Applied research is practiced across all BCIT schools. The following is a list of research centres across BCIT.
Research activities in the BSCE are centred on themes related to the performance of a building as a whole, including the building envelope and its durability and energy performance, and healthy indoor environment. Facilities include a Hygrothermal Property Measurement Laboratory, Building Envelope Test Facility, Water Penetration Test Chamber, Environmental Chamber, and Whole Building Performance Research Laboratory (WBPRL).
Contact: Fitsum Tariku
The Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) is the home of BCIT’s three dedicated research groups: MAKE+, NRG and SMART, supporting labs. Formerly known as the Technology Centre, it has been a hub of multi-disciplinary research and development projects for business and industry for 25 years. Research activities at CARI focus on product and process development and evaluation; Smart Microgrid research; and product quality and process improvement relating to natural health and food products. CARI is also home to ARLO, which supports faculty, researchers, students across BCIT and their industry partners.
Location: 4355 Mathissi Place (CARI building)
The BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology – Collaborations in Green Roofs and Living Walls is evaluating the function and performance of green roofs and living walls in the rainforest climate of coastal BC, through collaborations with industry, government and academic partners. Facilities include the BCIT Green Roof Research Facility in Vancouver, White Rock Operations Centre, and Elevated Research Platform and Sound Transmission Facility at BCIT Burnaby.
Contact: Maureen Connelly
The BCIT Centre for Cyber Security is an interdisciplinary centre for research and education. Our primary goal is to advance the state of practice in areas related to information security and computer crime. Towards this end, we support BCIT’s educational offerings in Computer Security and Forensics. We also conduct both theoretical and applied research in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, the following: Cryptographic protocol verification, Privacy and Trust, Criminal Intelligence Analysis, Network Security, Sensor Networks, Ethics and Policy.
Contact: Aaron Hunter
The BCIT Centre of Excellence in Analytics (CEA) promotes the field of analytics through education, applied research, projects, and industry collaboration.
One of our primary goals is to bring together the analytics community for sharing of best practices, idea generation, and collaboration to support and grow the sector here in BC.
How the Centre of Excellence in Analytics can help:
- Education. Developing new analytics credentials and courses at the graduate and undergraduate level delivered through part-time studies and full-time programs.
- Corporate Training. Providing flexible and customized corporate training to fit the needs of your organization.
- Projects & Research. Supporting your organization’s analytics goals through student projects, institute projects, and applied research.
- Collaboration. Committed to building the analytics community
Diversity Circles proposes an Indigenous model for post-secondary teachers and academic staff to utilize professional mentoring and community outreach for engaging student and community diversity. A series of panels, workshops, conversations, tools, and connections to support an effective model to engage with increasing diversity positively, sensitively, and strategically, by leveraging the power of community based expertise to drive responses to diversity and empower all participants in the diversity conversation.
Contact: Shannon Kelly
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The world’s first Ecocity Centrentre, based at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), will support the evolution of ecocities worldwide. Led by Dr. Jennie Moore, a leader in the advancement of sustainable cities and lifestyles, it will support research and provide the tools, metrics, expert planning and policy advice, training and other services that cities and their partners need to become genuine ecocities.
A legacy of the 2019 Ecocity World Summit in Vancouver, the Centre will anchor the global leadership of BCIT in the restructuring of cities to reduce their carbon and ecological footprints while simultaneously regenerating natural habitat.
It adds new capabilities to assess a city’s energy and materials requirements relative to climate stability thresholds and ecological carrying capacity. As well, it identifies the top actions a city and its citizens can take to close the sustainability gap, through urban restructuring and changes in lifestyle related to food, buildings, consumables and wastes, transportation, and water. This approach leverages BCIT’s world renowned research in building science, including green roofs and living walls, smart microgrid technology, and ecological restoration.
The Emission Reduction and Research Test Hub (ERRTH) is a research facility located at the BCIT Motive Power Centre of Excellence on Annacis Island, in Delta, BC. Together with industry partners and all levels of government, ERRTH creates a cleaner environment by effectively measuring vehicle emissions, testing proposed solutions, and improving air quality. ERRTH supports new product development from proof of concept through design, testing and commercialization, and by offering objective data to governments on engine emissions.
Location: Annacis Island
Contact: Steve Perry
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BCIT’s Polytechnic Research Institute for Simulation and Multimedia (PRISM) is a Centre of Excellence focused on developing, exploring, and researching all types of simulation that can be used to support teaching and learning. Using some of the latest emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), and others, we are developing new ways for students to learn in the classroom, virtually, and in the field.
PRISM is currently using simulations and multimedia elements across multiple disciplines, including health, transportation, aerospace, construction, forestry, and mining. We are also undertaking several research projects to measure the efficacy of the technology to ensure that it supports better learning outcomes and a better experience for students.
Contact: Brian Hosier 604-432-8480
The BCIT Rivers Institute is focused on the protection and restoration of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and wetlands in British Columbia. We accomplish our mission by teaching the theory and practice of aquatic ecosystem restoration to full and part time students and industry professionals enrolled in the Ecological Restoration Degree Program. We provide guidance and expertise for community based restoration initiatives, conducting applied research, and mentoring the next generation of ecological restoration professionals.
The BCIT SITE Centre of Excellence undertakes prior learning related research and assessment activities which result in advanced placement education options for mature students, first responders, military members and tradespeople. The Centre’s mission is to facilitate the recognition and transferability of education across a wide range of disciplines to produce multi-disciplinary trained/skilled graduates who are valued by industry, and recognize and measure non-traditional training and workplace experience, thereby facilitating advanced placement and credits.
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The Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research is the School of Energy’s boiler, co-generation and industrial instrumentation facility, drawing together students, faculty and operations personnel in a cross-disciplinary learning and research environment focused on energy production, distribution, sustainability and management. It includes a multi-fuel boiler and a 220 kW electrical generator which is tied in to BCIT’s Smart Microgrid.
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Technology Place is a Discovery Parks Investments Ltd. building on the BCIT Burnaby campus. It has office and laboratory space that can be customized for a wide range of wet lab, dry lab, office and technology tenants. Tenant companies are mainly in life sciences sectors, but also include software, hardware, cleantech, digital media, and air quality and allergen testing. Through the Applied Research Liaison Office (ARLO), Technology Place tenants have the opportunity to connect with BCIT faculty and student researchers, equipment and lab facilities from more than 200 technical programs, and access campus facilities such as the library and fitness centre. The incubation of many small and medium-sized companies in one building creates synergy and an optimum environment for research and development.
Discovery Parks also runs a startup technology incubator called The Generator. The Generator is 5,000 sq. ft. of incubator office space available to high tech startup companies on a competitive basis. An initiative developed between Discovery Parks and the City of Vancouver in 2011, early-stage technology companies apply to win 12 months of free work space. With access to mentors and programming provided by BC TECH and LifeSciences BC, the companies also have support available to thrive and grow.