MapCast: Imagery On Demand access to Ontario's largest web mapping service

Access all of First Base Solutions' aerial imagery and elevation contours served directly into your desktop CAD or GIS software with MapCast.

Connect to MapCast with the software you already use!

Easy To Use
Simply add data to your project, and choose a connection to MapCast just as you would choose a file stored locally. Bandwidth sharing lets everyone on your team benefit. Use the service as little or as much as you need, when you need it.

Easy To Maintain
No need to store, manage or process vast data sets when using MapCast, just connect and get to work. Email alerts let you track your team's usage, bandwidth top ups are automatic so you'll never run out.

Works With Software You Already Use
MapCast works with a variety of WMS compliant desktop applications including AutoCAD Civil and Map 3D®, ArcGIS, MapInfo, MicroStation, and Google Earth™.

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Related: MapCast Tutorial


MapCast in 4 Easy Steps:

1. Connect

Connect With Aerial Imagery

Connect to FBS‘s aerial imagery and data collection through your desktop CAD or GIS software.

You'll get a URL to connect to the FBS imagery collection that can be shared with unlimited users. When you add data to your CAD or GIS mapping project, just connect to the URL instead of a locally saved data set.

You'll get an aerial imagery base layer to help you plan, measure, and add photographic detail to your existing vector maps. 

2. Display

There's More To See 

Load a map-scaled photo mosaic base layer covering Southern Ontario with stunning detail.

How can you do your work if you can't see what's there? If you don't need to manipulate the imagery, MapCast is a great choice to add the benefit of a high quality photo base layer to guide your project without the need to stop, search for, and purchase individual image tiles. Everyone on your team can use it as little or as much as they need.

MapCast gives you the flexibility to access all the imagery as required. You can perform preliminary visual inspections of many sites without the commitment of purchasing imagery outright in advance!

3. Analyze

A Base Layer That Supports Good Decisions

Gain new insights by viewing your data in context with the surrounding area over a highly detailed image.

Mature trees, marshy ground, obstacles to accessing a site, or the character and current land uses surrounding an area of interest. All these factors play into your decision making process, but where do you find mapping data to answer such highly detailed, site-specific questions? For a large or remote property, the fast, easy, inexpensive option is aerial imagery.

Once connected to MapCast, use the detail inherent in the photo base layer to answer all these questions and more at a glance without the hassle of a site visit or paying for multiple data sets.

MapCast integrates seamlessly into your CAD or GIS workflow. The imagery projects on the fly to many datum; all you need to do is turn it's visibility on or off just like any other data layer.

4. Explore

Use Our Collection For Recollection

Go back in time to review year over year land use changes at your area of interest with vintage imagery.

You don't rely on your memory to draw up plans for your site, you use data to make fact based decisions. Use our aerial imagery collection to review year by year changes to the conditions at your site using objective, date stamped supporting evidence.

We fly the same areas regularly to ensure our imagery is as up to date as possible, but with MapCast, you also have access to our entire collection of historical imagery. All you do is choose the imagery of any particular year and turn the visibility on or off just like any other data layer.

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