Newfoundland & Labrador


C-CORE is an ISO 9001-registered R&D organization with world-leading capability in remote sensing, ice engineering and geotechnical engineering. Since 1975, C-CORE has provided research-based advisory services and technology solutions to help clients mitigate operational risk in harsh environments and to address security, sustainability and safety issues related to their regulatory and operating needs. 

C‐CORE leads the world in ice engineering, maintaining the largest concentration of ice expertise (both in personnel and in data) in the world.  Our tightly integrated technical teams conduct applied R&D using finite element and numerical analyses, centrifuge and full-scale modeling, and field studies. Our ice engineering and geotechnical expertise are complemented by sea-ice/iceberg remote sensing services. 

From its headquarters at Memorial University of Newfoundland and its office in Ottawa, Ontario, C‑CORE's 80+ scientists, engineers and other professionals work with an international network of partners, leading alliances and consortia, to ensure the best solutions and delivery of quality results on time and on budget.

C-CORE is also home to LOOKNorth, a national Centre of Excellence for remote sensing innovation to support remote resource development, and the Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD) which, in partnership with the oil & gas industry, pursues medium to long-term Arctic R&D.

In-house facilities include a 5.5 metre-radius, 2000 kilogram payload capacity geotechnical centrifuge (one of the largest in the world and the only one in North America designed to model cold region phenomena) with adjoining earthquake simulator and model preparation and soils laboratories.

For further information:
Captain Robert A. Bartlett Building
1 Morrissey Road
St. John’s, NL    A1B 3X5
Tel: 709-864-8354


Centre for Marine Simulation

A unit of Memorial University’s Marine Institute, the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) operates in three key areas:

1) delivers specialized training courses
2) provides industrial response services, and
3) undertakes applied research and development activities

A specific focus of the centre is operations in harsh environments, where modelling and simulations can assist clients in the understanding and enhancement of ship manoeuvering and navigation (open water and/or ice), offshore oil & gas operations, port design or modification, risk mitigation and human performance.

The Centre comprises 24 marine simulation facilities, which cover an entire range of training, educational, and research and development capabilities.


  • Motion capable full mission ship bridge simulator
  • Motion capable offshore operations simulator for PSV and AHTS
  • Cargo operations simulator (tanker operations)
  • Motion capable ballast control simulator for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs)
  • Dynamic positioning simulators
  • Part task navigation simulators
  • Propulsion plant (engine room) simulator
  • GMDSS simulators
  • Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) simulators
  • Motion capable lifeboat launch simulators
  • Electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) simulators
  • Fast time ship manoeuvring analysis simulator
  • Tug operations simulator
  • Web-based navigation instruments simulator
  • Motion capable helicopter ditching simulator

CMS also has numerical ship modelling and geographic database design capacity to develop models to clients’ specifications for use in training or simulation studies.

For further information:
Centre for Marine Simulation
Marine Institute of Memorial University
PO Box 4920
St. John’s, NL   A1C 5R3
Tel: 709-778-0304

Centre for Earth Resources Research

The Centre for Earth Resources Research (CERR) is a unit of Memorial University’s Earth Sciences Department with a mandate to collaborate with industry and government on matters related to earth resources. CERR draws most of its research expertise and equipment from the Earth Sciences Department, and so serves as an interface between the department and the private and public sectors.

Many of CERR’s facilities were made possible by a $27 million contribution from the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Development Fund (ODF), a fund designed to develop provincial infrastructure needed to take advantage of opportunities associated with the Hibernia oil play on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

In keeping with the goals of the ODF, CERR does not compete with the private sector, but rather uses the department’s capabilities to develop a more viable provincial private sector. CERR facilities are generally available to outside users for fair market cost. For consulting firms, access to this equipment and expertise can make the difference between being able to bid on a contract and not being able to do so. For end-user companies, this means having access to technology not otherwise available in the private sector.

As well as being a research unit of the department, CERR offers professional development and training courses which draw upon the expertise of the faculty. These courses are one way of transferring the latest university research developments into the private sector

For further information:
Centre for Earth Resources Research
Department of Earth Sciences
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL    A1B 3X5
Tel: 709-864-2334


Centre for Offshore & Remote Medicine (MEDICOR)

The Centre for Offshore and Remote Medicine (MEDICOR) is part of the Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland and is an integral part of the university’s Ocean Studies Program. Established in 1982, it has a mandate to carry out research and development projects related to all health aspects of offshore oil, marine, diving and space industries, as well as other industries involved with remote operations, environmental stresses or hazards.

MEDICOR’s areas of expertise include remote medicine, marine medicine, environmental medicine, the offshore oil industry, occupational medicine, diving, related education and training and environmental gas analysis.

