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Choosing a Land Management System

Choosing  a Land Management System
This article was originally published on the Bluetick LMS website, and is re-printed with permission from Bluetick Inc.The purchase of a land management system is a major undertaking for a company regardless of size. With the importance of data management in today’s environment, the choice will impact your organization for years to come. The data that is produced through that system could live longer than your use of the system. In the following discussion I’ll share some insight that should help you to make wise decisions in this pivotal choice.​ Support - An Important ConsiderationOne complaint I often hear from ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 2

Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger - Part 2
This review is a continuation of Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 1 – Unboxing Well, I’ve had a week or so to use the TripLogik TL1000 and I’m ready to share my experience with everyone. Installation As mentioned in Part 1 of this review, the TripLogik GPS logger includes two different methods to power the device in your vehicle.  The first is a standard cigarette lighter adapter, and the second is a OBD II cable that plugs into a port underneath the dash of most 2006+ model vehicles.  I chose to use the OBD II port, because it ...

Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 1 – Unboxing

Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger - Part 1 - Unboxing
Today I received the new TL1000 GPS mileage logger from TripLogik that I talked about in my earlier blog, GPS Logging – The Best Way to Track Business Mileage. It came shipped from Canada, so allow for the $21 shipping cost.  I initially wonder if there is a less expensive shipping option, as my earlier GPS logger (Milo by SatLogix) didn’t charge me any shipping fee.  Although the unit cost was $30 higher.  Perhaps SatLogix just built the price of shipping into the unit. The unit arrived well packaged, and it took about 10 days to receive it.  I don’t ...


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