Contact Dave Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
CaveSim designs and builds patented crawl-through caves with realistic cave formations that are electronically sensed to give users feedback about how safely and softly they can cave. Our mobile cave has 60 feet of crawling passage complete with a talking bat, cave paintings, and real water. We do events such as search and rescue trainings, conventions, parties, school programs, and more. We also sell custom built cave simulators and parts. We are located in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
A student explores the cave simulator at CityROCK Climbing Gym (photo by Dan O'Sullivan)
CaveSim cave simulators allow visitors to crawl through artificial cave passages to learn about wild caving and cave conservation. As visitors crawl through the passage, they encounter artificial cave formations and cave life. Sensors provide the user with feedback about their soft-caving skills. If a visitor bumps into a stalactite, or gets too close to a cave painting, an electronic sensor behind the wall beeps, LEDs light up around the object, and a recorded voice teaches the user to be more careful next time. When the visitor leaves the cave, he or she can review their score using a simple computer interface.
CaveSim LLC designs and builds cave simulators, including the artificial cave formations and electronic sensing system and software. Our business model is flexible: we can provide everything from just the individual parts (you build the passage) to an entire turn-key system. Our most recent project is a massive cave system in CityROCK Climbing Gym in Colorado Springs. This cave includes a 40 foot rappel and over 500 feet of highly-realistic horizontal passage.
Our highly-realistic formations are all made without ever touching any real formations.
Artificial gypsum flowers with embedded electronic sensors made by CaveSim (left) and real gypsum flowers (right):
CaveSim replica of the Caverns of Sonora Butterfly with embedded sensors (left) and the real formation (right, prior to a terrible incident of vandalism)
Photos of real gypsum and helictite by Peter and Ann Bosted, with permission.
CaveSim's mobile cave has proven extremely popular among the general public as well as among experienced cavers. Our mobile cave simulator is used for national caving competitions.
A veteran finishes CaveSim during NSSCON 2012 in West Virginia.
Kids prepare to enter CaveSim at the 2011 Cool Science Festival in Colorado.
A student in CaveSim during an at-risk youth program.
Cavers prepare to compete in a challenge at the 2013 National Speleological Society convention in Pennsylvania.
Based on our discussions with management at museums, parks and businesses, one challenge many face is the need to attract younger visitors and families. A cave simulator would benefit your facility by doing exactly that -- while cave simulators can be used by people of all ages, they are an excellent way to engage younger visitors. Children find the electronic and computer aspects of CaveSim caves very appealing, and then discover that they also love the caving aspect.
A high-school-aged caver from the Cochise County Cavers explores CaveSim at Cave Fest 2014 at Kartchner Caverns.
Two example options are shown below, and both options would include:
The highly-automated nature of our cave simulators and the robust nature of the formations and passage allow for minimal oversight. Our highly-skilled crew can build a cave in unused space within your facility. We have built behind climbing gym walls and under floors.
We build cave simulators into enclosed trailers to enable you to reach beyond the boundaries of your facility. Outreach with a mobile cave simulator is a great way to attract more visitors to your facility. Our experience with mobile caves shows that many schools and festivals pay for such programs year after year.
Screenshot of CaveSim software from our online instructions. The grey images on the right are live feeds from night vision cameras. The image in the center shows the visitor which formations they hit. Note that the cave shown is box-like because it folds flat for transport. Cave passage built for you would be more realistic and rounded.
CaveSim LLC is based in Manitou Springs, Colorado. CaveSim owner Dave Jackson invented the cave simulator concept, and holds U.S. Patent numbers 8,574,085 and 9,399,178, with additional patents pending. CaveSim LLC designs and manufactures all artificial formations, sensors and other electronics in Colorado, and sub-assemblies (such as circuit boards) are made in the US whenever that option exists. CaveSim LLC is the only company that makes cave simulators, and we have extensive experience in electronics, software, construction, wall texturing and more. All of our staff are cavers, and we even have our own geologist!
No real cave formations are harmed or even touched in the making of CaveSim cave formations.
A student at USF is one happy customer as he installs our formations in the cave passage that he built.
CaveSim artificial formations awaiting installation at a customer site. Photo by Doug Billings.
CaveSim caves are quite safe. Some of our safety features include:
CaveSim formations are extremely tough. We have refined our design based on extensive field testing. Our latest designs are virtually unbreakable. In the event that a formation is damaged, it can be replaced quickly and easily with no tools. Our testing indicates that it takes about 35 seconds to install a formation. We will be happy to include a maintenance contract.
A 1/2" threaded steel rod holds formations in place, while a large spring allows the formation to move.
CaveSim sensors are tiny, ruggedized computers.
We believe that our cave simulator would be the perfect addition for your facility to teach cave conservation and science. If you would like to explore this possibility, please contact Dave Jackson:
Thank you for your interest in CaveSim products and services.