Tag Archives: Course Setting

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!

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.