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GIS – who’s in charge ?

Is PatchMap a viable option ? If you describe GIS to someone it usually revolves around imagery and design and computers in dark rooms and educational programs both tech and professional but what seems to be missed more and more is the fact that GIS is just an effort to represent the world around us in […]


22 May 2016
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Gas Conscious Trips

Ya … I wish. Usually I just jump into my vehicle and drive wherever and it cost whatever it costs. I seldom look at the food bills or how much I paid for gas … why rain on the party, driving’s supposed to be fun.? I travel back and forth from Victoria to Grande Prairie; […]


17 March 2016
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SARM – getting a bunch done with nothing

We decided to put up a booth at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) trade show this year for the first time. It turned out to be one of the better shows that we have attended!   Going in we did a bit of homework and found out that there are 296 RMs in […]


New Calgary Office !

Finally … an office in Calgary ! Just like all of you, we have been waiting for our office in Calgary to materialise … well finally it’s here! T. Joseph Maylan has stepped up to represent SkyBase Solutions and especially our various PatchMap products from his office downtown. There must have been some hunger out […]


What … PatchMap has Competition?

Competition ? … if you actually look, there is none ! We often get asked what sets our PatchMap software apart from the three or four other products that claim to do, what we actually do. Well, there are many things that differentiate PatchMap but it might depend on what it is that you are […]


World Traveler – Not

A few observations from a short trip abroad: It’s been a few decades since I’ve travelled outside the comfort zone of North America. I had never been to Europe for a stay beyond overnight so on my recent trip to Germany I expected an experience similar to North America but more worldly or refined … […]


(Your) Smooth Running Machine

  The world is a big piece of equipment and we, at any particular moment are a tiny cog in a single wheel, buried deep inside that machine.  Traditionally, equipment runs smoother with the correct amount of grease to reduce the friction … an unseen force that perennially causes machinery to grind to a halt […]


A Little Research Doesn’t Hurt

In the regular course of talking to people …  and trying to solve their problems, problems that are closer to my expertise than theirs … often means that I play around with some of the equipment that we occasionally sell but that aren’t part of our normal product lines. When I do this, the information […]


1 April 2015
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“Plans of Mice and Men”

As a field surveyor I was often sent to do the oddball work as (I suppose) I could engineer the job right in the field if required. One such incident found me on location ostensibly to position piles for a small compressor on a wellsite. When the consultant arrived he had no plan layout of […]


Down turns aren’t all bad

The Advantages of a Down-turn We’d be foolish to think that when the wind goes out of the sails for our main industry, that we don’t get a bit jumpy … but it’s also an opportunity that we have seen before. When the belt tightens in the oil & gas industry there’s a sudden interest […]


What We Do — The Answer for the PROs (A 2-Part Article)

What We Do …Two Answers: One for the PRO one for JOE  PART 1: The Answer for the PROs:                                                                          […]


31 March 2014
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What We Do — The Answer for the JOEs

What We Do — The Answer for the JOEs:                                                                              (just tell me why spending this money makes […]


Efficiency – What is it exactly? (Find me a Visionary)

How would you describe efficiency?  After listening and learning about all the ways different size companies operate it would seem that there is more than one definition of efficiency. Perhaps a better way to understand it, is there’s a sliding scale of what a particular size company would consider to be efficient; ** a very […]


That’s More than 3 Times the Distance Around the Equator !

Rob Coutts: Instigator @ SkyBase Solutions Re PatchMap: We often get asked about how we are different from other products, which, although it is a legitimate question, it’s hard to answer as I often don’t know where to begin. There are so many different ways that we out perform everyone else … so much so, […]


9 July 2013
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Get Real! | SkyBase tool for Realtors in Western Canada

Get Real! | SkyBase tool for Realtors in Western Canada Behind the scenes at SkyBase Solutions there is a think-tank always looking for the next great opportunity/en devour/solution. In the process of developing and testing new ideas we often find alternate uses for our products. A great example of this is AgMap, a navigational tool […]


18 June 2013
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Navigational Mapping and GPS Solutions

SkyBase Solutions was recently featured in a navigation based article in Oil & Gas Product News Magazine. This article outlines a few of our current products as well as upcoming projects. Want to see what’s in the works at SkyBase Solutions? Follow the link below. Oil & Gas Product News | May/June Issue


“We Pride Ourselves on Doing the Bare Minimum”

Said no company ever! And yet it is very interesting to see and hear so many stories that break down to exactly that. As some of you may know we are spending the next few days at the Peace Region Petroleum Show right here in Grande Prairie. Being new to the company, this was a […]


7 May 2013
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Saying Goodbye – Dave Hatton

The team at SkyBase Solutions was deeply saddened by the news of the death of Dave Hatton (Rio Grande AB.) Over the years Dave has become a member of the SkyBase family. He assisted in several key projects, verifying road information, gathering tracks and taking on any challenge we sent his way. Dave made sure […]


PatchMap – Spring Break Up Sale

    In celebration of the great weather, and a little downtime in the oilpatch, SkyBase is having a sale. Spring is here, or better yet perhaps we have skipped spring and gone head first into Alberta Summer! PatchMap GPS maps for the Oilpatch will be sold $100.00 off. The price of PatchMap was lowered by […]