Surveying caves on expeditions can be different to surveying on your home territory due to time constraints or the fact that you may never go there again.

This is not an attempt to teach surveying but a look at a different approach for expeditions.

Digital cave mapping is still in its infancy but great strides have been made. Some of the largest cave chambers in the world have now been scanned with high definition scanners with outstanding results. Not only do these scans result in high accuracy measurements of the cave passages but post-processing gives excellent ways of viewing the resulting cave model.

There are some interesting cave survey data sets hidden away on the internet. This page is intended to be a place where links to them can be collected together to help cavers find them.

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Voronja The World's deepest cave Selas blog entry: Voronya 2005 Compass
Voronja The World's deepest cave Selas blog entry: Voronya 2005 Visual Topo

 

Excellent video showing a method of viewing a cave in 3d.