Applied Research Projects

Applied Research and Innovation Projects

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Office of Applied Research and Innovation supports a variety of applied research projects. Steered by industry, business and/or the community, these projects help to bring creative solutions to real-world challenges.
Our applied research activities focus on four distinct areas:

  • Urban development
  • The environment and natural resources
  • Health education, and
  • Information technology and communications

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Project News and Events

Date Project or event with link to media release
October 2015  

Puck Perfection
Media release
While the sport of blind hockey has been around since the 1950s, the question of what to use as a puck has, until very recently, remained the unsolved Rubik’s Cube of the game.

July 2015   

Students in Northern Saskatchewan Benefit from Government of Canada Investment in Skills Training
Media release
Students in Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Sask Polytech) Natural Resource Technology (NRT) programs will have access to enhanced skills training thanks to funding announced today by Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

May 2015

Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Salthaven West save 250 snakes
Media release
Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre West released 250 rescued snakes at the Condie Nature Refuge this afternoon. These snakes were rescued from a Regina house beginning in late November.

May 2015

Saskatchewan Polytechnic nursing app features 3D imagery
Media release
Learning to name and identify surgical instruments has never been easier or more engaging for Saskatchewan Polytechnic Nursing students. Sask Polytech’s School of Nursing has released an update to InstruMentor™, a smartphone application that features photos, descriptions and audio pronunciation of the names of more than 70 surgical instruments

December 2014

IMII, U of S and Sask Polytech research safety in the minerals industry
Media release
International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII), University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Sask Polytech) are partnering on research to make Saskatchewan’s minerals industry a world leader in safety.

August 2014 SIAST DNA research safeguards beer brands
Media release
SIAST’s BioScience Applied Research Centre (SBARC) is collaborating on a research project that will identify and protect the yeast strain that is essential to the production of some regional beers.  
March 2014

Government of Canada to strengthen SIAST IT program
SIAST Students Benefit from Hands-on Experience 
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) will increase the information technology services and product development assistance it offers to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with an investment announced today by Kelly Block, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

April 2014 3D Technology in Health Care Project with ISIS Health Informatics
SIAST tests 3D health-care technology
SIAST students and faculty are collaborating on a research project that will determine how 3D muscle-movement-tracking technology can be refined and customized to enhance the teaching of clinical skills. The portable technology will expand SIAST's use of high-tech healthcare training and could ultimately reduce musculoskeletal injuries among healthcare workers
November 2013 Malting Barley Project
SIAST research could benefit Canadian beer industry
SIAST is collaborating on a research project that will determine how technology can better identify premium barley kernels, which are essential to producing quality beer. Working with Spectrum Agricultural Inc., a Manitoba-based research and development firm, SIAST will examine how barley kernels with favourable malting qualities can be cost-effectively sorted from lower-quality barley kernels by using acoustic and optical measuring methods. The research could lead to an increase in the availability of higher value malting barley for both domestic use and export.
October 2013 Building Envelope Project with Check-it
SIAST awarded $25K grant from NSERC
With support from a $25,000 federal grant, SIAST and a local energy management company are undertaking a research project that could lead to an improved software solution for managing building energy efficiency. The grant was provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). 
June 2013

Brownfield Remediation Project
Innovative Partnership Awarded $750,000 to Test New Eco-Friendly Gas Station Clean-Up
SIAST and University of Saskatchewan researchers, in partnership with Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), have been awarded a federal NSERC grant of $750,000 over three years to advance eco-friendly remediation techniques and technology, making it easier to clean up contaminated soil at former gas station sites. 

January 2013 SIAST tests dental compounds to fight infections
SIAST and a local bioscience research and development company are testing new compounds that could reduce oral candidiasis and dry socket infections.
November 2012 SIAST grad wins national research award
Chemical Technology grad Julia MacDonald for receiving first-place from the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board. (pdf)
August 2012

Revitalizing a town - Wakaw, Saskatchewan
SIAST answers town's dilemma

Please contact us for more information on these projects