Park/Sprint Symbol Combination

This page was installed by of MAPsport Services on 11 May 17. It consists of symbol numbers used by Michael to extend the OCAD default symbol table for sprints, incorporating a number of ISOM symbols at around 150% size. (Many sprint symbols are already 150% of ISOM.) Includes some variations preferred by Michael - shown in bold. Some ISSOM symbols which Michael does not prefer remain in his symbol table, with their icons marked with a red square. They are noted here in italics. So in this document you may get a bold entry and an italic entry.

The OCAD colour orders and numbers for sprint and standard differ, and a careful path has been trodden to get something that works.

There is no agreement by anyone else to use these numbers, though their use would minimise symbol table bloat. They are recorded here mainly for the benefit of Michael's clients and anyone working on maps that he has produced.

The new ISOM2017 has a lot of number changes. It may be expected that a Sprint specification revision will wreak similar havoc. It is possible that Michael may need to revise some or all of these numbers.


  • 101.001, 201.001, 104.001, 103.001 Contour/Index contour between, associated slope tag and formline, Symbols which allow alternate contours to be separately identified so that contour interval can be halved/doubled with a couple of clicks. Specially applicable to areas like the Hutt Valley where the ground is either flat or steep - and 2.5m is a nonsense.
  • 101.002, 103.002 and 104.002 Contour from other map and associated form line and slope line. May be used for council contours which are sometimes finer than the desired orienteering ones. May be used for topo contours which are sometimes too coarse, and intervening contours are introduced by some sort of interpolation. File size can often be reduced significantly by deleting these contours, but I would always export them to an "old stuff" file first. Never throw any source material away completely.
  • 101.003 Discarded contour. For situations where extensive contour modification is done, keeping the old contour just in case. Usually temporary, until quite satisfied with the improvement. Extensive contour modification is heady stuff.
  • 106.000 Earth bank. Overhang at the ends removed. My preference, the overhang also creates a problem with very short banks.
  • 106.001, 106.002 Earth bank topline and separate tag; used to create nicer looking bendy banks where the tags would otherwise intersect. 106.002 replaces a not-needed ISSOM symbol, in order to align numbering with my ISOM symbols.
  • 106.003 Earth bank thicker topline for very high banks.
  • 106.004 Earth bank with shorter tags (two thirds) for places where there isn’t much room; I often use it alongside roads.
  • 109.001 Large erosion gully with one pointy end. Handy for branching gullies.
  • 117.000 Broken ground dots. Adopted the 150%ISOM size as the .000 normal symbol. ISSOM has 3 sizes, have marked the smaller ones "not preferred".
  • 118.000 Brown cross, not used in NZ, marked "not preferred".
  • 201.004 Cliff with longer tags (150%) Not sure really needed, can concoct from topline and tags.
  • 203.002 Passable cliff and rockface tag; used to create nicer looking bendy rockfaces where the tags would otherwise intersect, see earth banks above.
  • 205.000 Cave not included, its just the rocky pit on its side!
  • 206.001 Medium sized boulder added, for the same reason it is in ISOM.
  • 209.000 Boulder cluster added as the 100% ISOM size. Strange omission from ISSOM! Most sprint things are 150% ISOM and I've included this as 209.001 "not preferred", as its rather large.
  • 210.000 Stony ground dots. Adopted the 150%ISOM size as the .000 normal symbol. ISSOM has 2 sizes, have marked the smaller ones "not preferred".
  • 211.000 Sandy ground dot pattern. Adopted the 150%ISOM size as the .000 normal symbol. ISSOM has 100% of ISOM, included as .001 "not preferred".
  • 212.000 Bare rock darkened a bit as the .000 symbol (20% black can almost disappear). ISSOM also has .001 with gray, marked "not preferred".
  • 402.001 Yellow dot for hand-drawing “open with scattered trees”, avoids the edge effects of 402.000.
  • 404.000 Rough open with scattered trees, using green dots as allowed by the spec. Dot size 0.6 compared to 0.82 in spec, to avoid an excessively green appearance, it needs to look open.
  • 405.000 Symbol for “white forest”. Sometimes useful to “draw” passable forest, then it can be changed eg to light green for different audiences. If a map is to be used for MTBO, I use it for “white for foot but unsuitable for biking”.
  • 420.001 Large green blob for eg patches of fight.
  • 502.003 Wider major road.
  • 501.002, 502.002, 502.004, 503.002 Road versions with red infill. An elegant way of showing out of bounds main roads, by changing the fill colour to red. Other methods clobber paths that go closely alongside, eg on bridges. Of course its an unfortunate colour for colour-blind people.
  • 503.003 Narrow sealed road, sometimes handy for MTBO where the seal/gravel distinction is important.
  • 512.001 Bridge sprint version. Possible this may come into ISOM.
  • 515.001 Railway sprint version. Possible this may come into ISOM.
  • The std fence symbol 522.000 is used for “fences on all maps”. Other fence varieties as follows: 522.001 fence no tags on all maps (useful for stockyards). 522.002 fence on some maps (to allow hiding). 522.003 fence no tags on some maps.
  • The std ruined fence number 523.000 is used, but the gap is increased from 0.38 to 1.88. The rationale is that it should clearly be used for, and look like, a fence with gaps. A ruined fence which still has continuous wires and takes time to cross is functionally no different from a regular fence.
  • 523.002 ruined fence on some maps (to allow hiding).
  • 525.000 Crossing point. My convention is that no crossing point symbol is used where a road or track crosses the fence, since a crossing point is implied. Other varieties as follows: 525.001 Smaller crossing point, the std one is sooo big! 525.002 Smaller crossing point on some maps (to allow hiding, goes with appropriate fence types)
  • 526.001, 526.002 Building and canopy insides (gray) from the sprint spec, which may be adopted by the new ISOM.
  • 526.004, 526.005 Building and canopy outlines from the sprint spec, which may be adopted by the new ISOM.
  • 527.009 Area not mapped. Especially handy in urban areas, can underlie everything and detail progressively be added on top.
  • 529.002 Paved area no cover-up. Uses a lower version of brown where eg distinct trees are planted in parking lots and need to show through.
  • 601.002 Blue north line with arrow-head. My practice is to add north lines as part of layout.
  • 711.002, 711.003 Out of bounds symbol for MTBO.
  • 831.000 to 840.000 MTBO track and other symbols (NZ version).
  • 904.000 to 948.999 various text symbols, with the 2nd and 3rd digit implying the point size. Generally the .000 and .002 suffixes are used for arial fonts, and .005, .006 suffixes for fancy fonts.
  • 961.000, 962.000, 962.001 Areas and lines for use by logos.


To be written