May 19, 2020

EPI supports Ghana's National Petroleum Corporation with seismic exploration

Ghana
exploration
EPI
National Petroleum Corporation
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2 min
EPI supports Ghana's National Petroleum Corporation with seismic exploration

World-leading exploration company EPI has signed a contract to provide project management consultancy supporting the seismic exploration of the Voltaian Basin by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).

The two-year contract will see EPI support the first onshore exploration in Ghana for nearly 40 years, and is intended to acquire a regional 2D seismic programme within the 104,000 km² basin. The Voltaian Basin covers roughly 40 per cent of Ghana’s land mass and is expected to yield a similar amount of hydrocarbons to other such masses in the region.

Exploration carries higher risk than other types of land because of its age and geological history; the fact that the Volta Lake is in close proximity does not make this any easier.

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Alexander Kofi-Mensah Mould, Acting Chief Executive of GNPC, said: “Given the risks associated with the industry, and an onshore area for that matter, we selected EPI to manage our seismic project work because of their proven expertise in seismic exploration. We want to explore and better understand the basin and its potential for development before inviting partners to join us. We are looking forward to working together in close partnership.”

EPI will use its expertise to bring project managers, geophysicists, surveyors, QC consultants and environmentalists together to define the scope of the work that will take place. It will then manage a tender process and assist GNPC in the selection and supervision of the chosen contractors. EPI will additionally develop the scope of work to process and manipulate the acquired seismic data, and support GNPC in the selection and supervision of contractors.

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Edward Bowen, CEO at EPI, adds: “The goal of the project is to produce a geological model of the basin in terms of stratigraphy, structure and petroleum geology. We will help GNPC to achieve this through an extensive programme of support and knowledge transfer. A project of this size and complexity is a rare opportunity, and we are delighted to be involved in such a technically-challenging but rewarding project, supporting GNPC in its efforts to develop its extensive onshore resources.”

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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