Laboratories at The U.W.I -  St. Augustine

Faculty of Engineering:

Faculty of Food Production and Agriculture:

Faculty of Science and Technology:

Faculty of Medical Sciences:


 

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING:

LABORATORIES IN THE CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

  • Geology Laboratory: Examining the properties of geological materials and application to civil engineering.
  • Soil mechanics Laboratory: Investigation of soil properties and implications on civil structures, for example buildings.
  • Concrete and Structures Laboratory: Concrete Lab – Testing of aggregate and concrete mixing and application to construction industry. Structures Lab – Design and testing of the integrity of structural members.
  • Highway Engineering Laboratory: Examination of road surfacing material and pavement mixtures relating to roads and highways.
  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory: Checks the environmental impact on construction site.
  • Fluid Mechanics Laboratory: Examination of fluid dynamics in civil engineering.

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LABORATORIES IN THE ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

  • Shared Computer Laboratory: Software based lab. Used for programming.
  • Printed Circuit Boards Laboratory: Design and manufacture of printed circuit boards.
  • Control Systems Laboratory: Application of the feedback control systems. Controller operations. Exposes students to the controls found in the industry.
  • Power Electronics Laboratory: Relationship between electronics and energy. Controlling wave forms.
  • Energy Systems Laboratory: Learning about the characteristics of motors, generators and transformers.
  • Power Simulation Laboratory: Software based lab. Used for programming and simulations. Link between the energy systems.
  • Special Projects Laboratory: For final year students doing their final year projects. Some projects are built in this lab.
  • Microprocessor Laboratory: Construct circuits using the ICD micro-processor. Build circuits and program. Hardware and software based lab.
  • Year 1 Laboratory: Introduction of basic component and tools for the new students. Learning to use the oscilloscope, power supply and functional transformers.
  • Electronics/Communications Laboratory: Deals with the operation of solid state devices.
  • Pan Research/Post- Graduate Laboratory: Research on the traditional steel-pan. In this lab the G-Pan was invented. It also facilitates research students, post- graduates and teaching assistants.

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LABORATORIES IN THE GEOMATICS AND LAND INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

  • Global Positioning System (GPS) Laboratory: Teaches students about the practical aspect of surveying. Application and demonstration of equipment.
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory: Computer lab. Uses software that relates to surveying, for example remote surveying sensor. Examples of some of the software used are Autocad, GIS software and Mapping software.

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LABORATORIES IN THE CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

  • Extraction Lab: Extraction studies and the application of the different extraction methods. Instrument (Gas chromatography) and chemical analysis of extracts obtained. Pre-treatment and preparation of raw material for extraction operations (Work in Progress). Example of a recent project: Extraction of Ylang Ylang oil using supercritical carbon dioxide.
  • Food Quality Control Lab: Laboratory facilities for carrying out tests on food products eg. Proteins and fats. Recent Project: Evaluation of the storage properties of breadfruit (Artocarpus Altilis (Parkinson) Fosberg) Flour.
  • Science and Materials Lab: Undergraduate demonstrations, for example hardness testing, creep testing, tensile testing, corrosion studies and thermal equilibrium experiments with alloys.
  • Microbiology lab: For the conduct of food microbiology laboratory exercises and research - M.Sc. and B.Sc. Examples of recent projects- M.Sc.: Anti microbial properties of selected herbs and B.Sc.: study of bio-films in stored water.
  • Unit Operations Lab: Pilot plant types laboratory work with undergraduate studies.
  • Food Pilot Plant: For the conduct of Food Processing lab exercises, research - M.Sc and B.Sc and food product development.
  • Chemical Engineering Design Office: Latest software for students to do process simulations. Design Simulations.
  • Geology Lab: Rock studies.
  • Pressure Volume Temperature (PVT) Lab: Reservoir engineering analysis.
  • Biotechnology Lab: Studies with respect to water, air and biodiesel. Generation of biodiesel using different methods.
  • Controls and Reactions Lab: Process simulation, optimization and controls experiment. Few Reaction based projects performed. 

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                         CHEMISTRY LABORATORY:

  • Analytical Chemistry Lab – Undergraduate practical, for example Reactions in solutions, Chromatography, Spectrometric techniques. Projects (undergraduate and post graduate). Analytical and research studies.
  • Wet Chemistry Lab – Undergraduate practical such as Reaction kinetics, Thermochemistry, Thermometric properties and Distillation techniques. Projects (undergraduate and post graduate). Environmental Analysis.

