Designing a Multimodal Transportation Network

This project will develop a mathematical model and computer tools that will minimize transportation and infrastructure costs related to the forest road network, in order to ensure the transport of wood products to receiving plants. The model will consider several decision levels, including the location of transfer yards and the choice of mode of transportation. Constraints will include the storage capacity of terminals and transportation units, and the model will take into account travel distances as well as transportation and handling costs.

Does reducing postural variability lead to an increase in the prevalence of work-related injuries in lean automotive assembly?

Many companies believe that the more efficient way of thinking “lean” will improve quality by eliminating waste, reducing lead time and reducing their overall costs. However, the benefits and downfalls of a lean process of manufacturing have been debated extensively. Many researchers have noted a positive improvement in productivity, quality, and efficiency which contribute positively to managers, supervisors and other white collared workers. However, some other researchers have noted negative impacts on the health of blue collared assembly workers.

Intelligent Mobile Asset Tracking

Tracking and managing the dynamic location of mobile assets is critical for many organizations with mobile resources. Current tracking systems are costly and inefficient over wireless transmission systems where cost is based on the rate of data being sent. The intern is part of a team at UOttawa which focuses on tracking GPS-enabled mobile devices mounted on the asset by understanding the behaviour of typical traffic generated by a mobile device for reporting GPS data in various demographics.

Development of a New Non-contact Rotational Position Sensor for Fault Detection in Gear Boxes

Litens Automotive currently uses an axially mounted non-contact magnet based rotational position sensor in several applications to accurately and precisely measure shaft rotational position. This type of sensor has no moving parts, which allows it to be extremely durable with respect to useful life. With this robustness, coupled with low per unit cost, it has great potential to be used in mass produced items.

Cluster and Discriminant Analysis for Vehicles Detection

It is very useful to build an automatic computer system to recognize the types of vehicles passing a checkpoint given some easy-to-get data about the vehicles, such as the distances between axles, the weights on each axle. Such a system has many applications, for example, in monitoring traffic volumes and identifies the type of vehicle, which will be helpful in budgeting road maintenance costs. The main goal of this project is to develop a better methodology for cluster analysis with application to the vehicle detection problem. The simplest clustering technique is the K-means clustering.

Railcar Automated Coupling and Switching

Pacific Coast Terminals (in Port Moody, BC) is a highly-automated terminal for the transshipment of bulk materials from railcars to cargo ships. A rotary dumper empties the bulk material in the railcars by tipping their contents onto a conveyor system, in preparation for subsequent shipment. The dumper requires three people for operation: the dumper operator remotely controls the positioning of the railcars from an operator’s cab, and two switchmen serve to break and couple the railcars on adjacent incoming and outgoing tracks.

Implementing and Expanding a Public Bicycle System in Metro Vancouver

This project with TransLink, the Greater Vancouver transit authority, will develop a map to encourage cyclists to navigate Vancouver using a proposed public bicycle system. The map will show riders the best routes to take, based on hard data such as road grade and quality as well as soft data such as aesthetics and viewpoints. The research will include conducting a survey, as well as administering interviews to gain insight into potential cyclist’s views on a public bicycle system.

Diageo Fleet Utilization

Canadian Pacific Logistics Solutions, a company specializing in delivering performance solutions to supply chains, logistics or facility management problems, is partnering with an intern from the University of Lethbridge to analyze the delivery of whiskey by railroads. This project will analyze a bulk liquid whiskey rail car fleet and determine the number of cars needed on a quarterly basis for each origin and destination pair.

Platform Prototyping for Haptic Steering Research

In “shared control” of a machine, a user works cooperatively with an intelligent system to continuously direct or steer the machine’s operation. In this project with Spark Robotics Technology Inc., a provider of products and services for the defense and security industry, the research team will apply this concept to the problem of navigating or searching information streams.

Assessing the Feasibility of an Automated Public Bicycle System in Metro Vancouver

This project involves working with Translink - the Greater Vancouver transit authority, covering buses, skytrain, seabus, trains, and ferries - to conduct initial research to examine the viability of an automated public bicycle system similar in scale and design to systems recently initiated in Paris, Lyon and Oslo.

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