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RIGHT OF WAY AND THE ENERGY INDUSTRY: THE FACTS, THE CHALLENGES, THE NEEDS
This introduction to the Right of Way Industry (ROW) and the role it plays in the Energy Market takes a look at the various Energy Markets, the challenges they face and the drivers for change. This session will present an introduction to the role of Right of Way in support of the overall Energy Industry and its various segments, the challenges faced and the drivers for change.
It will give the attendees an overview of the current and historical place of Right of Way in meeting the energy needs of the country. It will also address the public sector roads, highways, water projects, etc. but will concentrate on the involvement of the Right of Way Industry in the Private Sector.
You will also learn about the processes in which projects come about and the procedures Right of Way companies follow to win that project work. And, finally we'll take a look at the United States' energy consumption needs for the future and the infrastructure that will need to be built to accommodate those needs.
STEPS AND STAGES OF PROJECTS
This session will follow a project through the steps typically needed to successfully complete the client’s objectives and ensure timely, cost effective delivery of Right of Way services. Instruction will include the commercial drivers for projects, client expectations and the role of Right of Way in this process.
A detailed discussion of the phases of projects, from feasibility to operations, will be presented with an explanation of some differences between types of projects. Also, examples of project progression will be presented and discussed.
ELECTRIC PROJECTS: TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION
The Electric Industry is constantly evolving and currently experiencing levels of expansion and updating that is unprecedented in its 100 year history. This course will teach students what makes up an electric project, walk through project phases from development to acquisition, and provide insight as to how transmission and distribution projects differ from other linear projects.
Additionally, the course seeks to provide students with a basic understanding of the industry through topics covering a history of the industry, influences to electric projects, regulation and emerging technology. The International Right of Way Association (IRWA) recently published an article regarding the Electric Transmission and distribution which can be accessed Here.
PIPELINE PROJECTS: OIL AND GAS PRODUCTS
This session will provide the attendees with detailed information specific to pipeline projects. It will include a description of the types of pipeline projects and the inherent issues for projects which do and do not have eminent domain rights. It will address the regulatory agencies overseeing projects and the associated implications.
It will introduce participants to a variety of documents utilized in the overall Right of Way execution of pipeline projects. The attendees will be introduced to a variety of approaches and techniques involved in landowner / stakeholder relationships and negotiations. The construction stages and impacts will also be addressed.
SHALE PROJECTS: GOLD RUSH FEVER IN RIGHT OF WAY TODAY
This introduction to the Shale Plays takes a look at the ins and outs of the Shale Plays as it pertains to Right of Way. Topics will include current Shale Plays in the United States, the different types of drilling and the issues surrounding them, an in-depth look at building the infrastructure so that companies can get their product to market and working with landowners to accomplish this.
An article published by the IRWA describing the growing right of way can be found Here
A CAREER IN RIGHT OF WAY
There are many different career paths in Right of Way. This is an introduction into the careers in the Right of Way Industry. Topics will include: who typically makes a good Right of Way Agent and the qualities needed, an in depth look at the typical jobs one may find and the work descriptions of each, a discussion of life on the road and tools to be successful.
GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATIONS & LANDOWNER RELATIONSHIPS
This class was developed based on the INGAA (Interstate Natural Gas Association of America) “Commitment to Landowners” -- http://www.ingaa.org/cms/6845.aspx -- and in response to the unprecedented level of energy infrastructure development that is occurring across the United States. This course is interactive and looks at all aspects of good-faith negotiations and landowner relationships within the Private Sector of Right of Way.
Because of the increase in activity in the Energy Industry, it has become progressively more important for all professionals to be highly sensitive to landowners and any and all stakeholders. Whether there are legal, environmental, aesthetic, social, or cultural issues, the relationships we establish will set the tone of the project and can make the experience pleasant for the landowners, developers, engineers, and all other consultants.
These common-sense approaches and processes are based on the psychology of healthy human relationships and will have major impact on the success of your projects.
TITLE PART I: UNDERSTANDING OWNERSHIP, RESEARCH PROCESS AND ASSEMBLING TITLE FILES
The Title I segment of Title Research in the Right of Way Industry begins by describing the definition and function of title research. The course covers topics including property ownership, the research process, document interpretation, and preparation of title files.
The training includes a “step by step” process for conducting field title research and the documentation of research results in accurate title reports. The material covered is presented in a lecture/discussion format with opportunity for questions and discussion of the topics covered.
TITLE PART II: LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS, PLOTTING FIELD NOTES, DUE DILIGENCE
The Title II segment of Title Research in the Right of Way Industry is primarily focused on legal descriptions and deed plotting. Instruction will cover the different types of legal descriptions, reading and understanding legal descriptions from documents, writing legal descriptions for Limited Title Certificates and map-based exercises on locating properties from legal descriptions.
This segment also offers instruction on how to manually plot tracts from field notes description examples. A section is also included in this segment to discuss Due Diligence research and reporting. The material in this section is presented in a lecture/discussion/exercise format that features a number of hands-on exercises involving legal descriptions and deed plotting.
DOCUMENTS-DOCUMENTS-DOCUMENTS: THE VARIETY AND NECESSITY IN RIGHT OF WAY
Creating and maintaining accurate documentation is critical in the Right of Way Industry. The first portion of this course, documentation, delves into generation, maintenance, and updating of phase specific documentation. Attendees will be briefed on regulatory agencies and the impact they impose upon documentation.
It also spotlights common condemnation processes, reporting, and the responsibility that accompanies storing Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The second portion of this course, due diligence, offers a close examination of the document review process. This interactive portion includes a due diligence glossary, as well as a hands on document review.
TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS: DATA MANAGEMENT, GIS & THE CLOUD
This course examines the use of technology and data management for the Right of Way Industry. Students will learn basic concepts of data management. We will explore what data is critical and relevant in everyday needs of a Right of Way organization. We will also look at technologies that have been successfully used for Right of Way data needs ranging from the Cloud to GIS.
Students will gain an understanding of how technology and data management are applied to real world situations.
REAL ESTATE LAW AND RIGHT OF WAY
Right of Way Agents research title, evaluate property value, negotiate terms, and work with attorneys to develop lease instruments, easement documents, and deeds to acquire real property interests and personal property interests that their clients need for production, pipelines, and surface sites.
There are legal ramifications to each process that may deny the benefit you thought you were acquiring if the action is not done appropriately, or that might create difficulties in undervaluing or overvaluing the interest sought to be acquired, or even obtaining timely access to the property that might delay production or construction if not precisely worked.
This class will focus on critical thinking and issue identification of such matters, and the teamwork necessary with the client, title agents, and outside counsel for successful acquisition of interests and settlement of damages.
APPRAISALS AND RIGHT OF WAY
This introductory class to Right of Way appraisal will provide a basic understanding of the appraisal process. The material will cover common appraisal terminology, valuation principles, the appraisal process, application of the approaches to value, Right of Way appraisal terminology, and methodology used in Right of Way valuation.
Specific topics will include defining the larger parcel, the legal framework for Right of Way valuation, “Before and After Analysis”, and the role of the appraiser.
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