Spatial analysis of changing climate and the climate rating of Saskatchewan’s arable agricultural land for property assessment purposes

This project uses a large amount of geographic information and advanced computing technology to re-evaluate the influence of climate on the productivity of Saskatchewan’s agricultural land, which represents about 40% of all the cropland Canada. The intern will combine digital maps of soil, land use, crop yield, elevation, and historical weather observations.

Understanding sharp-tailed grouse habitat selection and lek persistence to inform industrial siting and mitigation strategies

The sharp-tailed grouse is the provincial bird of Saskatchewan and a favourite upland game-bird for hunters. Sharp-tailed grouse are considered an indicator of grassland ecosystem health, and there is growing concern that populations are declining in Saskatchewan and elsewhere. Habitat loss, as a result of conversion of grassland habitat for agriculture and energy production, appears to be one of the major factors influencing grouse populations in Canada.

DEVELOPING AN ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY SOFTWARE BY UTILIZING BIG DATA ANALYTICS TO EVALUATE VARIOUS ENHANCED RECOVERY METHODS - Year two

The continuing rise in demand, the decline in conventional domestic production, and the belated development of alternatives to petroleum combine to increase the importance of seeking new resources and methods for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The amount, cost, and timing of the EOR contribution are highly uncertain. Additionally, due to the current economical constraints that oil industry is experiencing, the search for a cost-effective recovery method is even more significant.

Improving Automated Clay Seam Tracking for GPR-on-borer Systems Used in Potash Mining

This project will attempt to improve knowledge of the condition of the roof of mining rooms in potash mining. Typically a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) systems pointing overhead and connected to a mining machine is used to assess the conditions of the roof. This is important in order to avoid rock falls which endanger lives, equipment and the operations of potash mining.

Data-driven Adaptive Model Predictive Control of Heat produced by Resistive Heating Elements in Enhanced Oil Recovery

NEXEN has proposed a novel and advanced thermal EOR technique for oil sands recovery, which is both economically efficient and environmentally sustainable as compared to current thermal oil recovery method (SAGD). The focus of this research project is to investigate, analyze, improve, and design heat transfer modeling and control strategies for proposed enhanced oil sands recovery so that it could be commercialized in future. Rate of heat transfer in proposed technique is low as compared to SAGD, which is directly proportional to rate of oil recovery.

Cannabinoid Ensemble on Cerebrovascular Physiology: A Dosage Escalation Study

The proposed research will examine the effects of different concentrations of medical cannabis (high cannabidiol (CBD)/low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on brain and heart physiology. CBD is ‘non-psychoactive’ and has shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive, and neuroprotective. However, limited clinical research is available on safe dosages for the human brain. Normal control participants without pathological or psychological disorders will undergo a dose escalation study to determine the safety and efficacy of high CBD/low THC.

Saskatchewan potash producer advances safety

So, when Nutrien, the world’s largest producer of crop inputs, services and solutions was seeking some out-of-the-box solutions for a safety technology at their Saskatchewan potash mines, they turned to Mitacs to access top research talent.

The resulting collaboration with the University of Regina has produced a new computer algorithm that more accurately identifies potential hazards in the roof of a mined-out cavern—giving workers advanced notice so that they can deploy safety protocols in a timely manner.

Computer co-pilot helps you navigate changing streets

Now, one Mitacs intern is searching for a solution. Arvind Srinivasan is researching an algorithm that will integrate real-time changes into existing mapping programs. The new algorithm allows the app to seamlessly adjust your route — without interrupting the navigation. Normally, unexpected changes to the map require more processing power to integrate. The resulting algorithm is slower and less useful as a navigation tool.

Corrosion inhibitor for potash mining and processing plants

We propose to mitigate corrosion in potash mining and processing plants by introducing corrosion inhibitor to potash brine solutions. We will screen and formulate a cost-effective corrosion inhibitor that is compatible to potash mining and processing operation, but does not degrade quality of potash products and still provides high corrosion inhibition performance.

Local community engagement: White Butte Eco-museum Heritage Ecology Project

Ecomuseums are primarily community-based endeavors that respond to local needs while concentrating on sustainability. They help guide and develop democratic projects that focus on connections to local history and heritage, which include local physical geographic features, natural resources, natural habitats and agricultural practices. This research concentrates on creating an educational program to be delivered on a local conservation easement in southern Saskatchewan.

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