Each of our case studies is a chapter that tells how our team has leveraged our collaborative process to help create success for our clients. We’d love for you to check them out and see for yourself.
Overview: Canadian Natural Resources’ dispute with Oil Insurance Ltd. involved the repair of a failed underwater brace on a North Sea oil rig. The crack in the brace was 40 meters underwater which required extraordinary efforts and cost to repair.
Challenge: CNR needed to prove that the crack started within a weld which made the failure a manufacturing defect and therefore should be covered by insurance.
Solution: Z-Axis was hired to create an interactive 3D animated model of the oil platform, the underwater brace, and a detailed close-up view of the cracked area to help the arbitrators understand the structure, scale, and location of the platform and the cracked brace. The animation also included a timeline with photos of the crack taken over time which helped prove that the crack in the brace material was not wear and tear but a defect.
Outcome: The arbitration took place in London. It settled in favor of our client.
This was a bribery suit against Mr. Boreh for fraud (abusing his position of trust to his own benefit). This case revolved round the upgrade of the port in Djibouti, most of the investment coming from various companies, owned by Boreh, in Dubai. The law firm of Gibson Dunn represents Republic of Djibouti, Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority, and Port Autonome International de Djibouti. The government launched numerous legal actions against the Dubai-based Mr. Boreh in recent years and obtained a global freezing order on his assets. The government has alleged that he misused his government position to gain personal advantage.
Our team faced two significant challenges: one, because the trial team could not speak about the case, the Z-Axis team had little information and had to rely on their own research to get up to speed and locate appropriate photos and maps of the country. And, two, the existing presentation slides that were available were substandard, unprofessional, and ineffectual for what the case called for.
Z-Axis was hired after the trial had begun to make the client’s slides look not only professional but also to have the power to effectively illustrate their case in front of the judge. Z-Axis’ solution was to develop an interactive presentation, showing maps, money flow in the oil terminal, the 12-15 different companies, the 15-20 different banks accounts, and the three main projects consisting of the oil terminal, the container area and the dry port.