The Best of the Best!

The Best of the Best!

Our partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has received its highest accolade yet; this time at the Innovate UK KTP Best of the Best Awards 2019.  We were shortlisted in two categories; Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award and the Engineering Excellence Award. At the Awards Ceremony at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London on 2nd May, we nailed it when our collaboration, the only Scottish partnership shortlisted, was recognised as the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership in the UK!

Four years ago, we established our Research and Development department in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Computing and Engineering.  The department continued to expand as the potential of the initial research evolved and has supported a number of projects including two separate KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) projects which have been at the core of our work.

Throughout these four years, GCU’s Head of Computing, Professor Gordon Morison and Geckotech’s Dr Mark Jenkins have been applying their expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision to structural condition monitoring.  We are hugely excited at just how far the practical application of this research will take us; there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel and the sky really is the limit!

Visit of Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Friday 8th March 2019

Visit of Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Friday 8th March 2019

We were delighted to welcome Ben MacPherson MSP, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development to our premises on Friday 8th March.

This visit was one of many throughout Scotland by Secretaries and Ministers from across government to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week; an annual campaign which highlights the commitment of businesses who have decided to invest in the skills of their workforce.

Several senior members of team Gecko are in the process of completing their SVQ 5 in Construction Senior Management and one of our junior members has just completed her SVQ3 Modern Apprenticeship in Business and Admin.

Our people are our greatest asset.  The opportunities afforded us through Skills Development Scotland have been invaluable in staff development at all levels.

A Powerful Partnership!

A Powerful Partnership!

Each year, the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the impacts achieved through commercial and academic partnerships and aims to show how innovative businesses, universities, research institutes and individuals are leading the way towards economic growth and societal improvements.

Geckotech Solutions Ltd and their partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University was shortlisted this year as a finalist for the Powerful Partnership Award which recognises an academic – business collaboration that has demonstrated long term strategic partnering and the benefits to both the business and the academic teams achieved through knowledge exchange. The Powerful Partnership Award is described as recognising “the cream of collaborations between academia and businesses,” and we were honoured to have made the shortlist.

Press and TV Coverage

Press and TV Coverage

Between August 2016 and September 2017, our teams were filmed by an independent TV company, Caledonia TV, whilst deployed on a variety of projects across Scotland,including the Forth Rail Bridge and the Viaducts of Inverbervie and Findhorn.  The result was a one hour documentary which was aired on BBC Alba on Wednesday 22nd November.

This documentary, focussing on our ability to ‘access the inaccessible’, provided a fantastic showcase for our work and an ideal opportunity to illustrate to the uninitiated the application of Industrial Rope Access techniques.  The cameras followed our operatives as they carried out inspection and maintenance on these substantial structures – and getting to touch history, quite literally, is not lost on team Gecko, particularly with regard to the Forth Rail Bridge.  It’s fantastic knowing it is not hugely accessible to everybody. Over the years, we have found original rivets and such like in some of the beams; and there are bits of the bridge which, if not untouched, have been touched lightly over the last 130 years, and only visited by a handful of people.

Caledonian TV high res images

In a lead-up to the programme, there was a great two page spread in the Sunday Mail – all in all, fantastic coverage for Geckotech Solutions.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University

We are excited about the potential impact of new technology in our area of expertise; opening up other avenues, whilst maintaining the highest levels of service across our entire product offering.

Our close association with Glasgow Caledonia University continues and we are delighted that we have recently been successful in securing a second Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with GCU, tying in with the first KTP but taking a slightly different approach.  KTP is Europe’s leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base.

Geckotech sponsors ClimbScotland Festival 2017

Geckotech sponsors ClimbScotland Festival 2017

We are delighted to sponsor this year’s ClimbScotland Festival 2017, taking place at EICA:Ratho on Saturday 17th June.

Climbing is an activity very close to the heart of Geckotech’s Managing Director, Stephen Pearson.  Prior to setting up the business, Stephen travelled the world pursuing his passion for climbing.

This passion ultimately led Stephen to the world of rope access.  Initially operating as a one-man show, he has grown Geckotech over the last 10 years into a very successful business.

When the business was initially established, it was essentially a rope access company.  That single discipline lends itself to so many different applications, with a rule of thumb that if the job can be done at ground level, it can pretty much be done at height.  The business has continued to expand its range of services over the last decade and we will continue to explore the potential of our engineering ‘solutions’.  With the experience and expertise in place across a wide skill-set, the possibilities are endless.  The future is bright for team Gecko – and it all began with climbing!