Workplace Simulator Laboratory (W-SIM)

The Workplace Simulator Laboratory is located in the Cliff Fielding Research Innovation and Engineering building on the Laurentian University campus. The lab became fully operational in the Fall of 2019.

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 integrates a robotic platform (vibration and motion), an eye-tracker, an environmental chamber (temperature; humidity), and a metabolic cart. It is the first lab in Canada with the infrastructure to replicate the workplace environment conditions associated with Northern Ontario industries. 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 results of this research will be applicable to industries liking mining, construction, forestry, manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, and more, across Canada and the globe.