A team of dedicated experts
At BLG Vantage we believe in enabling scientists around the world to realise their objectives by providing advanced customisable software tools for calculation and visualisation. We believe in developing long-standing relationships with our users and supporting them to achieve their goals.
Director, Chief Scientist
I am continually amazed at how sensitive this technique is despite writing the code for CrossCourt and being involved with the development of HR EBSD from day one.
Dr Graham Meaden heads up BLG Vantage in the UK and is responsible for the development of CrossCourt for EBSD strain measurement and analysis. Crosscourt software is now firmly established as the leading EBSD-based approach to elastic and plastic strain measurement. Graham studied Physics at Bristol University in the 1980′s and gained a PhD in 1993. Later he became involved in EBSD alongside the pioneering team of David Dingley and Angus Wilkinson. His software development experience covers both C++ and C#.NET programming languages.
Chad Lehman brings to BLG Vantage an excellent working knowledge of software frameworks and architecture. His experience covers both scientific and business orientated development, having worked at EDAX Inc. and Veracity Solutions over the past number of years. Chad obtained a degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah and supplements his engineering skills studying art and drawing.
Sales Manager, European Territories
Ian Holton is responsible for sales of CrossCourt within the UK, India & Europe as the Managing Director of Acutance Scientific. Acutance provides innovative and productive tools for Electron Microscopy, Compositional Analysis and 3D Optical Profiling. These include in-EM nanorobotics, Cross-Correlation High Resolution EBSD and EBSD Tensile and Heating Stages.
Director, Chief Technology Officer
Building the CrossCourt4 platform we were able to encapsulate ideas spanning my 20+ years of working in EBSD
Damian Dingley heads up BLG Vantage in the USA. Damian’s involvement spans both organizational and technical leadership, having over 20 years experience in the software engineering industry. Damian’s computer science background includes a Masters degree in Human-Computer Systems covering AI and User Experience (UX) development gained in the UK. He now resides in Utah, USA after helping to establish TSL (TexSEM Laboratories) in the early 1990′s and leading the software development team through the evolution of EBSD and EDS technology at EDAX Inc. Damian supplements his technical experience with music, both performing and listening.
Carlo Cappellano provides programming resources around our Microsoft .NET stack. A former resident of Salt Lake City, Utah where he worked as a developer for JP Morgan Chase and Micron Technologies on database design as well as handling team leader and project manager responsibilities. Originally from Rome, Italy, he moved to the USA in 2000. He now lives in Montreal, Canada. Personal interests include cycling, skiing, running, cooking and traveling. Currently learning French he loves spending time with his wife and two boys.
Sales Manager, Japan and Asia
Dr Seiichi Suzuki is the owner and business manager for TSL Solutions KK based in Tokyo, Japan. He has been responsible for EBSD sales in the region for over 20 years virtually establishing the market there in the 1990’s. His work has included the design and development of EBSD detector technology and precision SEM specimen stages for in-situ heating and tensile testing.
Working with BLG Vantage has given me opportunity to tackle the more challenging aspects of EBSD
Dr David Dingley has had a stellar career both in academia and industry having pioneered the development and understanding of automated EBSD (Electron BackScatter Diffraction) science and technology. He established a key research program at Bristol University in the early 1970′s after completing a Post-Docterate in Physics at Stanford University, California. In the late 1980′s research into EBSD began to migrate to industry where David helped introduced the first commercially available system. In the early 1990′s he established TSL (TexSEM Laboratories Inc.) together with John Bennion and Dr Brent Adam’s in the USA on the back of those early installations. Here’s a link to his personal EBSD website.
Claire Leonidou is the business manager for BLG Productions Ltd T/A BLG Vantage in the UK. Claire looks after the accounts department, marketing and all the administrative aspects for the business. She previously worked in the new media industry for ten years and is currently studying accountancy. As you can see; she likes to take the odd photo and loves going to the theatre.
Oxford University Dept. of Materials
Angus Wilkinson is the Professor of Materials at the Department of Materials, Oxford University; his group is concerned with the mechanical behaviour of materials, mostly metals and alloys, at the microstructural level. Angus and his team are at the forefront of developing the SEM based EBSD technique for mapping stress distributions at high spatial resolution. Other techniques used extensively within the group are nano-indentation, micro-cantilever bend testing and micro-pillar compression testing, digital image correlation and dislocation-based modelling. They aim to help improve mechanistic understanding of deformation, fracture and fatigue processes in metals and alloys.
For further information follow this link: Department of Materials Oxford University
Imperial College Dept. of Eng. & Materials
Ben Britton has been developing and applying the high angular resolution electron backscatter (HR-EBSD) technique to understand microstructure and properties in metals and semiconductors for over five years. This work continues within his research group at Imperial College London and in collaboration with colleagues at BLG Vantage and Professor Angus Wilkinson’s group at the University of Oxford. Ben is interested in developing and applying the technique to understanding patterning of strain, dislocations and microstructure in structural and functional materials. To date (June 2013) he has 15+ publications in this field, including review articles in JOM and Materials Today and regularly speaks at international workshops and conferences.
For further information follow this link: Imperial College London
Aunt Daisy Ltd, UK
Dr Austin Day has worked on EBSD for almost 30 years – starting in Professor David Dingley’s group at Bristol University and at the National Physical Laboratory with Professor Peter Quested. Austin has worked on a wide range of EBSD hardware & software including crystallography, phase databases and 3D EBSD. He developed rectangular phosphor EBSD detectors & colour forescatter imaging at NPL and later ran research & development for HKL Technology, pioneering the Nordlys detector. In addition to wide experience in developing and interfacing detectors to electron microscopes and training technical users, Austin has worked with / for all the major EBSD manufacturers. He is also a member of the BSI TC202 standards committee and contributed to the EBSD standards ISO 24173 & ISO 13067.
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No scientific development happens in isolation and BLG Vantage would like to recognise those people that have been instrumental in developing the field of High Resolution EBSD and strain measurement. We would like to acknowledge all their hard work and their expertise. Please note, these scientists are not employed by BLG Vantage and have no financial arrangements with our organisation.
In 2004 David Dingley, Angus Wilkinson and Graham Meaden in the UK formed a collaboration in order to try to measure Elastic Strains in semiconductors using EBSD. Dr Wilkinson had already published a method of tracking the movement of zone axes caused by elastic strain by withdrawing the EBSD camera to a large distance from the specimen (so that each camera pixel subtends a smaller angle than usual).
Wilkinson and Meaden quickly realised that by combining their expertise they could improve and automate the process. By extending the analysis so that sub-pixel pattern shifts could be measured, it was possible to bring the EBSD camera back to its normal operational position and monitor several areas of the pattern at once – leading to the first measurement of the distortion tensor using EBSD.
From this the software application CrossCourt was born and a new window was opened allowing strain measurement to be performed at a scale and sensitivity that showed clearly (often for the first time) the complex interaction between microstructure and the strain state of the material. Since then the technique has been extended in order to also measure the effects of plastic strain in a large variety of different materials from metals to rocks and from photovoltaic to aerospace technologies.
In 2011 we joined forces with Damian Dingley and Vantage Software Inc. in the United States to form BLGVantage. Together we were able to address the challenge of providing software solutions for an ever changing, ever demanding materials research environment by building a modular and scalable application architecture. This was launched in 2015 and is known as CrossCourt4.
Today we have customers all over the world -from universities, large and small industry and materials research institutions. We look forward to meeting the demands of our customers and breaking new territory in the field of materials research.