Portable Document Format. FTP protocol defaults to port 21. The IrriMAX graph window can be split into an I&R pane.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary Normalization For a Sentek sensor. Password Password is part of login identification. PC PC is an acronym for Personal Computer.

The number of times software will try to repeat the communications in the event of a Time-out from the other device. e. Return values A return values is numeric code that a core program returns to Remote Connection Manager to indicate whether the core program was able to complete a task successfully or not. Relative value A relative value reflects a volumetric soil water content reading.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary A probe takes soil moisture/salinity readings. Retries Retries . It allows full duplex communication. an interface board (5-Wire board. RT6 Logger An RT6 logger is a Sentek proprietary logger that stores data from Sentek sensors for later download into IrriMAX Databases. similar to a telephone number for a phone modem. Raw count A raw count is the base unit of data recorded by the RT6 logger. computer to modem. top cap and probe rod with sensors attached. Raw counts are downloaded to a computer and converted to 'useable' data (calculated values) through the application of normalize raw counts and calibration equation coefficients. The rate of rainfall and the start time and duration can be stored in an irrigation & rainfall database. You can view return values and corresponding interpretation in the RCM log file. Raw data Raw data is a general term for data that needs further processing in order to represent the desired quantitative values. RS485 RS485 is a serial communication connection standard that uses only two wires and allows connection of multiple devices.g. or to pause while the other end is busy. EnviroSMART interface or EasyAG interface). Ruler Sentek Pty Ltd 213 . The term RT6 logger also covers the superseded RT5. RS232 RS232 is a serial communication connection standard commonly used for connecting two devices within a short distance. on a per site basis. This is derived using initial default calibration equation(s) supplied by Sentek Pty Ltd and may not be an absolute moisture value for a particular soil type. RTS RTS is a telemetry term that means "Ready To Send". It is required so the computer and logger know when to send data to each other. logger except where they are explicitly differentiated. direct field connection of computer to RT6 logger facility (see also: RS485). Rainfall Rainfall is the application of rain to a crop. Radio call sign A radio call sign is a code used by a radio modem to identify itself. Used for longer distances than RS232 or when multiple devices are needed on one communication line (see also: RS232). This feature is used in IrriMAX communication software to support remote synchronization. The probe consists of the access tube. It is a device inside an access tube which is in the soil at a predetermined site.

These times are set in the Sampling Interval field in the Send to Logger dialog box (RT6 Logger) or on the Settings tab page in IPConfig (EnviroSMART and EasyAG probes). Sampling interval The sampling interval is the time between individual powering of all sensors to obtain readings. A GSM modem SIM card is identical to mobile phone SIM cards and it contains your network provider and your account identification. IrriMAX can use SPA for e-mail transmissions. or up and down. The Sentek RT6 logger and EnviroSCAN Plus systems schedule readings at regular sampling intervals. at a particular depth. Saline soils can be defined as soils containing sufficient soluble salts to adversely affect the growth of plants. Run A and Run B Run A is the primary cable and Run B is the secondary cable between the sites and the EnviroSCAN RT6 logger. based on the NTLM authentication scheme used by Microsoft's browsers. Scaled frequency Scaled frequency is a sensor raw count reading in relation to normalized air count and water count. For purposes of definition. K+. It is used in the Sentek calibration equation. CO3--. but saline soils also contain appreciable quantities of chlorides and sulfates of calcium and magnesium. Salinity The term salinity refers to the total dissolved concentration of major inorganic solutes or ions (principally Na+. it refers to the soluble plus readily dissolvable salts in the soil. using the mouse. or more practically. displaying precise units at a specific date and time. Ca++. Salinity is quantified in terms of the total concentration of such soluble salts. A SIM card can be moved between GSM modems.See Batch file. in terms of the EC of the solution. or in an aqueous extract of a soil sample.and Cl-) in aqueous samples. HCO3-. Script file Script file . The ruler is used in the graph window to move along the shape of the graph. Sensor A sensor is the device within a Sentek probe that takes soil moisture readings. As applied to soils. Mg++. Secure Password Authentication Secure Password Authentication is protocol used to authenticate with an SMTP server. The soluble salts are chiefly sodium chloride and sodium sulfate. Sentek Pty Ltd 214 .IrriMAX User Guide Glossary A graph ruler is a vertical or horizontal line on an IrriMAX graph that can be moved from left to right. It displays a value label at the point of interception of the ruler line with the graph data. Scaled Frequency (SF) = (AirCount .WaterCount) All counts are taken within an access tube. proxies and servers. SIM Card A SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module) contains information to identify the user to the network supplying the phone service.SoilCount) / (AirCount . The application of fertilizer may change the salinity of the soil. It is installed in the GSM modem and it is tailored to the communication provider you selected for GPRS communication. Server Administrator See ES Plus Server Administrator. saline soils are those which have an electrical conductivity of the saturation soil extract of more than 4 dSm-1 at 25°C. SO4-.

