January 17, 2012

CORD website is now back online. We were shut down by some illegitimate activity before Christmas. Now we are back up and running. We will be updating the Facilities page to reflect some expansion of our capabilities, and we will also be launching a new blog soon. We feel that there is currently no way for stakeholders and interested parties in the recreational and marine safety industry to communicate. We are hoping that our blog can begin to serve that purpose. Keep checking back, the blog will be up soon.

February 28, 2008

Water ingress Study Draft Report

CORD conducted a study in October 2006 in which we took 24 subjects to sea outside of Halifax harbour and had them complete a 3 hour immersion in the ocean. There were 4 groups of 6 subjects, with each group wearing a different model of immersion suit.

The report was submitted to Transport Canada in March of 2007.

Currently, CORD has a research proposal submitted to Transport Canada for 2008 funding that would collect the necessary data to complete the initiative. The phase 2 proposal is to conduct the research in the Survival Training Simulation Theater, which is shown in the video posted below on August 21, 2007.

Download the draft Water Ingress report here

2008 Update

CORD has been very busy with our involvement with the development of the North American PFD/Lifejacket Standard. This has involved many trips to Washington DC, and UL in North Carolina. Paul recently returned from a 4-day expert elicitation at UL in North Carolina on Feb 19-22. Paul will return to UL on March 11, 2008 to participate in the UL Standards Technical Panel meeting for the new PFD/Lifejacket standard.

We have been very successful at converting our wave tank into a travelling wave pool. As of February 29, 2008, we are heating our water to permit cost effective R&D investigations into PFD performance in waves.

Click here to see RAMM in our travelling waves. (Right click and save link)

Dana will be in Newfoundland between March 5-15 participating in a research project at the NRC Institute of Ocean Technology. This project is investigating the effects of wind and waves on the insulation provided by immersion suits.

August 21, 2007

The Survival Training Simulation Theatre, located on site here at 50 Mount Hope Ave., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia has acquired new wind generation capabilities. We don't have exact numbers, but this means winds in excess of 80 km/h in the center of the pool. Click Here for a short video example

August 15, 2007

Paul Potter will be travelling to UL in North Carolina on August 22-24, 2007 to participate in the Life Jacket Performance workshop with experts from all sectors to discuss the development of performance based standards for flotation devices. Participating in these activities and processes helps CORD remain a leader in the performance testing of flotation devices.

CORD will have the Child SWIM manikin on loan from the USCG in September to assist with efforts in developing a infant lifejacket standard for Canada.

CORD's acquisition of the BAMBI manikin for testing of child and infant lifejackets and flotation devices ws interupted by a restructuring at the supplier, First Technologies. Those issues have been resolved, and we expect that the manikin will be ready for early in the New Year (2008).

June 27, 2007

To all of our clients and friends,

As of June 29, 2007, Wendell Durnford will no longer be with us at CORD. He has decided to take a job with Helly Hansen Canada, and return to his homeland, Newfoundland. We wish him all the best in the future. We know that he'll be successful with his new venture. Wendell's knowledge and testing expertise will be missed, but Dana and Paul have been working closely with Wendell over the last month to ensure that all of his manikin test tricks have been passed on.

Congratulations Wendell, and good luck

May 2, 2007

AD HOC Lifejacket Meeting at CMAC

Paul Potter will be representing CORD at the AD HOC Lifejacket meeting in Ottawa on May 3, 2007.

April 16, 2007

CORD Meeting Update

Transport Canada has advised CORD that they are planning to hold an Ad Hoc Lifejacket/PFD/Immersion Suit meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2007 in conjunction with the CMAC (Canadian Marine Advisory Council) meeting in Ottawa. They will try to include the agenda items listed in our Meeting Proposal Letter.

Based on this development, CORD will not hold a meeting prior to CMAC.  This does not preclude a meeting being organized at CORD at a later date. Updates will follow.

April 5, 2007

Lifesaving Device Standards Meeting Update

CORD is proposing to host a meeting on April 24-25, 2007 to discuss all issues related to the Canadian Standards for Lifejackets, PFD's, Immersion Suits, and Helicopter Passenger Transportation suits.
If you or your group are interested in attending this meeting, please contact CORD.

The initial Proposed schedule is as follows:

May 8, 2007 0800-1600 meetings
May 9, 2007 0800-1200 meetings
1300-1700 "Hands On" Experiences

Click here to download CORD's General Distribution Meeting Proposal Letter

March 7, 2007

CORD has ordered a new BAMBI 9kg infant flotation manikin from First Technologies, UK to compliment our RAMM flotation manikin. This new manikin will permit CORD to conduct performance evaluations on infant PFD's and Lifejackets in calm and turbulent (waves) water. Expected delivery is May 10, 2007

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