 

LABORATORIES IN THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

  • Soil and Water Engineering Laboratory: Engineering properties of soil as affected by soil amendments.
  • Field Machinery Laboratory: Traction. Hydraulic Experiments. Numeric systems.
  • Agricultural Engineering Processing Laboratory: Examination of engineering properties of agricultural produce. Example of a recent project: Effect of Soiltac on wash erosion by overland flow of some Trinidadian Soils.
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Laboratory: Conduct labs and demonstrations. Facilitate classes. BSc (Under-graduate) and Post-graduate projects. Design and manufacture. Software for design: AutoCAD, Solidworks. Software for manufacture: Mastercam. Hardware for design: 2D digitizer, 3D scanner. Hardware for manufacture: CNC lathe and milling machine. Example of a recent project: Design, build and test of a Solar-powered lawn mower.
  • Metallography Laboratory: Examines micro-structural properties of materials, for example grain science, inclusion content and defects. These metallurgical properties are important in determining quality levels and end use application of the particular material.
  • Metrology Laboratory: Involved with accurate measurements of various parameters that are fundamental to the activity of inspection of any finish article. Measurements include length, mass, time and temperature. Metrology is important to ensure that a product has been or is being manufactured to specifications.
  • Refrigeration Laboratory: Investigation of different refrigerants for use in refrigeration and air condition systems, indoor air quality measurements and comfort zone testing.
  • Heat and Mass Transfer Laboratory: Experimentation and research on the thermal properties of materials with respect to engineering application.
  • Energy Lab: Research on conventional and renewable energy systems for sustainable development.
  • Thermodynamic Laboratory: Experimental investigation of power cycles (engine, steam power, gas power).
  • Boiler room
  • Theory of Machines Laboratory: Demonstrates the operation of various engineering components. Evaluates/Determines the vibration levels in various pieces of equipment.
  • Strength of Materials Laboratory: Provided different forms of stress analysis for mechanical components.
  • Stress Analysis Laboratory: Provided different forms of stress analysis for mechanical components.    
  • Industrial Instrumentation Laboratory: Production of instrument elements. Provides instrumentation advice to the department. Applying instrumentation technology research services to students. Basic training in instrumentation methodologies.
  • Instrument and Control Laboratory: Training equipment for classical control theory. Utilized in brain control interface.
  • Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Computer Laboratory: Provides computers with a range of different software, for example AutoCAD, Solidworks and Mastercam for the engineering students.
  • Asset Management Laboratory: To facilitate the students. Vibration analysis. Oil analysis. Various software for optimization. Monitoring equipment.

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FACULTY OF FOOD PRODUCTION AND AGRICULTURE:

LABORATORIES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

  • Bio-Chemistry Laboratory: Functions in two areas research and teaching. It looks at bio-chemical pathways in research and also the bio-study of plants and animals.
  • Mycology Laboratory: Study of bacteria and fungus. Teaches about micro-organisms and studies their application with respect to agriculture. Plant pathology.
  • Histology Laboratory: Prepare Microscope slides for the purpose of teaching. Study of tissues at the microscopic level.
  • Plant Physiology Laboratory: Study the physiology of plants, for example the compounds used in respiration process and how they convert sugars to starches.
  • Life Sciences 1 – Teaching laboratory.
  • Life Sciences 2 – Teaching laboratory.
  • Life Sciences 3 – Teaching laboratory
  • Room 212 – Teaching Laboratory.
  • Central Teaching Laboratory (CTL).
  • Bio-Chemistry Teaching Laboratory.
  • Bio-Technology Laboratory: Comprises of the Tissue culture lab – Propagate plants from cells which are sold to farmers and Molecular Biology Lab – Researches recumbent DNA technology.
  • Wet Laboratory: Experiments performed in control environments. Research on fish, for example life cycle, reproduction rate and growth rate.
  • Parasitology Laboratory: Study of parasites.
  • Eco-Toxicology Laboratory: Examining the effects of pesticides on the environment.

