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 trying to accomplish. It does have significantly more data  and capabilities than other products … and yes, we do charge more for those capabilities so do you really need them ? actually, you might get away with it for a while, but yes you will.

  • Myth #1)

Other products claim to take you to wellsites when all they are really doing is taking you to the middle of an LSD or PNG (they usually erroneously call it NTS – see below) If they are using bottom hole locations you could easily be on the wrong side of the river and a 4 hr drive from where you expected. BTW: the lines in the below snapshot go from the surface to the bottom hole also known as UWI (Unique Well Identifier).

PatchMap navigates you to the surface location of the bottomhole name.

Directional Drills


  • Myth #2)

They claim to navigate you to the location from Myth #1 when all they can do is get you within the distances available in the roads that they leverage which is Google or Bing or the Federal road dataset.

so this is what will happen about 25% of the time; it’s you’re call

 Google Fail2      Google Fail

      Google Fail5

These are the tip of the iceberg … I could go on all day.


Test any of the available ‘LSD’ tools before buying to see if you can route to any of these:

click for higher quality ….


 Hint: they won’t 


  • Myth #3)

Who needs all the roads to get to the well … it’s Saskatchewan for pete’s sake …


Wells in Sask - Google


Wells in Sask

well, which one do you think will work better?

  • Myth #4)

I always get surface locations … (always?) which 14-26-48-9-W5 do you want ?

Two Wells

They route in from totally different directions … you could be waiting for the consultant to arrive for quite a while !

How do you know that you might be going to the wrong location … well PatchMap has all the information needed to tell … any other ‘LSD’ tool just takes you to somewhere invisible; you are not part of the decision making. Keep in mind that most wells drilled these days are directionally drilled and the chance that someone will mix up the surface and bottom is just getting higher.

go to the wrong location too many times and they’ll call someone else to do your job

14-26-48-9-5 south

 example of information available at each and every wellsite, compressorsite or plantsite

For those who are concerned about weight restrictions on roads and bridges all through the western provinces, you should know that we have teamed up with Province-State Permitting in such a way that the restrictions appear on our dispatching software, updated in near real time … for a small premium.




  • Summary:

Why take a chance / risk so much when entire contracts could ride on such a little expenditure?

I asked a local manager today what it costs just to put a tire on the front of a big truck … well you could get our dispatching software for a year and SD cards for two Garmin GPS units. How can this not make sense … and how does this sound expensive?

If you use AVL (Automated Vehicle Location) tools for work alone or maintenance purposes, your supplier can overlay PatchMap on their present map … We have a half dozen AVL companies that utilise our map overlay and even the road speed features for there safety program.

If you are dispatching or even bidding jobs, you can get PatchMap on your PC / Mac / iPad / Tablet …

If you are driving truck, you can get PatchMap for your Garmin GPS … even if you are using GeoTrac AVL !

We have had one O&G company estimate a one winter saving in rig moves alone of over $3,000,000 with a $90,000 savings in one single move … testimony or what?

Most of our sales are to end users. They buy PatchMap for all the reasons above and for one more not usually stated, but what it all boils down to: PEACE of MIND ! …. and because their short sighted boss won’t spend the money (maybe they think it’s a video game, not an efficiency tool).




Important Information to understand:

LSD: stands for Legal Subdivision in the Township System of Survey

PNG: is approximately the same size of an LSD – it is a theoretical subdivision of the NTS – standing for National Topographical System … PNG stands for Petroleum Natural Gas by the way who the term was invented for and the only place that it is used.

UWI: stands for Unique Well Identifier which allows many wells to drill into the same LSD/PNG yet keeps them separate in the database. This identifier has information hanging on the front of the well name and on the back as well. There is an excellent explanation of how both the LSD and PNG system work here:


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