HOURS OF OPERATION
The Sensor Lab (slab, s-lab or sensorlab) is open 22 hrs/week. The Sensor Lab Open Hours are posted @ website: https://slab.concordia.ca and outside the Computation Lab at EV 6-705 or EV 7-765.
Students must pay an annual fee of $50 at the beginning of the fall semester and this applies to each year of study in the DCART program, ideally The Departmental Fee must be paid within the first two weeks of the fall semester. The Departmental Fee covers access to DCART Labs (Sensor, Computation, Visual Communication, Soft Surface and Documentation Labs), the acquisition and maintenance of new or current equipment, along with the replenishment of consumable resources.
Payments can be made online at: https://www.concordia.ca/finearts/cda.html?utm_source=redirect&utm_campaign=facilities. On the landing webpage, scroll down to the Fine Arts (banner) look for “Pay Your Fees Now”, click on the link will guide you to the Student Hub. Some workshop-based studios may require a minimal materials fee, which will be announced during the first class. In all other courses, professors will provide a detailed list of any materials that are required for projects, to be purchased by the student at their expense.
Non-payment of The Department Fees will disallow access to the Sensor/Surface/Visual Communications, Computation and Documentation Labs, furthermore students’ will not be permitted to borrow department-owned audio-visual equipment.
ACCESS & RESERVATIONS
The Sensor Lab can accommodate a maximum of 8 persons at any one time.
In order to reserve a time slot contact the Sensor Lab Coordinator via email or in person. Each person will be allowed to reserve a time slot for a period of up to four hours a day, with the maximum of two days in a row. A reservation will be held for a 15-minute grace period. After 15-minutes, the session will be given to any student(s) waiting.
Open Hour Booking – Refer to the “Sensor Lab Open Hours”.
AFTER HOURS ACCESS:
After hours access to the Sensor Lab is privilege based, and will be decided upon by your Professor and Sensor Lab Coordinator. All the cabinets will be locked and access to certain tools will have to be negotiated in advance.
Students are expected to bring or buy their own equipment and materials for the realization of their academic projects. Students are therefore encouraged to consult the Sensor Lab Coordinator early in their project development to get an overview of technologies vs cost vs availability vs complexity.
Students who have paid The Departmental Fee can borrow certain equipment (weekends only) from the Sensor Lab. Borrowed equipment must be returned on time, unaltered and in working order.
Students are liable for the repair or replacement cost of any equipment they borrow from the Sensor Lab, which has been lost or damaged whilst in their possession.
STUDENTS MUST LEAVE THEIR I.D. CARDS WITH THE SENSOR LAB COORDINATOR IN ORDER TO BORROW ITEMS FROM THE LAB.
NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN THE SENSOR LAB. ALL STUDENTS MUST ATTEND THE SENSOR LAB ORIENTATION SESSION IN ORDER TO MAKE USE OF THE LAB.
The use of power tools is not permitted in the Sensor Lab.
The ventilation in the Sensor Lab is not designed to clear the air of toxic chemicals.
IF IT SMELLS BAD, DON’T USE IT HERE.
NO PAINTS OF ANY KIND:
See CHEMICALS, therefore paints are not allowed.
DON’T USE THE SENSOR LAB EQUIPMENT TO MANIPULATE TOXIC OR PERMANENT MATERIALS THAT MAY CAUSE HEALTH HAZARDS OR EQUIPMENT DAMAGE. NO CHEMICALS OR PAINTS OF ANY KIND.
CLEAN UP STARTS 30 MINUTES BEFORE CLOSING:
All Sensor Lab users are expected to help clean when they make use of the lab.
PUT THINGS AWAY THAT HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT:
All equipment should be put away and the lab left neat. If you are the only person in the Sensor Lab and you leave, put all tools away whether you took them out or not. This includes soldering irons, soldering aids, all hand tools, and any mess made by your tools.
IF YOU STAY LATE (AFTER HOURS ACCESS), CLEAN UP IS YOUR JOB.
ACTIVE WORKSPACE & STORAGE
The Sensor Lab is a common workspace shared amongst DART & CART students with a limited capacity for long-term storage i.e. all semester. Ask if it possible to store your items in the lab. If permitted, store only what is absolutely necessary and label everything with your name, email and phone number. Anything that is not labelled (or collected by a set date) will be transferred to CUCCR or will be made available to the Sensor Lab community (end of semester).
When setting up or cleaning up, take note of all your possessions and where you put them. Use your locker if items are valuable.
STORE IT IN THE RIGHT PLACE:
Never block the exit or the flow of traffic.
DISPOSE OF IT APPROPRIATELY:
Look for appropriately marked containers: a donation (free) bin, junk shelf, recycle bins etc.
TAKE THINGS HOME:
There is limited storage space in the lab. So, ask if it possible to store your items in the lab. If so, store only what is absolutely necessary for your active project.
END OF SEMESTER
At the end of the semester, ensure that you have collected all your materials, projects (digital or physical), backed up all your files stored on the Sensor Lab workstations. As, all files will be deleted from the workstations and uncollected projects or materials will be transferred to CUCCR or incorpoarted into the Sensor Lab resource inventory – all done in order to make room for others.