A collaborative venture between the mining industry and UBC, MDRU is an internationally recognized research group devoted to solving mineral exploration-related problems. It is part of an integrated geologic and geophysical research training program, and assists industry members by increasing the understanding of mineral deposits and methods that are used for their discovery. Project development involves close collaboration with supporting companies, other research groups and creative geoscientists not generally working on ore deposits.
The knowledge and innovation arm of the BC Bioenergy Network, BERI seeks to create scientific, engineering and policy advances that expand and improve our current portfolio of technologies and strategies for deriving energy, liquid fuels, materials and specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals from ligno-cellulosic biomass. The intent is to establish a potent, close-knit, BC-focused research network that combines our Province’s most productive forest and life-science specialists with a dynamic group of physical scientists and engineers capable of developing new technologies that offer dramatic improvements in manufacturing of clean energy and other sustainable products.
A widely recognized world leader in the development of the next generation of seismic acquisition and imaging technology for the oil and gas industry. With direct involvement of faculty from Computer Science and Mathematics, SLIM has leveraged recent developments in compressive sensing and machine learning (‘big data’) to drive innovations in exploration seismology.
PCIGR provides the most up-to-date analytical instrumentation available for isotopic and geochemical research. The Centre offers high-quality analytical services and support for researchers from universities across Canada, various government agencies, the mineral exploration industry and the international scientific community.
Focuses on resource/reserve estimation, particularly, integration of geology into the procedures, the practical uses of data evaluation techniques and the development of both philosophy and methodology in quality control. This work has involved graduate students, research assistants and members of industry.
Carries out petrological and mineralogical studies of kimberlites, mantle xenoliths and diamonds. The Lab also studies petrology and volcanology of Canadian kimberlites and other primary diamondiferous rocks. The fundamental research in mantle petrology has very practical implications for the methodology of diamond exploration.
GIF develops and applies geophysical forward modelling and inversion methodologies. Mineral exploration and UXO characterization are primary contexts, while environmental, geotechnical and large scale Earth imaging problems are also of interest. Research is supported primarily by consortium funding arrangements with NSERC, exploration and engineering companies, and other agencies.
Faculty members in the program conduct research in landslides, debris flows, runout analysis, hazard assessment, groundwater contamination and remediation, reactive transport modelling, and open pit and underground mine design and tunnelling.
RTC-UMC generates research and technologies for mining operations that result in improved safety, greater efficiency, lower production costs, improved health and environmental performance with more attractive working conditions.
- Narod Geophysics Ltd.
- Intrinsic Research and Development Inc.
- Agar Technologies Inc. (note: acquired by Marine BioProducts)
- Moli Energy (1990) Limited
- Sun Central