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  • 1. ORCGA Damage Prevention Symposium
     

    First Base Solutions supports safe and responsible excavating with high quality mapping data.

    FBS provides aerial imagery to Ontario One Call's "Call Before You Dig" service, allowing homeowners and contractors to easily request locates for underground utilities. Stop by and check out our cool interactive mapping software.

    You no longer need to be an expert in GIS to get what you need from geodata technology! Learn how you can use our aerial imagery to enhance safety, efficiency, and accuracy in your construction projects.

    Can't wait?
    Schedule a live demo now: sales@firstbasesolutions.com

    whenorange January 31 - February 2, 2017

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  • 2. Why wait for a special event?
     

    Schedule a live demo with First Base Solutions.

    We'd be glad to meet with you in person and show off our stuff.

    We can discuss a custom solution tailored just for you.

    Just one question...

    Our place or yours?

    sales@firstbasesolutions.com

  • 1. The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario - Just For Law
     

    First Base Solutions is proud to be a silver sponsor at this year’s event.

    Visit our booth, stay and chat, watch a VuMAP demonstration. Learn how to integrate our mapping technology into your legal work.

    You no longer need to be an expert in GIS to get what you need from geodata technology! Learn how you can use our aerial imagery to save time and money on title searches.

    Can't wait?
    Schedule a live demo now: sales@firstbasesolutions.com

  • 2. CanSIA - Solar Canada Annual Conference & Exposition
     

    Say hello! We’ll be at booth 1011. FBS is a leading source of high quality mapping data supporting renewable energy companies, large and small, in Ontario.

    We'll have some cool interactive mapping software set up for you to try. Learn how you can use aerial imagery to win more jobs and save time and money on project planning and site selection.

    You no longer need to be an expert in GIS to get what you need from geodata technology!

    Can't wait?
    Schedule a live demo now: sales@firstbasesolutions.com

  • 3. Conservation Authority Collaborative Information Sessions
     

    Say hello! We’re planning to exhibit. FBS is a leading source of high quality mapping data supporting conservation authorities, large and small, in Ontario.

    We'll have some cool interactive mapping software set up for you to try. Learn how you can use aerial imagery to save time and money on project planning and administration.

    You no longer need to be an expert in GIS to get what you need from geodata technology!

    Can't wait?
    Schedule a live demo now: sales@firstbasesolutions.com

  • 4. Why wait for a special event?
     

    Schedule a live demo with First Base Solutions.

    We'd be glad to meet with you in person and show off our stuff.

    We can discuss a custom solution tailored just for you.

    Just one question...

    Our place or yours?

    sales@firstbasesolutions.com

  • 1. CanSIA - Solar Canada Annual Conference & Exposition
     

    Say hello! We’re planning to exhibit. FBS is a leading source of high quality mapping data supporting renewable energy companies, large and small, in Ontario.

    We'll have some cool interactive mapping software set up for you to try. Learn how you can use aerial imagery to win more jobs and save time and money on project planning and site selection.

    You no longer need to be an expert in GIS to get what you need from geodata technology!

    Can't wait?
    Schedule a live demo now: sales@firstbasesolutions.com

  • 2. CanWEA - Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition
     

    Say hello! We’re planning to exhibit. FBS is a leading source of high quality mapping data supporting construction companies, large and small, in Ontario.

    We'll have some cool interactive mapping software set up for you to try. Learn how you can use aerial imagery to win more jobs and save time and money on project planning and administration.

    You no longer need to be an expert in GIS to get what you need from geodata technology!

    Can't wait?
    Schedule a live demo now: sales@firstbasesolutions.com

  • 3. The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario - The Power Of You
     

    First Base Solutions was proud to be the gold sponsor at this year’s event, hosting a breakfast for all attendees.

    FBS is a leading source of high quality mapping data supporting legal research for firms large and small in Ontario. We had a great time showing off some cool interactive mapping software and getting to know our customers better.

    You no longer need to be an expert in GIS to get what you need from geodata technology! Learn how you can use our aerial imagery to save time and money on title searches.

    Can't wait?
    Schedule a live demo now: sales@firstbasesolutions.com

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  • 1. Vintage Imagery Now With Vintage Pricing
     

    Price drop across the board

    First Base Solutions is pleased to announce that effective immediately, non-current orthophoto (aerial imagery) will be offered at a reduced price through MapWarehouse. Sales and marketing manager, Adam Sampson, declares, "This is huge. It's not a sale or a promotion, it's a long term price drop across the board."

    Discounted imagery will be marked in red in the selection drawer.

    The majority of rural areas in Ontario don't experience major changes to landscape features between image acquisition years, which means the older imagery continues to be acceptable for many purposes.

    "We recognize that our customers are budget conscious just like everyone else, so we wanted to offer a product that would fit the bill for those who don't need the most up to date imagery in areas with little year over year change, but still want to work with the benefit of a high quality photo base layer," explains Sampson.

    Tutorial: How to select data through MapWarehouse

    Not all areas are flown on an annual basis. The newest imagery available in any area, current calendar year or slightly older, will remain at regular price. If you don't need the most recent imagery, take advantage of the new price reductions for vintage orthophoto collections on MapWarehouse dating back to 2000.

