Purdue Calumet Partnering with Hammond Lab


Alverno Clinical Laboratory in Hammond has joined a growing list of employers to benefit from a partnership with Purdue University Calumet’s cutting edge Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.

CIVS is an interdisciplinary applied research center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3-D visualization and virtual reality technologies to provide innovative solutions to industrial and research challenges.

Alverno is a full service, community-based laboratory that performs more than 750 tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Recently, it was designated the nation’s first Siemen’s Microbiology Innovation Center after implementing several new microbiology systems.

The Purdue Calumet-Alverno partnership relates to two projects: 1) development of a 3-D Alverno Virtual Tour for lab training and education and 2) development of a virtual microbiology lab for design and process optimization.

Each project calls for development of 3-D models and animated interactive designs for visualizing and conceptualizing introduction of the new lab equipment and lab layout. Additionally, a 3-D simulation model has been developed in the Immersive Theatre of the campus-based CIVS. There, Alverno lab technicians can walk through the virtual design to evaluate and optimize it. Such advanced technology will enable ‘what if’ scenarios and rapid change capabilities to the process layout.

“Collaborating with our local university, Purdue Calumet, is the key to our strategy for providing highly reliable laboratory testing,” Alverno CEO Sam Terese said.

Purdue Calumet CIVS Director and Professor Chenn Zhou added, “Industry is benefiting from simulation and visualization in many ways, from design to optimization. The technology developed at CIVS will continue to be a fundamental driver for economic development in this region.”

The partnership also provides a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity for three Purdue Calumet engineering students who are collaborating on the Alverno projects with CIVS staff, biology faculty and Alverno specialists.

The 3-D simulation will support Alverno scientists who process more than 2,000 plated cultures a day. Patient samples come from 27 hospitals, as well as clinics, doctors’ offices and other medical facilities.