The Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre (CUIIC)--Canada’s first world-class hub for research, innovation and education in underground infrastructure -- announced today that it has received official approval from the University of Alberta.
CUIIC will build on the success of the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) at the University of Waterloo and the Consortium for Trenchless Technologies (CETT) at the University of Alberta. CATT and CETT have over forty years of combined experience in the trenchless sector, focusing on underground construction methods that involve minimal excavation to install, assess and rehabilitate underground infrastructure including water and wastewater lines, pipelines, and optical fiber, among other applications. Both CATT and CETT will cease operations as of May 1, 2022, with CUIIC continuing to address the challenges associated with underground construction through research and education.
CUIIC will be led by Dr. Alireza Bayat, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Associate Industrial Research Chair in Underground Trenchless Construction.
“Canada has unique challenges related to the installation and maintenance of underground infrastructure,” says Dr. Alizara Bayat, Director of CUIIC. “We have vast distances, low population density in many areas, and a cold climate. CUIIC will focus on research and providing training to the next generation of professionals and also be a much-needed hub for academics and practitioners to exchange ideas and find innovative solutions.”
“This is all about succession planning, looking to the future and innovating,” says Dr. Mark Knight, who first became involved with CATT in 1997. “We must change and adapt along with the industry and pass the torch on to the next generation.”
Membership in CUIIC is open to manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, consultants, utilities, municipalities, and non-profit agencies with an interest in underground infrastructure. Members become research partners with the University of Alberta and will have opportunities to identify priorities for both research and training in underground infrastructure.
For more information or to become a member of CUIIC, please visit www.cuiic.ca.
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The Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre (CUIIC) was established in 2022. CUIIC is a cross-Canada initiative located at the University of Alberta. We have partners at the University of Waterloo and members across Canada. CUIIC focuses on providing stakeholders with opportunities to collaborate on research and training opportunities in underground infrastructure. Together, we foster innovation to provide cost-effective, sustainable solutions to the challenges involved with building, assessing, and rehabilitating underground infrastructure.
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