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Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems

The CIRUS 01 drone, which looks like a small helicoper.


As organizations across all sectors explore the applications and capabilities of unmanned systems, SAIT is supporting innovation and new technology development through its Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems (CIRUS). Researchers with SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services department, faculty from SAIT's School of Construction, students and industry partners converge in this cross-disciplinary environment to address challenges, create efficiencies, develop and test new products and applications.

The mission of CIRUS is to expand the role unmanned systems play in data acquisition and management, create organizational efficiencies across a variety of sectors and regulatory environments.

Research themes

Environmental assessment and management

  • flood risk assessment
  • oil and gas leak detection
  • greenhouse-gas emissions detection and Flux modelling

Infrastructure Monitoring

  • construction management
  • building scanning and modelling
  • health and safety inspection
  • oilfield facilities inspection
  • beyond visual line of sight applications for utility and transportation corridors


  • RFID-enabled unmanned systems for hard management

Other areas

  • film and videography
  • search and rescue

Service offerings

  • developing customized platforms and sensors
  • developing solutions customized for client-specific applications
  • discovering innovative applications for unmanned systems technologies
  • testing and validation of novel products


The expertise available through CIRUS is diverse, with all researchers and faculty contributing their own unique skills and experiences. SAIT is also engaging several of Alberta's leading colleges, allowing us to draw on an even greater pool of expertise when needed.

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