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How to Organise, Document & Link to your Fieldwork by using MapBuddy – PatchMap

Highly useful capabilities have just been added to PatchMap DisPatch – MapBuddy. *  Will the program be harder to run? … of course not, many will not even notice a difference. *  Will the program look significantly different? … of course not, scaring our present users is a bad idea. *  Will the program allow users to […]


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 […]


Did you Know? … PatchMap is THE Industry Standard

Did you Know? … The Industry Standard for Field Navigation and Routing Logistics is …. who? If there is one, what are the parts needed to win this title? …    ***   which parts of the industry need to be won over?    ***   head office?  how do they distribute the information?   […]


29 November 2015
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Did you know … PatchMap in GeoTrac GPS

Did you know? … PatchMap SD cards work in GEOTrac GPS systems ? You bet, just because your company has chosen the GEOTrac Vehicle Location System does not mean that you have to suffer their maps in the Garmin GPS units! Many of our customers are tired of the misplaced locations and the directions that leave them […]


The Season of Pain ?

A shout out to all our Oil & Gas customers: We feel your pain … we would like to help you trim a few costs by getting efficient … and we’re going to eat 20% on our PC products this Christmas season to prove it ! Best take advantage: ends Jan4 2016. Some folks look […]


Did you know? … Never Lost

Did you know? … 98% of all field staff have been lost before (2% liars), 70% in the last year and that might be conservative if people were to be honest with you when you asked them … definitions of ‘lost’ are suddenly important, etc.   OK, we will use the terminology ‘temporarily misplaced’ … […]


Did you know? … New each Month

Did you know? … Once each month PatchMap is reprocessed and updated? That is so you have the most complete dataset at your fingertips whenever you have to head to the field … no more waiting months for updates ! Keeping current is no small investment … and doing that right means automation … PatchMap […]


Did you know? … End Users

Did you know? … 88% of  PatchMap SD cards are sold directly to end users? That’s a fair chunk of change for an end user to shoulder … why would that be?  … and why won’t the office buy it for them? Well, they buy PatchMap so that they can be comfortable knowing that no […]


29 October 2015
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Did you know? … Service Companies

Did you know? … 60% of service companies overcharge on their mileage? Why do they do that? … because they can … it’s difficult to call them on it … and it might be your fault … (I’m pissing in my own pond here). But not anymore … PatchMap-Web is here. Verify distances  … and […]


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 … […]


Grande Prairie Sports Expo

As we have for many years, we had a booth at the Grande Prairie Sports Expo April 10-12. We normally don’t intend to sell anything at these events, we did sell a couple of things this year and reinforced a few contacts that have strayed to new employment (it’s hard to keep track isn’t it?) […]


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 […]


MapBuddy PatchMap vs MapBuddy Dispatch

SkyBase has recently developed a new program, MapBuddy. This highly detailed PC mapping system comes with options for tons of great add-ons and extensions to help our users with their unique mapping needs. This article will help shed some light on the key differences between two of our most popular extensions. MapBuddy PatchMap | An […]


Kenwood Series | Compatible with PatchMap SD

Good News folks, Kenwood offers 4 different GPS options in their navigational lineup. Each of these GPS units offer different features, the best one being that they are all compatible with PatchMap SD. This means you no longer need 2 devices to get to where you are going in the Patch. Kenwood’s in dash systems […]


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:                                                                          […]


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, […]


Time to Update your Oilfield Maps | PatchMap update v.13.7.20

The latest version of PatchMap is now available for download for any of our Garmin GPS PatchMap users. If you are on our mailing list you will receive and email with the details shortly. Due to highly active spam filters many of our clients miss this update email. Keep an eye on our Coffee Shop […]