Monthly Archives: December 2017

Access MapAnt WMS in OCAD

One year ago, MapAnt elated the orienteering community by releasing a gigantic automatically generated orienteering map, covering almost every part of Finland. From December 2017 onwards the MapAnt-map can be accessed via WMTS and WMS. OCAD pre-configured the MapAnt WMS in its latest service update. Like this it’s very easy to extend an existing orienteering map.


Your OCAD map needs to be georeferenced in the Finnish coordinate system TM35FIN.

Access WMS

Open WMS Web Map Service in the Background Map menu. Choose the pre-configured FI-MapAnt WMS and click on Connect.

The map tiles can be downloaded in png format to your local machine. Change the offline folder as needed and set the resolution to 1m.

Define the desired extend by inserting coordinates or simply zoom to the desired area and the click on Set extend to current view.

Click on Add. OCAD downloads the map tiles to your folder and load them directly as background maps.

Overlapping parts

Depending on the chosen extend, the background maps may overlap with your existing map. To avoid overlapping, following suggestions may help you:

  • Fit the extend you want to download to the edges of your existing map
  • Cover your entire orienteering map with white background. Add a new white color at the end of your color table which you use as fill color for a new area symbol. Set your View to Normal Mode.

Orienteering map Luotosenjärvi Hamina by Janne Weckmann.


New Course Setting Symbol Sets in OCAD

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Rules Commission released the updated IOF Control Descriptions (ISCD 2018) last week. The International Specification for Control Descriptions will come into force on 1st of January 2018. The new OCAD 12 Service Update 12.3.0 contains new course setting symbol sets which are fully compatible with the new ISCD 2018 specification.

Major Changes to the 2004 version

– Optional extra line showing the distance to the start triangle from the timed start.

– New symbols introduced for Trench and Out of Bounds Area.

– Bend moved from Column G to Column F.

– Removal of symbol for Radio or TV control.

New Symbol Sets in OCAD

After installing the new OCAD 12 Service Update, the ISCD 2018 symbol sets for the different scales are available when starting a new Course Setting project.
In a course setting project for forest orienteering (scale 1:15’000 and 1:10’000) the course setting symbols refers to ISOM 2017, for sprint orienteering (scale 1:4’000 and 1:5’000) the course setting symbols refers to ISSOM 2007.

Map Issue Point

The International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM 2017) has a new symbol for the map issue point (symbol number 702). How that works in OCAD? Choose a new ISCD 2018 course setting project and draw a marked route to the start triangle. Add a Corner Vertex into the dashed line. The crossbar for the map issue point appears.

Please note that the new symbol sets are not compatible with OCAD 11 and earlier versions.

OCAD Website:
IOF ISOM 2017: