Stories

 

Read success stories about NRC research, and how our work contributes to the success of our clients and partners.

 

Ivana Vouk

- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
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- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Allison Kennedy

- St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
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- St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Industry: Modeling and Simulation Technologies
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- St. George, New Brunswick

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Industry: Water and Wastewater Technologies, Modeling and Simulation Technologies
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- Pembina River Basin, Manitoba

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
To keep North Dakota's spring thaw waters from flooding into Canada, Canadian farmers from Manitoba's Pembina River Basin constructed a 29 km dike just 10 metres north of the U.S.-Canada border. Built in the 1940s, the dike has proved an effective method in stemming the flow onto Canadian soil, but flood waters now inundate farmlands south of the border.
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- Montréal, Quebec

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Bioremediation is a waste management technique that uses microorganisms to break down toxic chemicals in soil, water and air. It holds the potential to change the way municipalities, government agencies and industry can minimize the adverse environmental effects of organic chemical spills. In Canada, bioremediation on land has already proved successful in the North, prompting new research into its potential use in marine environments.
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- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Wind turbines and solar panels dot the landscape in many parts of Canada, each helping to reduce Canada’s dependence on fossil fuels and move the nation to more environmentally friendly and sustainable power sources. Today, almost 17 percent of Canada’s total primary energy supply comes from renewable resources – an important contribution toward extending the planet’s life and reducing our impact on the environment as energy demand continues to rise. The National Research Council (NRC) is working to increase this percentage through R&D focused on mapping marine energy resources improving the commercial and technical performance of marine renewable energy systems – emerging technologies for harvesting useful energy from ocean waves and water currents in both rivers and coastal waters.
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- St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
With the rapid growth of oil and gas development off Canada's east coast, and as economic and political interests in the Arctic increase, the ability for seagoing vessels and offshore structures to operate safely in Canadian waters remains of critical importance. The use of predictive strategies continues to be a crucial tool in avoiding collisions and protecting existing structures in waterways saturated with icebergs, ice build-up and other formidable obstacles.
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- St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
After four long-range patrol submarines crossed the ocean from Britain's Royal Navy to join the fleet of the Royal Canadian Navy, they were renamed HMCS Victoria, Windsor, Chicoutimi and Corner Brook. These Victoria Class submarines have since been equipped with new systems that are essential to their ongoing operation and will include a state-of-the-art autopilot control system designed and developed in Canada.