The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) has featured three Red River College (RRC) projects in two reports highlighting the innovations that colleges are delivering in partnership with small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
RRC’s recently opened Technology Access Centre and Air-Leakage Testing initiative are featured on pages 48 and 58 of Smart Investments for Business, which highlights projects funded through the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC’s) College and Community Innovation Program.
The Technology Access Centre provides Manitoba’s aerospace and manufacturing sectors with enhanced access to technological assets, specialized facilities and expert opinions. The Air-Leakage Testing project is a joint initiative between RRC and Manitoba Hydro. Since last year, RRC has tested 5 commercial buildings in Manitoba, including the recently retrofitted 363 Broadway building in Winnipeg, to determine the impact of each building’s airtightness. Airtightness is an important factor in determining a building’s energy use, comfort and structural integrity.
RRC’s Digital Technology Advisory Support Service (DTASS) is featured in Stimulating Innovation for Small Business and Communities, ACCC’s fourth showcase that illustrates and celebrates applied research partnerships that respond to business needs.
DTASS is an integral part of RRC’s work in the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program’s (NRC-IRAP’s) Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP). Since starting the program, RRC staff, faculty and 12 students from the Technology Management and Technical Communications programs have worked directly with several SMEs in the Manitoba construction and manufacturing sectors. Researchers have engaged with these businesses’ staff and facilities to deliver comprehensive recommendations for digital-technology improvements, such as 3D printing or mobile applications.
Click here for more information on the Technology Access Centre.
Click here for more information on RRC’s Air-Leakage Testing.
For more information on RRC’s applied-research activities, check out Applied Research & Commercialization’s 2011-2012 Year in Review.