Offshore Europe panel discusses Operating Models for the Future

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange attended this week’s Offshore Europe conference in Aberdeen, meeting with partners including FMC Technologies and networking with the industry.

During a first day session analysing the Operating Models for the Future, panelists including Oil and Gas UK Chief Executive Malcolm Webb said there were potentially large untapped ‘unconventional’ oil and gas reserves which required investment from the industry and a skilled, international supply chain.

Bob Keiller, CEO of Wood Group PSN, detailed the pros and cons of contracting out operations. He insisted it was important to be an ‘informed buyer’, keeping a close eye on contractor relationships through effective project management.

Global oil and gas solutions provider FMC Technologies is working with GCU to deliver a pioneering five-year research and development collaboration within the subsea oil and gas industry which includes KTPs, PhD studentships and research and development projects to identify new opportunities for safe and efficient oil recovery and to enhance reliability and integrity in the monitoring of subsea installations.

Scottish Power plans £3bn investment in networks

ScottishPower has recently submitted proposals to the energy regulator Ofgem outlining £3bn of planned investments on its high voltage transmission electricity network in Scotland over the next 10 years.  Projects will include the connection of up to 5GW of renewable energy, helping Scotland to achieve its 2020 carbon reduction targets, and extensive upgrades to the electricity grid links between England and Scotland.

GCU has a number of energy experts working with power suppliers. For more information, click here.

The full announcement.

Scottish Academy of Fashion launches research projects

scottishfashionThe Scottish Academy of Fashion, a joint venture between GCU, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh College of Art and Robert Gordon University, has announced new research projects aimed at supporting Scotland’s textile industry.

The Academy, an ambitious project developing Scotland as a global centre of excellence in fashion-related learning and commercially relevant research, has backing from Creative Scotland, Textiles Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.

Linda Shearer from GCU’s Caledonian Business School is working on projects with the Academy. Linda has a background in Fashion Design, predominantly for high street markets, involving design, pattern cutting, fabric sourcing, range building, garment development to production. She has recently organised consultancy projects with SMEs in design and development of fashion and textile- related products including the design, development & production of a baby seat concept to improve infant development, development and production of patented textile component for cycling/commuter luggage, CAD garment simulation for a transactional website for a textile design business, garment pattern development and grading for a small fashion design retail enterprise, creation of CAD fashion illustrations for promotion of a new fashion range in a retail outlet, and the creation of garment production patterns, consumer testing & reporting on production samples for an online retail organic lingerie enterprise.

Linda’s research projects include the interrelationship of dress, identity and the workplace, the positioning of vintage fashion retailers, vintage consumers – mainstream and subculture, the role of designers in fashion retailing, and the consumer perception of retail environments.

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Fuel Poverty issue puts low cost energy efficient housing on the agenda

Rising unemployment and dramatically increasing fuel prices could lead to significant fuel poverty in the UK unless more is done to invest in energy efficiency. Gas and electricity bills for millions of homes are expected to rocket in the coming years, as suppliers attempt to offset rising wholesale prices, energy analysts have warned.

Households are considered by the UK Government to be in fuel poverty if they have to spend more than 10% of household income on fuel to keep their home to an adequate standard of warmth. One of the most effective ways of combating fuel poverty is to target energy efficiency measures on homes typically occupied by those on low incomes.

AppleGreen Homes is working with Glasgow Caledonian University and Glasgow-based Spacesix Architects to research and develop an affordable, energy efficient home for the future at the new BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig in Motherwell. It will feature a solar energy package that will not only help significantly reduce electricity bills but will also drastically reduce heating bills, helping to eradicate fuel poverty. In addition, a guaranteed feed-in tariff from the solar electricity package will be paid to the owner, developer, housing association or council.

A successful Scottish Technology Showcase for GCU

Glasgow Caledonian University profiled its High Voltage Engineering Research Group at this year’s Scottish Technology Showcase.

