Tag Archives: Course Setting

Route Analyzer supports SkiO and MTBO courses

The OCAD Route Analyzer now also works with SkiO and MTBO courses. As usual, you need to download the current Service Update from the Help -> Download Update menu in the OCAD program to use this functionality.

When you open a MTBO or SkiO Course Setting project, you will see the purple bar of the Route Analyzer at the right side. Everything except the tracks/paths is assumed to be impassable, which can be controlled by checking the function Show Impassable Features.

Route Analyzer in use

The Swiss Sprint Champs 2019 were held last Sunday in Stans. Course setter Peter Tschümperlin offered challenging courses with many interesting route choises.

The Elite Courses with the shortest routes and alternatives can be found on https://www.ocad.com/en/route-analyzer/

Swiss Sprint Champs 2019

The Route Analyzer helped Peter Tschümperlin to find interesting route choises and optimise them.

Furthermore, the calculation of the shortest possible length for each course was considered to be very useful. Measuring them manually would have been a huge extra effort.

Last but not least, a map with the routes of all courses helped to support the planning of the road safety and also for agreements with the authorities.



OCAD Route Analyzer at Swiss Orienteering Week in Gstaad

Route Analyzer is the latest function for sprint maps in OCAD 2019. It analyses the shortest route and alternative routes of all legs. We have analysed and printed the shortest routes of the 1st SOW stage in Gstaad for all categories. 

Visit either our website www.ocad.com/sow2019 or pick up your printed sprint map with the shortest route and alternatives at the OCAD booth in the finish arena in Gstaad after the last start around 13:00.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the OCAD booth starting at 9:00. We will be happy to demonstrate how the Route Analyzer works or how OCAD has evolved in the 30 years since the very first OCAD O-map of Schneitwald was published in spring 1989.

Link to SOW 2019 in Gstaad

Course Setting: Difference between Courses and Classes

In OCAD you can either work with Courses only or you can use Courses and Classes. Different Classes may use the same Course, e.g. ‘Course A‘ -> Class ‘W18’, ‘W16’, ‘M16’; ‘Course B‘ -> ‘W14’, ‘M14’, ‘Open Short’.

If you have two Classes (e.g. ‘Women Elite’ and ‘Women 20’) and both have the same Course, it is a common mistake to name the Course ‘WE, W20‘ and not to create any Classes. You will get troubles with your timing software this way.
Instead you can still name the Course ‘WE, W20‘ (or simple name it ‘A‘), but you need to create two Classes (‘WE‘ and ‘W20‘) and allocate the same Course to both of them.

Create a new Course (Wiki)

Create a new Class (Wiki)

On your map, you can either display the Course title, the Course name or the Class name(s). Use symbol 721 Course title, edit the symbol and choose an item from the dropdown list.

Insights into a camp of the Swiss Orienteering Team

In the beginning of March, the Swiss National Team was training in Portugal for 9 days to prepare the new season. OCAD is a long-time partner of the Swiss Orienteering Team and was of course widely used to set courses and prepare maps before the camp: 8 different course setters prepared 19 trainings with a total of over 400 controls.

To guarantee highest quality of the trainings, lot of work had to be done behind the scene. An internal document lists the key points:
– Always check if the scale is correct.
Cut the control circles and connection lines where needed.
– Check the control description.
– Are the North lines on the map?
– On the map with all controls, the control numbers should not cover the control location.

Furthermore, the course setters always use the same course setting template. For every scale, there’s a template, which contains additional symbols, like frames for printing, text symbols or a special North Arrow. This results in a uniform appearance and underlines the common spirit. Also, it guarantees the same color settings for all trainings.

All final courses were exported as GIF’s and double-checked. When everything was in order, PDF’s for printing were created. The printed maps were controlled once again. The result of this effort: Perfect trainings!

Facts and figures: 36 Athletes, 9 Staff, 1100 printed maps (+250 maps from competitions), more than 15h of total work alone for the relay training (setting the course, putting out 50 controls and SI-units and collecting the afterwards).

Links:
– Compose Course tool for fast and easy Course Setting
– O-training with OCAD
– Facebook page of the Swiss Orienteering Team

Relay Training