2018 California Orienteering Week (COW)

California Orienteering Week (COW)

Date: Mar. 17 - 25, 2018
Location: San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento area
Event Directors: - 510.407.1876, - 916.220.0224
Course Setters: Matej Šebo (BAOC), Steve Gregg (BAOC), George Minarik (BAOC), Matias Arola (BAOC), Heidi Cusworth (GCO), Bill Cusworth (GCO)
Type: A; Seven (sanctioned) National Events spread over 9 days, including 5 Middle events, 1 Long, and 1 Sprint — organized by BAOC and GCO (pending park approval)

Mapping Workshops


Please make sure that you sign up for these workshops if you want to attend. The sign-up procedure is below.

Introduction to LIDAR

When: Saturday, March 17th, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Marriott Hotel (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakpl-courtyard-pleasanton/) (the event hotel), 5059 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

This will be an introduction to what you can get from LIDAR to use in map making. The first hour will be a general overview of what information can be generated, and how to get this information processed. The second hour will be more in depth, and will be more technical in nature.

The goal of the first hour is to allow prospective mappers to see what can be obtained through a LIDAR mapping program, and then how to use that in the field. It may be that you don't want to do the data analysis yourself, but you will learn what you can have if you ask someone who will provide the data. The second hour will be associated with how to process the data and make your own modifications.

Woods Maps and Park/Schoolyard Maps

When: Monday, March 19th, noon to 5:00 PM
Where: Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline, Richmond, CA (the site for the Stage-3 event of the COW)

It is hoped that the workshop will start around noon, with participants in the workshop being able to get early start times so that they can run their courses and also participate in the workshop.

At the workshop, attendees will work with LIDAR data, aerial photos, and other data to learn the basics of making field notes with the goal of creating orienteering maps. This will be hands-on, and materials will be provided for making field notes. The materials provided will be traditional map boards and colored pencils. This method will be used in the workshop because of the issues of getting people with different computer operating systems all on the same page. The advantages (and some disadvantages) of using computers in the field will be discussed. This workshop is intended to show how field notes are taken (which is universal to all field checking), and not dealing with the particular medium that the notes are recorded on.

Sign-up Procedure

There will be no charge for the workshops, although you must pre-register so there are enough materials for all the participants.

Email (pgwolfe66 at gmail dot com) to sign up. You can also send an email if you are interested in getting more information on the workshops.

If you are going to attend the mapping workshop at Point Pinole, please indicate this to the when you sign up for your courses (or send an if you have already registered) to say that you need an early start so you can get to the 12:00 start of the workshop.