Life at Risk Evaluation for the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Network

The Centre for Operations Excellence (COE) at the Sauder School of Business,University of British Columbia (UBC) was asked by the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Network (SCISN) and The Rick Hansen Foundation to carry out an evaluation of a forecasting model. SCISN and The Rick Hansen Foundation commissioned the development of the model to a third party consulting firm.

Intelligent Low-cost Cell Planning

In this project, in collaboration with the Linxoft team, the intern will focus on new and complex location-based intelligence search engines using advanced optimization algorithm and new software toolkit to query data in both spatial and non-spatial relational databases, perform radius-based search calculations, and plot the results onto a mapping interface such as Google Maps, Virtual Earth, or MapInfo.

Automated Market Making

Catalyst Equities is a proprietary day trading firm, which means that they trade stocks with financing arranged by a third party. Currently, trades are made independently by members of the team with some dialogue over projections and decision criteria. In the future, partners want to expand their business to include automated trading, which they have past experience with.

Optimizing Farm Business Planning with Multiple Objective Goal Programming

The proposed project entails the intern working with Mark Betteridge & Associates to develop an innovative business plan for the company's recently acquired farm near Comox, British Columbia. The business plan will emphasize the development of a set of business activities which utilize highly innovative technologies, are economically sound, result in a low environmental and carbon footprint and fit well into the surrounding community.

Assessment of the Performance of Engineering In-Stream Channel Restoration Works with Field

The objective of this project is to assess the performance of engineered instream structures and observe changes in bed morphology that occurred on a side-channel restoration project on the Seymour River in British Columbia through field work and 2D modelling. Field work includes the collection of velocities using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), several ground surveys and collecting sediment samples.

Validating the Critical Thinking Measure

Critical thinking involves the process of using various strategies to work through problems and challenges involving what to believe and how to act (Case & Daniels, 2002). The critical thinking questionnaire (CTM) is a comprehensive measure that assesses the degree to which individuals possess and utilize the five categories of intellectual resources fundamental to critical thinking. The purpose of this project is to work with The Critical Thinking Consortium to collect data and conduct the necessary analyses to determine the reliability and validity of the CTM.

Opportunities in BC to Generate Carbon Offsets from Biomass-based Renewable Energy

The focus of this project is an estimation of the potential in BC for economically viable biomass-based renewable energy projects capable of generating greenhouse has offsets.

Neighbourhood Influence on Outcomes of Supportive Housing

The study will examine about 12 supportive housing facilities located within the province of British Columbia. Three types of data will be cross-examined: data on neighbourhood characteristics, data regarding residents of socioeconomic status, and data issued from interviews with key informants and service providers. Data on neighbourhood characteristics include information such as the location of services and public transportation, the socio-economic profile of the neighbourhood, average housing price, etc.

Modeling of a Multi-Stage Roll Forming Process Applied to Textile Composite Bridge Deck Slabs

The replacement of metallic materials by polymer matrix composites which possess a multitude of improved properties (lower density, higher stiffness and strength, resistance to fatigue and damage, high temperature stability, etc) is becoming a main objective in several industries including aerospace, automotive and construction. Structural components used in such industries often include sharp radii and angles, which have proven to be difficult to form on a controlled basis because of the spring-back or spring-in phenomenon.

Development of Tree Ring - C Climate Relationships in Boreal Forests

Mining operations in the Oil Sands area can affect extensive areas of boreal forest. Those forested areas affected by mining are expected to be reclaimed by mining companies to re-establish their natural conditions after the exploitation ends. The long©term success of reclamation plans can be assessed with ecological models that simulate how different environmental factors affect tree growth and development. Climate is possibly the most important factor influencing plant growth.

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