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OCAD tools to create base maps

Towering cumulus over Leanganook

New Map Wizard

2018

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.

OSM to OCAD via OCAD New Map Wizard
OSM data converted to OCAD – Daylesford, Wombat Hill and Railway Station

Check out the  2.5 minute video on screencast. Download an example OCAD map that also shows 5m contours derived from the time glutton DEM option.

WMS Server

2018, 12, 11

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).

Topo map displayed via OCAD WMS Server function
Topo map displayed in WMS server

Page 23 of the LandTasmania LIST Spatial Web Services User Guide contains the URLs used in the video along with context. 

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OCAD & Mapping Snippets

1915 Vic Geo Survey Dunolly map extract

OCAD reminders

Some tips that tend to be overlooked.lightbulb

40%, 20% discounts ending

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.

Team OCAD edition image4 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.

Massive savings, significant flexibility. Check out my recent post Hidden Value in OCAD Team Editions for more info.

GIS file conversions

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 PDFsamDocument

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.

QuestaBird

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 ratingsgeospatial

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.

Your dream mapping career?

If you ski you might have seen his work. Jim Niehues, The Man Behind The Map.


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.

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Hidden value in OCAD 2018 Team editions

Team OCAD edition image

An even closer look at OCAD 2018 valueOCAD Orienteering edition image

Before  the release of OCAD 2018 in March, I wrote a warts and all post on the features and value of OCAD 2018.

Since then I have become aware of a significant value that may not be readily apparent to current personal users and their clubs.

Achieve lower cost & greater flexibilityOCAD 2018 Starter edition image

Clubs could approach their members who hold OCAD licences with a view to transferring their licence to the club. Continue reading Hidden value in OCAD 2018 Team editions

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New OCAD Lidar Features Example

Cornish Hill lidar vegetation height 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:

OCAD 2018 import from ELVIS Lidar image
Mark’s OCAD 2018 import from ELVIS Lidar

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.

I processed the ‘irregular points’ las files through OCAD 2018 DEM import wizard, selecting all options. This provided seven background images such as hill shading, slope gradient and hypsometric shading.

Continue reading New OCAD Lidar Features Example

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ISOM 2017 Colour Test

ISOM 2017 digital presss colours

ISOM 2017 colours for digital printISOM 2017 cover

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