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CANMET Research Complex

Kanata, ON Canada

The Canadian Centre for Mineral and Technology Complex 

(CANMET) is a federally owned multi-building complex managed by Natural Resources Canada in Kanata, Ontario. Out of the entirety of the complex, Sensequake was approached to conduct a seismic assessment and health monitoring on 4 of their buildings: 2, 3, 9 and 10 (as shown on the right).

The CANMET Complex is home to specialized laboratories studying and working with explosive materials, one of the very few in Canada to do so. Due to the nature of the materials kept in these buildings, the importance to maintain and evaluate the structural soundness of this building is much higher than the average.

Many of the structures tested at the complex were irregularly shaped, and compromised of multiple wings and structural blocks, making it crucial to determine the structural integrity of the connections between the buildings. For instance, buildings 2, 9 and 10 were separated into two structural wings to better examine the interaction and structural integrity between the different building wings. 

Through our assessment, we were able to extract:

  • An initial baseline for the structures

  • The buildings' dynamic properties

  • Prediction of damage level in structural components 

  • Prediction of damage level in non-structural components

Thanks to our assessment, we were also able to recommend important mitigation strategies in order to improve the overall integrity of the buildings as well as the safety of the employees who work at the complex.

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