Tag Archives: Orienteering

Update your Old Maps

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.

One-Click Map on a new level

For many years, a vision of OCAD has been to create a usable orienteering map with just one click.

With the latest OCAD Update we have come a step closer to our vision.

Thanks to freely accessible geodata, excellent maps for Switzerland and Finland can be created with the New Map Wizard. The trend towards freely available geodata can also be observed in other countries and we hope to be able to include these countries in the function as well in near future.

Video examples:

More information is available in the OCAD Wiki. The whole auto-generated Jukola 2020 Map Rovaniemi can be downloaded here.

Note: The geodata import for Finland and Switzerland is still a Beta version. Feedback is welcome.

Extract of auto-generated map from Jukola 2020 in Rovaniemi.
Extract from auto-generated sprint map of Baar.

Update Sprint Maps to ISSprOM 2019

On 1 January 2020 the new ISSprOM 2019 came into force, which defines the mapping standard for sprint orienteering maps.

Sprint maps, which were still drawn according to the old ISSOM 2007 standard, can be easily updated to ISSprOM 2019 using the function Symbol Set Conversion.

We prepared a short Video on YouTube, which explains how to convert your maps to the new standards.