Regional Mapping and Geochemistry of the Chilcotin Group Volcanic Rocks, South-central British Columbia

The intern will map, collect field geophysical data and sample the Tertiary Chilcotin Group (CG) volcanic rocks throughout its known extent in southern BC with the intent of creating a new regional geological map for the CG. The Tertiary Chilcotin Group covers approximately 36,500km2 of Mesozoic and Paleozoic basement rocks which are potentially highly prospective for base and precious metal deposits as well as hydrocarbon deposits in the Nechako Basin. However, the nature, distribution, stratigraphy, thickness variation, age and composition of this voluminous flood are poorly known.

Petrological and Geochemical Profiling of Copper-gold Mineralization in the Iron Range Region of BC

Eagle Plains Resources is a junior exploration company exploring for minerals in Western Canada. The goal of this project is to understand the nature and type of the copper-goal mineralization present in the Iron Range, Kootenay region of BC.

Detrital Mineral Geochronology of the Wernecke Supergroup in the Yukon: Enhancing the Framework for Mineral Exploration

This project is designed to provide new information on the source of the sediment in the Wernecke Supergroup, a widespread geological formation in northern Yukon that was deposited approximately 1.8 billion years ago. This formation is important because it hosts numerous mineral occurrences that are attracting considerable mineral exploration activity. The source of the sediment will be identified by ion probe analysis on detrital (sedimentary) grains of the mineral zircon.

Advanced Modulation Techniques for Power Converters and Vehicle Propulsion Systems

The HVDC Research Centre performs innovative research and development in high-voltage DC (HVDC) and power electronic technologies, instrumentation and simulation. HVDC is committed to finding new methods to improve efficiency in equipment usage and electric power flow. One such application is conversion and shaping of voltage waveforms, which is generally referred to as “modulation”.

Sampling Plans and Analysis Strategies for Environmental Assessment of Diamond Mine Impacts in Northern Canada

Rescan Environmental Services has conducted an extended aquatic effects monitoring survey as part of the environmental assessment of the diamond mine operations in northern Canada. Yearly water and sediment samples have been taken over the past 12 years at reference lakes (those not affected by mine operations) and impact lakes (lying in a downstream gradient from the containment facility).

Separation Methods for Carbon Nanotubes and Amorphous Carbon

This internship project has been initiated to support an emerging technology for hydrogen production that is being developed by Atlantic Hydrogen, a Fredericton, NB-based company conducting research into a technology to produce hydrogen from natural gas without the generation of greenhouse gases. This emerging technology produces nanoscale carbon as a mixture of carbon nanotubes, Fullerenes and amorphous carbon. This research will develop methods to separate the highly valuable nanotubes and Fullerenes from the amorphous carbon.

Seismic Forward Numerical Modeling and Illumination Study

This project will use computer modelling to aid in building a geological model of the earth’s subsurface. The model is assumed to be accurate when seismic data from the model reasonably matches seismic data recorded on the surface of the earth. The movement of wave energy within the model will then be used to aid in identifying hydrocarbon signatures in the real seismic data.

Physical Properties and Geophysical Correlations of the Lac de Gras Kimberlites and Host Rocks at Diavik Diamond Mines

The Diavik Diamond Mine is located in Canada's remote North, 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, NWT. In this project, the intern will collect and analyze samples of Kimberlite from the Diavik property to determine their physical properties. The data will then be carefully analyzed to look for trends regarding new information that could lead to a new Kimberlite discovery.

Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) Technique for Autonomous Operation of Mining Robots

This project proposes an application of Fuzzy-Evolutionary Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm for autonomous navigation of mining robots in underground mines. This project aims to develop techniques that are useful for mining automation activities, particularly for infrastructureless navigation of load-haul-dump vehicles and drilling equipment. The intern will use current equipment facilities available with the intelligent systems group at C-CORE to collect data and to validate the proposed SLAM algorithm.

Dispersion and Deposition of Particulate Matter from Stacks

Teck Cominco Ltd. is a diversified mining, smelting and refining group, a world leader in the production of metallurgical coal and zinc and a major producer of copper and gold. The company was interested in investigating the dispersion of particulate matter from its Trail facility into the surrounding area under the influence of diffusion, advection by the wind and settling effects. In particular, the company was interested in estimates of yearly release rates from particular release points which are very difficult and costly to measure directly.