In the Workshop with: SubC Imaging

Here’s our second edition of In the Workshop, and our first with a graduate company. SubC Imaging is an underwater camera and digital relay producer, that entered the Genesis Centre shortly after it was founded in 2010. From its start at the Centre with only two employees, co-founders Chad Collett and Adam Rowe, SubC expanded to a total of 11 full-time employees by the time of its graduation in 2014.

The outside of SubC Imaging’s Clarenville offices.

While expanding their client base and reaching customers from over 20 countries, SubC moved their main offices to Clarenville, NL, while keeping a single office within the Genesis Centre for Vice President, Business Development, Ron Collier and Applications EIT, Carlos Sanyer. Now with a total staff of 19, SubC is developing the highest quality underwater cameras on the market, able to withstand whatever the world’s oceans have to offer. Let’s take a look at their facilities!

The main office area of SubC’s workspace is home to several cubicles, work stations and a kitchen. This is where the equipment SubC sells is first designed by the engineers, and then produced. The below picture shows the true scale of the room. A cool physical version of their logo can also be seen in the left of the image.

SubC is one of the most innovative tech companies operating in NL, so it’s no surprise that their office is home to a 3D printing station.

Here, the engineers can design custom camera components and immediately produce the component for testing. This allows for immediate trials, so SubC workers can find out what works and what doesn’t fast. The 3D printers themselves are the small black boxes that can be seen at the back of the room.

The mechanical machining station is next on the tour. The monstrous Tormach Multi-Access CNC Mill is used to create 3D components out of larger pieces of plastics and metals. It’s similar to the 3D printers in that it allows SubC to develop intricate components quickly and in-house.

The final main technical aspect of SubC’s Clarenville offices is the water testing tank. The 10 metre long tank can be used to simulate both a vertical and horizontal length of water perfect for testing their underwater cameras. A laser device developed for space shuttle programming sits inside the tank at one end, but its exact use and specifications are strictly under wraps. 

The SubC Imaging offices are some of the most technologically advanced and innovative in all of Newfoundland and Labrador, not just those offices outside St. John’s. Their great team, as seen above, makes the best use of all their fascinating equipment, and we look forward to hearing more about their successes in the future.

To learn more about SubC Imaging and their line of high-quality underwater imaging products, you can visit their website or check them out on Facebook or Twitter. Also be sure to check Genesis Centre out on Medium for a whole new way to see our stories!