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Tweet Thursday 29th April 2021

309 tuned in to watch first mapping webinar setting the scene nicely for part two and ultimately, more mappers within clubs

British Orienteering welcomed enthusiastic mappers, beginner mappers and would be mappers to the first of the two-part webinar series on Mapping - 'An Introduction to the Art and Science of Mapping.'

Print screen taken from the first session - Part 1:  Mapping Webinar

The recording plus presentations from Ian and Martin have been uploaded here and the session peaked at a fabulous 309 attendees.

Natalie Weir Development Officer, comments:
"A big thank you to those who joined us last Tuesday evening and of course to our presenters and panellists for their time, knowledge and enthusiasm."

"Regarding the strangest things to be mapped I couldn’t not mention some fun examples thanks to Clive Masson from Edinburgh University Orienteering Club who said, “I once mapped a shallow grave in Vernditch - a 6-foot x 2-foot coffin shape (pit) and a little knoll which was the spoil heap” and George Crawford-Smith from Pendle Forest Orienteers also entertained with “I found a burnt-out motorbike in a marsh! I decided not to map it as I could just about pull it out of the marsh.""

Remember if you want to try mapping before the second session on 4 May you could try field working a local park or easy area or just go for a map walk on a map you like racing on – and observe what makes it good to use and how and what are represented on the map.

Here are some of Martin's concluding statements which are great at showcasing why mapping is good for us.

  • "Mapping is totally absorbing and a good way of forgetting everything else – mindfulness at its best?"
  • "A good way of improving your own Orienteering."
  • "A great excuse to wonder round the woods, and get out in our beautiful green spaces and towns/cities."
  • "Like all creative things, its very rewarding."

Natalie comments: 
"Ultimately more maps can only mean more Orienteering opportunities for us all which can only be a good thing.  I hope you will continue your learning and enthusiasm for all things mapping and enjoy the second session."


Mapping Webinar – Part 2: An Introduction to Surveying and Creating Base Maps

Tuesday 4 May 2021, starting at 19:30 - 20:45. 

This informative and free webinar session will provide introductions to setting up a map, from selecting the area to generating a base map as well as the basics of contours and georeferencing.  

The main content of this session will be introducing the various products and packages available for you for creating base maps.  For example Ben Mitchell (Swansea Bay Orienteering Club) will bring us an introduction to OCAD and Martin Hore (Suffolk Orienteering Club) will give us an overview of creating base maps using Open Orienteering Mapper / LiDAR and other sources.

John Moody (Cornwall Orienteering Club) and Simon Starkey (Leicestershire Orienteering Club) who have experience in using QGIS, a freeware geographical information system will also join us to provide some helpful examples of how this tool is useful for example for contour information, vegetation and small features.

Georeferencing older maps so they can be used for virtual orienteering as well as creation of georeferenced photos using SASPlanet examples will also be provided.

We look forward to welcoming you to another great and interesting mapping session.

To find out more and book your place on this second part of our mapping webinar series, please register your place here.