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May 17, 2018

Plugging into a new housing concept

Family dynamics in Canada are fast becoming more diverse, but the housing industry has been slow to adapt to them. It used to be that families remained in one house for decades or even generations. Today, according to the Vanier Institute of the Family, each Canadian on average owns five houses over a lifetime, upsizing and downsizing as children are born, age, and eventually move out of the nest. Often, families renovate rather than move, which can be an expensive and disruptive process. This is making the traditional notion of the family home obsolete. Families today need innovative housing models... Read more
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May 17, 2018

Settle down, now: Red River College helps develop an environmentally friendly dust suppressant

There are millions of kilometers of unpaved roads around the world, and the dust kicked up by the vehicles that drive on them is a major contributor to air pollution and levels of dust particles that can cause health and environmental issues. In one effort to combat that, Winnipeg-based Cypher Environmental Ltd. collaborated with faculty and students at Red River College to develop a dust suppressant. The result was Dust Stop Municipal Blend, a non-corrosive and environmentally friendly alternative to road salts, such as magnesium chloride and calcium chloride. It also offers superior dust control. Municipal Blend incorporates sugars, which... Read more
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May 16, 2018

Refining brewing at Refined Fool Brewery

The idea of students getting immersed in beer doesn’t exactly go hand in hand with words like “efficiency” and “productivity,” — but they did when a group from Lambton College worked with Refined Fool Brewing Company, a micro-brewery in the heart of downtown Sarnia. Refined Fool approached Lambton College for help in minimizing the space and labour their brewing process required, while increasing energy savings, efficiency and productivity. The first part of the project allowed the brewers to monitor the brewing process off site using smart devices. The second part automated keg washing, which was previously done by hand. Faculty... Read more
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May 16, 2018

Aclarus

Easy access to high-quality drinking water can be a challenge for people outside urban areas — and it was to improve that access that Aclarus Ozone Water Systems approached Lambton College in Sarnia for help to test, develop and optimize its ozone water purification system. Aclarus, based in Peterborough, Ontario, specializes in water purification through the use of ozone technology. Ozone, an inorganic molecule, is extremely efficient at removing bacteria, pesticides, odours, chemicals (and more) from water. In June of 2015, Aclarus partnered with the Lambton Water Centre at Lambton College on a research project to validate its system’s effectiveness... Read more
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April 19, 2018

A vest with sensations — the next fashion sensation

Entering a virtual reality world may soon be as easy as slipping on a life jacket with the development of ARAIG — a wearable wireless, multi-sensory, immersive suit for gaming and simulation training. The suit is the brainchild of Michael and Brodie Stanfield, founders of Inventing Future Technologies Inc.—IFTech for short — a start-up from Oshawa, Ontario. ARAIG, an acronym for “As real as it gets,” was developed with computer gaming in mind. It consists of an inner T-shirt-like layer and an outer exoskeleton that looks like a high-tech version of a football player’s pads. ARAIG offers wearers surround sound,... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Passive Treatment of Leachates from Forestry Waste

Wood waste from the Quebec forest industry is often stored in large piles that can degrade the soil under and around the stockpiles. Forestry researchers at the Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI) at Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue are testing ways to decontaminate water that may be affected by leaching from these stockpiles. The cégep’s researchers applied their knowledge about treatment of wastewater from mine tailings to the problem of leachates from bark heaps for a local forestry company, Coopérative forestière du NordOuest, Mabarex. The research team is designing, installing and monitoring a pilot passive treatment of leachate waters in wood... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Cloud Mapping for Forestry Planning

Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of forestry resources is moving from desktop to the cloud with assistance from Selkirk College. Selkirk College’s Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) conducts applied research, develops applications, and delivers Selkirk’s Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of GIS programs. The research centre has experience developing sophisticated web-based map services. A local forestry software company, Valhalla, approached SGRC for assistance expanding its suite of software designed to help the British Columbia forest industry to manage harvesting operations, production and sales of lumber to domestic and international markets. The software can run on both the desktop and in the cloud.... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Using Wood Ash as Fertilizer

For decades, the forestry industry has operated under difficult financial conditions, and little attention has been given to potential innovations and research opportunities. This has created opportunities for collaboration with post-secondary institutions, because research and innovation are an essential part of the industry’s long-term sustainability. A 2014 study, undertaken by Collège Boréal and a timber company near Sudbury, has demonstrated the value gained from a college-industry research partnership. A forestry company with a mill in Nairn Centre, 50 kilometres east of Sudbury, uses wooden biomass to heat and provide electricity for its operations. The waste produced is wood ash, which... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Smart Technologies Enable Thermostat Management From Afar

A virtual thermostat developed through research at SAIT Polytechnic could allow building managers to have wireless control of heat throughout large facilities. Kalen-Hudson Group is a manufacturer and importer of small electronic devices, especially thermostats and other control devices. Having previously worked with Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) at SAIT to test and validate technologies, Kalen-Hudson knew where to turn when it needed to design a smart-control thermostat and a smaller, cost-effective consumer model. “In order to develop the technology, having access to a facility like SAIT and the research grant gives us the chance to develop something new... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Feeling the Heat – the Furnace Minder

In the fall of 2013, a local heating and air-conditioning company contacted Humber College’s instructor of the Electronics Engineering Technician program to discuss the development of a new idea to remind customers about furnace maintenance. Mike Martino of Martino Contractors envisioned the MB Furnace Minder as an automated device that will remind homeowners when it is time for regular maintenance of their furnaces. An Electronics Engineering Technician student and a Bachelor of Industrial Design student were hired as research assistants. Under the direction of instructor Georges Livanos, students worked with Martino staff to design and test their proposed automated system.... Read more
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