West of Scotland KTP Centre – Current Projects

At any one time the West of Scotland KTP Centre is involved in managing upwards of 40 projects involving our partner institutions and businesses all over Scotland and across the UK. You can find out more about our current projects below.

New Projects

AB Vista

AB Vista, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods is a pioneer in product development for the animal feed industry.  They are undertaking a KTP project with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.  The KTP project will focus on developing ways to abolish antibiotic consumption in animal feeds by developing novel nano-delivery systems incorporating bioactive lipids and peptides.  The aim is to support effective antimicrobial stewardship to reduce antibiotic resistance in the food chain without compromising animal welfare.

arbnco Limited (KTP11060)

arbnco Ltd are a Glasgow company providing cloud-based software for the energy performance management of commercial property portfolios.  They provide solutions for reducing energy consumption and improving energy performance of buildings.  The company are undertaking their second KTP project with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to automate measurements and collate near real-time building performance date via an IoT platform.  This data will be used to develop and commercialise e-services for deployment in buildings to enhance the services currently offered for large estate facilities management.


Bird.i Ltd

Bird.i Ltd curate earth observation imagery acquired from satellites, drones and airborne imaging assets.  They process and utilise this imagery to provide insights via an imaging services which provides on-line access to up to date quality images for virtually any location on earth.  This provides users with visualisation solutions to inspect, monitor and risk-assess their physical assets.  Bird.i are undertaking a KTP project with the University of Strathclyde, Department of Computer and Information Sciences.  The project aims to apply novel technologies, including unsupervised machine learning and similarity search, to enable the extraction of features and enhanced detection of changes detectable with earth observation imagery.


Buddi Ltd

Buddi Ltd supply a service combining wearable electronic monitoring equipment with web-based users interfaces that enable a third party to monitor the position and status of an individual.  They will be working with the Faculty of Science at the University of Strathclyde on a 36 month KTP project to develop durable, sensitive, low cost wearable sensors for remote monitoring of individuals at risk.

Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd (KTP 11146)

Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global (CST Global) are a volume-producer of III-V compound semiconductors for the fabrication of photonics products. They provide a custom foundry service, as well as designing and manufacturing a range of high-volume, standard laser products for the optical communications markets from their manufacturing facility in Glasgow.  They will be undertaking their fourth KTP project with the University of Glasgow, working with the School of Engineering, to develop computer modelling, characterisation test and verification for the design of high speed lasers.

Halo Communications Ltd

Halo Communications Ltd provide voice, data, and IT services to small and medium businesses and deliver infrastructure projects across the UK.  They are undertaking a KTP project with the University of the West of Scotland, School of Engineering and Computing.  The project aims to apply advanced cloud based data warehousing, machine learning and cloud/mobile technologies to streamline operations, enhance Halo’s service offering and underpin future business expansion.

Loretto Care

Loretto Care, part of the Wheatley Group, provide care and support services to people across western and central Scotland who are experiencing complex issues in their day to day lives.  Their support services are designed to help vulnerable people to live fulfilled lives either within their own homes, care homes or in various types of supported accommodation.  Loretto Care are undertaking a KTP with the School of Simulation and Visualisation at Glasgow School of Art to develop a unique, innovative interactive application for use as an educational tool to prepare young people and vulnerable people living in social housing to become sustainable housing tenants.

 

MODO Systems Ltd

MODO Systems Ltd, based in Glasgow, have developed a cloud based software platform which enables users to organise their digital files and attachments.  Their current services is focussed on gathering up digital files across different platforms (online accounts, fire-store clouds, e.mail) and different devices such as PC, tablet or phone.  They are undertaking a KTP project with the School of Engineering and Computing at the University of the West of Scotland to embed machine learning expertise into the company and develop their next generation digital content management platform.

Oak Tree Inn

Oak Tree Inn is a family business based on the route of the West Highland Way, with B&B accommodation for 90 guests, a restaurant, bar, village shop and coffee shop with ice cream parlour.  Oak Tree Inn are undertaking a KTP project with the University of the West of Scotland, School of Business and Enterprise.  The project aims to embed strategic planning and decision making expertise, informed by advanced management information systems, to drive business expansion and resilience.

