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29 October 2015
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Did you know? … Province State

Did you know? … PatchMap has teamed up with Province and State Permitting to offer a complete routing product that advises of road restrictions and allows a direct link to applying for a permit if that is required. This is available through two different computer versions of PatchMap and  your vehicle tracking company too ! […]


Did you know? … Tracking Overlay

Did you know? … only 4% of the oil & gas vehicles with vehicle tracking systems use PatchMap overlays on their Automated Vehicle Location mapping solution. That means that the rest are looking at white space, pointing and saying “Where the hell are they? … does that look right? … is there a bridge out […]


29 October 2015
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Did you know? … STARS or PatchMap

Did you Know? … calculating how long STARS will take to fly to your landing site can be done faster with PatchMap-Web than even STARS can do it?  plus you can do this calculation before the project begins … like right now! Yup, PatchMap-Web is the routing tool of choice … on the ground or […]


Did you know? … Safety Hands

Did you know? … only 20% of company safety hands have even heard of PatchMap … a world class tool for correct information for their Emergency Response Plans among many other things. If there’s one tool that is underutilized in the O&G safety world, it’s PatchMap. Every single safety hand should have a GPS version […]


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? … Rig Chasers

Did you know? … 70% of the sales reps that are chasing the rigs, when they finally get to the location are heard to say “and there it is … GONE!” (well, mostly it’s more colorful than that) … so they pull out a map to figure where they’re off to next. They know that […]


29 October 2015
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Did you know? … Hotshot Companies

Did you know? … only about 5% of all the oil & gas Hotshot companies have embraced PatchMap? Out of all the service companies that need PatchMap,  Hotshot companies are on top of the list …  and for some reason they have resisted the most … to the death in a few cases. Their reasoning : […]


29 October 2015
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Did you know? … Branch Offices

Did you know? … 90% of oil and gas service company branch offices don’t have the correct tools to prove efficiencies? .. and are actually paid not to innovate or be efficient? … if they kept expenditures down, they get a bonus. Managers think nothing of stroking a pen for thousands of dollars of tires […]


29 October 2015
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Did you know? … Operators Time

Did you know? … Plantsite operators spend 20 – 35% of their time unproductively piloting service crews into and out of wellsite locations? Because this unnecessary expenditure (go ahead calculate it, it’ll be tens of thousands of dollars per day across the organization ) has become so common place, it’s been decided that the permit isn’t written […]


Did you know? … First Aid Vehicles

Did you know? … that less than 1% of the First Aid Vehicles working in the oil and gas industry use PatchMap? (we would know) … this is one of my pet peeves.   Most First Aid Companies working in the field for oil & gas operations supply one qualified person per vehicle to contain […]


29 October 2015
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Did you know? … Millions on the Table

Did You Know? … You could be leaving millions of dollars on the table if you are not using PatchMap to help plan your rig moving logistics. One oil company, in one area, in one winter, via one consultant, estimated a 3 million dollar savings in rig moves alone by using PatchMap! Just think how much […]


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 […]


29 October 2015
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Did you know? … Logistical Planners

Did you know? … There’s a tool for oil & gas field logistic planners that has a one day ROI ?  I know you are wondering … So is this a typical exaggeration? … well not according to one Project Manager who got thrown a large remote project at the last minute, without local knowledge, including […]


Did you Know ? … Field Reps

Did you know? …   that some oil & gas field sales reps outperform their counterparts by 100-150%, every day … how? …  well, they use PatchMap … that’s 2-3 times the sales than others and even themselves before they started using this industry specific navigational tool ! And how does PatchMap make such a difference? Well if you […]


16 July 2015
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New and Free PatchMap Products

New & Free – PatchMap With these new products, PatchMap is further entrenched as the number one way to navigate in the Canadian oil & gas sector: First the FREE: SkyBase has opened up a previously paid for product to free status. This blows the doors off of any similar product in the marketplace. Free […]


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?) […]


(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 […]