(St. John’s, NL) – Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced three projects from its Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program (AOSP) stream, including the CoLab Enterprise Project. Through the collaboration of startups, SMEs and other partners in ocean, this project provides a global solution for ocean sectors with an increasing focus on achieving greater productivity, remote operations, and environmental technologies.

With a total project value of $2,801,948, the Ocean Supercluster will provide $1,634,563 in funding for the project, with $1,167,385 in funding coming from industry. The CoLab Enterprise Project is led by CoLab Software partnered with Genoa Design, Kraken Robotics and Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador to build and commercialize CoLab’s highly configurable, enterprise-ready review and engineering communication platform that supports the future of Agile Model-Based Enterprises and Digital Twin Solutions.

The CoLab Enterprise Project will help contribute to Canada’s competitive advantage in the digital development and management of complex engineering projects with a cloud-based solution that combines 3D design review technology and mechanical focused issue tracking to securely support thousands of users working together in real-time. Today there is no comparable platform on the market that combines these capabilities for digitalization and collaboration.

This technology is not only applicable to the partners involved and ocean sectors, but has broad applications across all verticals of the manufacturing sector for any company wishing to manage complex projects while reducing costs, and improving efficiency and quality.

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling the shared challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally-relevant solutions, while also building a highly-capable, inclusive workforce. To encourage innovation and trigger new industry investment during these challenging times, the Ocean Supercluster supplemented its core programs with an additional project stream called Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program (AOSP). This enables the development of smaller projects on a shorter timeline that deliver tangible outcomes, while continuing to build resiliency in our ocean sectors.

“I am thrilled to see Canada’s Ocean Supercluster building such momentum, adding three new and highly-innovative projects to its Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program. By investing in Made-in-Canada technologies and solutions, like the CoLab Enterprise Project, Superclusters are energizing the ocean sector ecosystem, which is really exciting for Canada.  This kind of cross-sector collaboration is what will make the difference in pushing Canada further in ocean technology market.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry

“Canada’s Ocean Supercluster brings companies of all sizes together with partners to deliver game-changing solutions in ocean. We are thrilled to see a young SME like CoLab lead the development and commercialization of a product together with the support of more established organizations that will fundamentally change the capability for teams who work remotely to manage complex engineering projects.” Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“CoLab is very proud to be partnering with Genoa, Kraken and PRNL to build the future of how engineering teams work together. Strong relationships with industry leaders such as our AOSP partners make all the difference in being able to innovate and iterate quickly during the unprecedented challenges of 2020. Executing this OSC AOSP project will position CoLab to become the global industry leader and provide a mission-critical solution for the design and manufacturing sector.” 

“Genoa is proud to be a part of the ingenuity being built right here in Newfoundland and Labrador’s ocean tech sector. The collaborative solutions being driven from local partnerships like these are what fuels our economy and makes our province the innovation hub it’s proven to be.”

Gina Pecore, CEO – Genoa Design

“We think this project has the potential to deliver a very innovative solution that will help our members – and other ocean industries and beyond, for that matter – digitize their design review processes, reducing costs and risks. PRNL is pleased to collaborate in this Ocean Supercluster project and look forward to working with CoLab.” Dave Finn, CEO – PRNL

“Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. is pleased to partner with CoLab Software on their AOSP CoLab Enterprise project. Kraken has been working closely with CoLab for two years, evaluating the CoLab Software platforms and helping to streamline Kraken’s engineering design review and communication processes. As Kraken continues to expand our operations domestically and internationally,  it is important that we engage with technology companies that provide us with innovative tools to help us collaborate between offices, across oceans, and with customers” David Shea, Senior Vice President, Engineering – Kraken Robotics

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