Impact and Achievements

ISIS Canada has a mission to advance civil engineering to a world leadership position through the development and application of fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs) and monitoring technologies for the benefit of Canadians through innovative ad intelligent infrastructure.  The goal is to have ISIS designs, materials and monitoring used as common practice by 2010 and beyond.

Impact of the ISIS Research Program

  • The cost of rehabilitating existing civil structures can be reduced by 50 percent of conventional methods
  • The design service life of structures can be increased to 100 years and maintenance costs for structures can be much less than traditional practice
  • Small additional capital costs of new structures using FRPs can easily be justified through life cycle engineering considerations
  • Resultant savings of using ISIS technologies for civil infrastructure could be $100 billion in the 21st century, which can be used to enhance Canada’s social agenda
  • Updated policies and practices regarding the design of civil structures have been facilitated in cooperation with owners of infrastructure
  • Development of monitoring technologies that allow innovation in structural engineering

A cross-country survey was undertaken in which over 160 individuals were interviewed regarding the Impact of ISIS Canada on the design of civil engineering structures. Nearly 95 percent of those interviewed had used technologies which were the subject of ISIS Canada research, and over 90 percent would use those technologies again. The feedback was very positive. The findings demonstrate that ISIS is having a significant impact in this domain. The acceptance and use of FRPs is growing and the ISIS Canada research program is appropriately focused upon addressing the remaining barriers to widespread use of FRPs in the design of civil structures.

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ISIS Achievements

ISIS has developed many useful tools to assist the user sector in implementing new technologies:

  • ISIS Design Manuals are being used by practicing engineers throughout the world
  • Design Codes have been updated (Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code) to enable engineers to use FRP rods and wraps as primary reinforcement for rehabilitation and construction of civil structures
  • Life Cycle Engineering and Costing Methodologies have been developed for practicing engineers to establish the long term benefits of using FRPs in civil engineering structures
  • ISIS Education Modules were produced to facilitate the teaching of ISIS technologies at the undergraduate level in Canadian engineering schools and technical training colleges
  • FRP Product Certification Standards are being developed to establish guidelines for test procedures and product certification of FRP materials to provide owners of infrastructure assurance that high quality materials are being used on their construction projects
  • Monitoring technologies are being used to calibrate a safety index in codes as well as establish the durability of GFRP material