GBVI - Key Persons
Dan has 9 years' experience in the Engineering, Simulation and Entertainment industries. He spent time at Rockwell Collins STS as Systems Technician calibrating high-performance projectors (both in the field and in the lab) in preparation for installation in high channel count domes. He spent another two years as Systems Engineer for 7thSense Design where he developed extensive experience configuring and installing high performance media servers. Dan's time at 7thSense gained him valuable experience and expertise in display systems through working on a wide variety of projection systems including planetaria, theme park dark rides, museum exhibits and projection mapping on buildings. Dan joined GBvi in early 2014 as a systems engineer and quickly became involved in all aspects of GBvi's technical and administrative requirements. Dan plays a leading role in specifying customer solutions, designing custom blending systems, project management as well as being involved in new product development and continuing to provide support to customers on site.
GBvi Founder, Geoff Blackham, has more than 30 years' experience in the simulation industry as engineer and board-level director. His main focus has been simulation display systems engineering and technology development, as well as being key to the growth of the leading simulation displays firm SEOS from 1989 until its 2008 acquisition by Rockwell Collins. In 2011, Geoff decided to go his own way and formed GBvi, initially offering consultancy and design services to display systems integrators. Then, in 2014, the company evolved to become a visual displays product innovation company. As innovator of many display developments, Geoff holds numerous root patents and applications. Experience and areas of specialisation include ultra-high-contrast projector development, display system development (real image and collimated) and NVG simulation. He occasionally ventures out to speak at Simulation and Training conferences.
Julie has been working behind the scenes since the formation of GBvi, providing general administrative support. Having studied business and accounts in Crawley and Worthing, Julie has worked in accounts and finance at Edwards High Vacuum, Gripperods International, Christian Salvesen Edinburgh, Edinburgh University, also Lamb Technicon and Music Sales Ltd in Suffolk. With a BSc in Natural Sciences Julie has also worked for Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and for the NHS. But, with a sum of 27 years' experience in general bookkeeping, payroll, management accounting, budgeting and auditing, she continues to use this expertise within GBvi, attending to the office administration aspects alongside the team, supporting in any way needed to keep customers, suppliers and employees happy.
Martin joined us in January of this year as part of our growing engineering team. Prior to this he served 10 years in the RAF maintaining Harrier aircraft, servicing Puma and Merlin helicopter components, and on a variety of other aircraft operations. Since leaving the RAF Martin has graduated from the University of Brighton with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, where he gained experience in driving and aviation simulator systems engineering, including VR and motion systems. Martin was plunged into Lockdown within a month or so of joining us and had unusual but concentrated training in GBvi specifics. He is now involved in a number of our projects and will be out and about undertaking site visits once travel gets back to normal. His hobbies seem to be an extension of his work with interests in computing technology and simulation, particularly sim racing. In the real world he likes tinkering with old cars.
Phil has been working with us for a little while now and has just joined full-time in a broad R&D / Engineering role. He has a wealth of experience in science and engineering, a keen interest in technical innovation and with skills & experience encompassing manufacturing process development, Proof of Concept testing, prototyping and project management, he is a great addition to the team. With 12 years' experience in the simulation industry having worked at SEOS and then Rockwell Collins, Phil has an in-depth knowledge of high dynamic projection displays, rear projection technologies and NVGs. Phil is also a specialist in patents and intellectual property.
- Student Mechanical Engineer
Sam joined the company this summer as a placement student from the University of Brighton, where he is studying Mechanical Engineering. After completion of the placement year, Sam will return to university in September 2020 to complete his BEng (Hons) degree. Sam has a keen interest in maths and engineering and his enthusiasm, up-to-the-minute learning and CAD skills make him a great fit within our team. He is a keen rugby player and cyclist and will be putting all that energy to good use here at GBvi.
Sam joined the GBvi team with a highly relevant projector test & calibration background, having spent 7 years at Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Systems. Following this time, he continued his technical career with the imaging company Rapiscan, where he spent 3 years building and testing precision X-ray components within a Class-1 clean room environment. As a technician engineer within GBvi, Sam continues to work in the lab and is heavily involved in our calibration, research and development activities.
Originally a Wiltshire lad, Simon studied maths, physics and computing from a young age leading him to Bournemouth University in 2005. He has worked within the simulation industry for over 10 years starting with SEOS, where he gained industrial experience whilst studying for his electronics degree. In 2009 he graduated from Bournemouth University as a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering, then continued to work at SEOS, then Rockwell Collins and Real Time Integrators. Simon also spent 4 years working as a Software Engineer for General Distributions Ltd. In the summer of 2020 Simon became another full time member of our engineering team adding his expertise in systems engineering, advanced hardware design, and management. As part of his role, Simon leads our software engineering team and is heavily involved in underlying technical developments. Simon is quite possibly the most sporty member of our team, with young children to keep him busy he also manages to join football leagues, takes part in runs up to 15k, sometimes with added obstacles, and also enjoys racquet sports and DIY.
Steve is a highly-experienced engineer with a successful track record in the design and development of precision opto mechanical products. During his 26 years in the visual display industry he has worked as a senior engineer at SEOS and Rockwell Collins and has been a key player in the design and development of Target Projectors, High Dynamic Range simulation projectors, multi-channel display systems and a high-performance HMD for human factors research.