The Boeing Company is making an investment in Dalhousie University to support research and development projects that will strengthen the aerospace industry’s potential and competitiveness in Canada and across the globe. The projects include:
Advanced Materials Development – using computer modeling and other methods for developing alloys and coatings to improve the resilience and corrosion-resistance of titanium, aluminum and steel aircraft parts.
Mobile Graphics – looking into innovative approaches for using mobile devices and other capabilities to access 3-D engineering drawings, instructional materials and technical manuals in order to advance the productivity of manufacturing and maintenance technicians.
Visual and Text Analytics – creating sophisticated visual tools and techniques to more effectively analyze large quantities of text data. Examples of potential aerospace industry applications vary from aviation safety reports to maintenance manuals to industrial safety.
The investments are in line with Canada’s Industrial & Regional Benefits (IRB) policy which requires prime contractors to make investments in the Canadian economy as a result of winning defense and security contracts with the government of Canada. Boeing has four active IRB programs linked to the purchase and sustainment of four C-17 airlifters, designated CC-177 for Canadian Forces; the procurement of ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems services; and the purchase of 15 CH-47F Chinook medium-to-heavy-lift rotorcraft, designated CH-147 for Canadian Forces