Innovative Technology to Monitor Concrete Health Receives Two-Year Mitacs Research Grant

Innovative Technology to Monitor Concrete Health Receives Two-Year Mitacs Research Grant

VANCOUVER, Jul.15, 2020 – Canada Concrete MRI Inc. (Concrete MRI), a startup in incubation at Empowered Startups Ltd, is honoured to announce that its collaborative research project with Simon Fraser University (SFU) – School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering – is being partially supported through a $160,000 two-year grant from the Mitacs Accelerate Program. This grant enables Concrete MRI to conduct further research supporting the development of an intelligent device to monitor concrete quality.

About Concrete MRI

Concrete MRI is committed to offering the best solution in monitoring concrete quality in buildings and infrastructure by developing a revolutionary device based on an Intelligent Piezoelectric Transduction system that allows real time monitoring. It provides a time and cost advantage for structural engineers, real estate developers, and civil and infrastructure maintenance services. A key feature of the innovative new Piezoelectric system is that it does not require any direct access to concrete sites.

“Many civil infrastructure projects and buildings globally would benefit from having a state-of-the-art device that can identify anomalies in concrete on a real-time basis. This will significantly reduce costs and workforce requirements to monitor concrete quality. We have been searching for a suitable partner to help design and improve this idea. Fortunately, we have found this valuable partner at Simon Fraser University – School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering. I believe that through collaboration with SFU’s School of Mechatronics System Engineering and Mitacs, we will be able to reach our fullest potential to develop an innovative solution to the global concrete monitoring problem.” – Hoang Nhan Nguyen, CEO/Founder Concrete MRI.

“This project is a great example of utilizing modern technology to develop smart civil structures that outperform existing ones in terms of safety and performance. Current civil structures are mainly passive, requiring regular manual inspections that can miss certain catastrophic structural failures. Concrete MRI utilizes advanced signal processing and intelligent algorithms (machine intelligence), along with reliable sensor and actuator technologies, to develop innovative civil structures that are empowered with real-time self-monitoring and fault diagnostics features.” – Dr. Mehrdad Moallem, Professor, SFU – School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

The research will create an intelligent monitoring device that is expected to have a significant role in improving the safety of future building structures and infrastructure systems.

Concrete has the highest consumption rate among all manufactured materials, which is even higher than any other artificial content. Concrete is the material of choice for many critical civil structures and infrastructure, such as dams, bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, hospitals, schools, public buildings and concrete-based transport infrastructure, due to its affordability, flexibility and energy efficiency. Many desirable properties of concrete, such as the ability to cast into virtually any shape or form, allow design liberty and almost infinite variety of applications, low production cost, relatively high compression strength. It is a crucial material widely used in the civil/ infrastructure field; therefore, control of its quality is highly critical.

However, it is not a simple job to check the concrete quality at the joint areas between beams, columns, slabs, and foundation areas backfilled by soil. Furthermore, in various situations, one would like to check the concrete quality in foundation areas after disasters happen, for example, after earthquakes or fires. Monitoring concrete quality in real-time is a significant concern.

The project goal is to develop a smart concrete testing mechanism, based on piezoelectric transduction devices embedded in critical points in a concrete structure at the time of construction. Another attractive feature of the innovation will be its capability to transfer all data to an end-user in real-time through Wi-Fi, 3G/4G signals. Therefore, the user is able to check concrete quality in real-time, anytime, and anywhere, without the requirement of direct access to the construction site area.

About Concrete MRI

Concrete MRI, founded in 2019, is a pioneer for technical innovation in concrete quality monitoring for civil, industrial and infrastructure systems. We create and develop smart, cost-effective, and human power-saving solutions to monitor concrete quality. We imagine and build technology to enable users to monitor concrete quality in real-time anytime, anywhere, without the requirement of direct access to the construction site area.

Contact information

CEO/Founder: Hoang Nhan Nguyen (Jerome)

Email:  [email protected], [email protected]

Address:  Suite 420-744 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5, Canada

www.concretemri-can.com

HQA Visa Business Incubation Program : DID YOU KNOW?

O reagrupamento familiar inclui as 3 gerações 

O visto HQA fornece um caminho claro para a cidadania da UE para toda a família.

Os pais, cônjuge e filhos do candidato principal podem se qualificar para o reagrupamento familiar. Pais com mais de 65 anos e crianças com menos de 18 anos se qualificam automaticamente.

