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Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer is an important component of the ISIS Canada research program, enabling the fulfillment of the mandate to have widespread use of ISIS technologies by the year 2010. It is a proactive approach regarding the technology utilization aspects of its undertaking, the reason being that the success of ISIS Canada will be measured by the extent to which ISIS technologies are utilized by the owners of infrastructure. The focus is on the acceleration of the transfer of ISIS technologies to the user sector, for the long-term benefit of Canadians - and beyond.

The ISIS Technology Transfer program is comprised of two important components. The first deals with research and study results that are needed to convince owners of infrastructure to embrace the new technologies. The second is comprised of technology transfer activities that collectively create the environment for the user sector to become convinced of the practicability and potential benefits of ISIS technologies. Success in this area is extremely important in achieving overall success for ISIS Canada. Leading-edge research will have been lost if ISIS technologies are not widely used in the infrastructure sector in the years ahead.

One of the objectives is the pursuit of life cycle costing models and optimizing the use of FRPs in the design of concrete structural components. This is a major constraint to convincing the user sector to utilize ISIS technologies for the design and construction of new concrete structures. Another objective is to ensure that each Project Leader maximizes the opportunities for the owners of infrastructure to utilize ISIS technologies. Raising the profile of technology utilization throughout the Network forms part of the strategy for fulfilling the ISIS mandate.

The many Technology Transfer activities will contribute to the long-term success of ISIS Canada. Emphasis is being placed on student exchanges, workshops, technician training and the preparation and delivery of educator tool kits so that ISIS technologies are introduced at the undergraduate level in Canadian engineering schools. All of these activities are needed to achieve a comprehensive program of transferring technology to the user sector so that the employment of ISIS technology will become common practice in the design of civil engineering structures by 2010.