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Common Surveying Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Posted on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 07:00 AM


Land surveyors are licensed professionals with advanced training. However, that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes once in a while. Land surveying is a highly technical process that involves knowledge of mathematics, technology, and specialized equipment. Of course, you can't rule out the margin for human error. No matter how talented a person is at his or her job, there will always be a mistake or two when the human element is involved.

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What Certifications Do Right of Way Agents Need?

Posted on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

A Right-of-Way (ROW) agent works with oil and gas companies and other industries that need to secure property right to tracts of land. They obtain rights to use property on behalf of third-party companies, like oil drillers, government agencies, and other businesses.

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The Best Tools for Real Estate Appraisers

Posted on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Real estate appraisers wear many hats. A day in the life of an appraiser is busy and hectic. It includes physically examining the property, obtaining property records, analyzing comparable homes, and quite a bit of travel. Fortunately, technology has significantly cut down on expenses and increased efficiency. This trickles down to the general consumer in the form of decreasing appraisal fees. Real estate appraisers have a bevy of tools at their disposal. The following are some of the best tools available for real estate appraisers like you.

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How Has 3D Laser Scanning Helped the Surveying Industry?

Posted on Wed, Sep 02, 2015 @ 07:00 AM


You've probably seen land-surveying equipment out in the world before – those strange-looking, brightly colored tripods often seen at construction sites. Land surveyors map out and measure the land and surrounding environment of construction sites and other types of property. They use mathematics, technology, and equipment to create an accurate portrayal of the property. Their surveys are used to draft blueprints, map dig locations, and collaborate with engineers. Land surveying is actually one of the oldest professions in the world.

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Oil and Gas Leasing: Everything Landmen Need to Know

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

The oil and gas industry is undergoing a lot of changes to regulations and the prices of oil. It was once thought employees in the industry couldn’t make significant wages, but the truth is quite the opposite now. Landmen have the opportunity to make nearly $100,000 a year with little to no prior experience. Oil prices are increasing, and the number of employees in the industry is decreasing, which means Landmen have ample opportunity to enter a very lucrative career.

While becoming a landman doesn’t require a lot of experience, it does require the desire to learn. Regulations and procedures within the industry mean there’s a steep learning curve. Provided one has the ability and willingness to understand the complexities of the industry, a successful career lies ahead.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Rule of Capture

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

The rule of capture may not sound like it should apply to underground substances like oil, gas, and water, but it does. The oil and gas industry is unique in that it combines elements of contractual law, property law, and tort law. The laws that govern this industry are made even more complex because of the very nature of gas and oil, neither of which is in a solid state. Therefore, they don’t remain in one place, and “owning” gas or oil is a far more complex concept than one would think. So what is the rule of capture and how does it apply to oil, gas, and water?

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Tags: Land Management

The Texas Railroad Commission and Oil and Gas Regulations

Posted on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Oil and gas regulations change often at the federal and state level. The purpose of these regulations is to manage how the industry handles certain issues like exploration, spills, permitting, and other processes. The oil and gas regulations in Texas are put forth by the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC).

Landmen are expected to have extensive knowledge of the laws that govern the oil and gas industry. Essentially, when it comes to oil and gas regulations, they know what works and what doesn’t. However, they often have to find ways to work around or within existing regulations in a way that doesn’t negatively impact industry businesses. Some of the more common problems they face with regulations include the following:

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5 Reason to Attend NAPE South

Posted on Wed, Aug 05, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Every year, thousands of business people across all industries attend trade shows, conventions, and comparable events. NAPE, or North American Prospect Expo, is the biggest and most respected expo in the oil and gas industry. Business people from all over the world meet at NAPE, make new connections, and learn more about the trade. This year, it’s estimated that NAPE South will see 17,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors. So why should you go? Here are five reasons:

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Tags: Land Management, Landmen Resources

Do I Need Title Insurance if Buying from or Selling to a Relative?

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

If buying property from or selling to a relative, a buyer may be tempted to forego title insurance. However, title insurance is an important tool for protecting a buyer’s assets, and it shouldn't be overlooked. Title insurance protects both the homeowner and the lender in the event that a defect in the title arises. Problems with a property title can cause a buyer to lose a home altogether, wasting thousands of invested dollars. However, the depth the relationship with the buyer or seller doesn't necessarily matter when it comes to property titles, as there could be a defect in the title that has been missed.

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Four Ways Surveyors Can Showcase Their Profession on Social Media

Posted on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Sometimes your job can get a bad rap. When surveyors make a mistake or a small percentage are unethical in their practice, it reflects poorly on the industry as a whole. Luckily, the age of social media has the ability to turn the stereotype around. Surveyors can now take their individual reputations into their own hands by using social media to convey transparency in their practice and to show people what they really do on a day-to-day basis.

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