Advancements in Oil and Gas Development with High Definition Scanning

oil and gas developmentFirst used in 1998, laser scanning is now the industry standard for making accurate measurements in even the most complicated environments. This is the future of land surveying, but it is already the norm for us.

How a 3D Laser Scanning Survey Works

A 3D laser scanning survey is appropriate for projects of all sizes, ranging from oil and gas development to historical preservation projects, thanks to advancements in workflows, software and hardware. This technology allows us to collect huge amounts of accurate data at high speeds.

High definition scanning works by moving a narrow beam of laser light across a target. The laser records millions of accurate measurements quickly, then transmits the data to a computer screen. The computer uses this data to create a point cloud that is similar to a 3D model. We also use the technology to scan multiple targets to create virtual walkthroughs, perform containment analysis, draft interactive 3D models and manage inventory.

Producing Highly Accurate Data

The accuracy of data collected with high definition scanning is far superior to that gained by conventional or GPS surveying alone. High definition scanning enables us to reach further afield and collect data in places that were once inaccessible.

Saving Time and Money

After your initial investment, high definition scanning is more affordable than conventional methods. If we need more information about your site, we don’t have to send a survey crew to get it. Instead, we analyze the models and data already collected and extract the information we need. This saves you both money and time.

Better Damage Assessment

We rely on high definition scanning to assess damaged facilities, broken drilling rigs and other problem areas. The technology allows us to quickly and accurately assess the problem and create a viable solution.

If you have never worked with a firm that offers high definition scanning, it is easy to make the switch. You get the added benefits of this technology for the same cost or even less, and get results much faster.   This technological advancement has changed oil and gas development forever. To learn more about how a 3D laser scanning survey can help you, contact us today!

An Important Checklist for Hiring Environmental Consulting Firms

environmental consulting firmEnvironmental investigations and navigating permitting regulations can be huge projects, but they do not have to lead to huge headaches, especially if you hire the right environmental consulting firm. During your search, remember that site assessments and regulatory services are often a complex process that can take anywhere from a few months to years to complete, and cheaper does not always mean better. Before you make your choice, consider this checklist to find a firm that is a perfect match for your job.

Checklist for Hiring Environmental Consulting Companies

Staff Availability and Experience

Does the firm have the staff to complete your project? Will they have qualified staff members to dedicate to your project? Ask for current resumes of the staff members who will work on your project, and request references for the project manager.

Time Estimates

Can the consulting firm confidently estimate the time required to complete the project? Will there be a tracking tool to determine each and every stage of the project?

Experience

Does the environmental consulting firms have a demonstrated history of successful projects? Does the staff assigned to your project have experience winning ecological approvals for similar projects?

What experience do they have in meeting your specific needs? Do they work with regulatory agencies? Request a list of references and similar projects completed.

Proposal Amounts

Carefully evaluate the firm’s cost proposal. Remember that cheaper is not always better, and in many cases, going with the cheapest firm will create additional unforeseen costs in the future. You get what you pay for, but the best environmental consulting firms are well worth the investment.

Subcontracting

Does the firm subcontract portions of the work? Are the subcontractor activities competitively bid? Check the experience of the subcontractors the firm works with. Environmental consulting companies that use in-house environmental teams are the easiest to work with.

Innovative Approaches

Does the firm resolve issues using a broad spectrum of technologies and resources, including wetland, plant ecology, wildlife, cultural resources and regulatory consulting services? How do they evaluate and eliminate potential risks throughout the process?

Warnings

Beware of firms who take hard-sell approaches, minimize or over-blow potential legal or technical problems, present overly optimistic timelines, have a strong bias for or against certain techniques or are not familiar with applicable regulations. These are all red flags that, if heeded, will save you from paying for expensive mistakes or investing more in the future to improve poor-quality work.

Landpoint’s environmental consulting services exceed all these criteria. Contact us today to learn more about our professional environmental services and how our team can help you navigate the regulatory process with ease.

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What to Look for in a Land Surveying Company

survey resized 600Choosing the best professional land surveying company up front can save you time, money, worries and potential legal problems down the road. The highly complex and technical work done by land surveying services is the foundation upon which your project will be built, making it imperative that you choose a professional, reputable company. Here are three quick tips to assist in making the right choice.

  1. Sophistication is key.

    Land surveying requires a very specific skill set and complex technologies. Choose a company that uses the most advanced surveying equipment to ensure accuracy. The traditional transit and tape method is surpassed by electronic distance and angle measuring equipment combined with global positioning systems, and these tools result in efficient, accurate and cost-effective land surveys.

    Sophistication goes beyond just the hardware that is used. Select a company that offers a wide range of services, thoughtful integration between services and extensive record management to meet your future needs.

  2. Recommendations and awards matter.

    All land surveyors in the United States must be licensed, but there is still plenty of variation in the level of services provided. A license alone does not guarantee professional land surveying services, just as a driver’s license does not make every driver a pro racer. Choose a reputable land surveying company you can trust by asking other professionals for recommendations. Look for an award-winning company with a proven history of providing accurate services and exceeding customer expectations.

    Land surveying services are a considerable investment, and choosing a company out of the yellow pages or based on an advertisement is not recommended. Protect your investment and get your project started off on the right foot by only choosing a company with outstanding recommendations and a history of award-winning work.

