Oil & Gas Case Studies
In harsh environments like the Arctic or the Gulf of Mexico, fast and reliable communications are critical.
It’s why GCI and our group of dedicated Industrial Telecom specialists are committed to delivering the highest quality networks and systems, regardless of your location. We bring communications technology to locations that haven’t previously had any. And because Oil & Gas can be a high-hazard industry, safety is always our number one priority. With over twenty years of successful operations in the oil, gas and mining industries, we’re your experts in the deployment of complex networks in remote regions.
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- North Slope Harmony Radio System
Location: A remote arctic environment on the North Slope of Alaska.The task at hand: A multi-year project designing, installing and operating a 22-site, two-way radio system to support and connect 10,000 subscribers. All components were pre-staged in GCI warehouses for quality control and acceptance prior to being shipped out, followed by numerous hours of tower work and antenna installation.Total Cost: $18M
- Multiple Site Point to Multipoint (PtMP) Microwave System
Location: Alaska’s North SlopeThe task at hand: Establishing robust hosted Internet and Voice solution via terrestrial MW systems to each of the client’s five drill sites. Each site required a secure PtMP wireless network for reliable Journey Management systems and desktop support.Total Value: $4M
- Nikaitchuq Development
Location: An on- and off-shore environment on the North Slope of Alaska.The task at hand: Providing full life cycle support to a new player on the North Slope of Alaska, consisting of a multi-year assignment engineering, furnishing and installing communication towers, microwave systems, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), fiber optic systems, telephone, power systems, two-way radio, Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN). The client required one single telecommunications EPC contractor to interface with all aspects of exploration support, design, engineering, procurement and safe construction services, followed by our Industrial Telecom group rolling these practices and resources into remote operational support.Total Cost: $18M
- Northstar Development
Location: An offshore remote drilling facility on the North Slope of Alaska.The task at hand: Designing, engineering, procuring and constructing a new microwave, fiber and telephone system, a Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) to succeed what had been installed by Northstar Development’s previous provider and improve overall network performance.Total Cost: $4M
- Natural Disaster Communication System Recovery & Emergency Services
Location: The Gulf of Mexico (GoM).The task at hand: Providing critical post-disaster communication services and technical support following Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina to clients throughout the GoM region. GCI partnered with incumbent providers to provide technical installation and recovery services and now own and maintain a fleet of quick deploy Mobile Emergency Response Centers (MERC), which can operate anywhere in North America.Total Cost: $1.5M
- Multiple Site – Radio over IP (RoIP) System
Location: Ten sites throughout the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).The task at hand: Designing, coordinating and installing a complex Radio over Internet protocol, or RoIP system, with ten sites with four repeaters per site for a major developer in the GoM region. Full FCC coordination and FAT testing was completed prior to deployment and our Houston-based Engineers and Project Managers were instrumental in managing the project end to end. Total Value: $8M
- Macondo Emergency Response
Location: Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Coastline (Florida to Houston)The task at hand: Designing, coordinating and constructing an integrated incident response 2-way radio system in less than 60 days. This involved coordination with several local and national response agencies, including the FCC, to deliver a system that would be used by the owner, the USCG, DEC and Homeland Security. In addition to designing this system, the Industrial Telecom team provided construction support to the Gulf Coast Restoration Organization’s office and man camp needs.Designing, coordinating and constructing an integrated incident response 2-way radio system in less than 60 days. This involved coordination with several local and national response agencies, including the FCC, to deliver a system that would be used by the owner, the USCG, DEC and Homeland Security. In addition to designing this system, our Industrial Telecom team provided critical construction support to the Gulf Coast Restoration Organization’s office. Ongoing support is now centralized in our Houston Office.Total Value: $35M