    *Some conditions may apply

    However, if there is something specific you'd like to see updated on MapWarehouse, please provide your feedback here.

  • 2. JD Barnes Limited Acquires OnSite Locates Inc.
     

    Underground cable and pipe utility locating services throughout Ontario

    First Base Solutions is pleased to announce that OnSite Locates Inc. has merged with our parent company, JD Barnes effective September 1st, 2016.

    OnSite Locates provides underground utility locating services to surveyors, engineers, contractors, utility companies, and others. Currently, they have field technicians located in Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, London, Markham, Newmarket, Toronto and Whitby. From these locations they provide services across all of Ontario.

    JD Barnes and OnSite Locates have worked together on a number of projects in recent years. Grant Piraine, founder and president of OnSite Locates Inc. has built one of the most respected locating firms in the industry over the past decade and will now provide his expertise and guidance within JD Barnes Limited. The new merger will allow a more comprehensive range of surveying and location services to clients.

  • 3. Our Newest High Value Data Partner, Tarin Resources Services
     

    East Meets West

    First Base Solutions is pleased to announce we have recently entered a partnership with Tarin Resources Services of Alberta.  In the coming months, First Base customers will see Tarin's aerial imagery covering Alberta added to our MapWarehouse store and MapCast WMS alongside our own Ontario data sets.

     
    Adam Sampson, Sales and Marketing Manager at First Base Solutions explains, "We've noticed our customer base of Ontario businesses expanding westward or doing business with companies located in Western Canada over the past few years.  The demand from our customers for good quality Alberta data quickly outpaced what we could collect on our own."

    Download Tarin's Year By Year Aerial Imagery Coverage Map

    Tarin has the largest geospatial database in Western Canada dating back to 1993. "This partnership was a natural fit. Our business models and products are very similar, but our data territories don't overlap," Sampson points out, "Our customers can now access vastly expanded data coverage in Alberta while still dealing with a familiar local company through our MapCast and MapWarehouse services."

    What Will Be Available?

    • Natural Colour Aerial Imagery
    • Resolutions Ranging 10-40 cm
    • Southern and Central Alberta
    • Current and Historical Data Sets

     

    How To Purchase?

     


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    About First Base Solutions Inc.

    Established in 2000 in Markham, ON, First Base Solutions (FBS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of J.D. Barnes Ltd. and is a provider of orthophotography, parcel mapping, digital elevation models, and other geospatial data to a variety of industries in Ontario and beyond. Professional services include aerial image acquisition, custom mapping, and geospatial software development. FBS offers three web applications to access our data collections: VuMAP, MapWarehouse, and MapCast. To learn more please visit www.firstbasesolutions.com

    About Tarin Resources Services Ltd.

    Tarin has the largest geospatial database in Western Canada. Our archived data includes Orthophotography, Stereo Imagery, Aerial Triangulation and Lidar covering Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Tarin started acquiring new imagery covering large areas of Alberta, NE British Columbia and Saskatchewan in 1993 and brought the use of ortho imagery to the forefront in many of the business sectors of Western Canada. Each year, these speculative surveys enabled our customers to gain access to current imagery for a fraction of the cost of acquiring this data on their own. Keeping current with technology and listening to our customers has enabled Tarin to become one of Western Canada’s largest distributors of geospatial data.

  • 4. J.D. Barnes Acquires Black, Shoemaker, Robinson & Donaldson
     

    New merger enhances services to Guelph area clients

    We are pleased to announce that J.D. Barnes Limited has acquired Black, Shoemaker, Robinson & Donaldson Limited, effective October 31, 2016. Serving Guelph and surrounding regions, BSR&D Ltd. is a firm specializing in Land Surveying and Land Use Planning.

    Founded in 1915, and possessing archival information dating from 1855, Black, Shoemaker, Robinson & Donaldson has an impressive history and an established tradition of providing professional services to meet the needs of both public and private sector clients.

    The merger of J.D. Barnes and BSR&D will strengthen our presence in this region, compliment the resources of our Milton and Cambridge offices and allow us to more efficiently service the existing clients of both firms.

  • 5. LiDAR Provider Airborne Imaging Partners With FBS
     

    LiDAR Elevation Models Coming To MapWarehouse

    First Base Solutions is pleased to announce we have recently entered a data provider agreement with Airborne Imaging Inc. Since 2004, Airborne has collected LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) elevation data across Canada and the United States for use in oil and gas, mining, legal survey, engineering, power, and government sectors.

    What's LiDAR?

    LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) data is collected in a similar fashion as aerial imagery we collect from fixed wing aircraft. Instead of producing a digital photo from natural light reflecting off the ground, however, the LiDAR equipment sends out hundreds of thousands of laser pulses per second and collects point clouds from the reflected pulses. The point cloud can then be used to create digital elevation models depicting all ground features, or the bare earth.

    Colourized Full Feature DEM

    How Does LiDAR Compare To Aerial Imagery?

