FURTHER ADVANCES IN CAVE VOLUME CALCULATIONS: CONTINUED REFINEMENT OF THE COMPASS ® SOFTWARE
In an attempt to determine true cave volumes idealized passages were created and the actual volume of the passages was compared to the volume obtained by Compass and CaveXO. After analysis of the data it was determined that passage diameter affects the volume calculation for different idealized passage shapes (straight, obtuse, right and acute angles); although passage length does not appear to affect the correction factors. Doing this over a series of idealized angled passages which included two different obtuse passages, two different acute passages, and a right angle passage a spectrum of corrective multiply factors for CaveXO’s volume calculation tool were developed that can be applied to previously collected or new cave data based on the cave diameter and sharpness of the angle. Doing this, it was determined that CaveXO is able to more accurately calculate the volume of passages as they approach a straight passage. Additionally, it was found that larger cave diameters attributed to increased miscalculations. The application of these correction factors in calculating more accurate cave volumes based on standard cave surveying techniques is significant as LiDAR technologies are still cost prohibitive, yet there is a demand for improved cave volume approximations.