Monday, September 15,

The Tour Bus will leave promptly from the New Gower Street Entrance of the Delta Hotel as follows:

OCEANS’14 is pleased to offer you tours of various Academic and Research Facilities to showcase the capabilities of Memorial University, C-Core and the Marine Institute. These tours will take place on Monday, September 15.


Monday, September 15 - 8:30 a.m.
Bus leaves Delta Hotel New Gower Street Entrance
It will return to the Delta at approximately 12:00

Please note there is a limit to the number of people we can accommodate, so register early !!!

Memorial University of Newfoundland


The Autonomous Ocean Systems Laboratory (AOSL) of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science of Memorial University is a research facility that works to advance the use of unmanned systems in harsh environments, particularly ice-infested waters. The current project work of graduate students and R&D staff focuses on the development of techniques to estimate as accurately as possible the underwater and above-water dimensions of icebergs using AUVs and USCs together, and the ability to operate AUVs in GPS-denied areas -- such as under pack ice -- with various sensors for long periods using low SWaP navigation systems. One project in particular is directed at the development of an AUV navigation system that requires the use of no external infrastructure, bottom mounted or surface based. The AOSL is located in the S.J. Carew Building on the St. John's campus of Memorial University.


The Arctic is poised to be a strategic location for industrial activity. Offshore oil and gas, shipping and fishing companies will need to know how the harsh conditions will affect valuable marine equipment. The Sustainable Technology for Polar Ships and Structures (STePS2) project is leading research that will play an important role in predicting marine ice effects. The researchers of STePS2 seek to significantly improve the understanding of high energy collisions between marine ice and steel structures, while gaining an improved knowledge of the resistance and/or failure characteristics of man-made structures under high loads from ice. The project aims to develop validated practical design tools that will permit the design and assessment of safe ships and offshore structures for arctic conditions.

A team of faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate student researchers are conducting an extensive set of laboratory experiments covering ice crushing, structural response to ice loads and the hydrodynamics of ice blocks as they move around a ship or structure. The tour of the STePS2 Project will show the large scale ice impact experiment apparatus and some of the work done in the cold laboratory at MUN on ice strength properties based on conical ice samples.

C-CORE (formerly Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering)

C CORE’s facilities on the Memorial University Campus in St. John’s NL comprise 34,222 square feet of office, meeting and laboratory space, including: the new CARD research space; an Earth Observation Operations Centre where C-CORE monitors ice and icebergs world-wide, 24/7; and a world-class geotechnical facility with a 5.5m-radius, 200G 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 refrigeration, soils and model preparation laboratories, and an advanced Actidyn earthquake simulator equipped with a fully computerized control system.

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For those already registered for OCEANS’14 please email: and they will assist you with your registration for this event.

If you have not yet registered for OCEANS'14 you can choose this event along with your other Conferences registration choices. Please note there is no charge to register for this event.

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