Stream Technologies Ltd

Stream Technologies Ltd design and develop end to end wireless connectivity for M2M (machine to machine) devices.  This Glasgow based company will be undertaking a 2nd KTP project with the Glasgow Caledonian University’s Department of Engineering and Built Environment to develop new methods of real-time security monitoring of the internet of things (IoT).  This will be undertaken using Deep Learning and Random Neural Networks (RNN) to address security and privacy of data, a prime concerns in today’s IoT.

Current Projects

A.P.&A. Limited

AP&A was established in 1988 and provides technical, brokerage and operational services to the shipping and offshore industries worldwide. Its global office network with highly experienced and qualified marine engineers, naval architects, brokers and consultants allows AP&A to provide tailored and fast solutions to its clients. Its privileged relationship with clients gives AP&A in-depth knowledge of the challenges, requirements and latest developments in shipping companies. They are working with the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering to optimise of ship operations, maintenance, repairs and logistics through application of advanced data analytics, risk and reliability analysis tools and processes.

Ability Matters Group

Ability Matters Group Ltd, with its headquarters in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, is a leading supplier of both products and services which enhance the lives of individuals who require devices to improve their mobility and accessibility.  As the main service provider of prosthetic lower limbs to the NHS in England, this company is undertaking a KTP with the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to develop innovative methods of measuring post-operative dimensions of lower limb amputees which will be used to enhance prosthetic fit, comfort and performance of prosthetic lower limbs.  The University of Strathclyde is recognised for its research in evaluating prosthetic shape capture methods and is currently one of the two UK providers of a degree course for training professionals in Prosthetics and Orthotics.  The University of Strathclyde is unique in holding a Category 1 accreditation from the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics.

 

Aggreko Plc

Aggreko Plc is the leading global provider of modular, mobile power and related solutions, operating in around 100 countries worldwide. They are working with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to apply advanced data analytics and machine learning to maximise reliability, enhance customer experience and inform development of the next generation of mobile power platforms.

Alconbury Weston Ltd

Alconbury Weston Ltd is an innovative micro SME supplying continuous crystallisers / reactors to the pharmaceutical industry. They are currently working with the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to develop and optimise a continuous filtration, washing and drying system. The University are providing pharmaceutical and engineering and process modelling expertise.

arbnco Limited (KTP10529)

arbnco Limited provide cloud-based software, Carbon Estates, for the energy performance management of commercial property portfolios, enabling users to see their entire property portfolio's energy performance and drill down to the individual property level. They are working with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed advanced building energy modelling expertise with the business, enhancing current software product and service offerings for large estate energy management and accelerating business growth both in the UK and Internationally.


Brightwake Ltd

Brightwake Ltd are leading experts in designing and manufacturing products and dressings for wound care.  They are undertaking a KTP in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to develop a new generation of Vacuum Therapy device.  The device will incorporate the pumping system and associated electronics into Brightwake’s existing would dressing technology.  The result of this it to make Vacuum Therapy widely available in the community to support the rapidly growing number of patients with long term non-healing wounds.

Cartwright Pickard Architects Ltd

Cartwright Pickard Architects Ltd are a research driven architectural practice that designs and delivers innovative projects with a focus on residential, workplace and educational sectors.  The company are undertaking a second KTP based at the London office, with the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) at Glasgow School of Art to develop innovative tools for applying building information modelling and building performance evaluation for application within the build to rent market.

CCRS Brokers Limited

CCRS Brokers Limited are general insurance brokers providing commercial broking services to SME businesses across the UK. They are working with the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow to develop an industry leading peer-to-peer (P2P) commercial insurance service offering to accelerate business growth and facilitate overseas expansion.

Datalytics Technology Ltd

Datalytics Technology is a software development and technology consulting company operating in several different sectors including Healthcare, Finance, Energy and Smart Cities. They are working with the Department of Management Science at Strathclyde Business School to develop an Energy Account for Smart Cities; effectively a demand and supply forecast of what energy will be consumed by communities and how that energy will be sourced. The resulting dynamic grid load model will focus on the safe and secure supply to communities.

