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2D Passage Wall Modeling
Compass is capable of using the Up, Down, Right, and Left data to generate models of the passage walls. Compass has the ability to model passage walls in more than a dozen modes different ways.
2D Modes
Compass can model passage in both 2D and 3D modes. The 2D modes are generally used for creating paper maps, to assist with cartography and for publication. Click here for information on the 3D modes.

The following images illustrate all the different 2D passage modeling features:

Passage Wall Marking

Marked passage walls

This image illustrates "Wall Marking" mode. In this mode, the locations of the passage walls are marked relative to the survey station. The dotted lines show the survey station that mark is associated with. This mode is useful as a basis for making hand-drawn survey maps. They are less cluttered that some other modes which makes it easy to draw or trace passages over the plot.
Polygon Mode

This image shows "Polygon Mode." In this mode, the passage walls are depicted as polygons. The corners of the polygon represent the Up, Down, Right and Left points at right angles from each station.
Filled Polygon Mode

This image shows the "Filled Polygon" mode. In this mode, the polygons are merged to form a continuous passage and the passage is filled with color of your choice. This mode is very useful for generating plots for publications. This is because you can fill the passage with a dark color will show up well in low quality black and white printing.
Spline Curve Models

The third image shows "Spline" mode passage modeling. In this mode, the program uses a spline function to smooth passage wall lines. This creates a much more realistic passage model.
Filled Splines
Filled Spline Mode
Spline curves use the normal passage information to produce smoothly curving cave walls that resemble hand drawn maps. The spline curves can be filled with solid colors to make the individual passages easier to see and visualize. This mode is very useful for creating maps and topographic overlays for publication. This is because the filled passage make realistic cave maps and the solid colors are easy to print in newsletters and journals without expensive printing processes.
Depth Filled Passages
Any of the filled passage modes can be filled with colors that correspond to the survey depth. The black lines across the passage show each shot segment. These lines can be removed to give an even smoother passage image.
Hidden Line Removal

Depth Sorted Passsages

Normally, when Compass plots cave passages, they are plotted in the same order they were surveyed. This works fine when you are just plotting lines, but when you are plotting filled passages, you want passages that are far always from the computer screen to be plotted first and nearby passages to be plotted last. Otherwise far away passages will appear to be on top of near by passages. COMPASS uses a special process called the Binary Space Partition to plot the passage in the correct order. This is image is a plot of Fulford cave rotated so it is easy to see that nearby passages are plotted on top of distant passages.
Shaded Cylinders

 This image shows the "Shaded Cylinders" mode. In this mode, the passage walls are converted to three dimensional cylinders and shaded as though the light were coming from above. This makes the passage walls appear as three dimensional objects.

Note: This is not a true 3D mode. For information about the 3D modes of Compass, click here.  

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