R&D Support

Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre

R&D Support to the Ocean Industry

Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre provides engineering development support to the Ocean Technology Industry Network members and partners.

Development support can include laboratory and in-situ testing of prototypes or materials, access to student and academic faculty skilled staff and facilities.  Development support is considered confidential and project information will not be made public without the client's permission.  A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) will be signed by both parties prior to the start of the project.

Success Stories

In-Situ Testing

In-situ testing of prototypes and materials can occur autonomously or via connection to one of three networked ocean facilities to provide real time feedback and interaction with the test. The networked facilities include:

Thumbnail images of OTTB (left), an ODI connector on NEPTUNE, and the Venus buoy profiling system

ONC's VENUS Network, ONC's NEPTUNE Canada Network, and the University of Victoria's Ocean Technology Test Bed (OTTB).

Selection of the appropriate host facility or autonomous site will depend on the nature of the test and availability of host facility assets.

Laboratory Testing

Laboratory testing can take place at the Innovation Centre or one of our institutional partners as necessitated by the test objectives.  Partners include:

  • the Institute for Ocean Sciences
  • the Pacific Geoscience Centre
  • the Ocean Technology Lab
  • the University of Victoria
  • the University of Dalhousie


Ocean Networks Canada staff have expertise in:

  • Ocean observing systems
    • feasibility
    • planning
    • infrastructure deployment
  • Ocean sensors and instrumentation R&D
    • acoustics (passive acoustics, sonars, current meters, sound speed, propagation)
    • physical sensors (temperature, pressure, conductivity)
    • chemical sensors (pH, O2, CO2, CH4, )
    • pressure case design
    • electronics
    • statements of requirements and test plans
  • Digital Infrastructure
    • enterprize software, content management, architecture
    • cloud computing
    • IT strategy
    • digital infrastructure life cycle planning
    • program management
    • niche assessment for emerging technologies
    • requirements analysis
  • Ocean sciences, staff scientists cover:
    • physical oceanography
    • plate tectonics & earthquake dynamics
    • gas hydrates and seabed fluid
    • deep-sea benthic ecology
    • engineering and computational research
    • plankton dynamics and ocean biogeochemistry
    • ocean/climate dynamics and effects on marine biota
  • Market iinformation

R&D services points of contact:

Digital Infrastructure: Gordon Rees