Tag Archives: Course Setting

Review of OCAD Development in 2021

Let’s take a look back at the three most important developments of the past year. Did you get them all?

#01: Sketch Layer

The Sketch Layer and it’s tools are designed for orienteering map field work with a tablet computer and a pen. The main approach is to make field work drawing as ergonomic as possible.

Learn more about it in our Video on YouTube and in the OCAD Wiki and and give it a try!

#02: Fill Bounded Area mode

Thanks to the Fill Bounded Area mode you can draw your map even more efficiently. This function fills empty areas that are bounded by various objects from line or area symbols.

#03: Improved Live Preview

The Live Preview of objects makes their dimension visible already during drawing. Live preview is no longer limited to line objects, but is now also available for point objects.

In addition, a so-called Legibility Halo can be displayed for point objects. The distance of this legibility halo is based on the IOF specifications for orienteering maps and supports the cartographer to draw objects with enough distance to each other.

These were the biggest milestones last year, but stay tuned: We have great innovations in the pipeline this year as well!

Win an OCAD License!

Take a chance and with a little luck get an OCAD license!

OCAD is sponsor of the following two contests:

Course of the Year by worldofo.com

There will be a voting process among the readers of the popular website
World of O in order to name The course of the year 2021 in each
category (Sprint, Middle and Long).

OCAD is one of the sponsors of this inspiring survey and you have the
chance to win a 3-Year OCAD Orienteering license.

There will be a prize for the first one suggesting the course which ends
up becoming The course of the Year 2021, and prizes drawn among the
ones suggesting and voting.

More information here.

Course Setting Contest by Swiss Orienteering

In the second contest there is even more to win: a 3-year license each
of OCAD Orienteering, OCAD Starter and OCAD Course Setting!

This time you have to set your own courses in the course setting contest
of the Swiss Orienteering Magazine. The task is to convince the jury
with a performance-oriented D20 and H75 long distance course.

More information here in Deutsch, French or Italiano.

Good luck!

OCAD and World Orienteering Championships 2021

The World Orienteering Championships (WOC) start this weekend in beautiful terrain around Doksy in the Czech Republic. The competitions will take place from 3 to 9 July.

OCAD is partner of WOC 2021 and played an essential role in creating the WOC maps, arena planning, data preparation and course setting.

We are very much looking forward to great maps, exciting courses and lots of action.

Upload Courses and Maps to Livelox

Livelox is a web-based application for analysis of routes from orienteering races.

As an organizer of orienteering trainings or competitions, you can publish maps and courses to Livelox to let spectators follow the competitors in real time, and to let participants analyze their route choices post-race.

Now it’s possible to upload courses and maps from OCAD directly to Livelox.

How it works

Orienteering With Virtual Controls

The Corona Pandemic created the need to offer orienteering trainings which can be done individually and over a longer period of time.

In this blog we present 2 nice (and free) apps, which make orienteering courses available year round with no need for flags to mark the control points. Instead, the apps track your location via GPS from your smartphone and make a sound when you have found the control points.

The two apps we have tested are:

MapRunF, developed by a keen orienteer in Brisbane Australia.

UsynligO, developed by Trond Benum from Norway.

To set up a new event, both apps require a map file and a course setting file. These can be easily created and exported with OCAD. Due to the use of GPS, it is important that the files are georeferenced correctly.

For a new map we recommend to start it with the New Map Wizard. In addition to the correct georeferencing, geodata can be imported directly. But also old maps can be georeferenced afterwards.

The georeferenced map file can then be loaded as background map in the course setting project. Now the courses can be set.

MapRun

To upload maps and courses to MapRunF, you need to export…

BTW: The map above was created within 5′ by importing Open Data with New Map Wizard and processing LiDAR Data with the DEM Wizard.

UsynligO

To upload maps and courses to UsynligO, you need to export…

  • The course setting project itself as PDF via menu File > Export >PDF

For more information about the apps, please visit their websites.

The information above is also available in our Wiki.