Case Study: Tullow Oil

After a decade of steady international growth, the UK-based independent exploration and production company Tullow Oil has partnered with Cyviz to connect its global operations.

The investment in Cyviz collaborative telepresence technology allows Tullow Oil to quickly roll out standardized systems with identical user interfaces.

Case Study Overview

Tullow Oil’s vision is to be the leading global independent exploration and production company, and they have a clear and consistent, exploration-led growth strategy to achieve this goal. Already the largest independent E&P company in Africa, Tullow Oil is increasing its pace of growth in Europe, Asia and South America.

With comprehensive global operations, it is vital to Tullow Oil’s operations that asset teams have access to data and people, and can collaborate effectively across geographic boundaries. It’s about bringing the problem to the right people—rather than the other way around.

When reviewing and evaluating different options for information technology and collaboration, a key challenge for Tullow Oil was the limited infrastructure in some regions—with low bandwidth in some countries, solutions based on remote graphics solutions did not represent a scalable model. Two additionally important criteria were standardization and ease-of-use. The company required the same performance in all offices, the same look and feel and an intuitive interface for collaboration.

After conducting thorough research, Tullow Oil built a state of the art “Event and Technology Centre” in Dublin. The center includes a large auditorium with Cyviz R405, three visualization suites with Cyviz R208 and two training rooms. One of the visualization suites is also enabled with Infitec stereo-3D capabilities. Identical systems are currently being deployed in South Africa, Kenya and Ghana with additional international locations in the offing.

The investment in Cyviz collaborative telepresence technology allows Tullow Oil to quickly roll out standardized systems with identical user interfaces. Users can analyze geological data on the 8-megapixel display walls, bring up multiple sources simultaneously and arrange them freely on the screen. The systems boast robust collaboration capabilities with data sharing in dual HD. Users can call an expert in another location, exchange data, and share remote keyboard/mouse control of the data model to make real-time changes. By basing both video and data collaboration on standard video protocols, Tullow Oil has acquired a platform with full interoperability, that is scalable and requires only moderate bandwidth.