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How? How do you go from cave with clino, compass, pencil and paper to survex standard survey?
I'd love to learn and "produce" something, but I don't know anyone who is discovering any new cave or resurveying any old stuff; so on the job training seems unlikely.
Are there any survey courses?
"Onstation" is good place to start. It has limitations, but is easier to get ones head arond (IMHO) than survex.
--- Quote from: "AndyF" ---"Onstation" is good place to start. It has limitations, but is easier to get ones head arond (IMHO) than survex.
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I know what you mean, Survex sometimes gives the impression that the computing is more interesting than the cave, but having said that, if you can get someone to show you ('cos the documentation is not the easiest to work through) it is very flexible and easy to use.
I quite like Compass, by Larry Fish. This has a nice GUI front end where you enter data in a spreadsheet like form - very similar to how you record it.
It's really not much more than a couple of clicks to then process the data and generate a simple line plot on screen or that can be printed out.
As regards courses I know that some guys in the Forest of Dean (FoDCCAG) have organised basic courses covering both surveying and drawing in the past, however I don't know of any plans for future courses there.
PS Compass is shareware (URL: fountainware.com/compass)
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