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Images from Cavebase the cave database program.
COMPASS now has its own database program called CaveBase. CaveBase allows you to create your own databases of cave features. For example, you can keep track of the minerals, water, life forms, leads, chemistry, temperature, wind direction, rock type, stratigraphy, passage size, formation types, PH, etc.

Once you have created a database of cave features, CaveBase has its own specialized query builder that allows you select specific sets of data using sophisticated SQL query commands. The results of your queries can be immediately viewed as colored symbols in the Viewer. If the features in your database have numerical values associated with them, the symbol's size can be used to reflect the magnitude of the value. You can also ask complicated questions about how different data items relate to each other. For example, you could look for combinations of items like life forms near water.

CaveBase can access any standard Windows database data including DBase, Paradox, FoxPro, InterBase, MS Access, and through ODBC many others. It can also create new databases without any other database software. You can even incorporate photographs and drawings into the database to create a visual record of the features in a cave.
 

This image shows the data entry portion of  CaveBase.

As you can see the program allows you archive all kinds of data including images, photographs and drawings. The images can be copied from the Windows clipboard or read from a file. The program has advanced database features including the ability to copy data bases, use an existing database as a template for a new database and protected editing.
 
This is image shows the CaveBase Query Builder.

The Query Builder allows you search through the database for particular features in the cave. You can search for complex combinations. For example, the query displayed on this screen searches the Wind Cave database for stations with the combination of quartz and chert.
 
This image shows the CaveBase Query Screen

Once you have created a query and submitted it to CaveBase, the program returns a list of all the stations that match the query. This list can then be transmitted to the Viewer for display.
 
Image showing the result of a query as displayed in the Viewer.

This image shows the Historic section of Wind Cave and displays the result of a complex query. The purple dots show the location of quartz in the cave, the blue dots show the location of chert in the cave and the green symbols show the location of paleo-fill in the cave. With a cave database, you can keep track of the location and value of hundreds of different types of features in the cave. As an example, the Wind Cave data base tracks 97 different types of features in the cave.
 
Line Marking Capabilities

This image shows the line marking capabilities of CaveBase. Here is an image of the Historic section of Wind Cave showing Quartz in white, Chert in green and Manganese in blue. The line marking feature is used where you have a large number of features and the map would get cluttered if you marked them with a symbol.

 

 
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