Workplace Simulator Laboratory (W-SIM)

Located in the Cliff Fielding Research Innovation and Engineering building on the Laurentian University campus, the CROSH Workplace Simulator is a one-of-a-kind facility providing state-of-the-art infrastructure for the design of research studies or service contracts that solve real-world workplace problems through work-task simulation.

The Workplace Simulator consists of four components: a robotic vibration and motion platform, a virtual reality eye-tracking system, a metabolic cart, and an environmental chamber. It is the only lab in the world capable of combining these pieces of equipment into one integrated system.

Together, or individually, the Workplace Simulator and its components can precisely and reliably recreate workplace conditions, enabling the testing of equipment, systems, and people in standardized laboratory conditions.

Vibration Simulation

Vibration Transmissibility

Musculoskeletal Loading

Vibration Induced Injury

Motion Analysis

PPE Evaluation

Environment Simulation

Fatigue

Heat Stress

Nutrition

Physiological Stressors

Sleep

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Simulation

Eye-tracking

Line of Sight

Proximity Detection

Cognitive Workload

Human Factors and Equipment Operation

Metabolic Cart

Breath-by-Breath Metabolic Analyses & Pulmonary Function Tests

Exercise & Occupational Fitness Testing

Spirometry

Weight Management

Components of the Workplace Simulator Laboratory

The Workplace Simulator allows the research team to simultaneously evaluate the effects of vibration, temperature, and humidity, on human health and performance under controlled conditions. The W-SIM enables controlled research to concurrently evaluate aspects of musculoskeletal health, ergonomics, human factors, and work physiology to identify occupational injury risk factors and subsequently to develop interventions to mitigate the previously identified hazards.

The findings from researching using the Workplace Simulator are applicable to industries liking mining, construction, forestry, manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, and more, across Canada and the globe.