May, 2014: Annual Noreca team meeting in Wolfville

May, 2014: The entire Noreca Consulting team, along with a number of partners, converged for strategic meetings at Noreca's office in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Individual team members presented their role in ongoing projects, and the entire group worked together to brainstorm for future business development. A major highlight was enthusiastic contributions from TrailMark Systems team members. TrailMark, founded in 2014, is a collaborative team of biologists, social scientists, and software developers, offering a customizable system for gathering and managing land-use and other information within indigenous communities. Trevor Brown, from Juniper Systems (with whom Noreca collaborates on multiple projects), was on-site to provide demonstrations of recent developments to their line of hand-held technologies.

It was a productive and enjoyable time for team members to reconnect, network for future collaboration, and enjoy the beautiful Annapolis Valley.

November, 2013: Noreca and Juniper Systems team up to develop total software solution for snow depth sensor data collection.

Hitting the slopes is an increasingly high-tech activity. For one, effective maintenance of ski hills requires reliable snow depth data to improve snow-sport enthusiast experience and safety.

Noreca is addressing this with the development of an inclusive suite of technologies to enhance Campbell Scientific’s state-of-the-art snow depth sensor model (CS710) mounted on ski hill grooming equipment. We have created a mobile application (optimized for Windows 8) that provides real-time snow depth information to Snowcat operators. Snow depth data are transmitted to a tablet via Bluetooth, feeding into a cloud-accessible database.

Ski hill managers and administrators can then access data in real-time through an intuitive web-based user interface, designed by Noreca. This suite of tools will improve logistical coordination and resource allocation for optimal grooming. 

July, 2013: Noreca joins the Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation!

Noreca has been selected to join the Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation (ACRI). The mandate of the newly opened ACRI is to: “facilitate industry engagement with Acadia University staff and resources” in various sectors, including information and communications technology, tidal energy, and agriculture. We are excited to establish further collaboration with local business, engage Acadia staff and students, and look forward to the positive impacts on our local community. Our office is now located on the top floor of Patterson Hall, a newly renovated space at the heart of Acadia University’s picturesque campus in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

June, 2013: Noreca team meets in Wolfville

Noreca, along with partners EverNorth Consulting and Frostbyte Interactive, met to discuss current business ventures and strategize for the future. Team members led breakout sessions to discuss project timelines and provide an inside look at: new features of our web application for Student Service departments, highlights of Drupal-based web development, and exciting initiatives for collecting traditional ecological knowledge. It was great to bring the whole team together for a profitable time of collaboration in Noreca’s future home – the Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation.

April, 2013: Noreca welcomes software developer Roman Sarayev

Noreca welcomes software developer Roman Sarayev to our team. As Noreca diversifies, we are committed to strengthening our team by incorporating a broader scope of unique skills. Roman specializes in front- and back-end development using a variety of languages such as PHP, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Java and C++. His current projects involve developing responsive websites and web applications using Drupal CMS.

February, 2013: Simulation model on long-term carbon dynamics in old-growth forest of the Amazon published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)

The rate of tree mortality in the Amazon rainforest due to storm damage and drought is up to 15 percent higher than conventionally believed, reports a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Comparing Landsat satellite images with on-the-ground observations and a computer simulation model developed by Noreca Consulting , a group of researchers found that roughly half a million dead trees across a 1000-square-mile plot of Brazilian rainforest went unaccounted for over a 20 year period.

The study suggests that carbon emissions from storm damage could be higher than previously estimated. "If these results hold for most tropical forests, then it would indicate that because we missed some of the mortality, then the contribution of these forests to the net sink might be less than previous studies have suggested," said lead author Jeffrey Chambers of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, noting that a single storm in 2005 killed hundreds of millions of trees across the Amazon. "An old-growth forest has a mosaic of patches all doing different things. So if you want to understand the average behavior of that system you need to sample at a much larger spatial scale over larger time intervals than was previously appreciated. You don't see this mosaic if you walk through the forest or study only one patch. You really need to look at the forest at the landscape scale." "So, what's going to happen to old-growth tropical forests? On one hand they are being fertilized by some unknown extent by the rising CO2 concentration, and on the other hand a warming climate will likely accelerate tree mortality. So which of these processes will win out in the long-term: growth or death? Our study provides the tools to continue to make these critical observations and answer this question as climate change processes fully kick in over the coming years." Read more

September, 2012: Nancy Luse from Professional Surveyor Magazine reports about the Community-Based Monitoring Network (CBMN) in Nunavut

Living in harsh arctic conditions that provide little in the way of vegetation, the Inuit—basically translated as “first peoples of Canada”—have for centuries depended on polar bears, walrus, seals, and caribou for their food. That remains the case, but harpoons and other traditional weapons are being replaced with rifles, and snowmobiles now make following animal herds easier than walking or using a dog sled. Adding to these changes, in what has been a simple world, is a handheld computer the Inuit are using to help their government monitor wildlife populations. [Read full article]

June, 2012: Noreca partners with Acadia University and Frostbyte Consulting

Noreca, Acadia University’s Disability Access Centre and Frostbyte Interactive have teamed up to develop a customized web solution for managing exam accommodations. In searching for innovative solutions, Noreca’s specialization in the design of custom software was recognized and a formal funding agreement was reached. A multi-phase deployment will begin in the fall of 2012. The first phase includes implementation of a web application to provide secure and central access.

May, 2012: CBC Radio reports on CBMN Pilot Study in Nunavut

Inuit Hunters in Nunavut have been heading out across the tundra armed with hand-held computers provided by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. Wherever the hunters stop to observe or hunt a muskox, caribou or other animal, they tap their observations into the device. Freelancer David Kattenburg explains why this pilot project is a win-win for hunters and for the Wildlife Management Board. (Runs 6:57)

February, 2012: Noreca Consulting welcomes new software developer Janith Peduruge

Janith Peduruge is Noreca’s new Software Developer. His education and experiences are in the fields of systems design and large scale software architecture. Janith is well-experienced in web technologies such as Java, CMS, PHP, and MySQL. In 2011, before joining Noreca, Janith was the lead developer for the Ontario Food Industry Environmental Coalition, Environmental Benchmark tool through Agviro Inc.