I have to tell you, I had a great time at NAPE this year. I got to meet up with some great folks. I talked to Austin Brister, the editor and writer over at The Title Examiner blog – I hope that he was able to wander around NAPE on his own instead of hanging out over at the Sadler Law booth all day. I unfortunately did miss seeing the folks from DrillingInfo I talk to regularly, specifically the editor of the DrillingInfo Wireline Blog, James Hahn II.
I’ve also decided that before 2014 I absolutely have to learn at least some remedial geology, because I didn’t understand a thing they were trying to show me at the deal booths. They sure did have some pretty charts though. So if you have any suggestions for geology books that would be appropriate for landmen, I’d certainly appreciate your comments below.
My focus this year was to make sure I talked to all the software companies that focus on the land side of the business. This may seem like a small task, but it’s a lot of work. First off, you have the companies that focus on servicing the land brokers. These are companies like LandBoss, iLandman, and TotaLand. Of course they all had new exciting things that they wanted to show me, and big plans for things upcoming in the next year or so. I don’t do a lot of work with these systems, but I wanted to be prepared if anyone needed any consulting work that these software packages might be a fit for.
The biggest task was getting up to date with the land management software suites that are geared towards E&P companies. Software vendors like P2 Energy Solutions, Bluetick, Quorum Land System, LandPro, and Enertia. These systems are pretty variable in functionality, cost, and features. It takes a while to get a good grip on what they do and figure out how to compare them so you can recommend the correct product to a client. Sometimes the cheapest isn’t the least expensive, and you might find that something expensive could be pretty cheap.
So, aside from punishing my feet all day I got an opportunity get out and visit with friends (and make new ones) outside of NAPE. On Wedsneday evening I went to the Icebreaker at the George R Brown Convention center, and I was impressed that it really didn’t seem as crowded as everyone complained about. There were a lot of people there, but you could easily walk around. They had several bars available for making drinks and different kinds of food spread out all over the ballroom. I didn’t meet too many new people at the Icebreaker, but I did have the opportunity to catch up with some people that I hadn’t seen in a while. I think that the event was well run and everyone seemed to have a good time.
After the Icebreaker I went to dinner with the crew I work with, we had to go far away from downtown because we lacked reservations. After dinner I was able to catch up with some friends at a party at Vic & Anthony’s, and later attend one of what looked like several parties at the Hilton Americas.
Of course Thursday was a long day at the NAPE exhibit hall, but there is so much going on Thursday night that it borders on criminal to go home and go to bed. I was fortunately invited 2 different parties on Thursday, and only missed being invited to one (un-named to protect the ‘innocent’) that I would have liked to attend. The first place we went was to Treehouse, and I must say that it was a really great party. The drinks were great, the food was better, and the people were top-notch. I got to chat with some great folks and make some new friends, I’m always impressed with how friendly the oil & gas people are in Houston. After that we walked downstairs to a tent party at Discovery Green. Again, I’ve got to commend those folks on throwing a great party. They had, hands down, the best 80′s band I’ve ever heard. I believe they were called LC Rocks, and came from Austin. If you get a chance to see them play you really should, they are the real deal. A service company threw that party, and every employee of the company I talked to was professional, educated, and intelligent.
I don’t have much to say about Friday, because I had too much fun on Wednesday and Thursday. I made a short appearance at NAPE and headed back to the office to answer the 396 emails that were in my inbox. I’d like to close by saying that NAPE reminds me that our industry is full of the best people America has to offer. People that are genuinely giving, caring, and appreciative of the opportunities that they have. I am certainly proud to be in this business and to call all of you my friends and associates.
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