Clear-com involved in oil rig decommissioning video production

Bill Young Productions involved in project to film decomissioining video in Gulf of Mexico
Clear-Com, Audio, Production


Bill Young Productions (BYP), a live events and the corporate sector services provider, was recently approached to document the decommissioning of an oil rig based in the Gulf of Mexico.

The project presented several challenges, including syncing communications between a widely geo-dispersed team, unique environmental considerations related to the dismantling process, and the onset of COVID-19.

Ultimately, Clear-Com’s Encore Party line, LQ IP Series Interfaces, and Agent-IC Mobile Intercom App were the most appropriate solution for this tall order.

The decommissioning project began in 2012 and was in the last stages of completion, which would involve detaching the rig from the ocean floor by strategically placing explosives along the cables anchoring it in place.

The sensitivity of this task required explosive specialists to board a separate vessel that would take them onsite for the placement and detonation process. En route, a crew member tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and the vessel was forced to return to shore, so crew members could be properly quarantined for the next 14 days.

Rather than postponing an additional two weeks, BYP was asked to architect a solution that would allow the quarantined team to connect with the BYP personnel already aboard the rig, in near real-time, to supervise the process of allocating explosives.

Sid Farbstein, SVP of BYP contacted Clear-Com on Friday, they worked out the system design over the weekend, and the equipment was on site by Sunday.

The solution required low latency audio, video, and bidirectional communications to be transmitted from the rig via the internet to a secure webpage that could be accessed by the quarantined group.

Full-duplex multichannel intercom allowed hands-free communication between several geo-dispersed groups—personnel onboard the rig, in the quarantined location, personnel at BYP’s headquarters in Houston, and team members at multiple locations across the country—all speaking as if in the same room.

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