Pelletization of Forest Wildfire Fuels in Western Canada

Forests in British Columbia have significant areas that need to be managed to limit the danger of fire and disease. Under current management approaches, there are few cost-effective options available to areas that are not already regularly harvested. A holistic analysis of pelletization of these materials could show that the sale of wood pellets, as well as the reduction in fire suppression and forest management costs and the increase in tax base would generate a net profit to the province and the businesses associated with the management.

Using beneficial microbes to mitigate the effects of climate change on plant nutrition, resistance to insects, and drought

Climate change has major present-day and anticipated consequences for Canadian and global food security. Increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can lead to decreased plant nutritional quality: more fixed carbon and sugar means that plants have less protein and micronutrients per gram. Additionally, increased CO2 levels can exacerbate insect pests on crops because elevated CO2 interferes with plant signalling and suppresses plants' ability to respond to stressors.

Floatability and washability characterization of difficult to process coal seams at Teck Greenhills coal mine

Teck Coal produces metallurgical quality coal from the coalfields in southeastern British Columbia and it is the second largest exporter of metallurgical coal in the world. It operates four coal mines in SE BC. One of the Teck Coal operations has been experiencing difficulty in processing fine coal for several years. Overall, this situation has led to less than expected plant performance, resulting in some losses in production.

Temporally consistent employee group labels

Analytical applications in large organizations across even intermediate time ranges are often made complex, costly or even impractical due to temporal inconsistencies in the available data. The ever-changing nature of organizations causes categorical labels in data to change over time. This is particularly true for HR data, as the organization adjusts to changes in skillsets, market and operations. This project aims at establishing automated methods of defining consistent employee group labelling across time.

Housing First as Intervention and its Economic Impact

A review of Housing First practices for housing chronically homeless residents, and their cost-saving potential for municipalities and housing organizations. Housing First treats supplying permanent housing as a priority for recovery for chronically homeless adults suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. This has been shown to be a more effective housing and treatment strategy that traditional programs that target the same population.

Investigation of the role of CDK10 in pancreatic cancer growth and metastasis

This collaboration between the Tai Lab at BC Cancer Agency and the biotechnology company STEMCELL will validate a 3D culturing system that supports the growth of normal and malignant pancreatic stem cells. Specifically, we hope to optimize the culturing condition for the growth media to ensure efficient and reproducible outcomes for pancreatic stem cells growing in a 3D system. Various media formulations will be tested to establish a cell culturing system and protocol for the pancreatic tissue.

Mass Timber Floor Vibration Design Guide and Validation

Mass timber floors are increasingly becoming an attractive option for floor system when compared to concrete or steel floors. This is particularly significant for multi-story buildings, where floor framing represents a large amount of the buildings cost and material use. Currently, these flooring systems are largely made out of concrete or steel, so there is significant room for the use of mass timber to grow. However, unlike steel or concrete, mass timber floors are often susceptible to serviceability issues such as detection or vibration.

Training accounting and auditing professionals in blockchain technology

Blockchain is an emerging technology with potential to create new foundations for our economic and social systems, and it is therefore critical for professional services such as accounting and auditing to broadly understand how it works and what it can do. However, like many new technologies, blockchain is difficult to initially comprehend, and is hampered by negative rhetoric and connotations.

Understanding Relationships between the BC Forest industry and Indigenous entities in BC

The for the health and well being of the BC forest industry and First Nations communities in BC, it is important to know how these two groups are interacting with each other. The goal of this research is to better understand what kind of relationships forestry companies and First Nations communities have. This research would use a survey that was given to members of the largest representative group of the forest industry in BC.

Solar harvesting textiles for self-powered health monitoring and human-machine interactions

Wearable electronics has become one of the most intensive research fields due to the ability to improve human life, enable interaction in the virtual world and the demand for portable electronics. Textiles with embedded electronic elements hold great potential for the next generation of health monitoring and human-machine interaction devices. Flexible sensors built on textiles convert physical movements of the human body into measurable signals, which allows real-time monitoring and precise measurement. However, a power source is needed to support the operation of the devices.

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