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.
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.
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.
This research project aims to develop a clinical assessment tool that can aid physicians to predict or improve surgical procedure effectiveness for women who suffer from Urinary Incontinence (UI). UI is an epidemic disease that involves loss of bladder and urethral sphincter control to hold urine. It is mainly due to factors including aging, obesity, nervous failure, muscle relaxation due to childbirth or medications intake, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, failing urethral sphincter and smoking.
This internship with AMSSA, an affiliation of agencies providing immigrant settlement and multicultural services to communities, will survey and analyze all types of services for immigrants already being offered by AMSSA’s member agencies across BC through their broad-ranging service funder relationships. Generally speaking, each BC immigrant-serving agency holds a small number of “core” BC Ministry of Attorney General Settlement and Adaptation Program service contracts which allow for a basic range of information and referral, volunteer matching and ESL services.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest immigration and social service agencies in BC. This project is designed to provide S.U.C.C.E.S.S. with three useful end-products; two consolidated and updated program of operations guides for the Host Program and the Youth Leadership Millennium Project (YLMP), and an evaluative research-based report providing feedback from YLMP graduates. Using participant focused evaluation, the intern will establish the goals for YLMP held by all those involved in the program.
This project with the BC Ministry of Forests and Range intends to use almost entirely existing stand spatial data and snow-melt data to model early season water availability in mountain pine beetle (MPB) affected stands. The resultant canopy loss due to the MPB is likely to have an influence on the volume and timing of snow melt and, consequently, on water availability.
The focus of this project with NyFound Energy Services Inc., a developer of mid-sized clean heat, power, and energy utilities in western North America, revolves around the use of wood waste produced by the local sawmills in Merritt to produce electricity and the potential to also capture waste heat to supply dryers used at the sawmills, community buildings, greenhouses, and/or a wood pellet manufacturing plant. The use of wood waste would displace some or all of the natural gas currently used for drying purposes in the dry kilns and for provision of space heating.
The overall objective of this pilot study is to develop design, manufacturing and clinical protocols for the application of Klearway’s oral appliance therapy to a child population. By evaluating orthodontic records (questionnaires, x-rays and dental study models) together with blood oxygen levels before and after treatment, new applications for Klearway’s oral appliance use and new protocols in children may be defined. Five to ten children enrolled in the undergraduate orthodontic clinical program at the University of British Columbia will be recruited.
Considerable information has been acquired on soil dynamics in areas under oil sands reclamation and a variety of models have been developed that simulate moisture dynamics and ecosystem productivity. However, to date, nutrient and moisture dynamics have been considered largely in isolation; for models to be useful in reclamation, they need to be capable of representing how soil moisture influences nutrient cycling, how available moisture limits vegetation growth and how ecosystem development can change nutrient cycles and moisture dynamics.