Technical and advisory services


Our technical services help small and large enterprises overcome workforce constraints and limited resources, accelerating design cycles and helping to identify product performance limits. We have experienced professionals on site to help our clients solve immediate technical problems associated with the transfer, adoption and diffusion of technology. Our specialized services range from testing and certifications to calibration, prototyping, demonstrations, scale-up and consulting.

Select a topic or research centre below to learn which NRC technical and advisory services can add value to your organization.

The NRC is committed to supporting our clients and collaborators with testing and technical services based on our unique research expertise and infrastructure. The NRC is equally committed to acting diligently to avoid knowingly engaging in routine testing services that may be delivered through Canadian private-sector laboratories offering such services. The NRC will endeavour to refer clients to Canadian private-sector labs when appropriate and will explore opportunities to license/transfer testing methodologies to Canadian private-sector service providers as circumstances warrant.

Image of a person doing field work near Truro Island, Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
NRC has been involved in several field studies measuring ice properties and ice forces on offshore structures. Past research included extensive projects dealing with the Beaufort Sea. Recent work has included investigations into decaying sea ice, ship routing through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, monitoring ice loads on the Confederation Bridge and using ship motions to determine ice-induced global loads.
Image of a typical output from PIC numerical model
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
NRC has developed sophisticated numerical models that accurately predict ice loads and ice failure behaviour for both level ice and ice rubble. One such model uses an implicit particle-in-cell (iPIC) approach in which an assembly of discrete particles represents the ice cover. The program output includes grounding locations, force data, pressure, thickness and concentration contour data. The model has been used to examine ice interacting with rubblemound berms, narrow and wide bridge piers, ice pile-up scenarios, and ice flow with respect to safe evacuation from structures
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Topic: Cold Region Engineering, Ice, Climate Change and Processes, Ice Mechanics, Monitoring, Marine
Image of Molikpaq in moving pack ice
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
NRC has acquired an extensive set of information pertaining to the development of the Canadian Beaufort Sea. With this information, as well as a long history of research on ice forces on structures, NRC has established a Centre for Ice Loads on Offshore Structures. Its information primarily focuses on the ice loads that have been measured on structures placed offshore. Most of the data was collected over several years of exploration in Canada's Arctic.
Image of a person taking measurements of Sea Ice Temperatures
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
NRC Arctic Technologies Program has expertise in solving ice engineering problems through the use of field studies, laboratory studies, data mining and numerical models. NRC has the most complete set of information on ice loads in the world. They use this information along with appropriate field measurement programs to ensure that their solutions to cold regions problems are addressed with real-world information.
Image of the Peribonca Dam
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Topic: Coastal Engineering, Numerical Modelling, Physical Modelling, Coastal Engineering, Marine
A broad range of services in the field of environmental hydraulics are now offered by NRC. These services originated and now complement NRC's traditional expertise in the areas of coastal engineering and cold regions technology. With the increasing need for environmental assessments and consideration for environmental protection and remediation, NRC has developed and expanded their technical expertise and tools to provide practical solutions for a wide range of complex environmental problems.
An offshore platform is evaluated in the Offshore Engineering Basin
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
NRC has the capacity to determine the performance of ships and offshore structures in harsh ocean conditions. Reliable performance evaluation has commercial value to all industry sectors, and is essential to the preservation of life and protection of the marine environment. Continued concern for energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions also drive the demand for efficient systems
Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Topic: Cold Region Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Field Data Collection, Mechanical Engineering, Numerical Modelling, Ocean Engineering, Physical Modelling, River Engineering, Sea ice modelling, Coastal Engineering, River Engineering, Structural Engineering, Civil engineering, Marine, Simulation & Numerical Modelling