IrriMAX can use SSL for e-mail transmissions. ToolTip A Windows tooltip is a small box containing descriptive text. An IrriMAX database reflects the site configuration and has a logger name. "%P" is the token for the serial port number. Site Code and Site Key IrriMAX license registration generates a site code. You then use this site key to convert the IrriMAX 30 day trial into an unlimited use license.g.g. for printing later. You send this site code to Sentek registrations who generate a site key. Tokens are placeholders. Splitter bar A splitter bar is the bar that divides two panes in a window.g. one or more site names and one or more probes on each site. Soil Water budget line A soil water budget line is the horizontal line that can be setup on an IrriMAX summed graph. that are replaced with the actual value already defined in tab pages of the Site Configuration window. starting with the character "%". Factors affecting this time include end-to-end delay when communicating via a radio or other communications device. Tiling windows Tiling windows enables you to see all open windows at once. Token A token is the Remote Connect Manager (RCM) is a special character string used in a command line to define a device parameter specific to a selected logger.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary Site A site is the area around the probe(s) that is having its soil profile data gathered. Sentek Pty Ltd 215 . Time-out Time-out is the time the communications driver will wait for an answer from the device (e. Title bar The title bar is the bar at the top of any window that contains the name of the program and the name of the open file. Spooling Spooling is the process of sending and queuing print tasks. Telemetry Telemetry is the equipment involved in remote communications e. to represent an important soil moisture value e. It appears when you use the mouse to point to certain Windows objects. SMTP Simple Mail Transfer Protocol is a standard for e-mail transmissions across the Internet. Each window occupies a section of the screen. Each computer has a different site code and site key.g. when the core program is run from RCM e. logger) before it gives up and reports that it cannot communicate with the device. Onset of Stress and Full Point. It usually allows the resizing of the panes within the window. The size of each window is inversely proportional to the number of open windows. radio modem. IrriMAX uses SMTP for e-mail transmissions. SSL Secure Sockets Layer is a cryptographic protocol which provides secure communications on the Internet.

Remote Connection Manager (RCM) and Logger Download. Mozilla and Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Upload Uploading is the process of sending of data to another location e. www. URL URL is the acronym for Universal Resource Locator. TriSCAN TriSCAN™ is the world's first near-continuous in-field monitoring probe that measures soil water content and soil salinity (VIC) throughout a soil profile. The TriSCAN™ technology is protected by world patents. Database Converter. which are supplied by your ISP and are used to setup you Internet Network Connection. Download is the receiving of data from another location. VIC Units VIC is an acronym . Sentek Pty Ltd 216 . See also glossary entry Web versus Internet. These values are entered using Edit Servers dialog in Data Exchange. The exact relationship between VIC and EC varies between soil types. VIC does not represent the exact soil EC value. Web browsers make it easy to access the World Wide Web. The IrriMAX utilities are: Data Exchange.g. Logger Manager. Web Web is the abbreviation for the World Wide Web (WWW).sentek. Some of the most popular are Netscape. 192. soil water and salinity measurements are taken by the same sensor. A relationship between VIC and EC needs to be established.com. The Hosting Provider company usually supplies the relevant user names and passwords. World Wide Web is not synonymous with the Internet. Database Manager.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary Transparent mode Transparent mode is a modem mode with established connections when all the data coming from serial ports is transmitted to the other side without change. These are not the same as your Internet user name and password. This utility is only available for command line and RCM use. Similar to the soil water data. It contains all of the information needed to access an object over the Internet. A user name and password may be are required for connection to the ES Plus server.1 RCM core programs to use Data Exchange.1 or a domain name e. An EnviroSCAN Plus Probe uploads to the Internet. and video files. Firefox. It supports links to other documents. Utility A utility is a type of software that performs a complimentary activity to a core software package. This means you can jump from one document to another simply by clicking on hot spots. Measurement units of VIC can be quantitatively related (calibrated) to the soil EC through site-specific physical soil sampling and analysis.2.168. It consists of a "scheme" followed by a colon then a resolvable network address (a numeric TCP/IP address e.g. a system of Internet servers that support documents formatted in a markup language called HTML (HyperText Markup Language). It is the Internet address of the host location to which you want to connect.see Volumetric Ion Content Units (VIC) Volumetric Ion Content Units (VIC) Volumetric Ion Content (VIC) is a nominal instrument value that is produced by the sensor data processing model.au). audio. the sensor output of VIC can be presented as dynamic trend changes over a chosen time scale. as well as graphics. Note: Logger Download is a compatibility utility to allow ESW 4. Refer to section on "Benchmarking Soil Salinity -TriSCAN Calibration" in the Agronomic User Manual. User name User name is part of login identification.g. Schemes include HTTP and FTP. At each depth. Changes of units of VIC represent changes in units of soil EC. thus emulating a virtual wire.

The terms Internet and World Wide Web (WWW a. The World Wide Web is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. to access Web pages. to transmit data. Webify To webify is to convert a computer document into a form suitable for display on the Web. Web services allow applications to communicate in order to exchange information. Sentek Pty Ltd 217 . So the Web is just a portion of the Internet. Window A window is a part of the computer screen that has a title bar and generally a menu and toolbar. Windows (with a capital W) denotes a reference to the Microsoft Windows operating system. The Web also utilizes browsers. news groups. The Internet.k. The Web is just one of the ways that information can be disseminated over the Internet. HTTP and FTP being two of them. It connects millions of computers together globally. not the Web.a. See also: Dialog. Information that travels over the Internet does so via a variety of protocols. The Workspace contains references to its graphs and layouts. the Web) are not synonymous. one of the many languages spoken over the Internet. The Web uses the HTTP protocol. Workspace The Workspace is the working environment of IrriMAX. Web versus Internet Web versus Internet . such as Internet Explorer or Netscape. albeit a large portion. It may be resizable and you can swap between windows in one application. The Internet is a massive network of networks. instant messaging and FTP. forming a network in which any computer can communicate with any other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet.IrriMAX User Guide Glossary Webification Webification is the process of converting a computer document into a form suitable for display on the Web. They are two separate but related things. From the Workspace. It is built on top of the Internet. is also used for e-mail. you can view the current soil moisture or access more detailed graphs to view soil moisture trends.