  3. Consider cost, but not too much.

    It may be tempting to go with the cheapest estimate you receive, but the adage “you get what you pay for” rings especially true for the land surveying industry. Cheaper surveys can lead to costly long-term errors, so if you opt to pay less now, you may pay far more later.

    As you consider cost, keep in mind that survey estimates vary according to many factors, including the location, terrain, size of parcel, type of survey, accessibility, time of year, vegetation, level of detail required and other details. To get an accurate estimate, you must meet with a professional surveyor to discuss your specific needs.

    Use this criteria to narrow down your list of options, then meet with each company to discuss what solutions they can provide for you.

     

    Landpoint, Inc. is a professional land surveying company that excels and prides itself in creating unique solutions and processes for our expanding client base. Contact us today to learn more about our innovative land surveying services.

Landpoint, Inc. a Finalist in the 2012 Oil and Gas Awards

final awards logoBossier City, LA, January 21, 2013 – Landpoint, Inc. has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Gulf Coast Oil & Gas Awards. The awards are a platform for the industry to demonstrate and celebrate the advances made in the key areas of the environment, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health & safety.

A Leader in Oil and Gas Engineering and Surveying

The nomination is the latest of awards received by Landpoint for a highly successful year in 2012. Companies throughout the oil and natural gas industry rely on Landpoint’s Land Surveying,Environmental consulting, and GIS services for new developments and expanding infrastructure projects. Landpoint has established itself as a leader when it comes to oil and gas engineering and surveying. 

“We are thrilled to be highlighted in an industry where our employees are so experienced and knowledgeable” said James Souter, CEO of Landpoint. “Our staff members have worked very hard to provide a high level of service to our oil and gas clients” Souter added.

Finalists will be honored on March 20, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

About Landpoint

Landpoint, Inc. is an award winning land surveying, environmental, and integrated services firm providing unique solutions for all client project needs in the United States. The company has accepted more than 15,000 new projects and expanded our office locations nationwide within the past five years. Visit  www.landpoint.net to learn more about Landpoint’s oil and gas engineering services.

Contact: Robert Behrendt, (318) 317-2375, rbehrendt@landpoint.net

Landpoint Receives “Tech 200” Award for 2012

Bossier City, LA December 13, 2012 — Landpoint was recently honored with another award for growth and service excellence in 2012. Lead411 named Landpoint, Inc. in the top 200 fastest growing, privately owned technology companies in the United States.

The high definition laser scanning, software development and GIS teams at Landpoint have distinguished themselves among the nation’s top technological innovators with the reception of the exclusive Tech 200 award, distinguishing them from other professional land surveyors.

2012 has been an exciting year for Landpoint as the company has established new geographical locations and provided a diverse new set of services to new and existing clients. Numerous commendations and awards have been received by the company for growth and distinctive service.

In order to be eligible for the Tech 200 nomination, nominees were required to be privately held, US-based companies with at least $1 million earned in the past year.

About Landpoint’s Team of Professional Land Surveyors

Landpoint, Inc. is an award winning team of professional land surveyors. It provides land surveying, environmental, and integrated services, providing unique solutions for all client project needs in the United States. The company has accepted over 15,000 new projects and expanded to new office locations nationwide within the past five years.

Landpoint, Inc. Named to ZweigWhite “Hot Firm” List for 2012 For Its Land Surveying Services

zweigwhiteBossier City, LA November 9, 2012 — Landpoint, Inc., a nationally recognized Land Surveying services provider has been ranked number 53 on the 2012 ZweigWhite “Hot Firm” list, an exclusive ranking of North America’s top A/E/P and environmental firms.

In recent years, Landpoint has thrived within a struggling economy and experienced record growth by diversifying its portfolio. Landpoint expanded its service offerings in energy markets to complement existing land surveying services in the United States.

James Souter, CEO, remarked “Landpoint is honored to receive the ZweigWhite award for 2012. Our focus on providing world class development services has led to substantial growth during difficult economic times. This award directly reflects the dedication of our employees and their commitment to serving our clients.”

The Zweig Letter 2012 Hot Firm List recognizes the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada. These firms have outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields.

Rankings are based on a survey of firms conducted by ZweigWhite. For 2012, firms were ranked according to their three-year growth rate in gross revenue for fiscal years 2008 and 2011, with 50 percent of the ranking based on percentage growth and 50 percent based on dollar growth. Only firms that had revenue of $1,000,000 or more in 2008 , were in business for the entirety of the three-year period and that were still in business as of Jan. 1, 2011 were eligible.

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Professional Land Surveying Firm Landpoint Receives Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company Award for 2012

inc5000 (1)Bossier City, LA September 21, 2012 — Landpoint, Inc., a team of professional land surveyors, has been ranked number 2539 on the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Landpoint joins Publix, Facebook, GoDaddy.com, Scentsy, and other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“Our rapid growth over the past three years is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovation of our personnel across the country. We are truly honored to receive this award.” says James Souter, CEO.

In a stagnant economic environment, Landpoint has experienced 95% growth from 2008 to 2011. Beginning in 2009 Landpoint opened new office locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas to support growing demand and expand its team of professional land surveyors.

James Souter also says “Our initial growth estimates for 2012 and 2013 point to even more growth as we push into new geographical markets.”

Landpoint employs over 100 personnel and is the largest professional land surveyor, environmental consulting firm, and mapping company in the area. Market coverage includes oil & gas, energy, transportation, industrial construction, and residential sectors. The company established a new corporate headquarters in Bossier City, LA during the 2nd quarter of 2012.

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