We have a variety of equipment used in the field and in-house laboratory facilities for data collection, processing, and analysis. The facilities and equipment reside in Miller Hall and Bruce Wing on Queen's University campus and include the Advanced Geomechanics Testing Laboratory, Computational Geomechanics Laboratory, Geomechanics Imaging Laboratory, and Geomechanics Sample Preparation Laboratory.
Advanced Geomechanics Testing Laboratory
Uniaxial Compressive Strength Tests
MTS 2500 kN servo-controlled loading frame with strain gauges, extensometers, and acoustic emissions sensors.
Brazilian Tensile Strength Tests
MTS 2500 kN servo-controlled loading frame with strain gauge sensors and multi-scale specimen platens.
Triaxial Compressive Strength Tests
MTS 2500 kN loading frame with Hoek-style triaxial cells for NQ and HQ diameter cylindrical core specimens.
Direct Shear Tests
GCTS RDS-200 servo-controlled direct shear machine.
Geomechanics Imaging Laboratory
Reigl, Faro, and Optech LiDAR systems.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
DJI Phantom IV UAV with integrated camera payload, and DJI Matrice M300 UAV with Zenmuse P1 camera.
Photography and Photogrammetry
Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses; Gigapan robotic heads.
3D Geometry Modelling
3D point cloud and mesh generation; Agisoft Photoscan/Metashape, CloudCompare, RiScan, Polyworks, Cyclone, and Scene software.
Geomechanics Sample Preparation Laboratory
Diamond Saw and Rock Grinder
Circular diamond saw blade with custom specimen holders; MATEST grinder for high precision specimen preparation.
3-Dimensional Printing Equipment
3D printers with Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and Reverse Stereolithography (SLA) technologies.
Direct Shear Specimen Preparation
Cement grout mixing and curing equipment for direct shear specimen encapsulation.
Quality Assurance and Control (QA/QC)
High precision granite block surface for UCS and TCS specimen conformity testing; Core surface image scanner and photography setup for specimen documentation.
Computational Geomechanics Laboratory
High Performance Desktop Workstations
Hardware configured for geomechanics modelling, 3D geometry modelling, and game engine software packages; Windows and Linux Operating Systems.
Rocscience suite; Itasca Consulting Group software (FLAC, FLAC3D, UDEC, 3DEC, PFC2D, PFC3D, Rhino, Griddle); Discrete Fracture Network software (FRACMAN, Mofrac); Geomechanica FDEM Software (Irazu).
Physics Engine Software
Unity and Houdini software packages.
10+ years of rock slope monitoring data from several large slopes in Canada; 8+ years of geomechanics laboratory test data from a variety of lithologies.