"What makes NArFU’s integrated project innovative is that it aims to develop the technologies applicable to a most strategically important region. The project idea fully corresponds to what the Russian Government has tasked NArFU with," says Yuriy Varfolomeyev, the project author and Vice-President for Innovation.
The project comprises three main areas: climate monitoring, improvement of the quality of life, resource development safety assurance.
Polar latitudes require high-tech climate and environment monitoring and improved information processing and communication system, whose users range from reindeer breeders to atomic icebreaker captains. What the project actually targets is to create a united regional system of search and rescue operations, catastrophe prevention and consequences mitigation. The offshore hydrocarbons production and FPU vessels operation should be accompanied by continuous tracking of pollution levels in port premises and deposit area.
Improvement of the quality of life of indigenous people and occupational environment of rotational workers and the military means, primarily, the newly constructed comfortable and ergonomic apartments, developed road and air transportation networks, energy infrastructure and communication system.
‘We offer to make use of the technologies developed by our Norwegian colleagues, who have gained vast experience in constructing up-to-date energy-efficient accommodation in Spitzbergen and other Arctic territories. What we need is the efficient engineering network to maintain uninterrupted power and heat distribution between centers of population. Independent building power supply systems have proved to be very promising," explains NArFU Vice-President for Innovation Development Yuriy Varfolomeyev.
There are several task forces set up at the university. Their members are post-graduate and doctoral students who will be testing 4G wireless broadband network in severe climatic conditions. The network is designed to ensure the safety of strategically important facilities, state border surveillance, environment and engineering facilities monitoring.
The university has already started implementing one of the project’s most important activities. It has developed a long-term program for the integrated survey of the northern airfields (including the abandoned ones). To rehabilitate them, an agreement was concluded with Arkhangelsk Inter-Regional Territorial Directorate of Federal Air Transport Agency. NArFU is tasked with training qualified personnel for airfields construction and maintenance, geodetic survey, etc.
There are a total of 43 airfields located in Arkhangelsk Region and Nenets Autonomous Area. Many of them are in a state of neglect. The first integrally surveyed airfields were those in Vaskovovillage and the town of Kotlas. While surveying them, NArFU post-graduates and students acquire the experience of operating the sophisticated equipment and high-tech technologies.
To develop knowledge-intensive productions, NArFU has created a number of innovative structures with five small innovation-oriented enterprises. The university is currently designing the in-house production of microcircuits and microchips. It will soon complete the formation of the inter-university department at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Saint-Petersburg), where, with the active participation of NArFU, it is expedient to base the national Northern Sea Route ice patrol service.
NArFU also plans to participate, jointly with the scientists from Komi Republic, in Belkomur railway, ‘Naryan-Mar-Pechora’ and ‘Mezen-Arkhangelsk’ motorways construction projects. In addition, NArFU’s Innovative Technology Department has developed the terms of reference for construction of a training and manufacturing complex to comprise an analytical laboratory for mineral resources research and a storage place for geological information natural carriers (core samples, rock samples, sludge). Such complex is surely a must to have for geologic exploration purposes in the European North. There is a whole scope of work already scheduled to construct hydrocarbon production, storage and transportation facilities in the Arctic Ocean, to refurbish engineering fleet, to enhance deep processing of renewable bioresources, etc.
Text by Anna Yedemskaya
Translated by Olga Beznaeva
Photo Marina Kalinina