Cave mapping and documentation

Being a Hydrographic Surveyor by profession I spend a great deal of my life around underwater survey and mapping.

It is therefore no wonder that the survey and documentation of caves, both dry and submerged, is a natural extension of my work and a great passion of mine.

In my opinion exploration and survey go hand in hand since aimlessly laying a guideline in an unknown cave really does nothing to gain a deeper understanding of where the cave is headed and where it might connect to.

Survey and documentation are a direct way to engage in cave conservation and I believe as cavers and divers we owe it to the non-caving world to highlight and showcase the beauty of this fragile world.

I am currently involved in several large-scale survey projects, some of it in virgin unexplored cave and some in previously explored systems.

On this page I will introduce some of tricks and tips I have learned over the years of being “out there” and will share my thoughts on the wider, less known aspects of cave survey and cartography.

I will implement a few “How To’s” and tutorials plus showcase some digital maps as well as some of our latest 3d mapping and GIS integration.

If this interests you but does not mean much to you at this stage, or if you are new to cave mapping then please drop in from time to time to find more content online.

If you would rather learn some of these things in the environment (i.e. in an actual cave) itself rather than from the internet I do run workshops and introduction classes in dry caves that are suitable for anyone with a good interest in caving and survey (no prior experience required).

Surveying in UW caves requires a good amount of cave diving experience to start with and for those divers ready to do the next steps I will be able to offer formal education in form of GUE’s cave survey class in the near future.

If any of this is of interest to you then do not hesitate to contact me directly.