Survey Symbols

Hong Meigui symbol set

Hong Meigui uses a symbol set based on the SCMN set of Illustrator presets. We've added a smattering of extra UIS, PEP, and home-made symbols to suit our needs.

A PDF key to the symbols is available for download, key.pdf. You can also download an Illustrator CS file containing all of the symbols, styles, brushes, etc. here. Comments and additions to the set are most welcome.

How to draw up surveys


  • Illustrator CS (or other vector-drawing package)
  • Chinese fonts (SimSun)

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Download the Hong Meigui Illustrator file which includes all of the necessary symbols:
    If you're not using Illustrator, contact Erin regarding the symbol set.
  2. Download the relevant survey notes or scans of drawn up surveys from: wget or the Firefox extension "DownThemAll" may make it easier to download large numbers of files). You can also use TortoiseSVN, but you'll need a knowledgeforge account for that (see below).
  3. Download the relevant survey data in one of the following ways:
    • from: (note: this has temporarily been relocated to /home/hmg/forbidden/survex/)
    • or, if you have permissions to access the CVS repository, use Tortoise CVS to checkout the data. The settings are:
      	Protocol:		Secure shell (:ext)
      	Repository folder:	/home/hmg/cvs
      	Username:	USERNAME
      	Module:		survex
      replace USERNAME with your username on copper.
  4. Draw your survey! (This section needs expanding...)

Dealing with the knowledgeforge online data repository

Hong Meigui archives most of its data on With a knowledgeforge account, you can download and upload data. knowledgeforge keeps track of all the modifications to the data, so if there's a problem, we can go back to an earlier version of the dat.

  1. Set up a knowledgeforge account
  2. Tell Erin what the username is. She will then add you to the list of developers for the Cave Data Repository project.
  3. Download and install TortoiseSVN if you don't alreay have it.
  4. Settings for TortoiseSVN Checkout:
    	Url of repository:
    Note, if you use the above url, you will get the entire Hong Meigui data set, which is several GB. If you only wanted to get data for a specific area, say houping, you would need to checkout several different directories:
    For surveys drawn-up on printouts:
    	Url of repository:
    For survey notes:
    	Url of repository: 
    For Illustrator, Tunnel, Therion, etc. traces of surveys:
      	Url of repository: 
    For logbook scans:
      	Url of repository: 
    For entrance sheet scans:
      	Url of repository: 
    For  scans of rigging topos:
      	Url of repository: 
  5. Formatting text on your survey

    Text styles:
    TypeFont and sizePlacement propertiesExample
    Pitch lengthArial 7ptInside passage on elevation; outside passage on plan with leader line to bottom of pitchp10
    Climb lengthArial 7ptInside passage on elevation; outside passage on plan with leader line to bottom of climbc4
    Spot heightArial 9ptOutside passage on plan1789m
    NoteArial 9ptOutside passage on plan/elevation, sometimes with leader linesump
    Passage nameArial 12ptOutside passage on plan/elevation, centeredMomentary Lapse of Reason

    Adding Chinese to your survey

    1. First, you need to make sure that you have support for East Asian languages installed on your computer. You will need your Windows disk for this.
      • Go to: Control Panel - Regional and Language Options - Languages - Supplemental language support
      • Check "Install files for East Asian languages"
      • You will be prompted for your Windows disk. Follow the instructions.
      • Next, in: Control Panel - Regional and Language Options - Languages - Text service and input languages
      • Click "Details"
      • Under "Installed services" click "Add"
      • Choose "Input language" = Chinese (PRC), "Keyboard layout/IME" = Chinese (Simplified) - QuanPin
    2. You've enabled a method for inputting Chinese characters by typing the pinyin and then scrolling through a graphical list of characters. There are several variations on this tool. If you don't like QuanPin, sleect another Chinese (Simplified) "Keyboard layout/IME".
    3. On your task bar at the bottom of the screen, there should now be a box that says "EN". Left click on it and select "CN" to start typing in Chinese. (You can also toggle between languages by hitting Ctrl-Spacebar.)
    4. You will also need Chinese fonts. We recommmend a version of SimSun. Ask Erin if you need the font.