Courses

Select ‘Courses’ in the main menu to see the courses that you have on your smartphone. You can also download courses created by others, by chosing ‘Download course’ and enter the course code.

You can also download courses and maps from WorldofO Leaderboards. Select ‘WorldofO Leaderboards’ to see the list of available courses. Choose a course, import it, run the course and analyze the race. You can upload the track (‘Result/Upload result’) to ‘WorldofO Leaderboards’ via its webpage.

Use a calibrated map to create and edit a course. The course must contain at least two points (start and finish).

You can edit an existing course or create a new course. Note! You cannot change a course that you have uploaded to or downloaded from the server.

Create a new course by selecting ‘Course’, press the ‘more’-button and select ‘New course’. Set a name for the course, select which map to use and then press ‘Create course’. Only georeferenced maps can be used for creating courses. The course must contain at least two points (start and finish).


Figure 1: Create a new course

In ‘Properties’ you set which type of course it shall be:
- Standard orienteering – take all control points in the specified order.
- Any order – begin with the start point, then take all control points in any order and last take the finish point.
- Rogaining – Every control point has a value. Collect as many points as possible within the time limitation by visiting the control points in any order you like.
- Scatter orienteering – Visit the specified number of control points in any order. Here the runner needs to punch at the most suitable control points in the best order to get the shortest time!

You can also select if orienteering support is allowed during the race, or not. It is allowed by default.


Figure 2: Part of a rogaining course.

You can add, move, change type, delete control points and set value (rogaining only). The size of the symbol (triangle or ring with a cross in the middle) indicates the area where you should be to get an automatic punch.

Every course has a unique 8 character code. The code will change every time you save your changes.

 
Figure 3: Edit a course

If you click on the square between two control points when adding a new point then the control points will be inserted between those, otherwise the new control point will be put last.

Figure 4: Tap and move a square to add a control point between two existing control points.

You can select if a control should be of type ‘point control’ or ‘gate’. Point controls are traditional controls that you have to visit to punch. A gate is a control that you shall cross to punch, like crossing the finish line in a running competition. Gates are particularly suitable for MTB orienteering.

Toggle between point control and gate by selecting the point/gate-tool and click on the control. Change the angle of the port by selecting the move-tool and the rotate the gate.


Figur 5: Course with gate controls.

If you already have the course in a gpx- or kml-file then you can import it into the app. This can be the case if you create the course in OCAD or Google Earth and export it to a gpx-/kml-file.
- Put the gpx-/kml-file in the folder gpsorienteering/courses_import.
- Select ‘Import’ in the course list menu.
- Select which course to import, give it a name and select a map to use. The map must cover the complete curse. You can also import a course without a map.

You can also see a course table showing the coordinates for the control points and the leg lengths.

Figure 6: Course table showing control point coordinates and leg lengths.
The function ‘Height profile’ lets the app fetch height data for the course from Googles map library and show the height profile of the course. The height data is also used to adjust the height measurements from the mobile in the result profile diagram (standard-orienteering only). In the figure below the height profile for a course is shown. The blue curve contains height data for the control points, which is used to calculate minimum climb. The light blue curve contains height data for a number of points along the course (i.e. the height profile if you run straight between the control points), and is used to calculate the total climb.


Figure 7: Height profile for the course ‘Bokskogsrundan’

You can copy a course if you want to base a new course on an existing course. Use the function ‘Copy course’ and give the copy a new name.

You can create a the course map in jpg-format for printing on a colour printer with the function ‘Export’.