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QGIS v3 with Matienzo Caves Project Data

   The map system (since 2017) for the Matienzo Caves Project is an application based on the widely-used free-ware programme, QGIS. In August 2020 this was updated from version 2 to QGIS v3. Satellite photos, digital terrain model, altitude colours, geology, dowsing data, cave passage centre lines and widths and site positions are shown on a map with surface details and contours. Links to aerial panoramas and videos are available plus historic maps. Two monitors are a definite advantage when bringing up site descriptions, but not essential.

   QGIS allows data to be filtered so that we can see unexplored holes, draughting sites, etc. and also shows underground passage altitudes to compare with the surface. (The fuller QGIS system, used during expeditions and for updating information, additionally allows input of cave grid references through an Excel spreadsheet.)
• Updated information is disseminated every few months. Users may wish to install updates automatically through a Windows 10 script, see below.

Download and installation of the programme and data
On your PC, the Matienzo data files and folders will all be in a C:\MCP-QGIS3 folder which should be created if not already present.

Installation & help The help pdf file for installing the QGIS v3 application and using the Matienzo Caves Project data.
(Updated 21/2/2024)
QGIS - v3 1st time user
The programme download from the QGIS site. >>>
Version 3.28LTR download then install. Installation may take 30 minutes! You may wish to install the latest version.
Matienzo CP Data
1: A1.zip
2: A2.zip
3: B.zip

1st time user
Three zipped files to download and unzip.
Approximately 9.5Gb download.

Unzip A1 & A2 into the C:\MCP-QGIS3/panos folder and unzip B to provide folders and files to populate the C:\MCP-QGIS3 folder.
(Note that A1 & A2 contain the contents of a pano folder and B a number of folders and files.) (See the help doc if required.)
Now apply the update, below.

Items to update the
C:\MCP-QGIS3 folder:

Regular Users (Updates appear here)
Zip file contains updated/new files/folders for the MCP-QGIS3 folder. This download includes all (previously) updated files, including the latest .qgs map file.
Approximately 7.3Gb download.
(Updated 21/2/2024)
Unzip the MCP-QGIS3-updates.zip file. Rename the folder "MCP-QGIS3" then drag and drop it over the C:\MCP-QGIS3\ folder. The contents will merge: allow files to be replaced when asked.
- - - OR - - -
Automatic download and installation of the updated data with Windows 10 PowerShell script. Right-click and Save link as... Download a script to download and install only the UPDATE
(The Windows 10 PowerShell script can be inspected in a text editor to check it out.)
Right-click over the downloaded Update-MCP-QGIS.ps1 file and select Run with PowerShell
The MCP zipped data file will be downloaded, unzipped, folders created as necessary and distributed throughout the structure outlined in the manual methods above. You will have to allow the system to overwrite old files at the end.
(Windows 7 users will have to use the manual method.)
All users
Double click on the MCP_3_240216.qgs file to start the QGIS v3 application with the latest Matienzo data.