Dr Ray Hope
Dr Raymond L Hope is the Vice President Engineering of Gilmore Engineers Pty Ltd | E3K. He leads an award winning, cross industry, innovative team, specialising in Innovation, Research and Development, Computer simulations, FEA, Engineering Failure Analysis.
Dr Hope specialises in Product Design and Development and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). He revels in solving challenging problems and helping organisations create amazing products.
Dr Hope received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1994, with First Class Honours from The University of Queensland, Australia. He completed a PhD degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering in 1998, also from The University of Queensland. His postgraduate research examined layered manufacturing of large objects, and in particular, techniques to improve speed and accuracy such as five-axis profiling of layer surfaces and adaptive slicing. The work was mainly computational, with particular emphasis on developing software to slice computer solid models and produce numerical code to control five-axis machines to cut layers from sheet material.
Through his research, Raymond developed a keen interest in Rapid Prototyping and Layered Manufacturing, now more commonly referred to as 3D printing, and has developed contacts worldwide. He has published four papers in journals and engineering conferences at the International level and received an award for excellence for the most outstanding paper in the 1997 Rapid Prototyping Journal published by MCB University Press, UK.
In 1998, Ray joined Gilmore Engineers Pty Ltd as a specialist Research and Development Engineer. Dr Hope has worked on numerous design projects and developed expertise in concept generation and refinement, three-dimensional computer modelling, prototype construction and testing, and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).
Some career highlights of Dr Hope include the following:
In 2018 and 2019, Dr Hope travelled to a copper mine in Kazakhstan to inspect, review and perform detailed design and analysis of equipment and plant improvements to reduce maintenance downtime and improve safety for key plant equipment.
In 2016 Dr Hope worked on the planning and repair of a stainless steel lined concrete tank in Laos, SE Asia, which was leaking acid. The repair was performed during a 5-day total plant shutdown and was the most significant task to be undertaken, representing the critical path on the shutdown timeline. Dr Hope and his team were engaged to lead contractors and perform the project engineering for the repair and the engineering design. During and leading up to the shutdown Dr Hope was onsite to manage the operation and troubleshoot any issues that arose during the repair.
In 2012 Dr Hope and his team at e3k won four Engineering Excellence Awards from Engineers Australia. e3k won three awards in the Newcastle Division, New South Wales, including the GHD Overall Winner and the UGL Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award for the engineering design and testing of the SeaUrchin marine power generator. e3k also went on to win a prestigious National Award at the 2012 ceremony held in Parliament House, Canberra. Dr Hope was on hand to receive these Awards on behalf of the Engineering Team he had led to achieving them.
In February 2014, Atlantis Resources Limited, a company grown from the technology developed by e3k in 2000 to 2004, was admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange. The world-patented technology part owned by Morgan Stanley relates to underwater tidal renewable power generation turbines. Dr Hope proposed the concept for the originally patented turbine and played a critical role in developing and testing the initial prototype turbines based on that concept.
Dr Hope led his talented Engineering team in developing the Internationally trademarked medical device named “Agilitas”. In 2013 this device, which e3k wholly developed over five years, was launched for commercial sale by Bright Devices Pty Ltd, part of the Bright Devices Group. Agilitas is a “smart” visual cueing device designed to assist persons suffering primarily from ‘Freeze of Gait’ (FOG) associated with Parkinson’s Disease. Approximately 32 million people have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease worldwide, and of those, approximately 10 Million suffer from FOG. An Australian Patent was awarded in 2012, and a US Patent in 2019.
In 2010, Gilmore Engineers received an Australian International “Design Award” from Good Design Australia, in the Business and Technology Category, for their contribution to developing the FLAT hydraulic stabilising mechanism for use on any item with legs, skids or footings. Dr Hope was part of the team that developed the intellectual property in the initial design of this product. He also redesigned the prototype for cost-effective and compact manufacturing processes in plastics. The product is now available for sale through outlets worldwide.
Dr Hope worked on an energy efficiency project for Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd as part of their green program. The project leads to a finalist nomination in the Queensland Division of the 2010 Engineering Excellence Awards.
Dr Hope performed optimisation and FEA analysis of a new mechanical fastening system known as “Joinlox”. This product went on to win “Invention of the Year” on the ABC Television “New Inventors” program in 2008. The technology was made commercially available by Joinlox Pty Ltd, supported by Xstrata Technology, who signed a global licensing agreement in 2010.
Dr Hope worked on developing a kayak foot pedal force sensor that was used for training feedback by the Queensland Academy of Sport leading up to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The project also received a High Commendation in the Queensland Division of the 2001 Engineering Excellence Awards.