IC-IMPACTS Will Deploy Advanced Technologies and Solutions in Infrastructure at the Chawathil First Nation Community, in Hope, B.C.


On Thursday, May 2, 2019 IC-IMPACTS was invited to the Chawathil First Nations community in Hope, B.C. for a groundbreaking ceremony to set up an infrastructure technology demonstration project.

IC-IMPACTS advanced self-repairing pavement technology will soon be deployed and the community will see the installation of new pavements using fiber reinforced concrete. The pavement will be composed of concrete incorporating scrap tire fibers, cellulose fibres, and other recycled material. The deployment is part of an ongoing research project spearheaded by Dr. Nemy Banthia, IC-IMPACTS CEO and Scientific Director and theme lead for Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure, who is also a professor of civil engineering at the University of British Columbia.


The material is designed not only to reduce the life cycle costs, but to also enhance the performance of the concrete by increasing its durability. Concrete structures develop cracks over time, these fibers help bridge the cracks, enabling the structure to withstand extreme weather conditions.

IC-IMPACTS CEO and Scientific Director, Nemy Banthia


The groundbreaking took place at the Chawathil First Nation community with the presence of the community elders, local secondary school students, and a number of other community members. IC-IMPACTS would like to thank our partners at WDusk Energy Group, Atlantis Holdings Ltd. and Liberty Tire whose hard work and dedication has made this possible.

IC-IMPACTS installed a similar version of the technology in the community of Thondebhavi, India earlier in 2014 and will soon be installing parking lots and sidewalks at Chawathil. For more information on the Thondebhavi project, please visit our Communities page on Thondebhavi.


About the Partners

IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence is a not-for-profit organization, established by the Federal Government of Canada through the Centres of Excellence Program to serve as a pan-Canadian agency responsible for the delivery of research programs in the areas of sustainable infrastructure, integrated water management, and public health, disease prevention, and treatment between Canada and India. IC-IMPACTS is the only Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) with a mandate focused on research collaborations between Canada and India.

Chawathil First Nation, operates the Telte-Yet Campground, located on the Fraser River in Hope, BC and is a party to a Strategic Engagement Agreement with the Provincial Government.


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