Adapting Sigma° software for the mining of transportation information using aerial photos as part of updates to topographical maps

Sigma° is a software application for updating topographical maps developed by Synetix for the Quebec government department for natural resources and wildlife (MNRF). The algorithm can be used to update communication channels with remote-detection images and the principle of using topographical maps to guide detection procedures. The initial version of Sigma° was developed and validated for Radarsat-1 and SPOT Panchromatic satellite images with a resolution in the order of 5 m.

Design and Control of Intelligent Robot Manipulator for an On-Orbit Service

One important and growing area for the application of space robotics is on‐orbit servicing (OOS) of failed or failing spacecrafts. The control of the robotic arm becomes very important in respect to force control and visual guidance in order to successfully accomplish a capture operation. Therefore, the goal of this research with Ovalbay Geological Services Inc. is to design an intelligent robot manipulator that will employ optimal path‐planning and object avoidance with a visual guidance system.

Using wireless location technologies in mobile video games

This research is part of the GéoÉduc3D project, funded by the Geomatics for Informed Decisions (GEOIDE) Network. It aims to propose educational interactive games based on geospatial technologies. The games would explore thematic questions of interest to youth and teenagers. The internship will focus on wireless location in interior spaces. More specifically, it will introduce the player's geographic real-time position in a mobile game in an efficient and robust way. Position information will be relayed via WiFi networks.

Sources and Timescales of Fluid Flow: Gold Deposit Generation during Metamorphism, Abitibi Sub-province, Canada

The Abitibi Sub-province extends from Timmins, ON to Val d’Or, QC and contains gold deposits with equivocal genesis, derived from either magmatic or metamorphic processes. The largest of the gold lode deposits precipitated at paleotemperatures and paleopressures indicative of depths 8-12 km below the surface. Metal-rich fluid flow at these depths through structurally deformed rocks during mountain building events is likely the responsible mechanism for precipitation of gold ore, thus a model more preferential to the metamorphic scenario.

Potential Climate Change Impact On Surface Winds in Southern British Columbia: Analyses Using A High-Resolution Regional Climate Model

Results from a state-of-the-art regional climate model will be used to analyze properties of near-surface winds (speed, direction, power, and variability in time) in selected regions of southern British Columbia. Station observations taken over recent decades will be used to develop a relation between model output fields and wind characteristics that can be used to deduce wind properties at station locations in any future period.

Full Waveform Tomography for Time-Lapse Monitoring

Oil and gas resources are hidden deep within the earth in geological structures which form reservoirs for these fluids. Finding these reservoirs, and monitoring the flow of fluids within these structures requires advanced imaging technologies and algorithms for the successful recovery of these valuable resources. This project will develop a newly proposed mathematical approach to imaging these structures, known as full wavefield tomography (Brenders and Pratt, 2007).

Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing of Advanced Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer Composites

Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites has been widely used in many sectors of industry since 1960s. To ensure the quality and structural integrity of FRP, it is important to evaluate their physical quality and composition both during manufacture and while in use. For this purpose, a number of standardized tests have been developed to evaluate strength, flexibility, extent of wear, and so on. However, most of these tests require destroying the material to obtain relevant information.

Differentiating Sources of Contaminants in Two Lakes in Northern Ontario

The intern will measure the concentrations of organic contaminants (PAHs) and inorganic contaminants (metals) in cores from two lakes in Northern Ontario. One lake has an adjacent industrial site while the second lake represents a control site with no associated industry. Comparison between the lakes will determine whether contaminants previously measured were associated with the industry or are a result of non-point source atmospheric deposition in the region.

Where are they now? Reviewing and updating SUCCESS’s Youth Leadership Millennium Project in its 10th year

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest immigration and social service agencies in BC. This project is designed to provide S.U.C.C.E.S.S. with three useful end-products; two consolidated and updated program of operations guides for the Host Program and the Youth Leadership Millennium Project (YLMP), and an evaluative research-based report providing feedback from YLMP graduates. Using participant focused evaluation, the intern will establish the goals for YLMP held by all those involved in the program.

Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) of the Central and North coast of BC

Sandhill cranes are a blue-listed (vulnerable) species in BC, requiring special management of their habitat. Very little is known about the coastal population of cranes or their habitat requirements in BC. The intern will work with the BC Ministry of Environment to conduct an inventory to locate Sandhill cranes and their nests on the central and north coast. Nesting and foraging sites will be characterized in field studies using variables relevant to the biology of the species and to forest management.

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