Scottish Technology Showcase 2011

Scottish Technology Showcase 2011

New technology is currently being developed by the group as part of a pioneering partnership with FMC Technologies.  The University’s High Voltage Research Group brings together engineers from a range of disciplines to tackle fundamental and applied research in high-voltage engineering systems and high-voltage insulation diagnostics.

GCU’s groundbreaking research in engineering has generated multiple patent applications and funding from industry including Doble and National Grid as well as EPSRC and Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept funding.

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GCU partners in £2.6m food and drink innovation network

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange is involved in a Scotland-wide innovation network for universities to support the Scottish food and drink industry.

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is to invest £2.64 million in The Scottish Universities Industry Innovation Network for Food and Drink, which will work to meet the research and innovation needs of Scottish food and drink companies. Working in partnership with businesses and their supporting trade sectors, academics from multiple disciplines will work to deliver a range of knowledge exchange projects in areas including food science, supply chain development, waste management, packaging design and marketing for the benefit of industry.

Led by the University of Aberdeen, the University of Abertay Dundee and Heriot-Watt University together with Interface, the Network is specifically designed to meet the needs of the Scottish food and drink industry expressed by its members during a consultation process. 

GCU’s expertise in Food and Drink includes marketing, food sciences, packaging design, sustainability and nutrition.

Caledonian Creates Exhibition 2011

A collective showcase of creative work from Glasgow Caledonian University will be available to view from 1st to 5th June 2011 on campus.

createsThere will be private viewing of the Caledonian Creates 2011 exhibition on Wednesday 1st June 6pm-8.30pm in the Saltire Centre in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

Caledonian Creates is the new face of creativity at Glasgow Caledonian University. It brings together the collective talents of staff and students from a breadth of academic and business backgrounds, offering a holistic approach to research, consultancy and teaching in creative industries’ subject areas.

We are inspirational in addressing design, multimedia, technology, marketing, communication, fashion and interior architecture needs. Innovative thinking combined with an entrepreneurial approach gives clients the confidence to connect with Caledonian Creates.

Need a product researched? Come to the marketing team. Got an idea but want to bounce it off someone else first? Get multimedia technology to manipulate your suggestions into the most appropriate medium. Got an object ready to roll but haven’t got the time to devote to it? Why not consult with product design and put together prototypes. Caledonian Creates can do these things for you.

Shanks takes business guests on AD plant tour

An interesting tour around Shanks’ Anaerobic Digestion plant in Cumbernauld and its state-of-the-art recycling facility in Blochairn today, accompanied by CeeD members. The AD plant processes food waste to produce renewable energy.

We were informed about the drivers of change in waste policy by Zero Waste Scotland’s Simon Morris, who emphasised 2025 targets of a minimum of 70% of waste to be recycled. We heard that businesses must really improve their segregation of materials to help us reach these targets.

Scotlands’ councils and companies are already working with GCU’s School of the Built and Natural Environment to try to improve their environmental activities.

Scottish universities top UK spin-outs survey

Scottish universities have produced more spin-out companies over the past decade than any other part of the UK, a survey has suggested.

New internet database Spinouts UK said Scottish institutions had created 172 firms, followed by London (115) and the south east (85).

GCU spin outs include Biopta.  More on the BBC

Moffat Centre Visitor Attraction Monitor 2010

The Moffat Centre’s influential survey of Scotland’s tourist industry has revealed that more than 43 million people visited Scotland’s attractions last year.

Visits were down just 0.3% from 2009, with heavy snow fall and the continuing popularity of the staycation helping keep the country’s attractions busy.

The Moffat Centre Visitor Attraction Monitor 2010, which heard from more than 600 tourist sites, reports that Glenshee Ski Centre attracted 171% more skiers (125,831, up from 46,355 in 2009), while the Nevis Range hosted 16% more, and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway attracted 15% more passengers than in 2009).

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