Month: March 2018

Seven Women That Changed the World

National Engineering Month is a time to celebrate engineering excellence in Canada. It is an opportunity to showcase how diverse the field of engineering is. And the possibilities are endless. From the lab to the field, from the marine environment to the built environment, from nanotechnology to aerospace, engineers are committed to making a difference in our lives and keeping humanity safe.

This year, at DSA we wanted to play our part and share with you a few of the significant contributions women have made to the field of engineering.  We are committed to helping young women consider engineering as a career choice. Let’s take a look at some remarkable and inspiring engineers in Canada and abroad!

Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Julie Payette

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Canada’s current Governor General, Julie Payette is known for being an astronaut, engineer, scientific broadcaster and corporate director. Ms. Payette has received a mind-blowing 27 honorary doctorates and can speak six languages. Her Excellency is an Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada, Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Commander of the Order of Merit for Police Forces, head of the Canadian Heraldic Authority and a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec.

Elizabeth Muriel Gregory (Elsie) MacGill

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1905, Elise became Canada’s 1st woman graduate to hold a degree in electrical engineering.  Elsie also held a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering which was very valuable during WWII when she lead a team of 4,500 workers who built more than 1500 Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft.

Emily Roebling

Emily Roebling stepped in as the first woman field engineer and technical leader of the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband, Washington Roebling, became paralyzed and could no longer work without the help of his wife. Emily became responsible for much of the chief engineer’s duties, including day-to-day supervision and project management. The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883 and holds a plaque honouring Emily and her husband.

Hedy Lamarr

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Hedy Lamarr might be recalled as a Hollywood heroine of the 1930s and 1940s. However, few likely know that she invented a remote-controlled communications system that would eventually be used by the U.S military.  Lamarr’s frequency hopping theory now serves as a basis for modern communication technology, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi network connections.

Ursula Martius Franklin

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Ursula is an expert in metallurgy and materials science; she was the 1st woman to become a professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Toronto. Ursula authored over 100 research papers and reports and is an acclaimed contributor to books on the structure and properties of metals and alloys.

Veena Rowat

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Veena is the 1st Canadian woman Ph.D. graduate in electrical engineering and the only woman in her 1973 graduating class at Queens University in Kingston Ontario. Veena worked for 36 years in the public service and won multiple awards throughout her career. Veena was the first woman president of the Communications Research Centre which is an internationally renowned agency of Industry Canada.

Harriet Brooks

Harriet is credited with the discovery of atomic recoil. Atomic recoil is the result of when an atom interacts with an energetic elementary particle. Harriet is considered one of the leading women of her time in the field of nuclear physics, second only to Marie Curie.

For National Engineering Month, DSA wanted to acknowledge the contributions of these women who have had, and continue to have a significant impact on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. We at DSA support organizations like Engineers Canada that are encouraging educators, community organizations, parents, and industry to deliver outreach programmes that support young women to explore their interests in these fields. We want to ensure that we have even more stories like these to inspire the next generation.

You can learn more about Engineers Canada’s efforts here.


Cheerio! Meet DSA in London for Oceanology 2018

We are packing our bags and heading to jolly old England for Oceanology International (Oi 2018) – a premier event for ocean technology and marine science. Oi 2018 provides us with an opportunity to connect with thousands of maritime professionals with diverse backgrounds from many countries. We have found attendees come from a variety of ocean industries including oil and gas, marine renewables, aquaculture, and maritime defence.

The (Oi 2018) conference program is filled with technical tracks and forums bringing together academia, government, international organizations and industry specialists. The show is a hub for sharing knowledge and connecting with the marine technology and ocean science communities to discover technology and solutions to improve strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans.

Every year DSA takes the opportunity to attend international conferences and trade missions central to our business. We’d like to share with you our top three reasons for visiting Oi 2018.

The Exhibition.

This is the main reason many people attend Oi – and it’s our primary reason too. Over 500 exhibitors will be displaying state of the art marine technologies. We take the opportunity to expand our knowledge about the latest developments and trends while showing off our most recent advancements in our ProteusDS software product. DSA will be at booth #6 in the Atlantic Canadian Pavilion; please stop by for a visit.

