Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology
In an era when multi-tasking has become the norm, the Calgary Centre
for Innovative Technology (CCIT) is taking that idea and applying it to
key challenges. The CCIT is a multi-disciplinary research centre located
on the University of Calgary campus, but its scope and support extends
far beyond the academic realm.
The CCITs broad-based funding support includes contributions from
the Alberta Government's Intellectual Infrastructure Partnership Program
and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, as well as industrial partners
such as BP Amoco, Husky Oil, EnCana, Schlumberger Canada, Shell
Canada, and Vertex.
The centre has developed laboratories in key engineering disciplines;
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer and
Electrical Engineering, Geomatics Engineering, Mechanical and
Manufacturing Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. These labs are
not restricted to engineers; researchers from diverse fields such as
kinesiology, medicine, industrial design and environmental design
collaborate on a variety of projects.
The CCIT is structured to perform both contract research (where it
undertakes a project on behalf of a client) and grant research.
The CCIT has focused its research efforts on four key areas
identified as having opportunities for engineering research to make
significant advances: Health of the Aging Population, Resource
Development, Deteriorating Infrastructure, and Next Generation
Intelligent Technologies. Each of these key areas has subsidiary
research categories; under the infrastructure banner, for example, there
are projects focused on water treatment processes, durable construction
materials development, and large scale stress testing of construction
components. Researchers in the CCITs natural resources development area
are focusing on heavy oil extraction, enhanced oil recovery from
conventional reserves, and improving gravity drainage in oil reservoirs.
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