Aussie/Kiwi of Eureka Orienteers & keen mountain bike trail rider. OCAD user since 1996. Produced trail maps since 2005 for Cyclic Navigator events. In 'retirement' am providing services based on my interests and I particularly enjoy helping the OCAD cartography user community.
Use New Map Wizard to quickly create a georeferenced orienteering base map. Even correctly oriented to magnetic north if you like. The process uses Open Street Map (OSM) and converts to your selected OCAD symbol set. You can easily add more symbol translations to the CRT translation file.
Simply want to georeference a new blank base map or any existing map? The process is much the same but use the resultant georeferenced map as a background map to georeference. Generally OSM major road junctions are best and they don’t have to be on the orienteering area.
WMS Server (under Background Maps in menu) is a fast and efficient way of obtaining base map data in the form of background maps or map data.
A 12 minute mp4 video of the process using LandTasmania Spatial Web Services as an example, can be downloaded from Google Drive. (Unfortunately an audio issue with online Screencast prevents easy online viewing).
And another tip – the big discounts for updating OCAD 12 or 11 to 2018 finish at the end of next month. If you have been thinking about it, I suggest you either do it or diary it.
4 clubs benefit from Team licences
Four clubs have taken advantage of the opportunity to acquire Team licences. In three of those clubs, some club members transferred their licences to the club. Then the club traded each licence in for two Team licences.
A conversation that crops up more frequently in the lidar era is how to convert a file from one format to another. The FME Integrations Gallery may have the answer for you.
Conversion categories include CAD, GIS & Mapping, Lidar & Point Clouds. The Cloud version appears reasonably priced for say a state orienteering organisation. There is also possibilities for free versions.
Open source PDFsam
Frustrated at the limitations of Adobe Reader and can’t justify Adobe Acrobat? Then take a look at the open source PDFsam.
PDFsam Basic is free and enables split, merge, extract pages, rotate and mix PDF files. PDFsam Enhanced comes in 3 flavours giving you even more options at a reasonable price.
Your kids looking for something more to do while waiting for you to finish the course? Or vice versa? QuestaBird is a mobile based adventure game with a purpose. Use your phone to photograph birds, butterflies and moths, competing with others to collect the most species and the greatest number of animals in your area.
“Players are not only learning about their environment, they’re collecting data that helps protect it. In effect they have become citizen scientists without even knowing it.”
Andrew Robinson, co-founder of QuestaGame
Downunder geospatial awareness ratings
Australia is ranked 14th and New Zealand 25th in terms of geospatial industry awareness according to Geospatial Media & Communications.
Criteria are data infrastructure, policy framework, institutional capacity, user adoption levels, industry fabric (whatever that means).
The top 10 starts with USA, and apart from Singapore, China and Canada, comprises European countries.
The featured image is a very small segment of the 1915 Victorian Geological Survey County of Gladstone map. The detail, drawing and printing is of the highest quality but unfortunately does not show up on this image.
ELVIS lidar data processed through OCAD 2018 DEM import
Mark Roberts recently reported
Just a note that I recently downloaded some lidar data from ELVIS and imported to OCAD 2018 and the results are spectacularly good. The vegetation height function depicts clearings and buildings perfectly:
Mark later remarked that lidar is becoming very readily available and the OCAD processing of lidar is so easy.
VIC lidar data processed through OCAD 2018 DEM import
Following Mark’s report I received ordered lidar data for a permanent orienteering course in Daylesford, VIC. Here in VIC we do not yet have free access, however on behalf of Orienteering Victoria I have established a protocol with DELWP for access to lidar data. As their paid orders take priority it takes some weeks to fulfill an order but the wait is certainly worthwhile.
In July 2017, OCAD Inc added their ISOM2017 orienteering map template. When you File > New and select an ISOM 2017 template, you can read in the displayed Map Notes;
ISOM 2017 – International Specification for Orienteering Maps
CMYK color values optimized for digital printing with Heaven Soft paper on Xerox Versant by frey-print & design, CH-Birr. Copyright OCAD AG 2018-01-18
With a continued move to digital print of orienteering maps, OCAD had decided that it was time to explore a CMYK colour range suited specifically to that medium. (Note that templates are still provided with the original colour table which is more suited to offset CMYK printing). In conjunction with leading Swiss O map printer, Frey Print, they optimised the CMYK colours for Heaven Soft paper printed on a Xerox Versant digital press. Continue reading ISOM 2017 Colour Test
OCAD 2018 is planned to release mid March. Thirty years after Hans Steinegger released the first version of OCAD, the regimen of minor and major updates is changing.
No longer will major updates be held over to the 3 yearly version update. Instead, with the advent of a current practice software subscription model, every scale of update will be released when it is ready.
The subscription service
The two key points about the subscription service are;