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Downunder Tutorials for Novices & Experts

Tarrawarra map leads OCAD mapping tutorial

How to create high quality orienteering base maps

Preface

This well presented and well illustrated tutorial was prepared by Barry Hanlon of WHO (Western & Hills Orienteers) with contributions from Ian Miller and Janet Morris.

The introduction sets the scene for current mapping. Note that references to OCAD 2018 also apply to OCAD 2019 which under the continued update model is the same product. In the 2020 subscription period, the product will drop the year suffix.

Gathering the data

Here Barry covers data sources and gathering. Some of these are NSW specific but other state equivalents should be readily identifiable by your club’s seasoned mappers. Lidar input is covered as is Kartapullautin.

Creating a base map in OCAD 2018+

Here we have the four key steps. These are followed by a note re use of Kartapullautin to better determine runnability.

Alternative mapping tools

This section covers Open Orienteering Mapper (OOM), OL Laser, LAS Tools and some useful links. Barry does say that if you use current OCAD, you wont need this information. It is great that he has catered for these other orienteering mappers.

Creating base maps with earlier OCAD

Russell Rigby’s Setting up an OCAD base map is just the ticket for mappers who have access to older versions.

More on LiDAR and orienteering mapping

Russel Rigby’s LiDAR for base Maps is a useful complement to Barry’s tutorial and to OCAD’s treatment of the topic.

Off course

Permanent Orieneering Course entry station sign

Finallyyyyy, the entry station sign for the new Eureka Orienteers’ Daylesford VIC permanent orienteering course (POC) was delivered and now erected. ACT orienteers will recognise the style.

This POC is unusual downunder in that users have the choice of participating by way of MOBO mobile app or traditional paper map. MOBO utilises QR codes on posts and was selected because it also provides the opportunity for another QR code on the post to showcase nearby natural or historic mining features in the reserve.

Wesley College, Clunes Campus used the POC 3 times recently (traditional maps) and were delighted with the outcomes for their students. Next year they are looking at a more challenging course for selected students and this will likely be provided via MapRun which doesn’t require fixtures at control sites.

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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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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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Australian Orienteer Summer Edition is Mapped

Geostationary Satellites

Orienteering map technology

The coming edition of the Australian Orienteer carries three articles relating to technology and orienteering maps. Continue reading Australian Orienteer Summer Edition is Mapped

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A Drone Goes Orienteering Mapping

Drone with camera

Drones in orienteering mapping?

This is not to claim that making orienteering maps is boring, as one dictionary suggests that a drone is  “A person who does tedious or menial work; a drudge” ….. on the contrary, anyone who knows me will know that I find the work stimulating and rewarding, and certainly not menial. Indeed making orienteering maps is one of my passions in life, and another (there are more!) is the theory of flight Continue reading A Drone Goes Orienteering Mapping