Fathom Systems Limited

Fathom Systems Limited are a commercial diving company which develops systems for saturation diving. They are working with the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed machine learning knowledge and expertise to improve diver safety in the global commercial diving industry.

Fishers Services Ltd

Fisher Services Ltd are the second largest independent laundry company in the UK and a market leader in Scotland who deliver a range of services which include the rental, washing, drying and ironing of textiles that meet the requirements from general hotel linen to specialised industrial cleanroom garments.  This company is undertaking a KTP with the University of Strathclyde Business School, which will be based at the company’s new headquarters and state of the art factory site in Coatbridge, Glasgow, to develop a new capability to de-commoditise textile products by making them smarter and higher quality through the adoption of an optimised RFID tracking system in the linen provision and laundry service industry.

Geckotech Solutions Ltd

Geckotech Solutions Ltd, an Edinburgh based company which specialise in access and examination solutions for areas and environments which are difficult to examine or repair using conventional methods of access are undertaking a second KTP with academics from the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Their project will focus on developing a bespoke IT technology solution incorporating data capture and software to reduce the requirement for manual intervention in the processes of interpreting and highlighting details from visual and infrared images obtained during routine inspections in locations with challenging access.

INEX Works Group

INEX Works Group Ltd provide external grounds maintenance, internal works, winter maintenance (gritting) and ‘civils’ works. They are working with the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde to embed physical and analytical chemistry knowledge and expertise within the business and develop an industry leading range of high performance and environmentally friendly de-icing solutions.

Innovent Technology Limited

Innovent Technology Limited develop software solutions for the agricultural sector. They are working with the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed advanced image/video processing, data analytics and machine learning expertise in the business to both improve the performance of their QSCAN and QBOX systems and enhance animal welfare and farm productivity. This is their second KTP project.

Insight Analytics Solutions

Insight Analytics Solutions provides innovative condition monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions alongside premium consulting and advisory services for owners, operators and investors of Wind Farms. They are working with the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed machine learning knowledge and develop new advanced condition monitoring prognostics software and consultancy.


Jacobs UK Ltd

Jacobs UK Ltd are one of the largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional and construction services. Their Glasgow based Highways Operations Division are undertaking a KTP with academics from the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University to develop innovative and sustainable approaches and processes for protecting the water environment during major highway construction.

James Howden & Company Ltd

James Howden & Company, trading as Howden Process Compressors, design, manufacture and supply Process Screw Compressor Systems for process gas applications and high efficiency Turbo Blowers and Compressors for combustion air and process aeration. They are currently working with the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University on control system design to enhance compressor operational performance.

James Johnston & Co of Elgin Limited

Johnstons of Elgin Ltd are a luxury textile producer operating in the Highlands and Islands for over two centuries. They manufacture and sell luxury textiles globally (clothing, home interiors and accessories) using mainly cashmere from Mongolia and China and merino wool from Australia. They are currently working with the department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde to increase profitability and grow market share, particularly overseas, through introduction of new process modelling, optimisation and control; ultimately reducing product variability and waste.

Long Lane Deliveries Ltd

Long Lane Deliveries Ltd provide temperature controlled collection and delivery services throughout the UK via a fleet of HGVs and LGVs. They are currently working with the department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde to Streamline of operations through application of emerging business process modelling & optimisation expertise, knowledge management and operational excellence tools and techniques.

Lumen Research

Lumen Research is an innovative ‘attention technology’ company, using eye-tracking technology to measure the salience and engagement of visual communications by tracking a viewer's gaze point (location, duration, pattern etc); helping publishers, advertisers, and their agencies understand what really gets – and keeps - people’s attention. Clients include Tesco (bank, mobile, etc.), BT, e.on, NSPCC, Dixons, Carphone warehouse and Morrisons amongst others. They are currently working with the School of Engineering & Computing at UWS to embed machine learning expertise and develop a software tool for predicting a viewer’s likely response to a range of visual communications (adverts).

