Mapping courses

Introduction to Orienteering Mapping - Pilot

This October, Navigation Sports is offering a pilot session of our Introduction to Orienteering Mapping course. The course consists of two online modules and one 6 hour in-person session to practice fieldwork (in Ottawa).

The course is being offered at a discounted rate of $125 to members of an Ontario or Quebec Orienteering Club. The course will be taught in English.

To register, email jeff@navigationsports.ca. Registration is capped at 12 people on a first-come first-served basis.

Module 1 - Setting up your First Project

Date: Wednesday, Oct 5th Location: Zoom Time: 6:30pm ET Duration: 2.5 hrs

This 2.5 hour online module will teach participants what you need to know to set up your first mapping project to modern mapping standards.

In this module you will learn about a variety of topics that will make your first project (and all future projects) better, easier, and more rewarding! Topics include:

  • Basic mapping concepts: Geo-data, drawing maps, fieldwork, base map layers / templates, etc.
  • Common orienteering mapping software; OCAD and Open Orienteering Mapper (OOM)
  • Georeferencing
  • Declination
  • Open Data
  • How to get aerial photos using SAS Planet

Module 2 - Drawing in Open Orienteering Mapper

Date: Wednesday, Oct 12th Location: Zoom Time: 6:30pm ET Duration: 2.5 hrs

This 2.5 hour online module will teach participants how to use the Open Orienteering Mapper drawing tools. Participants will spend half of the class practicing using the software.

In this module you will practice the following:

  • Using basic drawing tools
  • Using shape manipulation tools
  • Tracing base material

Module 3 - Fieldwork

Date: Saturday, Oct 22nd Location: Ottawa (exact location tbd) Time: 9am ET Duration: 6 hrs

This 6 hour module will teach participants the basics of fieldwork. This module has both classroom and field components.

In this module you will practice the following:

  • Preparing your project for fieldwork
  • Using the software and hardware for fieldwork
  • Making decisions in the field:
    • Generalisation
    • Classification of features
    • Locating features
  • Post-fieldwork drawing