Start with a School Orienteering Map

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The focus of this tutorial is how to start a School Orieteering Map in OCAD.

Start a new project

Open the New Map Wizard


Import Open Street Map (OSM) data. OSM data is available worldwide. The quality and quantity of the data depends on which region you are.


Choose the Symbol Set for School Orienteering Maps 2019.ocd. This is a predefined symbol set, released in 2019 by the International Orienteering Federation.

Optional: Choose a different Map Scale

Optional: Choose where you like to save your project.

Use the CRT file OSM to ISSprOM 2019.crt'. This file will convert the imported OSM data directly into OCAD symbols.


Navigate to the location from your map in the window. The extend you see in the window will be downloaded. If the extend is large, the download will take more time.

Set the Coordinate System.

Optional: Consider the declination by rotation the map to Magnetic North


OCAD will download and crop your map. The OSM data is directly converted to OCAD symbols.

Good job! You have now a georeferenced base map of your school map in the right scale with the right symbol set.


Add Background Maps

Now let's add a aerial image. Go to Menu Background Map > Online Map Services

Choose Google Maps as Service. The map extend in your OCAD window will be shown as Google Map image. If you change the extend in the OCAD map window, click on Update. Now click on Load as background map. The Goole Map image will be directly loaded as georeferenced image in OCAD.


In the View menu, you can choose the Draft Mode. A slider will appear, where you can set the transparency of the map and the background map.


Additional background maps can be added via menu Background Map > Open.

If you are back from mapping in the terrain, you can scan your notes and open them as backround map in OCAD.

Important: You need to adjust your mapping notes, as the scanned image is not geo-referenced.


Start Drawing

Now you are ready for mapping.