Services // Information Management & GIS


Hi, I’m Casey Vandenberg, Senior GIS Analyst at Trace Associates. Our reports tell a story. I believe data is meant to be shared, so much so that if you’re not sharing your data, you’re not really collaborating, and our technology makes sharing this information so much easier. Excellence is one of our core values, and I think the way we do this really speaks to that.

Access to the right information can help you to make better decisions, reduce your costs, and make your life easier. With technology geared towards improved efficiency and quality, including the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), we provide you with high-value, reliable data and imagery and ensure site planning activities are more economical and precise than ever.

UAV Services

Drone imagery ensures accurate, relevant, high-quality data collection for all projects and industries.

  • Delineate liability areas
  • Monitor revegetation and reclamation efforts
  • Measure stockpile volumes
  • Capture timely and detailed aerial images across any size project site
  • Create 3D textured meshes, digital surface models, dense point clouds, and elevation contours
  • Calculate stockpile or excavation volumes and perform cut/fill analyses
  • Perform pre- and post-disturbance assessments (e.g., borrow pits, aggregate pits)
  • Collect high-resolution near-infrared imagery and derive valuable indices such as the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index
  • Monitor crop growth and assess plant health
  • Delineate weed areas for pesticide application and reclamation work
  • Assess and map landcover, wetlands, and surface water flow direction

GIS Mapping

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates many layers of data and information and aids in the accurate analysis of spatial patterns and relationships.

  • Analyze and model trends
  • Delineate liability areas
  • Evaluate proximity to receptors
  • Real-time support of environmental field programs
  • Constraint analysis to evaluate environmental and economic considerations
  • Spatial analysis and mapping of sites
  • Calculating soil volumes using elevation data such as LiDAR
  • Assess and map surface water flow and wetlands
  • Analyze and map areas of high risk
  • Manage spatial data sets for use with multiple software programs
  • Create custom programs to transfer data
  • Automate data conversion
  • Mobile field collection/mapping
  • 3D modelling
  • UAV environmental monitoring

what our clients are saying

“We like Trace. We like Ron, we like Nick, and we like the relationships we’ve built on our projects with them. They have a suite of services that cover the ecological and environmental, and they have demonstrated that they understand what needs to be done, aren’t doing unnecessary work, and they make sure it gets done. Ron told me that the Trace motto is to 'consult better.' This motto is reflected in the service they provide.”

Clark | Qualico Communities

“I appreciate Trace’s candidness, honesty, and straightforwardness. The communication is strong, they are always professional, and they stay on point. They’re good at what they do and are always available when I need them.”

Confidential Client

“Trace provides a level of personal service that we don’t get from other companies. We get straightforward, open communication with Project Managers, including frequent touch-points. Trace always does what they say they are going to do.”

Neil Reid | Midstream Energy Client

“I choose Trace because of their expertise and clarity on what they will deliver, and my trust in them. We share similar values of honesty and communication. They’re very thoughtful in what they do and their expertise is very appreciated. Nothing they do or say leaves you scratching your head.”

Warn Franklin | works with Ron at Trace

“I value our relationship with Trace and can see it continuing into the future.  Having a third party come in to do environmental inspections is very helpful and gives added focus on areas that might otherwise be neglected due to the busy nature of the business. Trace's expertise in the Environmental Consultant field helps keep NorSask on a path of continuous improvement. We very much appreciate the proactive approach that Trace takes to meet our needs.”

Kelly | NorSask