21 Results for tag Lab Design

Driving STEM Space Excellence

The era of long bland corridors and small lonely laboratories is almost over for most progressive schools in 2018. Corridors are now seen as open and opportune meeting places where communication and collaboration can take place spontaneously. Wide corridors with large transparent windows, various collaborative spaces including couches, tables and whiteboards make a building snap […] ... Read More

CASE STUDY: BGC Engineering

BGC Engineering Inc. is an international consulting firm that provides professional services in applied earth sciences, based on a specialized appreciation of the impacts of geology on engineered structures. BGC is composed of over 375 professional engineers, geoscientists, technicians and support staff based in offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; […] ... Read More

Who should be involved in your laboratory design process and why?

Designing a laboratory can be a daunting task and it is often a question of how many people you should include in the laboratory design process. Too many people and personalities can create confusion that will lead to delays in the design process. It is important to know who you should include and understand how […] ... Read More

Reducing Space and Motion Waste in The Laboratory Using the Spaghetti Diagram.

Over time, your laboratory can become inefficient due to the lack of thought process behind positioning of equipment and workstations. Inefficiencies often occur over long periods of time with the gradual growth of a laboratory. Substantial amounts of motion waste can be eliminated when binging your laboratory in accordance to lean principles resulting in greater efficiently, output […] ... Read More

Designing or Improving a High-Volume Production or Automation Laboratory? What Layout is Best for You?

Are you prioritizing optimization of laboratory design and layout?  There are many ways to layout benching in your laboratory space. In this article, we look at incorporating lean principles to optimize design layouts primarily for high throughput production and automation laboratories. There are T-Shaped Layouts, U-Shape Layouts and Z or S-Shaped layouts. Key pointers to […] ... Read More

Importance Of Understanding Workflow Before Designing Your New Laboratory

What Is Workflow? Workflow is the set of tasks grouped chronologically into a process and the people or resources needed for those tasks, that are necessary to achieve a goal. A laboratory workflow is comprised of the set of processes it needs to achieve and the set of people or other resources available to perform […] ... Read More

VCS Completes New K-12 Facility

Celebrating their 70th year of operation as one of Vancouver’s most renowned Christian Schools, VCS will be opening the doors to a brand new k-12 facility in the city of Vancouver for the 2018-2019 school year. Housed within this facility, Vancouver Christian School is proud to offer state of the art learning centers where students […] ... Read More

Waste Elimination in the Laboratory using the Acronym “WOODMITS” – Lean Management Techniques

Waste reduces the capacity of a laboratory to reach its objectives in the most efficient manner; it uses limited resources in ways that do not contribute to the organisation’s overall goals. Lean is an organisational performance management system characterised by a collaborative approach between employees and managers to identify and minimise or eliminate activities that do […] ... Read More

The Responsibilities and Challenges of Wastewater and Water Treatment Laboratories

The prime function of a wastewater Laboratory facility is to ensure that all discharges from a control facility meet all appropriate Federal and Provincial standards.  The laboratory technicians and scientists have a purpose to exceed the governmental standards by monitoring pollutants to ensure the protection of the environment in a cost-effective manner. Through frequent analysis […] ... Read More

5 Ways to Make a High Throughput Laboratory More Efficient

In a competitive world, the most active and agile laboratory in the market wins! In this article, we seek to look at ways to make your laboratory more lean and agile. A competitive edge can be achieved in many ways including automation, professional training, lean process, and continuous improvement. Finding your laboratory’s Unique Selling Proposition (USP) could come back to your ability to […] ... Read More

5 Ways to Better Utilize Existing Pathology Laboratory Space

Over the past 20 years there has been a substantial shift in pathology methodologies, from manual operation and test methods to automation and robotics. This results in limited space with pathologies expected to grow within an existing and confined space. The team at Modulab have collated 5 areas for consideration in response to the recurring […] ... Read More

Why make your new science laboratory a flexible learning space?

A guide for principals, teachers, educators, technicians and assistants. Benefits of a flexible laboratory space In recent years, there has been a significant shift in traditional methods of teaching science. We are now seeing new approaches to the design and fit-out of laboratory work spaces. An ideal science laboratory is now one that provides flexibility […] ... Read More

Open vs Closed Laboratory Design

Open-plan is used to describe any floor plan which uses large, open spaces with few walls and minimal use of small, enclosed rooms.  Modern office space design follows this trend, where there are few walls with movable, modular furnishings resulting in an open, interactive workspace.  Since the mid-90s, laboratory design has embraced the open-plan concept. Open-plan design has become […] ... Read More

How to build STEM spaces while adhering to budget constraints

The Challenge Building a STEM space at your school can be a challenge, especially if you have budgetary constraints. There are many ways to create your STEM space without spending excessive amounts of money. In this article, we go over some strategies you can initiate to design an effective STEM space without having to build […] ... Read More

Where to begin with a new STEM education facility, especially when you’re behind the wave?

Building a STEM facility at your school can be a daunting task, especially if you feel you are running behind the STEM wave. At Westlab, we are continually supporting schools across Canada to assist them in creating world-class STEM education facilities. In this article, we offer some ideas on how you can catch up with […] ... Read More

4 Attributes that Make a Great 1st and 2nd Year University Laboratory

A 1st and 2nd year laboratory in a university is a large teaching space that can accommodate up to 150 students. When you’re dealing with that many students, it is imperative that you consider layout and resources to ensure an efficient and effective teaching environment. In this article, we look at 4 attributes that assist in creating […] ... Read More

The advantages of modular benching verses fixed cabinetry in today’s pharmaceutical, pathology, education and quality assurance laboratories

  Not all laboratories are the same. In fact, there are several laboratory types, and each has their unique purpose, advantages and constraints. However, one of the commonalities across all laboratory types is the need for practical and durable cabinetry. Likely, the days of building a fixed laboratory system from cabinetry are quickly becoming a […] ... Read More

Insights into what inspired Westlab to design and develop the popular square bunsen tubing

  The well-known “Westlab Square Tubing” has been a massive takeover in secondary schools across the world due to the customer centric approach of the Westlab global product development team. In this article we seek to give you a sneak peek into the development of the well-known square Bunsen burner tubing and what inspired our […] ... Read More

Top 6 Laboratory Design Trends

  1. More open-design, teamwork orientated labs With the evolution of education etc., teamwork and ‘see and be seen’ working cultures are on the rise. More open space, more visibility and more flexibility mean there is fewer individual workstations and private offices, and more collaborative space. This is an increasingly used design in universities, STEM […] ... Read More

5 Key Considerations for a Great Laboratory Design

In this article, we look at some of the key aspects to a great laboratory design. Every laboratory type has its own unique purpose, and the design consideration can determine the effectiveness of the return on investments of your proposed space. The effort put into the design phase can pay off many times over especially with larger […] ... Read More

9 Ways to Make Your Day Productive in the Lab

1. Plan ahead For an efficient and productive day at the lab, the first and foremost thing to do is plan your day. This may be done at the end of the previous day, or in the morning at work. Jot down your tasks with a little detail, set deadlines and mark out the priority […] ... Read More

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