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Fugro Data Solutions is an international company focusing on all aspects of data management with solutions that span intelligent storage, innovative data/technology products and data management.

The company is part of the Fugro group, one of the world's largest multi-disciplinary companies in the field of survey, geotechnics and environmental investigations. The company employs more than 12,000 people in over 50 countries.

In the UK experienced Fugro personnel manage data for clients from three dedicated archive storage units in London, Aberdeen and North Wales.

The Challenge
The business in North Wales has been expanding rapidly, winning key contracts in the oil and gas sector. The resulting growth rate of 30% a year meant that the company was operating a number of warehouses with locations running along the N. Wales coastline.

To become operationally efficient in Wales it was decided to work from one dedicated site and in 2007 a new, purpose built facility was sourced in Llangefni, Anglesey.

By 2008 a large extension to the warehouse was already required to accommodate the growing stock of valuable oil and gas data. The challenge for Fugro was to select an appropriate partner to supply the archive racking installation for the 10,500 sq ft facility.

Simon Kendall is the managing director of the UK operation, Fugro Data Solutions, he comments, “We decided to put the storage solution out to tender at an early stage so that the chosen company could work with us on the ideal design of the extension as well as the design of the racking. We believed this was the best way to maximise the cubic capacity of the warehouse, thus minimising our cost per unit.

“Apart from the building, the storage installation was to be our largest procurement and although we have purchased racking before, it seemed to me that we were dealing in a much more competitive landscape than previously.”

The Solution
Following in-depth consultation Fugro selected LINPAC Storage Systems as their chosen partner. Kendall explains his decision, “It wasn't just a price issue, LINPAC demonstrated both flexibility and commitment to getting the job done. Once we had possession of the building we had deadlines to meet and we were convinced that LINPAC would be able to meet them.

“We weren't disappointed; the racking is excellent quality, manufactured by the company here in Britain, and the LINPAC team were very proactive throughout the whole process. They made sure that everything worked for us from first drawings through to construction and installation.”

The Installation
LINPAC's bespoke archive solution at Llangefni stores boxes of data to a height of 15m, with up to 18 timber decked shelf levels reaching to the apex of the roof. Hand picking of the data is carried out on a scissor lift from the 3,874 multi dimensional shelves.

The warehouse extension has a total storage volume of 20,256 cubic metres and the data stored is for multi-nationals who are household names in the oil and gas sector. Fugro offer 'intelligent' storage of data; the company doesn't just store data, it can scan, digitise and process it, uploading the data onto secure internet sites so that customers can access the information across the world.

The Result
“We are one of only a few specialist companies in the oil and gas sector and we believe that we have gained an advantage in the marketplace,” concludes Kendall. “Our new facility and its bespoke storage solution has enabled us to take a major step forward in the size and complexity of our UK operation.”

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