Live Streamed Oil Rig Decommissioning Project Saves Customer Significant Costs

Real-time Live Video & Two-Way Communication Reduces Project Delays & Saves Money for Oil & Gas Corporation

The Challenge

BYP’s crew was onboard the decommissioning platform of their client's oil rig to document the layover for a long form video project. When one of the rig's crew members was diagnosed with COVID-19 en route to the platform, the vessel carrying the crew member was forced to return to shore so that everyone aboard could complete a 14 day quarantine.

Among those in quarantine was the explosive specialist who would be detaching the rig from the ocean's floor.  Rather than postpone the project, which would significantly impact the customer’s bottom line, BYP was tasked with designing a solution that would allow the quarantined team to connect with the BYP personnel already aboard the rig, in real-time, to supervise the process of allocating explosives. 



The Solution

BYP deployed ultra-low latency (ULL) streaming servers so that real-time 2-way audio communications could take place while staying in sync with the video. Part of the solution was a LiveU LU600 HEVC portable transmission unit connected to a satellite modem on a docked ship to transfer live video content from the oil rig under repair back to the BYP Production facility. 

 From there, the RTMP was sent to the client’s preferred CDN for browser-based viewing at various locations. Clear-Com provided the IFB capabilities. This allowed the client and its various team spread out across the US to view the live content and communicate with the onsite team in real-time.

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“There was a significant cost not to operate. We needed immediate high-quality video in real time with two-way audio so people all over the country could participate whether from their corporate office, hotel room, or even in the car headed to the airport. LiveU provided the best delivery option to get the content out with the highest rate of return.”

Sid Farbstein, Senior Vice President, BYP

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Bill Young Productions (BYP) is a 35-year-old production company rooted in live music and entertainment. The company has seen tremendous growth on the corporate side of its live business over the years, helping tech and oil and gas companies live stream internal and external communications, training sessions, conferences, and other live events.