James Gaspard, a Land Administration Manager at Southwestern Energy (SWN), had a big problem. He wasn’t sure how to get detailed answers to inquiries from various stakeholders with an already stretched team. His focus in this natural gas company is on lease management and administration — but with a team of only 12 people, there was too much data to sift through (“A hodgepodge of different eras,” he calls it) and not enough bandwidth to get it done efficiently. With an experienced team, he wanted a revolutionary solution that would help take their existing skills and energy to the next level, empowering them to do even more.
“I was looking for tools to help our lean team,” he tells us. “My people were extremely busy. We had no additional manpower for special projects.”
Although his highly capable team was working hard and doing their best, they simply weren’t able to get all the answers they needed. But that wasn’t the only challenge James faced. He was also up against manual solutions that forced the team to roughly estimate risk for stakeholders both inside and outside the company.
“With parts of our data in various stages of capture within our land system, it was very difficult to ballpark big inquiries,” he says. “We’d have to give answers like, ‘Somewhere between four million and 19 million.’”
To overcome these challenges and gain the power and efficiency they deserved, James knew he’d have to champion a new approach. That new approach was ThoughtTrace.