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Applied Research

Innovative solutions to real-life problems

Applied research at BCIT is exciting. It creates practical learning opportunities for BCIT’s students, provides innovative solutions to industry challenges, and produces new, commercially relevant technology products and applications.

Welcome from Dr. Kim Dotto, Dean Applied Research.

Envisioning change, advancing technology

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BCIT researchers and research groups have been working with industry clients for 30 years, helping companies and organizations develop new technologies, products and services. The practical solutions range from process improvements for small SMEs to changing provincial building codes for the construction industry to a collaborative research network involving students, researchers, companies and government organizations from across Canada.

Building BC’s talent pipeline: TRIUMF and BCIT partner to develop unique work-integrated learning program

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre, have partnered to develop an enhanced and multi-faceted work-integrated learning (WIL) program to address the evolving needs...

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Cross-school collaborative research on biochar for green infrastructure

The BCIT School of Construction and the Environment (SoCE) Green Value Strategies in Development Applied Research Endowment funded a cross-school collaborative research project on the use of a sustainable filtration...

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Pivoting in a pandemic: Two BCIT engineering alumni help businesses optimize using smart technology

During a pandemic, it’s not business as usual. Grocery stores have expanded to digital ordering. Restaurants have shifted to curbside pick-up. Breweries and distilleries are making hand sanitizer. And now,...

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BCIT researcher collaborates to develop ‘rowing machine’ for people with mobility impairments

While standard rowing machines for gym facilities or home use are widely available, they don’t address the seating and positioning needs of people with spinal cord injuries and other mobility...

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Identifying genes to help with climate change

There is a global effort focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change on agricultural crops, particularly the reduction in yield associated with hotter, drier climates. Researchers and students at...

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Congratulations CARI Researchers!

August 19, 2020

Two researchers at the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) have successfully defended their Masters's thesis this spring.   Rebecca...

BCIT’s MAKE+ research group releases face shield design guidance document in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

May 4, 2020

Many individuals and small to medium sized enterprises are looking for ways to utilize their skills and equipment to help...

A Guide to Face Masks in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 15, 2020

MAKE+ has been getting questions about home sewn  masks. In response, the research group applied their unique skills and methodology and...

BCIT faculty manuscript accepted for publication in Waste and Biomass Valorization

April 9, 2020

BCIT Civil Engineering faculty Sudip Talukdar has had the paper “Hemp Waste Valorization as Biofuel and Cement Replacement in Cement...