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Canada in 3-D. Government - University – Industry A Triumvirate for Innovation & Growth. Insights Gained From the Lithoprobe Project. Dr. Ron M. Clowes, C.M., F.R.S.C. Lithoprobe and Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada. What is.

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government university industry a triumvirate for innovation growth

Canada in 3-D

Government - University – Industry

A Triumvirate for Innovation & Growth

insights gained from the lithoprobe project

Insights Gained From the Lithoprobe Project

Dr. Ron M. Clowes, C.M., F.R.S.C.

Lithoprobe and Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada

lithoprobe is
Lithoprobe Is…
  • A national earth science research project
    • To investigate the three-dimensional structure and evolution of Canada’s landmass and continental margins
    • By probing the lithosphere, earths relatively cold, strong, rigid outer shell which is typically 100 km or more thick
why lithoprobe
Why Lithoprobe?
  • To gain a basic understanding of the continent on which we live, from which we derive resources and which generates natural hazards
  • To obtain regional background information useful to mining and petroleum industries
multidisciplinary
Multidisciplinary
  • Spearheaded by seismic reflection techniques
  • Geology, geochemistry and other geophysics
collaborative research
Collaborative Research
  • 32 universities across Canada
  • Federal & provincial/territorial geological surveys
  • Mining & petroleum industries
  • International involvement
  • About 800 scientists active at some time (~450 are grad students, PDF’s, research associates or undergrad students)
decentralized research
Decentralized Research
  • 10 transects or study areas aimed at key, representative geological targets
  • Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and the U.S.A. border to Yukon and Northwest Territories
  • Spans geological time from 4000 million years to present
  • Multidisciplinary transect teams centered at locations across Canada
lithoprobe partnerships
Lithoprobe Partnerships
  • Formal with GSC (a primary Lithoprobe partner)
    • Research Networks Element of Research Partners Program at NSERC
  • Informal with provincial geological surveys
    • Alignment of their research to coincide with Lithoprobe activities in their jurisdiction
  • Formal & informal with industry
    • Arranged as needed to fit research and company needs
in kind industry contributions
“In Kind” Industry Contributions
  • Valuable source of data, information and technical support
  • Ideas and time from participating personnel
  • Equipment relevant to research
  • Data and information not available in other ways
example in kind contributions
Example “In Kind” Contributions
  • Crustal reflection data from petroleum exploration industry
    • Estimated value of $6,000,000
  • Potential field and drill core data in eastern Manitoba from base-metal mining industry
    • Breakthrough in geological understanding
    • Estimated value of $1,000,000
  • Access to, and drill core samples from, existing mines
  • Kimberlite samples from diamond mining industry
initiating successful partnerships
Initiating Successful Partnerships
  • Common or complementary objectives
  • Mutual respect for interests of each participant
  • Flexibility within organizations and willingness to take some risks
  • Special efforts in “selling” new ideas, particularly to industry
  • Individual “champions” for promotion to companies and for making case within companies
difficulties in establishing partnerships
Difficulties In Establishing Partnerships
  • Extracting funds from industry
    • Often active personnel are supportive but management is not
  • Convincing industry of long term value of the research
    • In contrast to specific and short term company objectives
  • Bureaucracy associated with partnership arrangements
  • Often a lack of clear and enticing incentives for industry partners
maintaining successful partnerships
Maintaining Successful Partnerships
  • Establishment of TRUST
  • Respect confidentiality agreements
  • Keep open communication lines among all partners
  • Adhere to established schedules
  • Work within established budget
the benefits of partnerships

The Benefits Of Partnerships

Government – University – Industry

Scientific Benefits

Economic Benefits

Social Benefits

scientific benefits
Scientific Benefits
  • Regional context for improved understanding
    • Example 1: Petroleum exploration industry
    • Example 2: Base-metal mining exploration
economic benefits
Economic Benefits
  • New technology spin-offs
    • GSC/Lithoprobe seismic refraction/earthquake recording seismographs
      • Technology transferred to Scintrex (Toronto)
      • Worldwide sales exceed $2,000,000
    • GSC deep/ultra deep electromagnetic sounding systems
      • Technology transferred to Phoenix Geophysics (Toronto)
      • Systems sold worldwide
      • Systems used in contract surveys, national & international
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Economic Benefits

New data and interpretations leadto new petroleum discovery

economic benefits31
Economic Benefits
  • Technological innovation for the base metal and uranium mining industries
    • Example 1: 2-D high resolution seismic reflection method for mineral exploration
    • Example 2: 3-D high resolution seismic reflection method for mineral exploration
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Example 2: Location map of the Trill 3-D survey and borehole geophysical logs inthe Sudbury structure

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Trill geology with

3-D survey grid

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SIC

Sub-layer

Footwall complex

social benefits
Social Benefits
  • Improved understanding of earthquake hazards on Canada’s west coast
  • Training of HQP in an environment of collaborative and multidisciplinary studies
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Cascadia

Seismogenic

Zone

government university industry partnerships do lead to

Canada in 3-D

Government - University – Industry

Partnerships Do Lead To…

thank you

Thank You

Ron M. Clowes

Lithoprobe and Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada