Importing And Exporting Projects

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It is often useful to transfer cave data to and from other cave survey programs. For example, you may want to take advantage of the features in another program or you want to import data from a program that is no longer being actively supported. There are several ways to transfer data to and from COMPASS.

 

SEF Files. The de facto standard for transferring cave data between cave survey programs is currently a file format called "SEF." "SEF" stands for "SMAPS Exchange Format." It was originally developed for the SMAPS cave survey software, but most other survey programs have adopted it. COMPASS allows you to both import and export data through SEF files. Here is more detailed information about the process:

 

Importing An SEF File

Exporting An SEF File

 

RSD Files. The other common standard for importing and exporting cave data is called RSD. RSD stands for "Raw Survey Data" and was used by early version of SMAPS. At this point, there are import and export utilities for this format in the COMPASS DOS package, which is available for download at: http://fountainware.com/compass

 

CMAP Files. CMAP is another cave survey program. It does not support SEF file exchange, so COMPASS allows you to import CMAP files. Here is more information about importing CMAP files:

 

Importing An CMAP File