£1.2million Doble Centre for Innovation to open at GCU

13 December 2012

£1.2million Doble Centre for Innovation to open at GCU

Don Angell, Doble Vice President, Global Strategy and Solutions, with GCU Principal Professor Pamela Gillies

A £1.2 million Doble Centre for Innovation will be opened at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) after the signing of a new partnership agreement with the multinational engineering firm.

The agreement builds on GCU’s reputation for world class research in the field of sustainable engineering and technology and reinforces the University’s excellent track record in working with international business. Operating in more than 100 countries worldwide, Doble is a leader in diagnostic test instruments and knowledge services for the electric power industry. It develops and supplies diagnostic test instruments to assess the condition of electrical apparatus, including parts of the UK’s National Grid infrastructure.

Signing of the three-year framework contract will mean the creation of a Centre for Innovation at GCU’s Glasgow city centre campus. The framework agreement will also span multiple research and development activities. These include work to improve the measurement and assessment of the condition of high voltage systems, the identification of new opportunities to enhance the reliability and integrity of power stations and the development of new products and technologies. The agreement will also open the door to new student placements and research studentships and increase the potential for new investment in Scotland’s engineering sector through the development of Doble’s presence in the country for the first time.

GCU Principal Professor Pamela Gillies and Doble Vice President, Global Strategy and Solutions, Don Angell signed the Framework Agreement at GCU’s Glasgow city centre campus on Thursday, December 13. GCU has worked closely with the company since 2007 and has developed a range of innovative condition monitoring products that are being deployed and used by power utilities and industries around the world to ensure the safe and reliable supply of electrical power to millions of people. Experts from the University’s Diagnostic Systems and Sensors Research Group will continue to work with Doble to develop the next generation of conditioning monitoring instruments.

The GCU research team is led by Professor Scott McMeekin, Associate Dean (Research), School of Engineering and Built Environment and Diagnostic Systems and Sensors Research Group.He said: “The team at GCU brings together its expertise in sensors, data analysis, electronics and software, which is combined with an in-depth knowledge of high voltage systems and the power industries to develop market ready solutions for Doble. In addition to fully supporting Doble in getting novel and innovative products to market, the team works with the company to develop best practice and new applications for the products and to deliver this knowledge base to Doble engineers and clients around the globe.”

Don Angell, Doble Vice President, Global Strategy and Solutions, said: “We are excited about our continued partnership with GCU. Their curiosity driven research combined with our extensive knowledge about electrical infrastructure will enable us to advance technologies, products and measurement methods of high voltage systems. Doble is committed to the future of the global electric power industry; by supporting and collaborating with the team at GCU, we know that the future will be bright.”

Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “Doble are an industry leader in their field and I am very pleased that I was able to sign a partnership agreement with this outstanding company. We are committed to meeting the needs of businesses and this development shows that our flexible and innovative approach is paying dividends. It is also very positive that this new phase in our relationship will not just mean new research activities, but will also provide our students with valuable placement opportunities.”

Professor Douglas Greenhalgh, Executive Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor, School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “I am truly delighted that the School is moving to a closer relationship with Doble. We have enjoyed a strong relationship for several years and this new development takes us into a new phase of becoming a strategic partner. For an engineering school to form such an important partnership is a major milestone and it reflects very well on the quality of our research as well as demonstrating Doble’s desire to remain at the forefront of technology.”


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