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NAPE 2014 – It’s Coming!

NAPE 2014 - It's Coming!
I wanted to send everyone a quick reminder that NAPE 2014 is quickly approaching on February 5-7.  It’s a great even to attend and see friends, old and new.  You might be wondering why I am posting this now, since NAPE is still over a month away… it’s because you only have one day left to purchase your tickets at the discounted rate of $250.  On January 1st the price goes up to $365, so if you haven’t registered yet — you really should do so right now. Most of your know that having a successful time a NAPE requires some ...

Outsource Your Land Administration

Outsource Your Land Administration
Oftentimes we hear about ‘outsourcing’ and we think negative thoughts.  Some of you may even be expecting to hear about how some company now has lease analysts or division order analysts based in India — although that isn’t what I’m talking about today.  I’d like to discuss a trend I’m seeing in small to medium sized operators that I believe is gaining speed.  I’ve seen a few companies capitalize on this concept by being innovative and ‘ahead of the curve’.  This trend I’m talking about is the outsourcing of land administration duties to outside service companies.  Most of these companies ...

Be Careful With No Surface Usage Provisions

Be Careful With No Surface Usage Provisions
I was recently cleaning out some old files and came across a difficult situation I dealt with several years back.  Some of you may have dealt with similar issues in the past, but I’m certain many of you have not.  Evaluating no surface usage provisions in leases is an integral part of the E&P life-cycle.  It is important when you buy the lease from the Lessor, when you acquire a lease, during operations and later in the life of the asset when you have maintenance operations.  While many of us have experience with leases which outright ban any use of ...

Resumes Are Not For Job Descriptions

Resumes Are Not For Job Descriptions
I have a fair amount of people who ask me for help with their resumes, and a recent conversation on LinkedIn highlighted a common issue I see:  Many people waste valuable space on their resumes giving descriptions of their job responsibilities.  There are probably many (supposedly legitimate) reasons to include descriptions of the responsibilities you’ve held in your resume.  What are they? The Person Reviewing the Resume Won’t Understand That My Experience Applies: Many people seem to feel like if they don’t explain what it is they did in their very special, unique position at Joe Bob’s Brokerage Firm that ...

Giving Back to the Land Profession

Giving Back to the Land Profession
I think giving back is a very important topic, I generally try to encourage people to do acts or donations to give back during the year.  Today, i’m going to approach it from a different angle, I’d like to talk about giving back to our own land community.  “Giving back” is kind of a silly phrase, because it doesn’t really tell you what I’m talking about.  If I ask five peoples opinions, I’m sure I’ll get five completely different answers.  What my opinion of giving back is what I’m going to talk about today, and everyone else can write their own blogs ...

Land Systems: Tract or Agreement Based?

Land Systems: Tract or Agreement Based?
After the previous article introducing some basic tenets of land systems I have received plenty of emails inquiring about land systems.  One reoccurring question has been about the trade-offs between tract based and agreement based systems.  Rather than give my own (biased) opinion, I thought that it would be a great idea to get some experts on the subject to discuss the differences.  This article is styled as an interview between two different companies who have competing land management solutions in the marketplace.  P2 Energy Solutions and Bluetick graciously volunteered to take the time to answer a few questions and educate ...

My Passwords are Destroying My Life!

My Passwords are Destroying My Life!
The more interactions I have with the corporate part of oil & gas companies the more I realize: They have lots of systems that aren’t linked in and require different passwords. They require passwords to be changed on some arbitrary basis that doesn’t even match for their own systems. The password requirements are such gibberish that there is no way a human can remember them without writing it down on the desk on a sticky note. I’m sure the rest of the world is the same way.  The 6 different passwords I have for work — when combined with the ...

Field Landmen: Why You Can’t Get an In-House Job

Field Landmen: Why You Can't Get an In-House Job
It’s a widely known fact that it is difficult to transition from being a field landman to a position as an in-house landman.  However, I think some field landmen misunderstand exactly what an in-house landman does.  In my opinion, the job titles of a field landman and an in-house landman are so similar in wording that people erroneously assume that the jobs are actually similar.  It couldn’t be farther from the truth, the simple fact is that most in-house landmen don’t do work that field landmen do, and vice versa. To illustrate this point I went around the interwebs and ...

My Surefire Way to Get Landman Work

My Surefire Way to Get Landman Work
So I hear your pain lately.  Work is hard to find, and it is becoming hard to set yourself apart from the competition.  I’ve talked to you about the importance of education, certifications, going to networking events, and having an online presence.  My hope is that some of you can put all of this together and develop a referral machine that will keep you working all the time — no matter the state of the economy.  However, I understand that some people need a little more direct instruction. This is a surefire way to get hired when a field landman ...

Do You Use a Flowchart Program? Should You?

Do You Use a Flowchart Program?  Should You?
A very useful tool I have found when running title is to have a good way to generate flowcharts for tracking.  I use flowcharts to track mineral interests, overrides, and working interests throughout the chain of title.  I have found that many landmen and title attorneys use MS Word/MS Excel, or even butcher’s paper to make flowcharts.  Your life can be significantly easier if you choose to use a dedicated program to design flowcharts. Why shouldn’t you use a solution like MS Word or MS Excel?  It’s a program that most of us already own and it can get the ...


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