Engineers Nova Scotia Members, Fighting COVID-19 Together.

May 13, 2020 12:00 AM

Engineers Nova Scotia Members, Fighting COVID-19 Together.

Photo: provided by Craig Arthur, PEng
Article: Written by Christine Larocque, Director, Communications and IT, Engineers Nova Scotia

In early March, the Government of Nova Scotia declared a State of Emergency as a part of the province’s strategy to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus among Nova Scotians. 

During this time of uncertainty, the need for research is enormous in order to provide immediate evidence and information needed by Health Authorities and Government agencies.  A provincial “call to arms” was made throughout the Science, Technology, Engineering and Research communities to find solutions to help manage and mitigate risks of COVID-19 committing $1.5 million to COVID-19 focused research.

And Nova Scotian scientists, researchers, industry, and engineers have heeded that call! 

Engineers Nova Scotia members have been busy with a variety of projects at all levels of industry including

3D-Printed Face Shield for Health-Care Workers - Interdisciplinary teams from Dalhousie University, Faculty of Engineering have mobilized and collaborated with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) to create a face shield — one of the most critical pieces of personal protective equipment, or PPE, used by frontline health-care workers. This face-shield prototype is a simple design, is 3D printed and includes off-the-shelf parts that are readily available. The design is simple and easily scalable from 3D manufacture to injection molding, which can produce thousands of units to meet the needs of our health-care system.

Bowtie Analysis, not just for Hazard Analysis - This study uses a barrier-based risk management approach called Bowtie Analysis to develop a series of graphics to accurately and rapidly convey essential information on threats, consequences, prevention barriers, and mitigation barriers for the COVID-19 pandemic response.

“Bowties are interesting to me because I had viewed them as essentially only a chemical process safety tool for hazard analysis. It turns out they have a lot of other applications - water safety, food safety, pandemic modeling, etc.  Bowtie analysis is quite a versatile technique for risk prevention and mitigation.” – Dr. Paul Amyotte, FEC, P.Eng.  Chemical Engineering

UV disinfection protocol for N95- Dr. Amina Stoddart’s project will help to develop an approach to disinfect N95 masks with ultraviolet light, so that they can be reused in the event of supply issues.

Engineers Nova Scotia is proud to support and encourage the ingenuity and creativity of our members as they join in the fight against COVID-19.  It is a strong demonstration of how our profession contributes to society and helps protect the public interest.

If you are working on a project focused on COVID-19 mitigation, or know someone who is, we would love to hear about it.  Send details to

Supporting Documentation:
New Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition COVID-19 Funding Recipients

Shields Up:  Dal Labs Collaborate on 3D-Printed Face Shield for Health-Care Workers