Mullingar based business, Scantech Geoscience Ltd c/o Orla Dardis & Tom Davitt has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Local Enterprise Office Enterprise Awards. The competition is part of the National LEO Enterprise Awards organised by the network of Local Enterprise Offices to give recognition to the contribution of small enterprises to the national economy. Tom Davitt was presented with the award at the award ceremony held in the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar on Monday 7th March and will now go on to represent Westmeath in the regional competition. Successful regional winners will go on to the national final to be held later in the year.
Scanech Geoscience Ltd is a specialist ground penetrating radar (GPR) and underground utility surveying company owned by husband and wife team, Orla Dardis & Tom Davitt. Scantech is a specialist ground penetrating radar (GPR) and underground utility surveying company providing GPR surveys for the civil, structural and geotechnical engineering sectors. GPR is used to investigate the ground prior to excavation for risk and underground asset management.
Speaking after the event, Head of Enterprise, Christine Charlton said that Westmeath businesses have been very successful in the National Enterprise Awards previously hosted by the County Enterprise Boards. In 2003, Westmeath County Winner, Grouse Lodge Recording Studio Ltd., Rosemount won 1st place at the coveted National Enterprise Awards and went on to win joint first place the World Young Business Achievers Awards in Bulgaria in 2004 and last year’s winner, Niall Gannon of Gannon’s Concrete Gannon Eco, Kilbeggan an environmental solution provider for non- hasardous industrial wastes went on to win the Innovation Category at the National Finals.
The County Final of the LEO Enterprise Awards was hosted as part of Westmeath Local Enterprise Week 2016 taking place from March 7th to 11th. The Local Enterprise Week was launched by Mr. Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive, Westmeath County Council. The guests were addressed at the event by the Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council, Mr. Paul Daly. Guest of honour at this year’s event was broadcaster and publishing entrepreneur, Norah Casey. Other highlights of the week are a networking event with economist Susan Hayes, a tourism breakfast briefing with Fáilte Ireland, enterprise clinics around the county and the County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards. For further information on these events log on to www.localenterprise.ie/Westmeath
The other finalists for the 2016 awards were:
The Old Barracks, Church Street, Moate
Jeanette Everson Handmade Ceramics
Kilmore, Streete, Rathowen, Co. Westmeath
Thomas O'Donoghue &
43 Ard na Glug, Athlone
Geoffrey Allen/Dermot Condron
Athlone, Co. Westmeath
90 Greenpark Meadows, Mullingar
Stephen & Denise Bell
Bell Lane Coffee Ltd
Unit 6&7, The Enterprise Centre, Clonmore, Mullingar
Slieveboy, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath
Contact details for the winner:
Tom Davitt, Scantech Geoscience Ltd, C/o The Enterprise Centre, Mullingar 087 6614937 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scantech Geoscience Ltd was incorporated in 2005 by geophysicists Dr Orla Dardis (PGeo) and Tom Davitt (PGeo). Scantech is a specialist ground penetrating radar (GPR) and underground utility surveying company providing GPR surveys for the civil, structural and geotechnical engineering sectors. Scantech offers professional underground mapping services using the latest GPR technology with a focus on technical quality. In addition, Scantech is an experienced provider of GPR surveys for heritage, forensic, archaeology and forestry applications. To date Scantech has delivered hundreds of GPR-Utility projects and clients include ESB, Bord Gais, Irish Water, IDA, HSE, IBM, Intel, consulting engineers, architects, construction companies, government departments and local authorities.
Based in Mullingar, Scantech has increased in size from two employees in 2014 to seven full time employees in 2015. Further expansion is planned during 2016 to meet the increasing demand for GPR surveys in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Scantech’s goal is to capture market share in the UK by the end of 2016 and to become the leading provider of specialised GPR services in Ireland and the UK by 2018 employing up to 25 people.
GPR is a geophysical method which involves measuring and interpreting the ground response from a high frequency electromagnetic wave. It is the highest resolution geophysical technology available for subsurface imaging requiring specialist signal acquisition, processing and interpretation skills. GPR technology is used frequently on the BBC’s Time Team programme to investigate buried archaeology and it is used worldwide by the military for buried land mine detection.
The principals at Scantech are qualified chartered geophysicists with backgrounds in research, consulting and technical innovation. Scantech employees are pre-dominantly third level qualified geoscientists and surveyors and are highly experienced in the use of GPR technology to detect and map buried objects and structures. Scantech has an impeccable safety record and all staff have the necessary training and certification for site work, traffic management and working in confined spaces.
GPR is the main geophysical method used in engineering projects to investigate the ground prior to excavation for risk and underground asset management. Scantech’s chartered status, geophysical expertise, underground utility surveying experience and focus on technical quality gives it a unique position within this growing sector. Scantech is the only dedicated GPR survey company in Ireland and the UK with professional accreditation in geophysical surveying (ref. Institute of Geologists of Ireland)