Study of Cyclic Solvent Injection (CSI) Process with Carbon Dioxide/Methane/Propane Mixture Solvent

This project is to perform systematic studies to better understand key recovery mechanisms of mixture solvent CSI process and provide fundamental parameters for field-scaled prediction. For mass transfer, a methodology of measuring diffusion coefficients for multiple components simultaneously dissolving into heavy oil systems under bulk volume and porous medium conditions will be established. For foamy oil flow, its properties of non-equilibrium will be investigated by PVT measurement and depletion tests, respectively.

A Cloud-based Real Time Infrastructure Monitoring System

The proposed research focuses on developing a secure, reliable and real-time heterogeneous communication system to monitor and protect utility assets such as metering infrastructure, pumps and underground pipelines. The proposed system will be able to collect and aggregate data and upload the data through a cloud gateway to allow remote monitoring and control. The proposed system will interface the transmitted data with Lexcom’s Capital Infrastructure Management Systems (CIMS).


Western Canada has vast heavy oil deposits in many thin heavy oil reservoirs with less than 10-m main pay zones. The cold heavy oil production with sand (CHOPS) is the primary production process for the heavy oil reservoirs. However, a typical CHOPS process can recover only 5?15% of the initial oil-in-place and waterflooding has had a limited success.

Predicting Canadian Credit Union Financial Performance and Its Effect on IT Investment Decisions

The aim of this project is to develop an understanding of Canadian credit union financial performance and its effects on IT investment. The outcomes of this research will enable the partner organization, a fintech firm, to better serve its credit union clients, and to anticipate changes in their business environment. The desired outcome of this project is to help credit unions and the partner organization be better positioned to make strategic business decisions.

Ecomuseums: Local community engagement, identity and governance.

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 three case studies in southern Saskatchewan to study ecomuseum citizen participation and governance. Three unique ecomuseums are used as case studies.

Experimental and Mathematical Modeling of Flow Instability in Heavy Oil Recovery Processes - Year two

This research project with the industry partner Saskatchewan Research Council focuses on the displacement front instability in heavy oil recovery processes such as water flooding, solvent injection and polymer flooding. In those processes, the less viscous displacing fluid usually moves faster than the more viscous displaced heavy oil. This results in an instability that manifests itself in the form of finger-shaped intrusions, and which is viscous fingering (VF). The VF phenomenon tends to greatly reduce sweep efficiency, leaving a large amount of untouched heavy oil underground.


With the current challenges with depleted reservoirs and problems associated with heavy oil production, the implementation of the most cost-effective and feasible enhanced oil recovery method is inevitable. There are a wide range of EOR methods available and developed, which are in most cases expensive and complicated to carry out. Therefore, an extensive preliminary screening procedure is necessary before conducting a field-scale EOR method.

Developing Grassland Songbird Management Targets for Multi-Species Conservation on Mixed-grass Prairie Rangelands

The goal of this project is to develop management targets for grassland songbirds on native rangelands in western Saskatchewan. This research will identify grassland conditions required by priority species and examine how these differ between species and throughout prairie regions with very different soil and moisture conditions.

In-motion 3D Modeling and Image-based Metric Measurement of Vehicles using Laser Optics Technology

A laser-optics vehicle profiling system will be designed and developed in this project. The image of a laser line projected onto the surface of a vehicle from a vantage point will be used to make metric measurements on the vehicle and to develop a 3D model of it.
It is conjectured that this setup would work superior to the existing time-of-flight laser profilers in terms of accuracy, resolution, and speed of operation.
Multiple laser-optics scanners located at optimal locations in an inspection station can provide a panoramic 3D model of the vehicle and also provide measurements.

Improving in-situ SVE remediation process through an integrated stochastic simulation-optimization system at the Cantuar sitea

This project is to help SaskEnergy characterize the pollutant transport behaviors under the remediation process of SVE through advanced modelling system. Such a modelling system employs a series of stochastic analysis methods to quantify the random features in the subsurface at Cantuar site such as the porosity, hydraulic conductivity and so on. Then, relationships (or functions) between SVE control variables and pollutant concentrations are generated through advance statistical methods.