CGG Case Study

60 server relocation. Assen, Holland to Crawley

The client

CGG is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading geological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities to its broad base of customers primarily from the global oil and gas industry. Through its three complementary business divisions of Equipment, Acquisition and Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR), CGG brings value across all aspects of natural resource exploration and exploitation.

With a total workforce of approximately 10,000 staff working in over 70 locations worldwide, CGG is Powered by People, all with a Passion for Geoscience and working together safely with integrity to deliver the best solutions to its customers.

The brief

When the time came to relocate 5 racks of critical infrastructure for one of CGG’s most important customers from Assen in Holland to Crawley, they contacted Ace IT Relocation because of our European presence and references from previous projects completed for Chopper Trading, ATPI and Equinix CGG had no issues with awarding Ace with the contract

The relocation

One of our Project Managers had to liaise with 2 contacts one in Assen and one in the UK. It became clear due to the stringent Health and Safety requirements implemented by CGG’s customer all engineers would need to undertake a Health and Safety induction onsite. We organised all engineers to arrive in Assen the night before the project and stayed locally ready to start at 08.00 hours local time so all Health and Safety requirements can be settled before a 09.00 hours start time.

Detailed move schedules were agreed and rack diagrams were designed to plan where each server would be installed back into the racks.

Ace IT Relocation offers professional services onsite depending on the customer requirements, in this case, Ace IT Relocation were requested to de-rack 60 servers in Assen and re-rack all rack mountable infrastructure in Crawley. To ensure all equipment was transported successfully our engineers brought all required equipment and legal requirements to travel through Europe without hindrance.

Once back in the UK the equipment was re-racked in accordance with the rack diagrams provided. Our server engineers remained onsite to support CGG Veritas until the project was completed.

CGG has been a pioneer in the advancement of geophysics since the original company was created in 1931. Since then CGG have gone from strength to strength – technologically, operationally and financially. Now, with the recent acquisition of Fugro Geoscience, CGG will become a fully integrated Geoscience company.


Knowing the importance CGG’s customer was to their business in terms of revenue and reputation, it was clear business continuity was paramount. With our experience, professional engineers and thorough project management CGG’s customer experienced no unplanned interruption to business at any point of the project and all infrastructure delivered on the same day.


Ace IT Relocation – We were honoured that CGG Veritas had no hesitation getting us involved in a project for one of their most high profile customers.

“I’m astounded at the efficiency your engineers displayed at both sites and to complete the full project within a working day shows a high level of professionalism and aptitude.” – IT Project Manager, CGG Veritas

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