Research Partnerships and Innovation

Research Partnerships & Innovation


Building Information Modelling Workshop

April 11, 2011

Insights into the future of building design, construction and management

BIM is revolutionizing the way project stakeholders use digital data created by different participants throughout a building’s life-cycle. This new process is quickly becoming recognized for the value it brings to any project.

Register now to learn and discuss the merits, challenges, and needs of Building Information Modeling (BIM) at this informative and interactive BIM Workshop hosted Red River College, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the National Research Council of Canada’s Institute for Research in Construction on May 5, 2011.
Network with Canadian knowledge leaders and users of BIM who will be presenting on hot-button BIM issues.  Participate, ask questions, and voice your views in an open town-hall session that follows the expert presentations. See the Programme Schedule for more details.
This one-day workshop will benefit professionals in the construction industry who are considering BIM implementation, as well those who are already using BIM and would like to expand their knowledge to bring even more value to their projects, partners, and clients.
This event is Officially Supported by the Canadian Construction Association, the Construction Association of Rural Manitoba, Architectural and Building Technologists Association of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Construction Association, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Manitoba.

Who should attend?
  • Architects, Engineers and other Design Professionals
  • Builders and Contractors
  • Building Code Officials
  • Building Product Manufacturers and Suppliers
  • Developers
  • Educators and Students
  • Facility managers
Topics to be covered:
  • The history of computer-assisted technology in construction
  • A brief look at the ROI of BIM
  • BIM and the three Cs
  • The five Ws of BIM
  • Building Intelligence Organizational Systems
  • BIM Interoperability
  • More…

Date: May 5, 2011
Location: Greenwood Inn, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $95.00*
* Includes lunch, refreshments, and snacks
To Register: Visit our Event Website and download the Registration Form.
For more information, please contact:
Brent Wennekes, Technology Transfer & Communications Officer
Applied Research & Commercialization, Red River College
Phone: 204.631.3323
About BIM
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing digital data about a facility data during its life-cycle. The process produces the Building Information Model (also abbreviated as BIM) which covers three-dimensional geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information and component properties for the design, construction and operation of a building. BIM serves as a sharable repository where information is linked and over time encompasses everything about the facility.
Building Information Models are created primarily by architects and engineers for design and analysis. But why stop there? BIM can be a source of key information for many activities during the life-cycle of the facility. Updating the model with commissioned data, and linking it with operation and maintenance information, can help with the facility management process, optimize energy performance, support emergency preparedness and much more.
BIM is not just one model, technology or standard. It is about the collection and digital embodiment of data throughout the entire life-cycle of a facility with emphasis on integration and interoperability of the data and its usage.

Biofuels in Canada on Wednesday, March 9th with Dr. Rex Newkirk.

March 9, 2011

Red River College invites you to come and discover biofuels in Canada on Wednesday, March 9th with Dr. Rex Newkirk.
Dr. Newkirk, from the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI), will lecture on:

  • experiences with biodiesel production and training
  • insights as to where the biodiesel industry is going in Canada
  • provide an entertaining overview of CIGI’s activities and facilities
  • Following the seminar, participants are invited to tour the “Flower Power” trailer, CIGI’s portable biodiesel plant/training facility.

Dr. Newkirk was raised on a ranch in South Western Saskatchewan. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002 where he had been a professional research associate in the department of Animal and Poultry Science. In 2003 Dr. Newkirk joined CIGI as the Director of Feed. By 2007 he became Director of Biofuels and Feed where he lead an initiative to provide technical support to the emerging biodiesel industry.
Rex was named Director of Research and Business Development in 2010 and has enhanced CIGI’s involvement in research that creates opportunities for Canada’s field crops. He has been actively involved in the development of a portable biodiesel facility that has been used to train approximately 1800 people in locations across Canada.
Dr. Newkirk has provided technical support and training across the globe and is internationally regarded as an expert in the area of animal nutrition and biodiesel production.
This is a complimentary seminar that will be held in building A, room 137 on the Red River College Notre Dame Ave. Campus at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011.
Free parking and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
**If you have any food allergies, please advise upon registration.**
Please register by contacting:
Lyndsay Ross
Phone: 204-632-2597
Fax: 204.633.3079

Building Information Modelling Session

March 1, 2011

Join us on Friday, March 4th to hear Dr. Shokry Rashwon lecture on the emerging practice of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
BIM refers to the process of digitally generating and managing data during design, construction and operation of buildings. Many owners, architects and construction firms have realized the added product value and potential for growth that comes with use of this technology.
This seminar will review:
BIM terminologies and its evolution from Computer-Aided Design/electronic drafting
BIM tools, applications and technologies currently being used in the construction industry

  • The advantages and challenges of adopting BIM
  • The roles of industry stakeholders
  • Elements needed for successful application, such as standards, interoperability and integrated project delivery

Dr. Shokry Rashwan attained his BSc in Civil Engineering from Ciro University (Egypt) in 1977. He served in the navy for two years and worked as a site Engineer before coming to Manitoba in 1980. He then studied at the University of Manitoba and received his MEng and PhD in Civil Engineering in 1983 and 1988 respectively.
Dr. Rashwan has held numerous positions such as Civil Technology Instructor with RRC (Thompson, MB 1987), Director of Research with PMRI (Edmonton, AB 1989), and Project Engineer with Puratone Corp (Niverville, MB 2000). Currently, Dr. Rashwan works as Research Manager with NRC-IRC (London, ON). He has three patents and has authored over 30 publications.
This is a complimentary seminar that will be held in building A, room 137 on the Red River College Notre Dame Ave. Campus at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, March 4th, 2011.
Free parking and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
**If you have any food allergies, please advise upon registration.**
Please register by contacting:
Lyndsay Ross
Phone: 204-632-2597
Fax: 204.633.3079

Non-Destructive Inspection Training – Feb. 17 and 18, 2011

February 1, 2011

Please join Red River College for a Two Day Training Session on Neubrex NBX-6040 usage with Dr. Kishida on February 17&18, 2011.
Neubrex NBX-6040 – This instrument uses Brillion-based technology, including fiber optic sensors, to enable non-destructive structural health evaluation. It is the world’s only temperature/strain sensing system, implementing breakthrough Pulse-PrePump BOTDA technology.
This equipment can be used in a variety of applications, including civil engineering, pipeline monitoring, aerospace, fiber module development, and fiber optic gyroscope development.
The Neubrex equipment can utilize embedded fibres in composites materials for quality control during manufacturing for part process development, as well as detecting changes in strain distribution before and after part usage.
Neubrex analysis software allows one not only to obtain information on deformation or/and temperature fields in the areas inaccessible to optical fibre, but also to analyze phenomena which cannot be directly measured (E.g. pipe thinning).
See for more information on the NBX-6040.
Dr. Kishida is the founder, CEO and President of Neubrex Co. Ltd. Japan. He received his B.S. and M. Eng. degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China, in 1985 and 1988 respectively. In 1997, he obtained a PhD from Osaka University, Japan, and joined the Advanced Research and Development Institute of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
Dr. Kishida is an expert on shock waves in condensed materials and dynamic brittle fracture. His recent research interests are in optical fiber sensing, resulting in many patents and publications.
This is a complimentary Two Day Training Session that will be held in the CARSI building (Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure) on the Red River College Notre Dame Ave. Campus.
Thursday, February17th 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – – All day BASIC training session
Friday, February 18th 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – – ADVANCED training
Lunch and refreshments provided both days.
**If you have any food allergies, please advise upon registration.**
Please register by contacting:
Lyndsay Ross
Phone: 204-632-2597
Fax: 204.633.3079

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