Se os pais do requerente principal tiverem menos de 65 anos ou seus filhos adultos desejarem se inscrever, eles devem provar dependência financeira. Os irmãos do candidato principal também podem se qualificar, se puderem provar dependência financeira.

Portugal é um país de orientação familiar, que aprecia o valor de manter os entes queridos unidos. Vale sempre a pena ter em mente um caminho claro para a cidadania para toda a família.

 

Family reunification includes all 3 generations

The HQA visa provides a clear path to EU citizenship for the whole family.

The main applicant’s parents, spouse, and children can all qualify for family reunification. Parents over 65 and children under 18 automatically qualify.

If the main applicant’s parents are under 65 , or their adult children wish to apply, they must prove financial dependence. The main applicant’s siblings can also qualify, if they can prove financial dependce.

Portugal is a family-oriented country, that appreciates the value of keeping loved ones together. A clear path to citizenship for the whole family is always worth keeping in mind.

YES Platform Provides Competitive Edge for Students and Schools

YES Platform Provides Competitive Edge for Students and Schools

VANCOUVER, Sept. 25, 2019—Empowered Startups is now offering its cutting-edge Young Empowered Startuppers (YES) online learning and activity platform globally to youth aged 13 to 20.

Using a fully integrated online learning and project platform, YES takes students and teachers seamlessly through their entrepreneurial journey from problem solving ideas to viable, pitch-ready ventures. The program meets Canadian Entrepreneurship 12 curriculum requirements and can be delivered flexibly depending on the needs of the students and school.

“The entrepreneurial journey enables youth to build not only a skill set that allows them to remain relevant in future careers, but also a personal profile that resonates with universities. YES participants learn to use lean startup methodology, and take on critical mind shifts that serve as valuable lifelong learning skills,” said Naheed Henderson, CEO of Empowered Startups’ Global Startup Accelerator.

Paul Legge, instructor and Career-Life Coordinator at Vancouver College, said “This program provides our students with an opportunity to learn about business in the ever-changing business world, as we move toward a society with more and more independent business owners who will command a stronger presence in the global economy.”

Legge said Vancouver College was motivated to purchase YES because of “the opportunity it will provide our students, not only for cutting edge business design practices, but also the potential to develop mentor relationships and collaborate with other young entrepreneurs around the world.”
Sixteen-year old early program adopter Jaden Legate said he is already planning to start a business with another program participant. “I think we will both be able to use the information we’ve learned to minimize our risk of failure early on and begin to build a successful company that we can scale in the future.”

YES is a 100% digital learning solution available for individuals and schools globally. Learn more at yes.empoweredstartups.com.

Lil’wat Community Startup Incubator

Lil’wat Community Startup Incubator

With expertise and a track record of growing the state of Startup globally, Empowered Startups is honoured to further its ambition of bringing Startup to everyone by announcing a new partnership with the Lil’wat First Nation. Located just north of Whistler in British Columbia, Canada, Empowered Startups in partnership with the Lil’wat community will be running a year-long Startup incubator program based out of the Ts’zil learning centre.

Beginning in May 2019, the Ts’zil Startup incubator will provide training , mentorship and  tools  to twelve aspiring community entrepreneurs to support the launch of new businesses. The program will be comprehensive and deliver a cutting-edge roadmap, resources and guidance taking a business from initial idea through to first customer. Furthermore, the program will certify and train a startup mentor from within the community to continue to provide mentorship to community entrepreneurs in the future, with the opportunity for ongoing support from Empowered Startups.

“I am honoured to be part of delivering entrepreneurship training to the local Lil’wat community through an indigenous world view and to sit with community members to help them realize their business and career dreams. I am certain that this program will support the goals of economic sustainability and improved skills and training, that the community beholds.” – Naheed Henderson, CEO of Empowered Startups Global Startup Accelerator.

More information: https://lilwat.ca/entrepreneur-startup-program/

About Empowered Startups Ltd.

Empowered Startups (ES) is a business startup incubator specializing in mentoring and growing ideas into sustainable businesses. ES strives to advance the state of startup both globally and locally, while also being the leader and gold standard for transnational startup methodology, training and mentorship. The organization is a private enterprise, which also recognizes its social responsibility to enhance the stability, security and prosperity of the regions in which it operates. ES firmly believes that it is the duty of all state and non-state actors to actively participate in developing, supporting, sustaining and furthering economic sustainability.

ES is designated by the Canadian government to provide incubation services to global entrepreneurs through the Start Up Visa program, and is recognized as a Designated Business  Incubator.

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