Survey and Sketching

This tool creates a fake cave just for you to practice keeping book for survey. You need some Blank Survey Paper which you can print out or buy from your favorite caving retailer. You will also need a protractor like the Cave Compass or a DIY one like the Therion Protractor. You can also forgo paper methods and use a digital tool like TopoDroid.

The slowest part of survey is usually the person who is keeping the survey book, often referred to as the sketcher. This person is not only writing down all of the survey data, but is translating that data into a drawing and then sketching in the cave. There are a myriad of methods and digital tools to make this process potentially faster, but all would agree that practice will make a better sketcher.

This tool also generates cave data files (SVG, SRV, SVX) for popular cave software to check your work, draw out your cave and further expand your skills. See below for descriptions of these files.

Generate My Cave

 

Cave Cartography Tutorials



Resource from Brandon Kowallis

Brandon Kowallis has created a great tutorial on cave cartography and has it posted on his Youtube



Resource from Derek Bristol

Derek Bristol also has a great overview of cave survey on his website.




Survey File Types



.SVG

Scalable Vector Graphics File

SVG files are graphics files that are infinately scalable. This means that you can zoom in and not lose quality. This is what is used to draw the actual digital cave map.

Inkscape is a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator. Download Inkscape




.SRV

Survey Data File

A SRV is a text file that contains cave survey data. As one of the origional formats, it is openable by several cave survey software packages but is usually associated with Walls. Walls will allow you to generate 2D and 3D models of the cave and will export a graphical map for drawing your cave.

Download Walls




.SVX

Survey Data File

A SVX is another text file that contains cave survey data. It is openable by several cave survey software packages, most notably Compass. Compass allows you to easily generate a 3D model of the cave and export a graphical map for drawing your cave.

Download Compass


Generate My Cave

 

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