It's not all fun and games

Plus, it might be time to look for a job at AOT Technologies

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Now, onto today’s briefing. It’s 752 words, a three-minute read.

It’s not all fun and games

Source: Royal Roads University

They may not be the first people that come to mind when you think of video game technology. Four Royal Roads University researchers plan to use 3D video game technology to support participatory approaches to integrated watershed management planning in the Millstream Creek Watershed. Video games and nature coming together – who would’ve thought?

The team will use a $72,000 Insight Development Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council to develop and test an experimental visualization tool.

“The idea of the tool is to be able to think about, if we’re to do management strategies in the watershed and other things — for instance, opening up new recreational opportunities or things that might be protect the aquatic wildlife there — how do the strategies fit within a broader constellation of social, environmental and economic objectives?" said Rob Newell, assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability.

Local government officials and stakeholders will have a hand in developing the tool through a series of workshops, he says, and a variety of community members will be able to use the end product to better understand the options for managing and shaping the future of the watershed.


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📰 More Victoria innovation news

👀 I’ve got my eye on you: Cognito Health caught the eye of Douglas Magazine’s 10 to Watch 2023. The Victoria-based company provides an all-in-one online platform to give clients direct access to mental healthcare.

🏆 The boss of me: For the fourth year in a row, AOT Technologies was certified as a Great Place to Work®. AOT Technologies is a low code development and solution integration company with Canadian offices in Victoria, Vancouver, and Calgary.

🧜‍♀️ Under the sea: Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) shared some of the highlights from its #ONCabyss expedition, a seven-day journey to conduct maintenance on ONC’s Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) observatory sites.


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