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Program Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Workshop Manager: Brent Wennekes
Technology Transfer & Communications Manager, Applied Research &
Commercialization, RRC

Workshop MC: Joe Cattani
Industrial Technology Advisor, National Research Council Canada
Industrial Research Assistance Program

8:40 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Opening remarks from Minister Dave Chomiak, Innovation,
Energy and Mines, the Province of Manitoba

8:50 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Morning Keynote: FreewayConomics: How Buses on Shoulders Provide
Sustainable Mobility

Presented by: Craig Shankwitz
Director, Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory, University of Minnesota

In the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, 296 certified miles of Bus-Only-Shoulders
(BOS) provide significant travel advantages to transit passengers. First, an
analysis of the mobility benefits to the ground transportation network
will be presented; this analysis shows that the benefits of BOS reach
far beyond just providing the transit customer improved travel reliability.
Second, the technology which facilitates the use of BOS during all weather
and visibility will be discussed. 

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Engaging the Supplier in the Product Qualification Process

Presented by: Jim Macdonald
Executive Director, Engineering. Motor Coach Industries

OEMs face the challenge of qualifying new products and changes to existing products
in a cost-effective and timely manner. Factors that affect this are resource constraints,
technical competencies, schedule, and cost. MCI’s future sees an important role for
the supplier in this process.  We want to leverage the supplier’s capability to produce
components and systems that we integrate into our vehicles, as well as leveraging
their design expertise. In addition, we want the supplier to participate in and
conduct (if applicable) qualification testing of the components and articles they
intend to supply.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Achieving Design Efficiency and Measuring Product Environmental Impact

Presented by: Anthony Norton
Senior Director, Global Automotive & Off-Highway Vehicles, Altair Industries

This presentation will consider the three major forces that are shaping an industry
shift beyond acting green and to a more sustainable business:

  • Light weighting through advanced materials
  • Rethinking of design processes
  • Changing vehicle architectures

The interaction of the forces will be discussed with examples cited from Heavy
Vehicle and other industries.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Making a Case for Light weighting Commercial Vehicle Bodies Using Hybrid
Composite Technology

Presented by: William (Bill) Stanton
Director of Product Development, Sigma Industries

Light weighting commercial vehicles and reducing rolling resistance is critical to
reducing GHG and moving away from fossil fuel dependence. Mechanical
engineering as a science is generally ignorant of the role composite structures
can play in light weighting vehicles, tending towards aluminum and super steel
as the only light weighting technology options. Meanwhile, recent advances in
composite processing and applications have demonstrated that substantial
reductions in vehicle weight can be achieved using a blend of known – and
thoroughly tested – materials and technologies.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Prototype Reduction Using Simulation

Presented by: Bruce Shearer
Engineering Simulation Specialist, MacDon Industries

This presentation will discuss the practical application of simulation tools
such as FEA during the design of agricultural machinery. Compared to other
industries, agricultural machines tend to be comprised of lower cost, lower volume
components, which present unique challenges such as keeping development
costs low without limiting innovation. Applied correctly, simulation offers some
alternatives to physical prototypes, even at the conceptual stages.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote: Supply Chain Collaboration Throughout the Product Lifecycle

Presented by: Paul Soubry
President & CEO, New Flyer Industries

The presentation will explain New Flyer’s mission of providing the
“Best Bus Value and Support for Life” and the importance of technical
innovation and supply chain collaboration: in the initial stages of new product
development, during the manufacturing process: and through the years
of in-service support at the end customer. As a case study, supplier collaboration
will be highlighted is a key New Flyer operating principle accomplished during the
launch of the company’s new market leading product, the Xcelsior bus.

1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

NRC’s Work in Heavy Vehicle Technologies

Part One – NRC Automotive Overview

Presented by: Christian Moreau
Research Officer, Surface Technologies, National Research Council Canada

An overview of R&D activities on light and heavy-duty vehicles carried
out at National Research Council Canada will be presented. The key
activities relate to 1) development of materials and processes for aluminum
components and industrial biomaterials and bio composites for vehicle light
weighting and 2) vehicle propulsion technologies (ICE, electric motors and energy

Part Two – NRC’s Surface Transportation, Heavy Duty Vehicles Overview

Presented by: Rick Zaporzan
Manager of Business Development, National Research Council Canada

An overview of NRC’s ST portfolio technology development thrusts,
capabilities, facilities and sample project work in the field of heavy duty vehicles,
commercial and military.

2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Physical Validation and the Product Development Process

Presented by: Steve Swiddle
Manager, Mechanical Testing, Westest (Manitoba Operations)

Even with all the analytical tools available to engineers and designers,
the need to perform physical validation of components or complete vehicles
remains a critical consideration throughout the product development cycle.
This presentation discusses the laboratory based testing methods used to
evaluate the long term durability and performance of critical components to
ensure they will meet customer expectations.

2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Advanced Technologies for Heavy Vehicle Industries

Part One – Heavy Vehicle Testing Applications of a Data Acquisition System

Presented by: Daniel Godin
Project Technologist – Mechanical, Industrial Technology Center

Data supports decision-making in engineering solutions for design
or troubleshooting dilemmas. We will explore several applications of
a data acquisition system for vehicle testing requirements such as
temperature, pressure, strain, load, vibration, noise, GPS, and CAN bus.

Part Two – Product Development, Product Acceptance and Reverse Engineering

Presented by: Gordon Pizey
Senior Design Engineer, Industrial Technology Center

Product Development, Product Acceptance and Reverse Engineering
rely on shape capture technology. Three-dimensional laser scanning
is an optical technique that quickly and accurately captures organic
and highly complex shapes. The ability to collect and manipulate large
amounts of data is critical to changing a shape or comparing to other data such
as CAD

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Moving from Technology Roadmaps to Process Validation

Presented by: Fred Doern
Chair of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Communications, Red River College

Translating technology forecasts into operational realities requires careful
assessment, access to skills and technology, and a culture that supports
innovation. The “industrial campus” model focused on industry – academic
partnerships at Red River College is a synergistic response to adopt, adapt,
and implement emerging technologies in support of local manufacturing needs.

4:15 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Ray Hoemsen, P. Eng
Director, Applied Research & Commercialization, Red River College

Nestor Dudych
Executive Director, Vehicle Technology Centre