You can view a complete list of Oi 2018 exhibitors here.

The Technical Track.

Ocean technology global leaders will be sharing lessons learnt (success, failure, and next steps) during the three-day conference. Don’t miss DSA’s CEO, Dean Steinke’s talk “Enable the Expansion of Aquaculture into Offshore and High Energy Locations Using Numerical Modelling,” during the Equipment and Services for a Developing Offshore Aquaculture Sector stream. The session is taking place on Tuesday, March 13th at 13:45 pm in South Gallery Room 9.

You can view the full agenda for the technical track at Oi 2018 here.

The Networking Opportunities.

The chance to share knowledge, and connect with top manufacturers and suppliers of ocean technologies and global service providers makes Oi 2018 an excellent event for us. In the end, it is all about the people we meet.

Attending Oceanology is extremely valuable for us as we work with all ocean sectors: this diverse event allows us to meet a wide array of people and companies in a short time frame,” says Dean Steinke, CEO of DSA.

We’ll be attending many of the networking events, including The Government of Canada reception at the Canada Pavilion(stand E400 &E401) on Wednesday evening.

Check out the Oi 2018 networking events here.


Will you be attending Oi 2018 and would like to connect with us? Drop by our booth or send us a message.

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Is your WEC hydrodynamics software up to the task?

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DSA Continues to Support IEA-OES Task 10 Wave Energy Converter Modelling Verification and Validation.

Calculating the effects of wind, waves, and currents on devices in the ocean is complex. We know the value of numerical modelling that reduces risks in physical prototyping. How do you know your software’s calculations are right? One way to ensure that your software is producing expected results is through cross-validation and comparison with different analysis programs.

DSA is pleased to continue our participation in an international group of experts that been working together on the validation of numerical modelling tools for wave energy converters (or WECs) under the Ocean Energy Systems (OES) Technology Collaboration Programme of the International Energy Agency.

The initial results published in a joint paper prepared by 13 countries and over 20 companies with experts from academia and industry was presented at the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), held in Cork (Ireland) in late August 2017. Focused on ocean energy, EWTEC is an international technical conference with attendees and contributors from both academic and industry.

Phase two of the project is about the launch, and it will incorporate validation aspects using experimental test data from the US Navy wave test facility, MASK basin.

In this second phase, DSA and the group are looking to further improve their confidence and the accuracy of numerical models for wave energy converters and to identify future research needs.


“At what point do you realize there is a problem? It becomes costly, quickly, to learn lessons while putting steel in the water,” cautions DSA CTO, Ryan Nicoll. “Cross-validation of numerical models is one way to find out much earlier if there is a discrepancy. Critical initiatives like the IEA-OES Task 10 allow international experts to compare their analysis capabilities and ensure our independently derived calculations make sense,” notes Nicoll. “We are grateful to represent Canada with our colleagues from Cascadia Coast Research and engage with such an esteemed international group.”


Participation in Task 10 is voluntary; the Canadian Government provides registration fees for participating Canadian companies.

An overview of findings achieved by the international team so far is summarized here.


  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • BCAM, Spain
  • Cascadia Coast Research, Canada
  • Chalmers University, Sweden
  • DSA, Canada
  • EC Nantes, France
  • EDRMedeso, Norway
  • Floating Power Plant, Denmark
  • Glosten, USA
  • Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, USA
  • INNOSEA, France
  • KRISO, South Korea
  • KTH, Sweden
  • MARIN, Netherlands
  • Plymouth University UK
  • Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Tecnalia, Spain
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • Wave Venture, UK
  • WavEC, Portugal


Ocean Energy Systems (OES), also known as the Technology Collaboration Programme on Ocean Energy Systems, is an intergovernmental collaboration between countries, which operates under a framework established by the International Energy Agency in Paris. Presently, the OES has 24 member countries and the European Commission with a number of other observer countries in the process of joining.