From wind tunnels to virtual reality environments, our laboratories and facilities give you the opportunity to perform sophisticated civil engineering research and experimental investigation.
This laboratory provides a controlled environment that tests complex structural systems and construction prototypes for durability and fatigue, and simulates the real-life cycle of structures like bridges, roads and buildings under the effect of repetitive loads, chemical applications, and environmental conditions such as changes in temperature and humidity. The lab features environmental and freeze/thaw cabinets, an MTS 100 kN testing machine, rapid chloride permeability test equipment, a concrete rheometer, and a programmable cone fire. Research work carried out in this lab is supplemented by advanced analytical techniques performed via thermal analyzers, x-ray diffraction equipment and a scanning electron microscope, which are available in various labs on campus.
This lab enables research in the area of aggregate reactions and concrete durability. It is equipped with different concrete mixtures, a standard curing room, a 50% relative humidity room, and two heat rooms for accelerated aggregate reactions in concrete. Research in this lab consists of experimental, numerical and design-oriented analyses focused on the development and performance evaluation of sustainable materials, self-consolidating concrete, and ultra-high-performance concrete. Smart self-healing materials are studied, as well as engineered concrete, geopolymer composite and steel/GFRP reinforced structural systems for the construction of robust and innovative bridges, buildings and other infrastructures.
The ELISA laboratory is the first academic facility that focuses on the analysis of persistent toxic substances in the environment. Two types of ELISA procedures for dioxins and microcystins were developed by Dr. James Li and his research team and approved by the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. The laboratory has a licensed fume hood, a nitrogen generator for evaporation of chemical solvents and colorimetric devices for analyzing dioxins in addition to conventional chemical apparatus such as electronic balances and microscopes.
This lab is equipped for flushability testing of consumer products according to International Water Services Flushability Group specifications. For research purposes, a standard toilet with water supply and drain, a slosh box, scales, drying oven and sieves are available.
Intended for applied geotechnical research and the career-ready training of graduate students, this lab enables researchers to focus on three main projects: 1) improving pile design in Ontario; 2) stabilizing Champlain Sea clay via deep soil mixing; and 3) characterizing geotechnical properties of glacial deposits. Test equipment in the lab includes a cyclic triaxial system, direct shear set-up, permeability panel and an ultrasonic NDT system. Available software packages include Plaxis 2D and 3D, SAP2000, FLAC and RocScience.
Established in 2003 through a research infrastructure project funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT), with the support of ESRI Canada and Intergraph Canada, this lab is utilized for geospatial collaboration and geographical information systems (GIS) research. Various hardware is available, including a video wall system, a Jupiter Catalyst display wall controller, and Intel SYSi7WORK workstations. Software includes Esri’s ArcGIS for desktop, Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer, as well as ERDAS Imagine and PCI Geomatics.
This lab features advanced equipment designed to research the management of the urban water supply, including a rainfall simulator, benched manhole, pumps, level and flow monitoring equipment, data loggers and more.
This wind tunnel was calibrated and automated to simulate atmospheric boundary layers, thunderstorm gust fronts and tornadoes and their effects on structures. The tunnel is equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and automatic control to achieve reliable and efficient testing. Designs are optimized using computational fluid dynamics and are tested in the tunnel for validation.