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A Windows-based viewing and post-processing utility for ADV files

By Tony L. Wahl
Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

WinADV Version 2.031 was made available November 26, 2013.

Notable recent changes:

WinADV is available as a 32-bit program for Windows 95/98/NT 4.0/2000/XP/7 systems. There is an older 16-bit version available for Windows 3.1x systems, but I am no longer upgrading it. The last revision of the 16-bit program was version 1.837.

Details of all changes are given on the Revision History Page.

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Documentation for WinADV

User's manuals and on-line help are provided with the software. An overview of the software and its use are given in the ASCE conference paper "Analyzing ADV Data Using WinADV"


WinADV provides an integrated environment for viewing, reviewing, and processing data collected using SonTek and Nortek acoustic Doppler velocimeters (ADV's). WinADV was written for Windows 95/NT, using Visual Basic 4.0.

WinADV was created for several purposes:

screen image The main WinADV screen (this link provides better views) presents velocity and signal quality data in graphical form. The user may select parameters for plotting, zoom in on portions of the data set, or select probes from files containing data for multiple ADV probes. Additional screens summarize ADV configuration data, adjust WinADV's filtering and sampling options, preview summary statistics, and process files to produce data files and summary statistics that can be imported to spreadsheets, graphics or other analysis software.

WinADV provides the capability to quickly view time series graphs, histograms, or FFT's of the various velocity data. Data may be filtered on-the-fly and sampling windows may be established so that only relevant data are plotted. For data collected from moving, or traversing probes, an equation describing the position of the probe as a function of time may be entered so that ADV data may be directly plotted versus probe position. Velocity data can be transformed from model to prototype scale using scaling factors. Filtering, sampling, traversing, and scaling options may be saved for later use.

For those cases in which field conditions limit your ability to mark the data file with flags, a flag editing dialog box allows for the attachment of an after-the-fact flag file to the data for use in data processing.

WinADV provides routines for processing entire ADV files or portions of ADV files defined by sampling windows to obtain average velocities, turbulence parameters, and aggregated measures of data quality. A single ADV file may be viewed and processed, or collections of ADV files may be processed as a group. Summary statistics for filtered and/or unfiltered data may be output in suitable formats for import into Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Excel, or other graphics or analysis software. Time series data files combining velocity, signal amplitude, correlation, signal-to-noise ratio, and analog/digital data may also be produced.

Additional Information about ADV's and Other Acoustic Doppler Instruments

The web sites of these manufacturers describe their ADV probes and other related acoustic Doppler instruments.
If you have questions or comments regarding this page, please send e-mail to twahl@usbr.gov

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Last reviewed: 11/26/13