    Because LiDAR does not rely on natural light, data collection can take place day or night, whereas aerial imagery is limited to midday collection when the sun is overhead, and even then, shadows can affect the quality of the imagery. The horizontal and vertical accuracy of elevation models produced by LiDAR and traditional aerial imagery are similar, around +/- 8cm at best. In both cases, hard flat surfaces produce the best results. Water and wet soils, however, can prove more difficult for LiDAR than aerial imagery since the laser falls in the red spectrum.

    What's Available?

    Airborne Imaging has LiDAR libraries covering select areas in the United States, Western Canada, and most recently, Toronto. The Toronto data has been calibrated from an 11 point per square meter point cloud, processed into a bare earth model, and clipped into 500m x 500m geotiff tiles, which will be available to download from MapWarehouse in early 2017 for $100 per tile.

    New LiDAR Elevation Model Coverage

    What Can I Do With It?

    Many types of land information industries can use LiDAR and the LiDAR based elevation models coming soon to MapWarehouse, either alone or in combination with aerial imagery. Before conducting an expensive land based survey, LiDAR can inform project decisions about where and when one is needed.A few common applications include:

    Land development
    Route planning for transportation, utilities, and pipelines
    Environmental and archeological analysis
    Drainage, erosion, and land slide analysis
    Floodplain modelling

    LiDAR is a great tool to capture large areas of data relatively quickly with excellent detail and accuracy.

    To purchase tiles from Airborne Imaging's LiDAR based elevation model, please visit MapWarehouse.

  • 1. Changes to VuMAP Multi-user Discount Pricing Model
     

    Effective July 1, 2015 First Base Solutions will be implementing a new Multi-User Subscription discount pricing model. What does this change mean to you?

    1. The pricing changes do not affect single user subscriptions.

    2. Any multi-user subscription holder renewing their subscription prior to July 1st, 2015 will receive their current pricing...

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  • 2. We Are 15!
     

    First Base Solutions (FBS), a leading provider of geospatial data and services is excited to announce it just turned 15. Created in February of 2000, First Base Solutions has grown to be Ontario's largest provider of geospatial data and services. FBS's flagship services, MapWarehouse and VuMAP have helped to generate over 20 million in sales and over 500 unique visitors per month...

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  • 3. Free Trial
     

    First Base Solutions (FBS), a leading provider of geospatial data and services is now offering its customers a FREE 30 Day Trial of its VuMAP service. VuMAP is a feature-packed online mapping application with easy to use, built in tools to measure, draw, compare imagery year over year, and research property information...

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  • 4. Call Before You Dig
     

    First Base Solutions (FBS), a leading provider of geospatial data and services is excited to announce its partnership with Ontario One Call (ON1Call). FBS worked with ON1Call to develop a mapping interface that allows homeowners and contractors to easily and accurately submit location tickets for underground utilities on properties...

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  • 5. FBS Data Supports Intelligent Pipeline Planning Decisions
     

    First Base Solutions' parent company, J.D. Barnes, has been providing surveying, mapping, and related land information services to support the development of TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline Project. The much needed infrastructure project, stretching 4600km across the country will safely deliver 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Alberta to refineries and port terminals in New Brunswick when complete...

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  • 6. J.D. Barnes Limited Acquires The Assets Of Guido Papa Surveying Ltd
     

    We are pleased to announce that effective October 19, 2015 J.D. Barnes Limited has acquired the assets of the professional land surveying firm Guido Papa Surveying Ltd. located in Woodbridge...

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  • 1. The Heartbleed Bug
     

    A major flaw with online security was recently discovered that can be exploited to intercept sensitive information like passwords, private conversations, and credit card numbers. This flaw, known as CVE-2014-0160, The Heartbleed Bug, has affected over 60 million websites around the world from Yahoo to Canada Revenue Agency. Don't worry, First Base Solutions sites were NOT affected...

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  • 2. WorldView-3: Launch Day!
     

    With just a few hours left, we are eagerly anticipating the launch of WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe's most sophisticated high resolution imaging satellite ever put into orbit! Watch the launch live August 13, 2014 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 2:30 p.m. EDT via the ground-to-orbit webcast provided by United Launch Alliance. Tune in about 20 minutes early and you will be able to hear the countdown!...

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  • 3. First Base Solutions Launches Updated Website
     

    First Base Solutions (FBS), a leading provider of custom mapping solutions and aerial imagery, is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned, public-facing corporate website, firstbasesolutions.com. Along with contemporary styling, improvements to sitewide navigation have been made with mobile users in mind, with an emphasis on educating the customer on all aspects of digital mapping. Customers visiting the site will now be greeted with an intuitive design, with easy to understand menu choices based on the visitor's interests, rather than the company's services...

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  • 1. FBS Completes Google Maps API v3 Upgrade
     

    Google Maps API is the world's most popular mapping application, used on over a million websites to date, including MapWarehouse and VuMAP, First Base Solutions' online access points to our library of orthophoto and spatial data. Google Maps API v2 is no longer...

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  • 1. First Base Solutions Expands Fleet of Aircraft
     

    First Base Solutions acquired two new Cessna aircraft expanding its fleet of aircraft to four. First Base Solutions' new aircraft are equipped with USGS certified oblique camera systems for capturing oblique imagery for Pictometry in Canada and the US...

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