Welcome to

Applied Research & Innovation

Dedicated to supporting local industry and community partners throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Where Innovation Meets Your Requirements

Supporting the Innovation Ecosystem

Welcome to College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Office of Applied Research and Innovation (OARI)! Our office serves as CNA’s main point of contact for industry, community groups and government interested in applied research collaborations that support the development and growth of our industries and communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Based on over 110 applied research projects conducted over the last three years alone across multiple sectors, OARI has actively engaged its world-class terrestrial and airborne LiDAR (Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging), 3D mapping and hyperspectral assets and teams to advance a specialization in reality capture and digitization.

Through the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA), and the Reality Capture and Digitization Technology Access Centre (RCD TAC) networks, the Office of Applied Research and Innovation has access to innovation supports in all sector areas through local, national and international relationships. We are always happy to act as a connector/conduit between our partners, bringing together the right people to ensure project success.

Your Reality: Upgraded

The RCD TAC stands as a beacon for fostering collaboration between academia and industry, bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world application in the rapidly evolving digital landscape. With state-of-the-art technologies for 3D modeling like drones with remote sensing capability, let us elevate your project to new heights and propel your innovation forward.

What Are You Waiting For?

Supporting Graduates

OARI is committed to, and has established a track record of, hiring recent graduates to help them advance their careers either within the college or moving on to industry. Graduates taking on new jobs with industry help maintain and establish industry partnerships.

If you are a graduate of College of the North Atlantic and pursuing a career in research and innovation, contact us today!

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Over the last 5 years

OARI has supported ...
CNA Students
$ 1,100,000
Combined Salaries
Areas of Expertise

Some of our areas of particular strengths include:

Mining Industry Operations and Processes

The OARI team consists of several researchers who have expertise in all areas of the mining sector from exploration, discovery, and development, to production, and reclamation.

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Reality Capture and Digitization

Reality capture is a method of collecting real world geospatial data in a time and cost-effective manner. OARI uses our suite of handheld and terrestrial LiDAR, aerial photogrammetry, bathymetric LiDar, and Hyperspectral equipment to create 3D point clouds of both indoor and outdoor environments to make realistic models that have several applications.

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Product Prototyping and Development

Our suite of advanced manufacturing technology such as 3D printers, laser cutting, CNC milling, and high-resolution 3D scanning is used by our team who apply their expertise in modelling and design to help you achieve high quality and cost-effective prototypes.

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Technology Adoption for Business Optimization

The acceptance and integration of new technologies into already-existing systems or the development of brand-new ones often requires a significant investment of time, capital, and human resources for businesses of all sizes.

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Supporting the Innovation Ecosystem

Through the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA), and the Technology Access Centre (TAC) networks, the Office of Applied Research and innovation has access to innovation supports in oil sector areas through local, national and internal relationships.

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Geospatial Resource Management

Our team has advanced mapping, remote sensing, and data collection capabilities to create accurate, computer-generated interactive maps powered by GIS, providing real-time views through GPS-based navigation. We can also develop intuitive web interfaces, allowing users to access GIS data effortlessly via standard web browsers.

Public Funding Programs

College of North Atlantic is part of several funding networks that provide innovation support to industry and entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Have a Question?

Looking to apply for funding or accelerate growth through innovation and technology?

Connect With Us
1. Contact us to set up a meeting.
Explore how we can work together to enhance your business.
2. We assemble a project team.
3. We advise a path forward.

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