About the Experivan #
In addition to our four lab facilities located in the Cubicus building, The BMS Lab also has a Mobile Lab Facility: the Experivan. The Experivan offers researchers a versatile lab space that they can take to their target population. The van is already set up with a set of 4G antennas that serve as a hotspot for researchers, two working stations, audio and visual equipment and a seating area in the back. The van also comes with a retractable roof tent, making it possible for researchers to be able to set up and conduct experiments with their participants both within or outside of the van. Read more about the Experivan here.
Using the Experivan and their Equipment #
The Experivan comes set up with:
1). PC tower and two foldable wall-mounted work spaces containing of two monitors, keyboards and mouse.
2). A receiver connected to speakers and a television for displaying audio and video content to participants.
3). Researchers can use the driving simulator to drive a vehicle by using the steering wheel and pedals.
4). Seating area with a table where researchers can sit down with their participants.
However, aside from these equipment that are already set up in the Experivan, as a versitile lab space researchers are free to bring their own equipment along, or reserve additional equipment via us for their research. E.g. VR and AR equipment, Eye-tracking, motion and other type of sensors, EEG equipment or recording equipment etc.
When should you use the Experivan?
The Experivan is intended to be used as an on the road lab facility. Researchers can make use of the Experivan when their target groups are unable to come to the location of the research, such as at our on campus facilities. When they want to conduct experiments with hard to reach groups, such as the elderly, prison inmates, young students etc. Or if they wish to have a more naturalistic or random setting. Next to research purposes, the Experivan can also be used for public events that promote the University of Twente and BMS faculty.
When should you not use the Experivan?
Researchers should not use the Experivan if all their participants are able to come to the research location or if the conditions of their experiment does not require the use of the van. The Experivan also comes with more special requirements in comparison to our other facilities, researchers should not reserve the Experivan if they are unable to meet these conditions, read our requirements below.
Requirements to use the Experivan #
Researchers and staff at the University of Twente’s BMS faculty can make use of the mobile lab and reserve it using the normal process for reserving facilities and equipment, see below. However, additional requirements apply to use the mobile lab, see the following:
– Posses the Dutch (or International equivalent) of a B (car) driver’s license for at least 5 years.
– Be a staff member or researcher at the BMS faculty.
Note: Staff members and researchers at other faculties of the University of Twente can make use of the mobile lab, but will have to contact the BMS lab team. Charges apply.
– Have the appropriate insurance coverage for driving a car. This concerns you as a person (mainly liability). The van itself is insured. When taking some more expensive equipment away from campus, you might need to setup additional insurance for the equipment. Inform at the lab to learn more.
– The first day of usage, a BMS lab team member will join for a trial and perhaps part of the research. He/she will do a walk-through and check before and after use of the mobile lab. You will receive a quick tour beforehand as well and the lab team member will watch you drive the van for a short while.
Note: it is therefore recommended to reserve that mobile lab at least a day before your actual research start so you can prepare yourself and the Experivan mobile lab.
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the requirements, then do not hesitate to contact the BMS Lab team!
Best Practices Experivan #
The Experivan is a high-tech lab on wheels and as such requires more caution and care than a regular rental car or van. Be sure to read the additional policies and instructions provided to you when picking up the van and in addition to pay special attention to the following points:
That you drive safe, park neatly and secure both the mobile lab and its equipment throughout its use. It’s not a Fiat 500 that you can scoot around town in and leave unlocked at the grocery store. The van cannot be parked in parking garages, but must be securely parked through other means overnight.
Remove any and all data related to your study and ensure that equipment and the settings of equipment are restores to their original and usable state.
The Experivan mobile lab and its equipment should be cleaned, recharged and good to go for the next researcher.
That you hand the van in clean. Inside and outside. Take it through the car wash if it is used more than one day or has become visibly dirty.
The mobile lab should be filled up with Diesel after you’re done using it. Use the “tank pas” (fuel pass) to get Diesel.
Read the reference card inside the mobile lab for all needed information.
Hygiene Protocol #
The below states the hygiene procedures related to persons. For equipment, follow the disinfection procedure for the instrument. For more details, read the hygiene protocol (link).
1 – Persons
1.1 – Postpone the study in case of flu, cold or other infection in the trial conductor or subject (V).
1.2 – Ensure good general body and clothing hygiene during the trial period (V).
1.3 – The simplest disinfection procedure is hand washing. This should be done, regardless of the use of gloves:
a – prior to physiological actions (V).
b – after physiological actions (V).
c – after using the toilet (V).
d – after sneezing, coughing or blowing the nose (use paper tissues) (V).
e – after unexpected contact with blood or other body fluids (V).
1.4 – It is preferable not to wear rings during examination (V).
1.5 – Nails should preferably be kept short and clean during the study period (V).