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

A course setting project is a special OCAD file. Like map files it has the extension .ocd, but it has a special internal mark to identify it as a course setting file. To create a course setting project, you must create a new map file:


  1. Choose New from the File menu or click the New button. The New File dialog box is displayed.
  2. In the Map type box select "Course setting project for orienteering".
  3. Select a symbol set from the Load symbol set from box. For a course setting project in a scale where no symbol set is available please choose one of the available symbol sets.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Choose Set Scale and Coordinate System from the Map menu. Set the map scale to the correct value . It is important to do this before starting with course setting. Calculating the length of the courses depends on the map scale.
  6. Choose Save from the File menu or click the Save button. The file save dialog box appears. Enter a file name for the course setting file.
  7. Choose Open from the Background maps menu to open a map file as a background map.
  8. Choose Entire Map from the View menu to show the whole map on the screen.

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.


Renumber all Controls

Enter a New first code to shift all control codes. All codes are shifted with the difference between the New first code and the Old first code.

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.

Insert Course Object to Courses

Insert Course Object to Courses

Delete Course Object from Courses

Delete Course Object from Courses

Making graphic modifications

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

Move Control Number for all Courses

-Move a control number in the course setting preview.
-Choose the function Move Control Number for all Courses from Course Setting menu to move the number of this control for all other courses too.

Edit Connection Line for all Courses

-Edit a connection line in the course setting preview.
-Choose the function Edit Connection Line all Courses from Course Setting menu to edit the connection line in all other courses that use this leg.

Edit Text Control Description

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.


Import courses


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


Course Setting Options

Lock/Unlock Controls and Courses

hint Use Lock/Unlock the positions from course setting objects button to protect control from editing.
hint Use Lock/Unlock the courses button to protect courses from editing.

Score Orienteering

There is a OCAD learn video about score orienteering:

video available Score Orienteering

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