Editor Profile - Tim O’Neill is an independent technology consultant. He has over 30 years experience working in the WAN, Analog, ISDN, ATM and LAN test market. Tim has worked with companies like Navtel, Network General, Ganymede and ClearSight Networks and is now helping companies get lab recognition and technology verification. Tim is also the Chief Contributing Editor for LoveMyTool.com, a website designed to help network managers gain access to valuable information and real solution stories from other customers. Tim is a patent holding, published and degreed engineer, who has seen this technology grow from Teletype (current loop) data analysis to today’s 10 Gigabit LAN’s focused on business applications with heavy compliance demands. Tim can be reached at oldcommguy (at) bellsouth (dot) net.
Who are you going to Call!
When a million dollar a day drilling rig cannot communicate efficiently many serious problems can occur. You usually do not have time to fly in an expert, so who are you going to call?
The world of Industrial Ethernet surrounds the “Must Be Up” network world like production environments and especially the Petrochemical industry where everything from explosions to oil spills can occur resulting in not only physical and financial losses but loss of lives. When a problem occurs in these areas you must have a proven and focused strategy to get the systems back up to 100% and in a hurry. This is a story of one such problem that was being manifested in a slow response environment.
The Rig is a major offshore platform that costs about $500K and up a day to run and if the drilling operations or production are stopped the losses can easily push one million dollars a day. They need a strategy and a team that can find and solve the problem before it can affect the safety or the production of the site. They need them on site today and now would be the best.
How do they get their problem solved quickly?