HEADQUARTERS
Oslo, Norway
OVERVIEW

SeaBird is a global provider of marine acquisition for 2D/3D and 4D seismic data, and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry. SeaBird specializes in high quality operations within the high end of the source vessel and 2D market, as well as in the shallow/deep water 2D/3D and 4D market. The main focus for the company is proprietary seismic surveys (contract seismic), and the main success criteria for the company is an unrelenting focus on Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality (HSSEQ), combined with efficient collection of high quality seismic data.

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SeaBird Exploration Utilizes Metalogix Replicator for SharePoint To Synchronize Content Between Global Offices and Offshore Vessels
GLOBAL MARINE ACQUISITION PROVIDER CREATES RELIABLE AND ALWAYS AVAILABLE GEO-DISPERSED SHAREPOINT ENVIRONMENT WITH SHAREPOINT REPLICATION
THE CHALLENGE

Like many companies operating at sea, and complying with Health Safety Security Environmental Quality (HSSEQ ) standards, SeaBird Exploration has completed ‘due diligence’, searching for an IT solution that would best support its operations. With 500 employees in Cyprus, Norway, Texas, Singapore, Dubai, and on the high seas, SeaBird required a solution that would meet its needs now and in the future.

“We were looking to develop an on-the-fly management solution, featuring bi- directional replication, from ship to shore and back again,” said Stig Mathiassen, VP of Information Systems, SeaBird Exploration Norway AS.

Stig Mathiassen
VP of Information Systems, SeaBird Exploration Norway AS

We were looking to develop an on-the-fly management solution, featuring bi- directional replication, from ship to shore and back again.

Because Replicator for SharePoint only pushes the changes to each document, rather than a full copy of each document when edits are made, we have saved significantly on satellite bandwidth charges, and our servers are up-to-date with the latest versions of each document in minutes, not hours.

THE SOLUTION

It was the requirement for seamless communications around the globe that led SeaBird Exploration to Metalogix Replicator for SharePoint.

“We had SharePoint and Replicator for SharePoint installed by October 2005, linking our offices around the globe,” said Mathiassen. “The solution was installed and running on each ship by January 2006. Even though some of our links use internet connections, and the links to our ships use satellite connections, we couldn‘t believe how easy it was to implement Replicator. By replicating the look and feel components of the main SharePoint site, each of these replicated instances is virtually identical in appearance and consistent in branding.”

SeaBird Exploration felt it could better support its maritime and internationalworkers using Replicator.

“Replicator is an integral part of the solution which made this possible. Everybody needs access to this system,” said Mathiassen.

“We use the system to make job descriptions, work permits, forms, infopax, pictures, spreadsheets, large seismic files, compliance documents, and a complete set of operating procedures available to all users. The system must be reliable, always available, and tolerant of weather-induced anomalies.”

THE RESULTS

To date, the most measurable benefit has been a reduction in bandwidth.

“Because Replicator for SharePoint only pushes the changes to each document, rather than a full copy of each document when edits are made, we have saved significantly on satellite bandwidth charges, and our servers are up-to-date with the latest versions of each document in minutes, not hours,” said Mathiassen. “The product is very robust, and any time there is a weather- related service outage, Replicator for SharePoint resumes transmission exactly where it left off. There is no back-tracking required to resume replication operations. The solution has been very effective and Replicator is a large part of that.”

As for the future, Mathiassen said the future plans involve setting up a replication link to its operational office in Dubai to support major seismic projects in the region.

“Our current link there is tenuous, and communications are painfully slow,” he said. “On average, users are waiting up to five minutes to download documents. We expect that deploying Replicator for SharePoint will enable users to operate unhindered by local communications issues.”