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1) Correct, the Deep/Shallow/Building ground temperatures do not affect Kiva, they are used for other specific objects. You can, of course, verify this by adding these objects and making sure the results do not change.

2) The ideal solution to getting the ground temperature profile is to rebuild EnergyPlus and enable the advanced BUILD_GROUND_PLOT option in cmake; then EnergyPlus will automatically create output plots. (Disclaimer: I've not actually done this myself, I'm just guessing that's how it works based on the source code.) Alternatively, you may be able to run the standalone version of Kiva, but that will require manually translating the EnergyPlus Kiva object inputs to the standalone Kiva inputs.