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LABORATORIES IN THE FOOD PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT

  • Food Production Laboratory: General lab area. Comprises of the Animal Nutrition Laboratory – Analyzes the nutritional content of materials (Feed lab) and Bio-Technology Laboratory.
  • Food Biology Laboratory: Analyses the biology of food material, for example the sugar content. Processing area.
  • Soil Microbiology Laboratory.
  • Soil Chemistry Laboratory: Chemical nature of the soil.
  • Soil Physics Laboratory: Physical nature of the soil. Equipment present in this lab includes drill press, grinder, stone cutter and lathe. Fabrication. Lab contains equipment to determine the electrical conductivity and the pH of the soil.
  • Physical Geography Laboratory: GIS lab – Store digitized maps of Trinidad and Tobago. Students also use the computers in the lab. Samples obtained in the field are analyzed, for example a sand size survey. Lab also contains surveying equipment.

 

 LABORATORIES IN THE AGRICULTURE ECONOMICS AND EXTENSION DEPARTMENT

  • Textile Laboratory: Facilitates textile and pattern courses. Students are taught sewing principles to assist them in their final year projects. Linen testing.
  • Food Laboratory: Food preparation, for example baking and cooking. To demonstrate the principles of cooking.
  • Computer Laboratory: For student use.

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FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:

LABORATORIES IN BOTH THE MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS AND COMPUTING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENTS

  • Under-Graduate Computer Laboratory: Used for classes and computers contain different applications, approximately 105.
  • Post-Graduate Computer Laboratory: Used for teaching and conducting research.

 

LABORATORIES IN THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

  • Preliminary Physics Laboratory P07: Used for performing experiments for A-level and 6th form students.
  • First Year Laboratory P11: First year UWI student’s lab. Introductory Physics lab. Showcase the practical aspects of Physics. Conduct experiments based on measurements, momentum, etc.
  • Fuel Cell Materials Research Laboratory: Conduct research on fuel cells, electrolytes, lithium cells and dye-sensitized solar cells.
  • VLSI Research Laboratory: Contain Electronics Lab – Post-graduate lab and Anthropometry Lab – Study the physical differences of humans. Researcher is attempting to create a database of these differences.
  • Advanced Physics Senior Laboratory: Second year UWI student’s lab. Showcase the practical aspects of Physics. Computer based lab. Contain Optics Lab – Experiments on lasers and diffraction grating.
  • Medical Physics Laboratory: Research Lab. Research on hearing deficiencies. Example of a project: Why people at the East West Corridor suffer from hearing loss. Contain EEG/EOG Lab, ECG/PPG Lab, Biomaterial Lab, Scoliosis Lab – Research on the deformation of the spine and Visual Threshold Lab.
  • Environmental Physics Laboratory: Run simulations. Use software such as SimClim. Analyze metrological data. Research and Development Post-Graduate lab. Sound level analysis.
  • Material Sciences Laboratory: 3rd year lab. Contains equipment to go out in the field. Magnetometer, Seismograph, X-Ray Diffractometer which is used to determine the composition of the soil.
  • Preparation and Processing Laboratory: Manufacture ceramics. Contain high temperature and low temperature ovens to dry samples. 
  • Ceramics Laboratory: Manufacture Ceramics.

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LABORATORIES IN THE CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT

 

ICT:

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS:

  • Computer Lab 1 (CSL1): CSL1 has 34 computers; all are dual core or better processors. The labs are used for practical sessions for all our computer science and information technology courses. In addition, the labs are also used by the other students of our faculty for their assignments and printing.
  • Computer Lab 2 (CSL2): CSL2 has 51 computers, all are quad quore processors. The labs are use for practical sessions for all our computer science and information technology courses. In addition, the labs are also used by the other students of our faculty for their assignments and printing.
  • Post-Graduate Laboratory: Contains 20 computers of varying speed.

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FACULTY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES:

                                     LABORATORIES IN PRECLINICAL SCIENCES

  • Wet Teaching Lab : Demonstration of biochemistry labs , which involves experiments involving biochemical tests e.g. protein quantification, glucose and cholesterol determination.
  • Dry Teaching Lab (4648/7 - Ria Cromwell): Use for teaching of Physiology using simulated programs to teach different systems of the body (i.e. how the body works - e.g. cardiology, muscles bones and joints, respiration etc,.
  • Anatomy Lab: Used for teaching of anatomy using microscopes, specimens, cadavers and models.
  • Museum: Cadaver parts preserved in formalin and plastinated specimens used for teaching of gross anatomy.
  • Gross Anatomy Lab:  Contains live specimens and cadavers preserved in formalin or plastinated specimens used in teaching of gross anatomy.