MEDICORE’s facilities include:

  • a laboratory, equipped with mass spectrometry, gas chromatog­raphy, physiological monitoring devices and related support equip­ment. When MEDICOR’s laboratory facilities are otherwise unavailable locally, they may be offered on a service basis. They can also be made available to other agencies for collaborative research projects.
  • a hyperbaric unit, covering an area of approximately 67.5 square metres, contain­ing three chambers interconnected with a “wet pot” that allows simu­lated in-water deep diving. The unit is fully equipped for hyper­baric oxygen therapy and decom­pression therapy and research. It has a saturation diving capability of 304.8 metres of seawater equivalent

MEDICOR is also establishing laboratory facilities for the identification and determination of environmentally hazardous substances.

For more information contact:
Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s NF   A1B 3V6
Telephone: 709-777-6433


National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

For nearly 100 years the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has built a reputation as a results-focused R&D performer, capable of adapting to meet the world’s most pressing challenges. We have introduced game-changing inventions that are used across the globe, including radar, the crash position indicator (black box), canola and a vaccine for meningitis.

When you work with NRC you employ a suite of results-driven scientists, engineers and technologists with boundless networks and knowledge exchange opportunities. We transition industry-driven challenges into viable commercial solutions by adapting to the needs of your project.  At NRC, we encourage a collaborative approach to our work, place value on input from industry stakeholders and offer a scope of engineering expertise and suite of facilities you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

NRC provides the expertise and tools to develop advanced solutions to improve the performance and safety of ocean, coastal and marine operations, meet the challenges of climate change and protect people, property and infrastructure from environmental risks. Our approach includes physical and numerical modelling, engineering analysis and technology development, as well as full scale experiments and field work conducted with the support of a comprehensive suite of world-class model test basins and tanks capable of reproducing a wide range of ice, wave, current and wind conditions. Our key technologies cover a broad range of applications and can assist you in the development of technology and solutions for through the following NRC programs:

Arctic program - Ensuring sustainable, low impact development of the North while increasing the quality of life for Northerners.

Marine Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources program - Improving marine infrastructure, manage water resources and solve complex water issues through marine renewable energy technologies.

Marine Vehicles program - Improving their design while lowering the risks and costs associated with their operation.

If you're interested in partnering with NRC to collaborate on research and development, please contact:

For more information contact:
Mark Murphy
Portfolio Business Advisor
Tel: 709-772-2105


Ocean Engineering and Research Center

The Ocean Engineering Research Center (OERC) is located within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

OERC aims to support the growth of ocean engineering research at Memorial University and facilitate the application of research and development work for our stakeholder community.

OERC’s objectives are to advance ocean engineering research and technology development; promote interaction among researchers and ocean engineering technology stakeholders and the research community; foster an innovative, wealth-creating research climate, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and commercialization of research; and take an active role in shaping policies in the ocean engineering, offshore engineering and the marine technology sectors.

OERC has leading expertise in the areas of engineering design for harsh environments, Arctic engineering, marine hydrodynamics, marine and offshore structures, offshore engineering and safety, autonomous ocean systems and ocean sensor technologies. OERC researchers lead many large projects funded by the offshore industry, government agencies and national and international partners. Our research programs and projects cover a range of topics, such as structures for operations in ice, underwater vehicles, marine safety and fluid-structure interaction.

Staff includes engineering faculty research engineers, technologists, software specialists, graduate students and administrative staff.


  • 58 m wave tank
  • Structures laboratory
  • Cold rooms for ice mechanics testing
  • CAD centre
  • Model fabrication, welding and machining shops

OERC researchers have close connections with the local, national and international communities and have built strong relationships with industry partners. These connections and collaborations make OERC a growing success in ocean engineering research. The collaborations with provincial, national and international partners will continue to be a core element in OERC’s strategic plan.

Faculty, graduate students and external users have access to an array of OERC facilities. External groups can pay to use any OERC facility for outreach and commercial projects. The rates include technical support provided by experienced technicians.

For further information:
Ocean Engineering & Research Centre
Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL    A1B 3X5
Tel: 709-737-4303


Nova Scotia

Bedford Institute of Oceanography

The Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) is a modern oceanographic research facility, established in 1962 by the Government of Canada, and located on the shores of the Bedford Basin in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Over the last 50 years the Institute has grown to become Canada's largest centre for ocean research. It performs targeted research, mandated by the Canadian government, to provide 'peer' reviewed advice and support to government decision making on a broad range of ocean issues, including sovereignty, safety and security, environmental protection, the health of the oceans, safe and accessible waterways, the sustainable use of natural resources (fisheries, minerals, oil & gas) and the integrated management large ocean management areas.

The Institute houses over 600 researchers, engineers, technicians, natural resource and environmental managers and support staff from a variety of different disciplines. Currently, branches of four federal departments are located at BIO: Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada and the Department of National Defense.

For further information:
Bedford Institute of Oceanography
1 Challenger Drive
PO Box 1006
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2
Tel: 902-426-3490