Investigation of group effect of large pile groups under lateral loading

At present, the understating of the lateral behavior of large pile group foundations (> 100 piles) supporting bridges, high-rise buildings, marine structures, and LNG tanks is limited. There are no definitive published design recommendations or guidance on evaluation of the lateral group effect of large pile groups. The current design standards (e.g., AASHTO, Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual) are based on the previous experimental results of full-scale and model testing of much smaller pile groups (

Indigenous-led salmon catch monitoring for just and equitable fisheries management in the Central Coast of British Columbia

This research is designed to advance understandings and monitoring of the recreational and Indigenous food salmon harvests and their management within the Central Coast of BC. Further, this collaborative research project is being led by the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance and four partnering First Nations (Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai'xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Nation) to develop a salmon catch monitoring framework.

Distributed Data-driven Model Predictive Control for Air-ring Systems with Application to the Blown Film Industry

The blown plastic film industry is constantly evolving, and the simpler products of just a few years ago are being displaced by new technical films. Market pressures have demanded a lower cost of plastic film with higher quality and thinner gauges. As a result of these trends, the demand for improvements in gauge control of the film increases dramatically, especially for manufacturers with older generations of equipment.

Climate Policies to Accelerate Soil Carbon Capture and Farm Health

Climate change is affecting BC farmers, with associated impacts to food security, community economic development, business risk management programs, and trade and innovation. With some of the oldest farmers in Canada, BC’s farmers also experience some of the lowest incomes in Canada.

Developing an educational module for multi-stakeholder facilitation linking nature-based climate solutions and IPCAs

Six million people in rural and Indigenous communities in Canada face water insecurity and associated risks to ecosystem functioning and biodiversity loss. Many of these communities could benefit from the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBCS). One challenge in the widespread implementation of these solutions is appropriate knowledge-sharing pathways, particularly in rural and Indigenous communities. This project will use the principles of reconciliation to develop strategies for knowledge dissemination in local communities.

Creating He- using H- ion source beam on He0

Metals, and particularly alkali metals, are contaminants in silicon wafers used to make computer chips and power electronics devices [1,2,3]. The movement of contaminating ions in the SiO2 under the influence of an applied voltage across the oxide causes the electrical characteristics of the transistor, such as the threshold voltage, to change [4]. This is particularly problematic for the class of ion implanters used in the production of silicon-based computer chips and power electronics devices requiring negative ion beams for the implant process [5].

Optimization of the synthesis and processing of novel ketone functionalized polydicyclopentadiene polymers

Polydicyclopentadiene (PDCPD) is a tough, heavily crosslinked thermoset polymer. An extensive network of crosslinks gives PDCPD a very high impact resistance, good resistance to chemical corrosion, and a high heat deflection temperature. University of Victoria (UVic) recently achieved the creation of the first functionalized polydicyclopentadiene (f-PDCPD) that does not give up the robust thermal stability that makes PDCPD so useful. Poly V Technology has been launched to translate this novel functionalized polymer to a commercial setting.

Utilizing External Infrared Thermography for Energy Assessment of Wood-Framed Buildings in Canada

Since many existing buildings in Canada were built prior to the advent of national and provincial energy policies, quantifying building envelope thermal performance is an important step in identifying retrofit opportunities in the existing building stock. Quantitative thermography is considered as a reliable method to measure the thermal transmittance, U-values, of opaque building envelope assemblies. Previously developed external infrared thermography (IRT) methodologies mainly focused on comparison of measured U-values with nominal U-values of wall assemblies in European construction.

Advancing Fisheries Adaptation to Climate Change in Canada

Climate change is rearranging the distribution of ocean life and threatening the viability of world-wild fisheries that people depend on for food, income and well-being. While ample evidence shows the impacts of climate change on fisheries, Canada is lagging behind in developing the science and solutions needed to help Canadian fisheries be more responsive and resilient. This Mitacs intern will develop and pilot-test a scientifically rigorous qualitative framework to assess the degree to which Canada’s commercial fisheries management is responsive and resilient to climate change.

Leveraging native species restoration and remote sensing techniques for large-scale dust mitigation enhancement

This proposal aims to advance large-scale dust mitigation strategies in hydroelectric reservoir sites through improved revegetation outcomes, and through leveraging revegetation efforts to additionally enhance local biodiversity and cultural values. Our team has developed a strategic partnership between university researchers, BC Hydro, environmental industry partners, and the local First Nations community to provide an interdisciplinary and stakeholder-informed approach for decision-making that builds on existing reservoir mitigation programs and knowledge.

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