ISOM 2000 - 3
MAP SPECIFICATION FOR FOOT ORIENTEERING
See Also...International Specification for Orienteering Maps
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The scale for an orienteering map is 1:15000. Terrain that cannot be fieldworked at a scale of 1:7500 and legibly presented at a scale of 1:15 000,
is not suitable for international foot-orienteering.
Maps at 1:10 000 may be produced for relay and short distance competitions.
The scale 1:10 000 is recommended for older age groups (45 and above) where reading fine
lines and small symbols may cause problems or for younger age groups (age classes 16 and below) where
the capacity of reading complex maps is not fully developed.
Maps at 1:10 000 must be drawn with lines,
line screens and symbol dimensions 50% greater than those used for 1:15 000 maps.
Where practical the same dot screens as used at 1:15 000 will give the most legible map and are
therefore to be preferred.
In education there is usually a progression of scales from 1:2 500 to 1:5 000 to 1:10 000.
Maps at very large scales such as 1:2 500 will clearly contain additional detail such as playground equipment.
Line dimensions for these maps should also be enlarged by 50%.
Other scales may be produced for other forms of orienteering.
For practical reasons a map should not be larger than is necessary for the orienteering competition.
Maps larger than A3 should be avoided.
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Changes from ISOM1990
Title was 'Scale
and vertical interval'
Text in ISOM1990
was: - "The scale for an orienteering map is 1:15000 with 5m contour interval.
In flat terrain a contour interval of 2.5m may be used.
on this subject was in ISOM1990 3.4 "Larger scale maps"
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