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Prairie Swine Centre  >  Engineering
Engineering Research Group

The goals of the Engineering Research Program at the Prairie Swine Centre are to improve the barn’s physical environment and reduce overall production cost by developing economical and practical techniques and by modifying the barn operational systems to enhance efficiencies and ensure the health and safety of barn workers and animals.  In addition to reduce the environmental footprint of pork production through breakthroughs in the science of odour and gas emissions, nutrient and water management, and utility and resource efficiency.

Current Areas of Research
  1. Comparative evaluation of infra-red and forced air convection heating systems for hog barns
  2. Engineering and management measures to reduce environmental emissions and improve the work environment in swine barns
  3. Novel application of nanoparticles for controlling odor and gaseous emissions from swine barns
  4. Improving energy efficiency in swine barns to reduce cost of production
  5. Benchmarking water use and developing strategies for water conservation in swine production
Current Engineering Group Members

Bernardo Predicala, PhD
Research Scientist

Dr. Predicala manages the Engineering Research Program at PSCI with the following goals: to address environmental sustainability issues associated with swine production and to optimize the physical environment in swine production facilities to enhance performance and reduce production cost. For the past 7 years, Dr. Predicala has secured more than C$1.7 million in extramural research funding for individual and collaborative projects mainly aimed to ensure health and safety of barn workers and pigs, control environmental emissions, and comply with applicable environmental and occupational regulations. During this period, he has supervised and coordinated the work of a team of Post-doctoral Fellows (2), Research Assistants (4), Research Technicians (3), Graduate Students (3 Ph.D. students, 4 M.Sc. students), and Undergraduate Student Assistants (4) in the implementation of project workplans. Dr. Predicala also holds concurrent appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also actively engaged with professional societies, currently serving as an officer of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering, as member of various committees of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and as Associate Editor and reviewer for professional journals.

Alvin Alvarado, MSc.
Research Assistant

Alvin Alvarado is an Engineering graduate student who will continue the work on investigating the use of nanoparticles for controlling emissions from manure slurry. He started on his M.Sc. program at the Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering this January 2009. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering (with honors) from Leyte State University, Philippines in 2005 and was the topnotcher in the Philippine licensure examination for professional agricultural engineers in the same year. Alvin worked as an instructor in the same university where he taught courses in Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Physics prior to coming to Saskatoon.