Innovative steel castings, which provide high performance earthquake resistance while also enabling unprecedented architectural designs, are being used successfully on several major projects in the United States and Canada.

The solution has been developed by Cast Connex, a successful spin-off of graduate research undertaken by University of Toronto Engineering alumnus Michael Gray in partnership with Carlos de Oliveira. The company was given a kick start by the Heffernan Commercialization Fellowship, which enables graduate students to transfer their research into…