Auriga, cave survey freeware




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Syncing a Palm OS PDA under 64-bit Windows Vista or Windows 7

To download Aceeca's USB drive that solves the problem, go to the Download page

ProfondeurPuits.pdf document explaining the physical model and the mathematical treatment underlying the Pit Sounder form by its author, Pierre Beauchemin (in French)

A 4'-video on sketch elements grouping in Auriga 2.03

A 12'-video on sketching in Auriga 2.00

A 10'-video of what's new in Auriga 1.24+

A 5'-video of what's new in Auriga 1.18+

Brandon Kowallis' five excellent video tutorials

The Grupo Espeleológico G40 (Priego de Córdoba, Spain) publishes various Auriga manuals in Spanish in its Topografía section

The Grup d'Espeleologia de Badalona (Barcelona, Spain) publishes an Auriga manual in catalan in its Manual Topografia section

Installing StyleTap and Auriga into an Android device (tablet or smartphone)

Here is a simple procedure to install StyleTap and Android from a PC connected to the device. StyleTap and Auriga can also be installed directly from the internet; in this case, just check step 13 and following.

  1. Turn on the tablet
  2. Start the Settings app and go to the Security item
  3. Select Unknown sources in the Device Admin tab to allow installing StyleTap from outside the GooglePlay app store
  4. Download StyleTap
  5. Connect the tablet to the PC
  6. Start the Windows Explorer on the PC, drag StyleTap to [Root/sdcard/]Download on the tablet (depending on whether an SD card is actually mounted, the part between [] may be irrelevant)
  7. Start the My Files app on the tablet
  8. Open [Root/sdcard/]Download or just Download and click on StyleTap to install it
  9. Go to the tablet desktop (My Apps) and start StyleTap; the [Root/sdcard/]Android/data/com.StyleTap.Styletap directory and the Import, Export and Inbox subdirectories are automatically created
  10. Tap the Menu button and select the Applications/Exit item of the emulated PDA to stop StyleTap and return to the tablet desktop
  11. Start the My Files app
  12. Refresh the view in the Windows Explorer (PC) to see these new directories; if it does not work, unplug and plug the tablet again to force a refresh in the Windows Explorer
  13. Drag Auriga PRC and PDB files into the Import subdirectory of the StyleTap directory
  14. Start StyleTap and Auriga is there; if not, tap the Menu button and select the Applications/Exit item to stop StyleTap and return to the tablet desktop, then start StyleTap again

    To link StyleTap's Keyboard icon to the Auriga Keypad (instead of the Android keyboard):

  15. Create a StyleTapInit.ini file (with Notepad for example - upper/lowercase is important) containing this line:


  16. To connect a Bluetooth device (like a DistoX or a GPS), also add this line in the file:


  17. Copy this file into the Import subdirectory of the StyleTap directory; you may proceed as in step 13

Connecting a Bluetooth device (like a DistoX or a GPS) under Windows Mobile with StyleTap

  1. Create a StyleTapInit.ini file (with Notepad for example) containing this line:


  2. Copy this file into the /Program Files/StyleTap/db directory

  3. Connect the Palm OS RFcomm port ('rfcm') to the host device's communications (COM) port that supports a Bluetooth RFcomm session. In some implementations of Windows Mobile, no preparation is required: when a Bluetooth COM port is opened, the driver pops up a dialog allowing you to choose which available Bluetooth device you want to connect to. Other implementations use a different driver that requires that you create the Bluetooth connection between the device and the Bluetooth device in advance. This may then require that you use the StyleTap SerialUtility program to map the Palm  'rfcm' port to the correct COM port for the connection you defined.

Importing raw data into an Auriga database


  1. Create a Sample cave database (DB) on POSE, inputting a survey shot and session similar to those to be imported
  2. Right-click on POSE and use the Export database menu item to transfer the DB as a Windows file
  3. Run PAR to extract the DB records using the following command:
    par x Sample_Cave.pdb -A Sample_info
    This will extract the cave parameters into the Sample_info file and the survey shot and sessions records into .pdr files (in this order.) You may use these files as templates for the next step

  4. Using the public Auriga file format, write a Windows executable to create a single file for each survey shot and session records, perhaps reading the data from a text file. Be aware of C structures of unions and the fact that Palm OS devices use a little-endian processor (i.e. the lowest byte in a word is the least significant)
  5. Create the target cave database:
    par c -n Target_Cave.pdb -v 56 -I AURI -T Cave -a backup
  6. Append cave parameters:
    par a Target_Cave.pdb -A Sample_info
  7. Repeatedly append survey shot records from Shotnnn files:
    par a Target_Cave.pdb -c 1 Shotnnn
  8. Repeatedly append session records from Sessionnnn files:
    par a Target_Cave.pdb -c 2 Sessionnnn
  9. Load the DB into POSE, reorganize it using the Maintenance form in Auriga and extract it back from POSE using its Export database menu item

Contact Auriga's authors:
Luc Le Blanc (Palm OS software)
Christian Chénier (HotSync conduit)

©Luc Le Blanc, MMXIX