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MapAnt Switzerland is Online

MapAnt Switzerland is an automatically generated orienteering map that should cover the whole of Switzerland in the near future. As a pilot project, the region of north-western Switzerland was calculated. To map all parts of Switzerland, we depend on free and freely available LiDAR data, which are not yet available in all cantons. However, this should be the case in near future.

The map tiles were created in OCAD. Contour lines and a vegetation map were derived from LiDAR data. Also, data from the official cadastral survey were imported and converted into OCAD symbols. Afterwards, WMTS tiles were exported and made available on the web with leaflet.

More about the MapAnt Switzerland project can be found in our Wiki.

Credits: MapAnt Switzerland was inspired by various similar projects worldwide and got financial support by OL Gönnerclub. Thanks a lot!

Load Georeferenced Google Maps Aerial Images

Would you like to quickly and easily load a georeferenced aerial image as background map?

Then this is best done with the function Online Map Services. The function loads a Google Maps image directly at the right place.

This is how easy it works (Video you YouTube):

– Open the Online Map Services in the OCAD Background Map menu.
– Move and zoom in Google Maps to the desired extent.
– Load the image correctly geo-referenced as background map.

If the map is not geo-referenced, you need to adjust the Background Map afterwards.

Updating Orienteering Maps in OCAD

Not every map project covers unmapped terrain. Actually, it is quite likely that an older orienteering map of the same area already exists.

As our environment is constantly changing, sooner or later orienteering maps have to be updated. But how is this best done?

We have created a Wiki page about Updating Orienteering Maps in OCAD. It contains a possible workflow, as well as numerous tips and suitable functions.

Have fun reading it.

Updating_Orienteering_Maps

Upload to SPORTident Center

SPORTident has launched a major update in June 2020 of its Orienteering App.

Thanks to a cooperation between OCAD and SPORTident, the latest OCAD Update includes the function Upload to SPORTident Center.

SPORTident Center is the results platform for orienteering events. Maps and courses created with OCAD can be imported directly into a new or existing event in SPORTident Center and are immediately available in the Orienteering App afterwards.

Have a look at the example of a small event yourself.

More about the Upload fom OCAD to SPORTident Center:

More about the SPORTident Orienteering App:

Upload To SPORTident Center

Download Georeferenced Satellite Images

SAS.Planet is a free application used to view and download satellite images submitted by such services as Google Maps, Bing Maps, Yandex.maps, Yahoo! Maps and many more.

The satellite images can be downloaded and then loaded into OCAD as georeferenced background maps.

We can recommend the following workaround:

1. Download SAS.Planet from the web and run the application.

2. Zoom to your desired location and select an extend.

3. Open the Selection Manager and edit the tab Stitch. Don’t forget to create a file for georeferencing. We’ve chosen the settings as follows.

4. Start the download.

5. Open a map project in OCAD. Your map needs to be georeferenced. To georeference a new map, you can use the New Map Wizard.

6. Go to Menu Background>Manage>Open.

7. Choose your downloaded satellite images. As they most probably do not have the same coordinate system as your map project, you need to transform the satellite images. Choose Google Mercator as coordinate system.

8. Click OK and the satellite images appear as georeferenced background maps.