The Big Bat LiDAR Project

Ben Shinabery Discusses the Big Bat LiDAR Project

Some of the oldest traces of human history have been preserved by the constant climates underground-in the deep, cold dark of caves. Since our first ancestors began marking routes in caves with primitive tools or painting images with cinder, ash, and paint, we humans have been mapping caves such as Big Bat Cave in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

Through the collaboration between the Kentucky Karst Conservancy (KKC) and Qk4, Inc., the Big Bat Cave LiDAR project was initiated with the goal of collecting, mapping, and preserving the fifty-seventh longest cave in the United States. Instead of the cave preserving our history, it is our primary goal to digitally archive the cave to know better how to preserve its history.