Trend analysis of the adoption of digital technologies within the aerospace industry

This internship is part of CRIAQ's structuring project "CRIAQ-1645 Digital Aerospace", whose goal is to identify converging trends between aerospace and information and communication technologies (ICT). This project will help in program orientation, for inferring R&D needs in the short, medium and long-term, so to develop digital capabilities that will be more and more important for aerospace companies.


Maintenance Engineering (ME) at Bombardier Aerospace, Toronto is currently offering a 3-day-in-class Reliability and Maintenance Cost Training to airlines operating Bombardier products. The idea behind this training package is to increase the understanding of the breadth of data that needs to be collected to make logical inferences and analytical methods that can be applied to make judgements about improving both the reliability performance and availability of the fleet, aircraft, system, sub-system or component.

Smart fusion of multi-sensors for UAVs Navigation - Year 2

The main outcome of this Mitacs-sponsored project will be a robust navigation software capable of providing accurate navigation solutions for commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Such a software will further elevate the industrial competitiveness for the partner corporation, the Profound Positioning Inc. (PPI). After finishing this project, PPI will be able to offer more comprehensive embedded integrated UAV navigation products.

3D RFM SLAM for UAVs Subject to Severe Vibration

The first step for any robot to achieve true autonomy is to create a map of its surroundings and localize itself within this map at the same time. This is popularly known as the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) problem. Although much theory has been developed over the years to solve the SLAM problem, researchers have been having difficulties in real-world application. This is because sensors and actuators onboard a robot are always corrupted by noise. In particular, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) face additional difficulties that land vehicles do not.

System Engineering Methodology for Implementation of Networked Aircraft Control Systems on Distributed Integrated Modular Architecture

Bombardier started a few years ago the development of new architectures for aircraft control systems in a of a larger Internal R&D activity named XDIMA: Highly Integrated Control Systems on Distributed Integrated Modular Architecture. The main hurtle along this activity has been the increase in complexity which requires changes of best engineering practice. One of the main objectives of the proposed R&D project is the definition and evaluation of a novel approach to complex systems design: Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). MBSE will be used to explore new Aircraft systems Architectures.

Automated Integrated Model for Earned Value measure (AIM: EVm)

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a better way of managing project on the weekly or monthly basis. The EVM allows managers to be on top of their project budgets and deadlines. When managers complete projects on time, and within budget, the projects are said to have earned value.
With the increased number of information available concerning projects within a modern organization, the question is about how to develop a better means to calculate the value earned by completing a particular project.

Weibull modeling of part modification reliability for the use of return on investment (ROI) estimates

When Bombardier comes across reports from their customers regarding frequent part failures, they investigate reasons for the cause of these failures. If many reports are received, all due to similar faults on the same part, design changes are made to the part to make it more reliable. Once the newly designed parts are available for purchase, Bombardier informs their customers of the part and is often required to provide an expected return on their investment/purchase (ROI) of a new part.

System on Chip for aerospace embedded equipment

The aeronautic and aerospace industries are exploring new approached to reduce the mass of cables, bulky electronic systems. This rationally leads onto aircraft weight reduction as well as the amount of CO2 and greenhouse gas emitted by aircrafts. To reduce the mass of cables, power harvesting technique could be utilized. In this approach, the energy needed to power on electronic systems can be harvested from available and reliable sources such as vibration, passenger’s seat heat, data line idle states etc.

Generic model-based development of test means for flight control systems using variability

The development of test means for aircraft flight control systems for is a complex, multidisciplinary and time consuming task. In this project a Master student will develop a reusable model-based development framework, based on an open source tool and methodology. This model-based systems engineering approach will allow the formalization of the generic aspects of the flight control system test means as well as the variability and specific aspects.

Business Process Improvement and Customer Satisfaction

Bombardier, a leading manufacturer of both planes and trains in the world, has become a major contributor to Canada’s economy. Facing today’s competitive market, Bombardier aims to retain existing customers and attract new customers through operational transformation, which focuses on continuous improvement in its internal operational efficiency.
The application encompasses two projects that center around continuous process improvement.