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.

Map your Home

Have you always wanted to get to know your home better? Do you have to entertain the kids somehow? Or maybe you just have some more time and want to make your first map?

Then let’s start and map your home with our new symbol set.

The following three steps will give you a good start.

#1: If you are not yet working with OCAD, download and install OCAD Trial. Choose the Orienteering Edition.

#2: Download the MapYourHome_SymbolSet.ocd from our website or directly here.

#3: Watch this short video on YouTube, which helps you to set up a map.

Fantasy Home Sample Map

If you want to learn more about OCAD and how to use it, please go to the OCAD Quick Start Wiki page. For more advanced users, we can recommend the Tutorial Drawing Orienteering Maps in OCAD.

Map Scale

Choosing the right map scale for a project, be it a mapping or a course setting project, is not difficult in most cases.
However, it can quickly become complicated depending on the requirements.

Example: How to approach a Long Distance competition with three different scales?

We have created an OCAD Wiki page Map Scale which deals with this topic, both in terms of mapping and course setting.

Certainly worth a look!

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.