The International Conference on Orienteering Mapping (ICOM) is a traditional event where mapmakers, and those with an interest in orienteering maps, from around the world discuss and share information about the latest mapping standards, techniques and developments.
This year’s ICOM was held at the end of June during the World Orienteering Championships in Denmak.
From OCAD Inc., Thomas Gloor presented the OCAD Sketch App and Gian-Reto Schaad showed how sprint maps can best be updated to the new standards ISSprOM 2019-2.
Three new orienteering symbol sets are available in the latest OCAD Update:
Updated ISSprOM 2019-2
Minor Update to ISOM 2017-2
New ISMTBOM 2022 released
Updated ISSprOM 2019-2
The International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps (ISSprOM 2019-2) has been updated and is valid from 15th January 2022.
The sprint orienteering symbol sets in OCAD have been updated to meet the new specifications and are included in the latest OCAD Update.
The biggest changes concern the representation of complex urban structures with multiple levels, such as tunnels, bridges or passages. In addition, impassable vegetation and impassable hedges are again displayed with dark green color.
In OCAD, existing sprint orienteering maps can be updated to the new standards in two different ways.
If your map contain the original ISSprOM 2019 symbol set, use the Update Symbol Setfunction.
There was a minor update to The International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM 2017-2) to make the parameters of some symbols consistent (e.g. 709 Out of bounds area). Also, a new symbol 513.2 Retained wall has been added to allow mapping of walls visible from only one side.
In OCAD, existing forest orienteering maps can be updated to the new standards in two different ways.
If your map contain the original ISOM 2017-1 or ISOM 2017-2 symbol set, use the Update Symbol Setfunction.
With the latest OCAD Update, we added new symbol sets for mountain bike orienteering (MTBO). The symbol sets are based on the final draft of the ISMTBOM 202x, released by the Internation Orienteering Map Commission, in cooperation with the MTBO Commission. Please find more information here.
In OCAD, you can use the symbol sets for testing in different ways:
To start a new MTBO Map
To update an old MTBO Map
To change an Foot Orienteering map into a MTBO map
Start a new MTBO map
We recommend you to start a new map with the New Map Wizard. There you have the possiblity to directly georeference the map and import OSM data and convert these data into OCAD symbols.
To start with a new map, you can also go to menu File > New and open the ISMTBOM 202x Final Draft symbol set.
New 15’000 map: Choose the ISMTBOM 202x Final Draft 15’000.ocd. No symbol scaling needed.
New 12’500 / 10’000: Choose the ISMTBOM 202x Final Draft 15’000.ocd. Choose 12’500 / 10’000 as map scale. Scale symbols.
New 7’500 / 5’000 map: Choose the ISMTBOM 202x Final Draft 5’000.ocd. This symbol set contains additional sprint symbols. Choose 7’500 / 5’000 as map scale. No symbol scaling needed.
Update an old MTBO Map
In OCAD, you can use the function Symbol Set Conversion to easily update a MTBO map with an old symbol set to the new symbol set.
Orienteering maps should been drawn according to the International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM). This ensures that different types of terrain around the world are mapped with the same symbols that every orienteer understands.
These specifications are updated from time to time. For example, the specifications for Forest Maps (ISOM 2017) and Sprint Maps (ISSprOM 2019) have recently been revised. Orienteering maps, which were still drawn with symbols of an old specification, can be easily updated to the current specifications in OCAD.
Sometimes it’s tricky to find out which symbol set is the current one or with which symbol set a map was drawn. The wiki page Symbol Set Overview was created for this purpose.
A demonstration how to update a Sprint Map from ISSOM 2007 to ISSprOM 2019 can be seen here.