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                                             LABORATORIES  PARACLINICAL SCIENCES

  • Chemical Path. Demo and Research: Conducting Clinical Clerkships, demonstrating medical microbiology tests e.g. . Gram stain, Oxidase and other biochemical tests, range of pathogenic micro-organisms. Research in MRSA, Campylobacter, Clostridium.
  • Chemical Path. Demo and Research: Performing urinalysis and phlebotomy with students. Demonstration of different biochemical analysers. research in diabetes and metabolism.
  • Diabetes and Metabolism Research lab: Demonstration of HbA1C testing and phlebotomy, performing urinalysis and diabetes and metabolism research.
  • Immunology lab: Flow cytometry demonstration, serum protein electrophoresis (SPE), immunoglobulins and complement testing, and diagnostic testing of double stranded DNA, antinuclear antibody
  • Demo & Research Lab: Demonstration of use of immunofluorescent microscope
  • Molecular lab :HPV research involving PCR and identification of the different strains of HPV.
  • Histopathology lab: Preparation of slides and organs for teaching and research as well as diagnostic tests such as immunofluorescence screening of renal and tissue biopsies.
  • Skills Lab: Pre-clinical training of students using dummies where for example, the following skills are taught - CPR, basic life support, suturing, .
  • Museum: Contains live specimens of human anatomy preserved in formalin, used for teaching.

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                                                                 LABORATORIES IN DENISTRY

  • Oral Hygiene (7 computers): Used for oral pathology/oral biology teaching and used as a computer lab.
  • Casting, Investment and Bournout Lab: Used for casting metal framework and gold crowns
  • Plaster and Processing Room: Used for pouring moulds of patients mouths and for making moulds for processing dentures.
  • Technicians Production Lab: Supports the clinical through construction of dental prosthesis e.g. dentures and Orthodontic appliances etc.
  • Phantom Head: Used for teaching of preoperative dental techniques using "phantom heads".
  • Dental Pathology/Histology Lab: Grossing and processing of specimens for diseases of the mouth for pathology.
  • Pathology Staining Lab: Used for cutting and staining of pathology samples and storage of patient reports.
  • Chemical Path. Demo and Research: Used for taking photos of slides using photomicroscope, and for storing chemicals.

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                                                          LABORATORIES IN PHARMACY

  • Pharmacy Classroom: Used for the teaching of Pharmacy Dispensing , Drug Compounding and the Compounding of Sterile Products, 40 workstations and 2 Laminar Flow Hoods
  • Pharmacy Conference Room: 16 computer work stations available with , two printers and a scanner main used by students.
  • Pharmacy Lab: Used mainly for post graduate research, contains 1 HPLC machine, 1 Photospectometry Machine and other equipment used for drug design and formulation.

 

                                                            LABORATORIES IN NURSING

  • Computer Lab (12 computers)**: Computer lab for student used fpor teaching and research..
  • Skills Lab (5 computers): Contains a computerised simulated dummy (SIMMAN) which teaches nursing student how to diagnose patient symptoms and complaints and carry out tests for example, intramuscular

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                                               LABORATORIES IN VETERINARY MEDICINE

  • Anatomy Teaching Lab: Contains plastinated specimen, bones and models for Anatomy Lab sessions
  • Histology Research Lab: Histology Research as well as Histology slides produced
  • Microbiology Lab: Diagnostic Bacteriology Tests as well as research
  • Toxicology Lab: Diagnostic Toxicology Tests as well as research
  • Parasitology research Lab: Diagnostic Parasitology testing as well as research activities
  • Pharmacology Research Lab: Research activities involving Pharmacology
  • Clinical Pathology: Diagnostic testing(chemical, haematology) as well as research activities
  • Immunology Lab: Research activities as well as diagnostic testing
  • Public Health Lab: Diagnostic Testing and Research Activities
  • Theriogenology Lab: Serves as ambulatory lab for Large Animal Medicine
  • Plastination Unit: Preserves anatomical specimen by plastination
  • Aquaculture: Research activities as well as care for aquatic species
  • Necropsy: Post Mortem of animals
  • Histopathology Lab: Diagnostic Testing as well as research activities
  • Clinics Lab: Research Activities
  • Teaching Lab: Facilitates students laboratory sessions (Histology, Clinical Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Parasitology

 

                                       LABORATORIES IN MEDICAL SCIENCES LIBRARY

  • Multimedia & Info Tech - 35 computers: Student training and research.
  • Training Room - 40 computers: Currently not in use as repairs are ongoing. This is also used for student training.

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