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NSCC launches Technology Access Centre for oceans sector

August 07, 2019 – Media Release

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) officially launched its Sensing, Engineering and Analytics-Technology Access Centre (SEA-TAC) today.

NSCC President Don Bureaux welcomed Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, to the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) to highlight a $1.75 million investment from the Government of Canada.

“At NSCC, we believe that the economic and social prosperity of our province is intrinsically linked to education and innovation,” says Don Bureaux. “The SEA-TAC allows us to use the work we’ve done for many years through our Applied Research Teams as a strategy to help fill a real gap in the ocean innovation ecosystem.”

The SEA-TAC, which is physically co-located at NSCC’s Ivany Campus and COVE, will offer value-added, applied research and problem-solving services to external clients for a fee — while also referring to and collaborating with private sector companies who are well placed to contribute. Drawing on the College’s ample applied research resources, expertise and industry connectivity, clients will be supported in developing new ocean-related products and services.

Some technology and capabilities that clients can access through the SEA-TAC include coastal mapping, subsea imaging, vessel energy audits, data analytics and big data visualization, topo-bathymetric lidar and 3D modelling; and training in rapid prototyping, advances manufacturing, oceanography awareness and r-coding.

The funding is part of a nation-wide investment of more than $73-million by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council that was announced on June 13. The full investment supported 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country in partnering directly with local employers to facilitate commercialization and transform the results of research and development into new technologies to help businesses expand and grow.

NSCC’s Technology Access Centre is the only ocean-focused Technology Access Centre.

About Nova Scotia Community College

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 130 plus programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 88% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia. 

About Applied Research at Nova Scotia Community College

NSCC Applied Research develops practical and innovative solutions for industry's real-world problems. With an expert research team and network of faculty and students from some of our most challenging and cutting-edge programs, we help industry improve their products, enhance processes, and grow their businesses. NSCC has well-equipped facilities which provide us with the tools to contribute to the development of new technologies that we can transfer to our partners. The commercialization of research findings adds value to the communities we serve and contributes to the economic growth of our province. NSCC Applied Research specializes in five areas of research: energy, engineered technologies, environment and agriculture technology, geomatics and oceans.

About Technology Access Centres

A Technology Access Centre is a centre affiliated with a Canadian college or cégep applied research office that provides access to specialized technology, equipment, and expertise to local industry – particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises – with the goal of enhancing their productivity and innovation. Currently, there are 30 TACs enabling innovation in Canada from coast to coast. A TAC helps Canadian businesses advance their products, processes and services by conducting research and development projects focused on company problems; offering specialized technical services and advice; and providing companies with training related to new types of equipment and processes. TACs also connect companies to additional sources of advice, service, expertise and funding.

For more information

Kathleen Cameron, Manager, External Relations, NSCC

Nicki Hall, Marketing Associate, Applied Research, NSCC

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