Projects

Read case studies and success stories of Sophus Consulting’s clients:

California Department of Justice

California Department of Justice

The California Attorney General’s Office needed a method to integrate their 2500 user legal case management system with operational budgets for each practice area. By developing a method to integrate Section-specific budgeting information with attorney time and billing, Sophus Consulting was able to provide managers with a budgeting metric tool that tied in hours billed by attorney with the funding required to meet the Department’s zero based budgeting goals.

The Attorney General represents the people of California in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, appellate courts and the supreme courts of California and the United States. The Attorney General also serves as legal counsel to state officers and, with few exceptions, to state agencies, boards and commissions. Exceptions to the centralized legal work done on behalf of the state are listed in Section 11041 of the Government Code.

Alaska Department of Law

Alaska Department of Law

The Alaska Department of Law requested a solution for the cost-recovery (subrogation) efforts it conducts on behalf of the Department of Environmental Conservation (“ADEC”).  The time invested in an on-site ”scoping” session proved invaluable in establishing a strong, foundational understanding of the existing system, the Department’s data integrity needs, the client agency’s objectives, and the manner in which the Department’s professionals were conducting the work to ”get the job done.”

Through a series of meetings with section staff, a review of work processes and product, initial on-site prototype modeling, and subsequent review and testing, our consultants were able to understand what the paralegals required to effectively manage the cost-recovery effort with increased efficiency.  We determined the need to develop a solution to (1) track the workflow process from the point of bill receipt to collection; and (2) improve the ability to identify which liable parties were consistently delinquent.

California Public Employees Retirement System

CalPERS

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System Legal Office relies on Sophus Consulting to provide systems design and integration, application support, help desk and training support.

CalPERS is the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. The fourth largest pension fund in the world, and the largest in the U.S., CalPERS has long been a highly influential leader among institutional investors. As of August 2009, CalPERS reported $190 billion in assets, over 2,000 employees and 1.6 million beneficiaries. The Legal Office provides legal advice to the Board, Executives, and staff; represents the System and coordinates litigation with the Attorney General and private contract counsel; and analyzes and drafts legislation.

City of Sacramento

Sacramento City Attorney

The Sacramento City Attorney’s office called on Sophus for an effective and targeted effort to complete their CMS upgrade in a short timeline and with a tight budget. Sophus was able to complete the project ahead of schedule and under budget.

The City Attorney’s principal role is to serve as “legal counsel,” providing advice to and legal representation for its clients. In 2001, with the approval of the Mayor, the City Council and the District Attorney, the City Attorney assumed an additional role as “City Prosecutor” of misdemeanor and infraction violations of the City Code.

California Department of Transportation

The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) manages more than 50,000 miles of California’s highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Caltrans carries out its mission of improving mobility across California with six primary programs: Aeronautics, Highway Transportation, Mass Transportation, Transportation Planning, Administration and the Equipment Service Center.

Caltrans developed a graphical application for accessing detailed information concerning California transportation-related construction projects, conducted over many decades.  The information included blueprints, construction plans, records of public hearings, environmental impact reports, project status reports, right-of-ways, etc.

Sophus Consulting, using advanced techniques developed in-house, performed the complex data analyses, transformations, and categorizations to convert the key information contained in hundreds of thousands of pages of scanned documents into easily searchable metadata with extremely high accuracy.