MW Encap Ltd

MW Encap Ltd, a division of Capsugel Dosage Form Solutions, engages in the contract development and manufacture of pharmaceutical projects using a unique core liquid fill hard capsule (LFHC) technology.  This Livingstone based company is undertaking a KTP with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde to develop new formulation platforms that have the potential to significantly enhance antibiotic efficacy.  This project aims to help address the global health issue of antimicrobial resistance and will focus on adaptations for the treatment of inflammatory diseases in difficult to reach areas of the gastrointestinal tract.

National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd

The National Nuclear Laboratory is a UK government-owned, commercially operated nuclear services technology provider covering the whole of the nuclear fuel cycle. They are currently working with the department of Chemical & Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed hybrid modelling approaches using advanced data-fusion methodologies to process analysis, including scale-up techniques for translation of laboratory experiment based models to manufacturing processes.

Norscot Joinery Limited

Norscot Joinery Limited, manufacture energy efficient timber frame kit homes, windows and doors, selling to both private clients, homebuilders and architects. They are working with the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde to embed advanced VR visualisation and BIM knowledge in the business, resulting in a virtual showroom software solution for kit home design and offsite manufacture, which may be viewed on a mobile device and can provide semantically rich building information integrated with the 3D representation.

NovaBiotics Ltd

NovaBiotics Ltd is an award winning clinical stage speciality biotechnology company, based in Aberdeen, which designs and develops first in class anti-infective and anti-fungal preparations targeted at unmet clinical conditions.  Their KTP partnership with Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde will transfer essential pharmaceutical formulation knowledge and expertise to develop new formulations which involve Novamycin, a proprietary novel antifungal agent developed by NovaBiotics, into different product treatments which can be delivered in a patient friendly format to enable a rapid cure of oral thrush (Oropharyngeal candidiasis).

Scottish Tourism Alliance

Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Industry Leadership Group for tourism in Scotland have partnered with the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development in the School of Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Their KTP project will develop strategic tourism marketing expertise within the organisation to drive new approaches to coordinated marketing and social media that will enhance new tourism into the Scottish Heritage sector.  This project will involve the combined interaction of all the major heritage organisations; Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland and Historic Houses Association working with the Scottish Tourism Alliance to support consumer facing services across all the organisations in anticipation of the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.

Symphonic Software Ltd

Symphonic Software Ltd is a software development company focused on meeting the emerging need for sharing data inside and outside organisations quickly and securely. They are working with the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde on the application of automated reasoning algorithms to enhance the security, performance and compliance of information-sharing systems in both the public and private sector.

The European Marine Energy Centre

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd is the first and only centre of its kind in the world to provide developers of both wave and tidal energy converters with purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities. EMEC are working with the Energy Systems Research Unit within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde on the development of a Technology Assessment Process (TAP) as an integrated evaluation and development pathway for early stage wave & tidal technology developers, contributing to the significant technical and commercial de-risking of technology development and ensuring a more focused development pathway.

The Glass Scribe International

The Glass Scribe International Limited, based in Dingwall, manufacture and import glassware, crystal and ancillary products, selling to retailers of engraved awards, trophies and presentation glassware and crystal.  They are working with the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed control system and software development knowledge, underpinning the commercialisation of a novel mask manufacturing technology for the commercial glass engraving industry.


The ISO Organisation Limited

ISO is a digital media and software studio specialising in the design, direction and building of large-scale interactive and immersive media projects. Clients include Museums, Galleries and Brand Experience Centres across the UK and internationally. ISO also create award winning motion graphics and animated content for television and commercial clients and create ambitious online digital projects that are experienced across web, social and mobile.  ISO delivered the graphics and visual effects for the XX Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony to an audience of 1.5 Billion, were the original designers of the interface for the BBC iPlayer and are winners of multiple Royal Television Society Awards and the SXSW interactive award for Art. They are working with the School of Media, Culture & Society to embed advanced visualisation knowledge and expertise (both augmented reality and virtual reality) in support of emerging global business opportunities.

 

Whittaker Engineering (Stonehaven) Limited

Whittaker Engineering (Stonehaven) Limited (WEL) design, supply and support components and equipment for the marine and offshore industries. They are working with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed electrical power engineering expertise and launch a new generation of grid connected Stirling engine platforms providing power smoothing for distributed renewable energy power generation.