Centre for Surface Transportation Technology at the National Research Council

Centre for Surface Transportation Technology at the NRC

The National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Centre for Surface Transportation Technology, located in Ottawa, provides world class surface transportation research, development, engineering, testing and evaluation services for the rail and road transportation industries, transit, commercial and municipal fleets, defence industry, space industry, as well as a wide range of vehicle and equipment manufacturers.

Types of R&D conducted


NRC is well equipped to help businesses achieve cohesive, integrated and timely solutions to complex R&D problems for both Canadian and global markets. Each year NRC scientists, engineers and business experts work closely with thousands of firms, helping them bring new technologies to market. Through research collaborations, community innovation, industry support and commercialization opportunities, firms benefit from NRC’s expertise, services, facilities and licensing opportunities while increasing their own innovation potential.

NRC’s leading-edge facilities provide businesses, universities and government partners with access to state-of-the-art equipment as well as results-driven research and training programs. NRCalso offers fee-for-service testing equipment to help businesses accelerate their design cycles.

NRC’s Industrial Partnership Facilities, also known as “business incubators,” provide businesses the opportunity to co-locate with the NRC, enabling them to tap into the organization’s multidisciplinary resources, often leading to successful partnerships.

Partners and collaboration opportunities

NRC works with industry, governments, universities and other partners to leverage resources and advance clean energy technologies to commercialization.

Potential collaborators are encouraged to contact us. Learn more about business opportunities with NRC.

"NRC is a very capable R&D partner that has a good combination of existing lab facilities and a staff with the ability to think outside the box and innovate."

-- Canadian Pacific Railway

Unique or high-value hardware and/or software

Expertise with advanced engineering software tools (ANSYS FEA and CFD, SIMPACK, VAMPIRE, VORTEX, NUCARS, LS-DYNA, SOLID EDGE).

NRC has designed and developed a number of specialized analytical and modelling software tools for the rail industry:



National Research Council of Canada
Centre for Surface Transportation Technology
2320 Lester Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 1S2, Canada

Craig Ceppetelli, Portfolio Business Advisor
(613) 998-9388

Donald LeBlanc, Manager, Climatic Engineering
(613) 998-3979

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