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35 Reasons to Join the AAPL

35 Reasons to Join the AAPL
We are finally getting to a point where I don’t hear arguments from landmen (particuarly field landmen) against joining the AAPL on a regular basis.  However, there are still a few naysayers out there, and if you aren’t a member you might not be aware of the the AAPL Company Recognition Program.  It’s pretty important that you are aware of it, because it affects those who are not members.What is the AAPL Company Recognition Program?  The following is taken directly from the latest issue of Landman magazine:The following oil and gas companies and brokerage firms have made the commitment to ...

Book Review: Landman’s Legal Handbook

Book Review: Landman's Legal Handbook
Over the past several weeks I’ve had the opportunity to read the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s newest edition of the Landman’s Legal Handbook. If there is one word to sum up this book, it is “encyclopedic”. I’ve had the opportunity to read and review several books that are targeted to landmen, title attorneys and other land professionals — and typically they all contain approximately the same information conveyed in different ways. I have to say that the Landman’s Legal Handbook contains information that I haven’t read in any other books, and the depth in which the material is reviewed ...

Landman Brokers: Give Your Clients Metrics!

Landman Brokers: Give Your Clients Metrics!
There has been a trend over the last few years for field landman brokers to come up with these cool “whiz-bang” web interfaces.  I believe the intent is to “provide real-time information” about the status of projects, the real truth is that the interfaces are rarely ever used by in-house landmen.  If they need something they will pick up the phone and call, or they will send an email and ask for it.  There are also metrics that most in-house landmen keep on their field brokers — but those aren’t the metrics that are typically reported to them in these ...

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 ...

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 ...

The AAPL Member Directory – An Indispensable Tool

The AAPL Member Directory - An Indispensable Tool
One of the benefits of joining the AAPL is that you receive a printed member directory, and you also gain access to the electronic member directory available on the AAPL website.  This tool has become very useful over the years, and today I’d like to talk about some of the various ways in which I use it. The almost 500 page reference book starts out by including some great information that is generally useful to AAPL members.  The first 50 pages encompass background information about the AAPL membership types, award programs & recipients, contact information on AAPL executive members and ...

Land Management Systems – An Overview

Land Management Systems - An Overview
Land management systems (LMS) are used by a variety of companies to manage their assets.  Some of the companies that utilize land systems are E&P companies, mining companies, law firms, pipeline companies, and royalty partnerships.  These systems maintain an electronic catalog of leases, company owned fee lands, rights-of-way, unit designations, and any other type of agreement that may need to be tracked.  These systems not only allow easy record keeping and reporting, but also provide help in managing those properties.  When an organizations land assets become too complex to be managed via spreadsheet, it is time to evaluate the purchase ...

Contest: A Year of WriteThat.name For Free! (Contest Over)

Contest: A Year of WriteThat.name For Free! (Contest Over)
If you read the article I recently wrote about WriteThat.name, you’ll be expecting this contest.  The folks over at WriteThat.name have volunteered to give away a free year of their premium service to one of our members. To enter the contest you should be using Gmail, Outlook (Desktop Version), or Google Apps Email.  You need to do two things to get in the contest: Sign Up for Email Updates from LandmanInsider.com.  You can choose to get an email whenever new articles are posted, or only once a week. Leave a comment on this page, so we know you are interested ...

My Newest Networking Tool – WriteThat.name

My Newest Networking Tool - WriteThat.name
As some of you might now, I occasionally write about companies or products that you will like, do really cool things, or meet a need that I have.  A problem I have had for a while is that through all the social networking and emails I’ve amassed a ridiculously sized contacts database in Gmail.  The size isn’t the problem though, my problem is that I couldn’t possibly take the time to update all the contacts as people move between companies, cities, and phone numbers.  Everyone knows that I think networking is important, and you can’t network too well if you ...

The Young and the Restless: Old Hands vs New Blood

The Young and the Restless: Old Hands vs New Blood
If you get enough landmen together for enough time, the conversation will eventually turn to criticism of whatever group isn’t represented. Whether it’s all the new landmen who who don’t dress the party, wear headphones and don’t know ‘nuthin — or the old luddite landmen who never do anything but tell stories about better times. Of course I have an opinion on the matter, just like everyone else, and if you haven’t had the ‘good fortune’ to be a part of one of these conversations then you don’t get out enough. We could make a mile long list of transgressions that ...


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