Mapping and use of GPS
At our latest club night on Thursday (23rd), we focussed on mapping and using GPS. Andy Rimes and Jim Mallinson gave an overview of the surveying and mapping process and the associated challenges, showed as the tools we have at our disposal as a club and took questions from the floor.
Mapping & surveying: background
The mapping sub-Committee stress the importance of planners updating their maps in the areas they wish to use at an early stage of the planning process, especially as we are progressively converting Bill Vigar’s map files to an OCAD format.
Jim Mallinson and Andy Rimes demonstrated the use of OCAD for drawing ‘O’ maps on Thursday evening and showed the way in which planners of JOG and QOFL events can help improve the accuracy and current state of the maps of the areas they are using.
It was a hands-on session using the QO GPS equipment, and our latest OCAD-10 software. We are hoping to invest in another package of OCAD-12 software.
Review of our previous club night
On the Thursday 16th meet, we enjoyed having John Warren as guest speaker. He talked about the previous Sunday's inter-club event in Dorset that many of us represented QO at and which John had planned and mapped
Brian Pearson used Routegadget to illustrate some of the courses taken at Moors Valley Park by those brave enough to enter their routes!
The light refreshments we served up at the end unfortunately didn't include the special cake our guest speaker received for his latest landmark birthday. It was an edible map of...well, we'll leave it to you to guess the venue as many of you have run on it recently.
Vikki and Tess ran the usual fitness & skills training meeting for families, juniors and those looking to get fitter.
More about John Warren
John has written some articles, some auto-biographical, for his own club's website:
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