Platforms and services

X-Ray Radioscopy and Tomography Platform PIXE

The PIXE platform is designed to perform very high quality radiographic and tomographic imaging on a wide range of natural or engineered materials. It will provide researchers and students with quantitative and non destructive data on the density and structure of their studied materials.
Contact: Pascal Turberg
Platforms, resources and tools for fabrication, visualization, rapid prototyping and 3D simulation – 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.
Contact: Antoine Gagliardi

Civil engineering testing areas, including numerous facilities for large-scale testing

For example, inclined planes, dams, small hydropower generators, wave generators, heavy traffic simulators, 500 kN to 10,000 kN presses, creep machines and Amsler pulsators.

Contacts: Sylvain Demierre , Pierre Loesch

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.
Contacts: Pierre Loesch
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.
Contacts: David Andrew Barry, Alcherio Martinoli
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:

  • the “Central Environmental Analytical Laboratory” (CEAL) and
  • the “Central Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory” (CEMBL)

The CEL provides services, teaching and coaching as well as technical assistance to all professors and research groups associated with the Environmental Engineering Institute (IIE) and collaborators from the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) or other EPFL schools. The CEL, which is run by Dr Luiz Felippe De Alencastro, is composed of four lab technicians, two apprentices and two senior researchers.
Contact: Florian Breider

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.
Contacts:Jean-Daniel Bonjour , Jean-François Molinari

Computational Engineering (CE) is the scientific discipline that employs computer modeling and simulation to obtain detailed understanding of engineered systems, processes, materials and devices. ACCES members within the School of Engineering (STI) and the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) will provide expert guidance in the application of CE methodologies to a wide range of users at EPFL, including:

  • Novice CE researchers, including PhD students and post-docs,
  • Experimentalists requiring a simulation component for their research projects,
  • Expert CE researchers with advanced computational and visualization needs.
ENAC 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.
Contacts: Pierre Loesch , Michel Teuscher

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. Located in the Rolex Learning Center, the Library offers freely accessible working spaces, collections and facilities. The Library holds a large printed collection in the field of Architecture and Urban studies: 37,000 books, over 300 archived periodicals titles (past issues) including 90 titles currently under subscription, along with a rare books collection (15th-19th century). Online collections are steadily growing: specific resources are presented on the pages dedicated to Architecture and Urban studies on the Library website (see below). Training and research support services can be tailored to the specific needs of each community.
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. Stocks vary in size and are composed of all sorts of things: drawings, plans, photographs, models, letters, periodicals, etc. This heritage is of vital importance as much for analysing and understanding the history of the built environment, as for scientific research, valorisation and safeguard of buildings. The Acm conducts researches focused on the history of modern architecture and construction, besides lending its expertise to researches and teaching activities at EPFL and in other institutions. The current research axis focuses the Suisse modern architecture of the post-World War II period.
Contact: Salvatore Aprea
Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions Platform

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.
Hydraulic engineering of water infrastructure and hydraulic systems constitutes the main field of activity of the Hydraulic Constructions Platform. In particular, focus is given on hydroelectric structures and schemes, natural and built hydraulic networks and water supply systems, river training works and flood protection and dams. Research is conducted with a systems-level view of integrated water services for the sustainable use of water resources, taking into account climate and societal changes. The Hydraulic Constructions Platform hosts an exceptional experimental and computational research facilities, including a fully equipped research laboratory.
Contact: Giovanni De Cesare