Course Setting for Orienteering

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(This function is only available in course setting projects!)

OCAD provides completely integrated functions for course setting in orienteering.

Starting a course setting project

To start a course setting project you create a new project file. Then you open the map used for the event as a background map.

Adding the course setting objects

First you add start, controls and finish.

Then you add the marked route from the last control to the finish and any other marked routes.

You can add a control description which is printed together with the course.

Add a course title (with course name and/or class names).

For relay courses add the start number.

Adding other objects

You may want to add other objects like event title, logos, corrections to the map etc.


ToDo: Renumber all Controls

Control elevation: OCAD can calculate courses' climbing based on a DEM. The elevation of controls can be edited.


As a next step you create courses. A course is basically a list of start, controls, marked route(s) and finish. You may want to insert other course objects like mandatory crossing point, mandatory passage through out of bound area, map exchange, relay team or leg variation.


In OCAD you can either work with courses only or you can use classes and courses. Different classes may use the same course. If you want to use classes you have to create classes.

Score Orienteering

There is a OCAD learn video about score orienteering:

video available Score Orienteering

Insert Course Object to Courses


Delete Course Object from Courses


Making graphic modifications

Often it is necessary to make modifications to the courses generated by OCAD.

ToDo: Move Control Number for all Courses ToDo: Edit Connection Line for all Courses

Edit Text Control Description


Auto Control Description

OCAD provides an auto control description tool that recognizes map objects where controls are placed and sets the corresponding IOF symbol to the control description.

Course Statistic and Event Statistic

Choose Course Statistics and Event Statistics from the Course Setting menu to optimize courses.


Choose Print, Courses from the Course Setting menu to print courses. Courses can be printed together with the map or on an already printed map. OCAD provides adjustment functions to adjust the course to the already printed map. In addition EPS files can be created to make films for offset printing.

Choose Print control descriptions from the Course Setting menu to print control descriptions only.

Control descriptions can printed together with the course on the map: add a control description object.



Export Courses

OCAD provides different exports of course data for event software, courses as gpx file, course maps etc.



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