Platforms and services


Interdisciplinary Platform for X-ray micro-tomography (PIXE)

The PIXE platform is designed to perform very high resolution imaging on natural or engineered materials. It provides researchers and students with non-destructive quantitative data on the internal density contrasts and structures of their studied materials.

Atelier des maquettes

The model workshop is a place where ENAC students and professors can go to create models and other 3D objects.The workshop provides a common workspace, power tools, digital equipment and a wide range of materials. Most importantly, it is supervised by a staff of highly qualified professional modelers.

The Structural Engineering Platform (GIS)

The Structural Engineering Platform (GIS) is an experimental platform offering the opportunity to test structural materials at large-scale using cutting-edge technology in measurement techniques and machinery. The GIS can rely on the extensive know-how of its technical staff to custom-design test to solve any real-life problem a lab or company may have.


Experimental building for the Solar Energy & Building Physics Laboratory

This building is used for large-scale testing and research on passive and active solar energy, building physics, biomimetic technologies and the quality of indoor environments. It also has facilities for laboratory experiments, such as a modular climate chamber, a sky simulator, a sun simulator and a bi-directional photogoniometer.

Equipment for environmental testing

This includes robots, wireless sensors networks, optical radars and geomatic equipment. For example, distributed temperature sensing (DTS) systems, wireless and self-powered weather stations that transmit data in real-time over the internet (Sensorcope), X-band polarimetric radar, light imaging, detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems, GPS and INS mapping systems, and a mobile mapping vehicle that uses automatic extraction of major roadways.

Other facilities for laboratory experiments

Wind tunnels, an erosion flume and constructed wetlands.


Central Environmental Laboratory – GR-CEL

The GR-CEL meets an increasing need for information on the functioning of living natural and man-made ecosystems in the field of the environmental and engineering sciences. Therefore, and in order to answer at best to requests from within EPFL and outside, the CEL has split its expertise into two smaller divisions focusing on complementary activities.

HPC & MPC Servers

High & Medium Performance Computing (HPC & MPC) servers for large-scale simulations and calculations High- & medium-performance computing servers for large-scale simulations and calculations.

Computational Engineering (CE)

Computational Engineering (CE) is the scientific discipline that employs computer modeling and simulation to obtain detailed understanding of engineered systems, processes, materials and devices.


Technical Platform

Supports teaching and research at ENAC.Schaüblin 4-axis CNC mill, CNC Spinner lathe, Huron MU44 mill, Schaüblin 53 mill, Schaüblin 135 lathe, Martin T60 circular saw, and a Citroline 3000/21A wire soldering station.


The EPFL Library is the expertise centre in the field of scientific and technical information. It provides support to students, researchers and lecturers with their search, assessment, usage, production and dissemination of scientific information. The Library proposes numerous services to its patrons ranging from on site or online document supply to tailored publishing support.

Archives of modern construction

The Acm promotes the study and knowledge of modern architecture, construction and urbanism. To this end it collects, conserves and makes available archives left by architects, engineers and firms working in and around construction. The Acm has in hand some 200 archives bearing on the period 1850 to the present day. (FR only)


Atelier PopUp

At the smart living lab in Fribourg, the atelier PopUp offers an indoor and outdoor space of several hundred square meters, fully-equipped (woodshop, metalshop, plastershop, paintshop) to carry out research and development projects for the built environment of the future.

Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions Plateform

The Hydraulic Constructions Platform (PL-LCH) of the EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) maintains a permanent synergy between his missions of teaching, research and services.