Portage la Prairie Station
The hub of WESTEST operations is a two-acre station at the heart of the continent in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, directly adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway, which provides convenient and direct access for transporting equipment and vehicles for testing.
Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Performance Centre
Construction of the WESTEST Vehicle Performance Centre features state-of-the-art chassis dynamometer and a variety of bare-engine test stands supported by a wide range of data-collection capabilities. Collectively these installations will simulate on/off-road vehicle operations in a climate-controlled laboratory environment and will complement our tow dynamometer, which provides in-the-field and on-the-road performance testing, but is affected by climatic conditions.
The new facility also extends WESTEST alternative fuel evaluation and research strengths.
The facility can be used to validate design iterations with precise repeatable results. The ability to provide performance and durability testing at early stages in the research and development cycle will speed up commercialization and provide competitive advantages for component and original-equipment manufacturers
Administration and Fabrication Centre
The WESTEST administration centre houses our administrative offices, along with engineering and design services. A large part of the building is dedicated to our fabrication facilities, which include a diverse selection of machine-shop tools that allow us to develop custom test fixtures and component prototypes as well as modify equipment under test to improve performance.
Large Equipment Test Lab
The WESTEST lab is housed in a separate 15.24 m (50 ft) x 30.48 m (100 ft) building with a 4.88 m (16 ft) x 21.34 m (70 ft) testing area. To facilitate testing of large vehicles and equipment, a 4.88 m (16 ft) x 6.1 m (20 ft) x 1.22 m (4 ft) deep test pit has been built into the floor. The lab provides special lighting that facilitates capturing clear digital photos or video clips for emailing to clients. The stand-alone building is equipped to ensure confidential projects are isolated and secure during testing.
Cold Weather Test Centre
Portage la Prairie's mid-continental location and climate create ideal conditions for cold-weather testing with typical January and February temperatures commonly dipping to -30ºC (-22ºF). Testing related to wind chill and snow conditions can also be accommodated. Stationary equipment tests can be set up outside the WESTEST Portage station. Mobile tests can be conducted on the wide variety of highways and urban and rural streets and roads in proximity to the station.
WESTEST maintains a satellite office located at the SMARTPARK Research and Technology park on the campus of the University of Manitoba. The park facilitates university-industry research collaborations and innovation, creates high-tech clusters that potentially attract similar companies to the region, and nurtures an environment and culture that assists in retaining highly skilled students and researchers in the region. The WESTEST SMARTPARK office offers a convenient location to work in partnership with our extensive list of local, national and international clients.