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More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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VR tech to revolutionize commercial driver training

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Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.

The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.

Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.

The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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Next-Gen Tech Company Pops on New Cover Detection Test

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While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.

Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.

Shares were trading up over 5% to $3.07 in early afternoon trade.

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Technology Spotlight: Mobile welding gets tech savvy

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Mobile welding equipment is, of necessity, ruggedly built for work on building sites, pipelines, and other outdoor applications. Technology upgrades are now adding tools that help keep welders longer at the arc, while also helping them manage power consumption and maintenance schedules. Lincoln Electric’s made-in-Canada Maverick series provides a good example of how these technologies are being integrated into mobile welder/generators.

Controls in Hand

One of the most advantageous advancements in the past few years on many welder/generators is operators’ ability to make adjustments to their weld settings at the arc instead of having to walk back to the machine. In a shop setting, this might not be a major benefit, but if a welder is hundreds of feet away from a machine, three or four floors up, adjustments can be more than a little difficult.

“Obviously, one of the biggest concerns on job sites is time wasted walking to and from machines to make adjustments, or relaying down through a helper for the needed adjustments,” said Nick Winarski, product manager, industrial engine drives, The Lincoln Electric Company. “But there is also a safety value in this type of technology. Decreasing any extra movement on a job site helps to reduce the possibility of slips and trips.

“Additionally, having the controls at hand makes it more likely that an operator will finely tune their weld settings,” he continued. “At some point, if an operator is walking back and forth to his controls, he’s likely to say, ‘This is good enough.’ Quality on welds is inevitably going to improve with better control.”

Lincoln Electric’s newest Maverick, Vantage, and Ranger models are equipped with its CrossLinc-branded version of this technology.

Clearer Controls

The machines themselves are being made more intuitive to adjust with the addition of digital displays.

“This is by no means new technology in general, but we finally have digital displays that are robust enough to handle rugged environments,” said Al Nystrom, product manager, industrial equipment, Lincoln Electric. “We can put full text on the machine’s display to help guide users with machine operation and control. Maintenance reminders can be provided on the screen also. When a certain component needs replacing, a reminder is provided.”

Machines also can be equipped with an added PIN to lock out the machine when operators are not on-site so that the generator doesn’t get used by other tradespeople or unauthorized personnel.

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