In our global economy, where borders are rigid yet porous and goods flow freely between countries, it is increasingly difficult to prevent external threats or to contain internal ones.
Montreal, September 16, 2020 – FPInnovations, a Canadian research centre, has successfully completed phase 1 in the development of biodegradable disposable face masks, and is ready to begin the second phase which is expected to lead to an entirely made-in-Canada biodegradable solution for face coverings.
A five-year R&D program for cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) managed by FPInnovations and funded by ArboraNano and government agencies has resulted in an impressive catalogue of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and $1.6 million invested in research to further the development of nanocellulose applications derived from wood fibre.
FPInnovations is moving full speed ahead with its automated-harvesting project to usher in a new era of forestry machinery with an eye to one day operating fully autonomous machines.
As part of its work on massive wood construction, FPInnovations recently published the Design Guide for Timber-Concrete Composite Floors in Canada.
In 2018, FPInnovations had published an article about its successful and promising partnership with Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY.
Designers and regulators are increasingly rationalizing for climate change in stream crossing designs. While the baseline practice in forestry is “add 20% to the design flood”—which originates from a 2012 Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia Guidance publication—professionals are now starting to use publicly available climate tools that give more localized estimates.