Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Funds Scient Analytics Inc.’s Lithoscope Project: Next generation of multi-modal sediment characterization solution

(Montreal, Quebec) Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced the Lithoscope Project. The project brings the latest advancements in non-destructive imaging technologies to tackle the under-characterization of seafloor sediment samples, which hold crucial information about the subsurface environment, including its suitability for offshore infrastructure like wind turbines.

By employing Artificial Intelligence and hyperspectral imaging (HSI), Scient Analytics is leading the commercialization of the next generation of data collection and analysis methods for these samples.

The project aims to develop a scalable and robust approach for analyzing field surveys which is a growing and sustainable sector of the blue economy and will provide a solution that meets industry needs in a fast, non-destructive, and objective manner, and to predict the key physical properties of the seafloor. This project significantly benefits Canada’s ocean economy, supporting sustainable seafloor studies, renewable energy generation, and pollution monitoring.

The project is led by Scient Analytics Inc together with project partners National Research Council Canada, University of Montreal and DeepSense. With a total project value of $451,000, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is contributing $149,000 through its allocation through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (PCAIS) Program and where the balance of funding is coming from project partners.


“Through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Government of Canada is pleased to support Canada’s Ocean Cluster as it drives AI solutions for Canadian ocean companies. This project, one of nine projects announced today by OSC, will positively impact Canada’s ocean economy by supporting sustainable seafloor studies, renewable energy generation and pollution monitoring.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“AI in ocean has the potential to help transform the way we do ocean business. Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Lithoscope Project which uses AI and advancing technologies to characterize the seafloor, collect important information about the environment, and support decision making around industrial activity including the installment of wind turbines, for example.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“This project brings the leading-edge technologies in natural resources exploration to the ocean space. The solution developed through this project can address the growing need for scalable analysis of the subsea environment with orders of magnitude finer resolution compared to the status quo. Sediments can reveal economic potentials in offshore environments, from the geomechanical suitability of the seabed for offshore infrastructure, such as wind turbines, to energy resources lying underneath.” – Dr. Masoud Aali, the CEO and Founder of Scient Analytics

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 85 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit

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