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Exoskeletons: A promising technology to improve safety and performance in construction?


Exoskeletons, also known as exosuits or wearable robots, are structures that can be attached to the human body to augment and reinforce user performance. Exoskeletons can be made from rigid material (e.g. metal or carbon fiber) or soft and elastic materials. Exoskeletons can support the entire body, just the upper or lower extremities, or just a specific body segment such as the lower back. The main function of an exoskeleton is to augment a user’s strength through the use of motors, or to transfer loads from a user’s weaker muscles and joints to stronger ones. Active exoskeletons, or powered exoskeletons are [...]

Exoskeletons: A promising technology to improve safety and performance in construction?2022-10-06T12:03:54-06:00

CIC Partner Spotlight: Carry Steel


Carry Steel, a division of C.W. Carry Ltd., has been established for over 60 years, specializing in the supply and fabrication of structural and miscellaneous steel for oil and gas refineries, heavy oil extraction plants, chemical plants, pulp and paper mills, and commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. The company is a full line steel service center offering a wide selection of carbon steel products from a large onsite inventory, as well as value added services (bevel, break, cut, cope, drill/punch, form, roll, shear, stamp, thread and more). Carry Steel also provides complete structural, miscellaneous, and custom steel fabrication supply (project management, [...]

CIC Partner Spotlight: Carry Steel2022-03-09T23:51:59-06:00

Meet Dr. Yasser Mohamed, the new Director of the CIC


The CIC would like to welcome Dr. Yasser Mohamed to his new position of Director of the CIC! Dr. Mohamed is a professional engineer and professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has expertise is in the areas of modeling and simulation, data mining, and machine learning; and has developed applications of these techniques in different construction domains including tunneling, industrial construction, off-site construction fabrication, infrastructures, and safety. His research spans more than 15 years of collaborations with construction companies in Alberta, which have resulted in several solutions that have been adopted by industry partners [...]

Meet Dr. Yasser Mohamed, the new Director of the CIC2021-11-26T19:04:22-06:00

A Farewell from the Former Director of the CIC


Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek thanks the CIC and its Partners In the two years since its foundation, the CIC has worked alongside partners and collaborators that have helped it to grow into the formidable force that it has become. It was my pleasure and honour to work as the Director of the CIC since its foundation in 2019, and I look forward to seeing how it continues to grow and become stronger under the leadership of my esteemed colleague, Dr. Yasser Mohamed, now that I am moving into my new role as the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of [...]

A Farewell from the Former Director of the CIC2021-11-27T03:38:09-06:00