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.

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.

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.

Replacing mercury use and improving gold recovery in artisanal operations

This study aims to improve a process to recover gold in artisanal mining operations by treating a gravity concentrate with cyanide in a closed circuit in a ball mill, trapping gold particles in a capsule of activated carbon in the mill. The main innovation of this process is the use of the activated carbon inside the mill, with no need to remove the balls. Cyanide is safely degraded when the process is complete, with no residual damage to the environment, when the process is carefully applied.

Evaluating the Economic Impact of Greater Victoria's Technology Sector

The objective of this research project is to locate VIATeC (the Victoria Advanced Technology Council), its member companies, and the Greater Victoria technology sector in general in relation to its current strategic environment. Through a review of the literature, surveys, interviews, and focus groups, the researcher will bring answers to the following questions: (1) What is the collective economic impact of the technology©sector companies in the Greater Victoria region and in the province of British Columbia?

Meeting the needs of African refugee youth in Metro Vancouver

Although there is an identified need among African refugee youth for programs that can improve their social and economic settlement outcomes, evidence suggests extremely low levels of participation among African refugee youth in programs designed for young people.

Verification, Validation and Expansion of the Business of Carbon Sequestration Through Land Reclamation and Afforestation

Fair Trade Carbon Limited (FTC) and its subsidiary Fair Trade Carbon Uganda are companies founded by UBC graduate students, Canadian tree planters and Ugandan educators in an effort to develop forest carbon markets in both countries based on a for-profit, community direct investment model. FTC Uganda currently manages eight tree plantations and with water scarcity in some areas, the company desires to know the effect of tree plantations on local water resources.

Systems Integration of Automatic Specimen Processor with a Petri Net Approach to Control, Diagnose and Prevent System Faults

Microbiology analysis is an essential tool for diagnosing infectious diseases in health and medical services. The subfield of Bacteriology receives the largest volume in human specimens (i.e. urine and swab samples). For an average sized clinical lab, 1,000 to 5,000 samples would need to be processed daily. Such high demand in conjunction with the labour‐intensive and error prone analysis techniques makes automation an excellent solution for optimizing laboratory human resources.

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