Organization Evolution Strategy

Kintama Research has a successful history as a scientific and research company, during which it has developed a great deal of proprietary intellectual property, not just in its technologies, but also in the methodologies of its research and consulting practices. However, that intellectual property relies on the expertise of its senior staff. The company needs to be able to plan for product commercialization, management and engineering succession planning, and the creation of lasting shareholder value.

Whole Genome Association Strategy for Unbiased Candidate Gene Selection in Inflammatory Diseases

Susceptible individuals for inflammatory diseases could be targeted for either preventative measures or care if we could identify them by obtaining their genetic code. However, to date, there is no effective method of discovering which of the more than 5 million genetic variants are important in determining disease susceptibility. A common approach is to test every genetic variation, in every patient, for its correlation with some disease (called Whole Genome Association orWGA), but this is extremely expensive and slow.

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.

Prediction of Power Outage Locations Due to Weather and Tree Impacts on BC Transmission Corporation Transmission Lines

Trees uprooted or broken during severe wind events routinely cause power outages in BC. Some researchers believe that climate change will result in more storms in BC. We will investigate the weather conditions that lead to strong winds. Using BC Transmission Corporation’s power outage database, we will examine patterns of outages in space and time, identify the weather, terrain and vegetation conditions associated with these outages, and produce models that will predict the likelihood of an outage at a given location.

Investigation of Cyclosporiasis Outbreaks in British Columbia

The outbreak of cyclosporiasis, a foodborne or waterborne disease caused by the microorganism called cyclospora, was first documented in the province of British Columbia in 1999. From 1999 to present, there have been 5 documented outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in BC and they were found to be associated with locally produced or imported produce. However, there is no increase in cyclospora cases nationally.

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.

Compendium of Design Strategies for Healing Environments

Evidence-based research has provided a body of evidence which links improved patient outcomes with building features such as courtyards, views of nature and access to daylight. While the quantitative data produced by such studies makes a strong case to decision-makers for the inclusion of such features into healthcare facilities, the design of healing environments requires more than a checklist of desirable features.

Characterization of Rock Features in the Ore Sorting Industry

Underground pre-concentration is an efficient stage in reducing the cost of mining operations. During this operation, extracted rocks are monitored underground and most of the waste rock is rejected while the ore is kept. In this project, image processing and pattern recognition algorithms will be employed to characterize different types of ores as well as rocks. This system will be part of a machine vision system that will be used for sorting ores from waste rocks in an underground preconcentration in a mine.

Risk Analysis and Assurance test on Carbon Credit Asset Management Program

The intern will be undertaking research with Carbon Credit Corp. (CCC), a designer of green strategies for public companies, to gain an understanding of the Canadian Carbon Market, as it evolves, with specific attention on carbon sequestration in tilled land in the Canadian Prairies. CCC is uniquely positioned in this eco-market to determine how carbon sequestration will be treated as a viable carbon credit resource.

Improving Patient Safety by Developing an Algorithm to Detect Patient Respiratory Status During Remifentanil Administration for Lithotripsy

Remifentanil, an anesthetic that is administered intravenously during acoustic shock wave treatment for kidney stones, depresses a patient's ability to breathe and can lead to apnea. Respiration is normally detected via standard patient monitors which sound alarms in the event that the patient ceases to breathe for a given length of time. However, a physician or nurse often intervenes before the alarms sound and is able to prompt the patient to breathe properly. The decision to intervene includes visual observation of respiration conditions, and requires vigilant monitoring.