The Laboratory

It constitutes one of the specialities within the Group's Hydraulics area of expertise.

The physical model: an essential tool for communication and dialogue

Presenting the model of the extension of La Cotinière harbour to the Steering Committee | Artelia Hydraulics
Presenting the model of the extension of La Cotinière harbour to the Steering Committee | Artelia Hydraulics : JEAN-CHRISTOPHE SOUNALET
Presenting the model of the extension of La Cotinière harbour to the Steering Committee

A unique facility

To this day the physical scale model remains an incomparable tool for analysis, communication and dialogue on the most complex development projects. Experimental and tangible, it helps engineers understand the phenomena at play in the context of a project and thus define high-performance solutions for managing it while ensuring that commitments are met. It provides the owner with a comprehensive, three-dimensional overview of the project and its interactions with its surroundings. It offers a highly informative, practical means of demonstrating the actual conditions both prior to the development works and after they have been completed.

A technical guarantee

Building a hydraulic structure always poses the major technical challenge of fulfilling the stated objectives while ensuring safety for people and property. Testing and validating the proposed design on a physical scale model gives technicians, decision-makers and local inhabitants a guarantee that it will not pose a risk to humans.

Optimising costs

Scale modelling is a means of obtaining project dimensional designs that are as ‘lean’ as possible, generating substantial savings on construction costs. It avoids costly oversizing, something that is unavoidable in a conventional study on account of safety concerns.

  • History of the laboratory

    History of the laboratory

    A century of modelling.

  • Key dates

    Key dates

    Milestones in the development of the testing centre.

  • Certification

    Certification

    Artelia is developing a cutting-edge approach to Quality, Health, Safety and the Environment (QSSE) and risk management.
    Thanks to its integrated management system SMART, the Group has obtained ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.

  • Our testing facilities

    Our testing facilities

    A centre dedicated to your experiments, in hydraulics and other fields...