17th International Conference on Orienteering Mapping

Posted on | August 26, 2016 | Category: News

Around 40 map-makers met in Strömstad to learn about and discuss the latest developments in the production of the most important requirement for any orienteering event, the map.

Some of those present started with a walk on the Sprint map used at the beginning of WOC, looking at how various sites were interpreted using the Sprint map norms ISSOM. The outcomes from that excursion was the first item for discussion.

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A particularly close study of the map and terrain!                Photos: Flemming Hjorth

The conference included several interesting presentations – on technical control of o-maps (Sweden), a digital map portal providing a national map archive (Czech Republic), and the full range of possible outputs (contours, hill shading, ground level, vegetation level, etc.) from LiDAR (laser scanning) data. Then followed a description of the latest developments in the mapping software OCAD, and news of the current status of the revision of the standard map norms (ISOM).

The technical discussions illustrated how much technological developments have changed the ways we make maps in recent years. Base map material is now very accurate and the emphasis in mapping work has shifted towards generalisation, i.e. drawing the map so that it is not over-detailed and is easy to read. And photogrammetry is now more or less obsolete!

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Niklas Wrane describing technical control of o-maps in Sweden

In addition to those gathered in the conference hall, a very much greater number of map-makers from many countries around the world took the opportunity to follow the conference live on Facebook.

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