Shelf details benefits of Cloud-based approach for offshore rig fleet

LiveRoute has helped Shelf Drilling deploy Microsoft Azure and Office 365, allowing the company to become a Cloud-based organization.

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DUBAI, UAE – LiveRoute has helped Shelf Drilling deploy Microsoft Azure and Office 365, allowing the company to become a Cloud-based organization.

“Shelf Drilling acquired its entire fleet of rigs in a single transaction and our establishment necessitated an infrastructure design that was truly ‘fit-for-purpose’ in line with our overarching company strategy,” said Ian M Clydesdale, Shelf’s Director of IT.

“We signed up LiveRoute as they are a Microsoft Gold Partner delivering Cloud-based solutions in the region…[their] team of technology experts spent a considerable amount of time discussing how Cloud-based productivity solutions could overcome our challenges while improving cost efficiencies with a tailored approach…

“Since we had no legacy infrastructure to make over, we could start directly in the Cloud and put the infrastructure on-premise only when – and if – we absolutely had to. This gave us a massive head start.”

LiveRoute created a template for office and rig services that was then replicated across the company’s entire organization. “With this standardized approach, we injected simplicity into a complex network structure with a solution that was designed to be totally integrated, simple to understand and easy to support,” said a spokesman.

Now each Shelf Drilling rig operates its own local infrastructure to support basic computing services including file and print, email and office productivity tools (Office 365), ERP (preventative maintenance, inventory and purchasing systems), training and competency management, health and safety monitoring and management services and rig operations management systems.

Each rig system is said to collate data locally and synchronize the data across dedicated satellite communications links back to the core systems.

The company requested a fasttrack implementation of within six months to match the go-live date for the first rigs. Full implementation across all 34 rigs was completed within 18 months, the spokesman added.

“Next year, the company’s focus will be on endpoint security and the extension of our multi-factor authentication to include access to any corporate resource outside of our company network,” Clydesdale said.

04/23/2019

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