Gait Lab Upgrade
During the summer of 2012 the Gait Lab facility in IMAR was upgraded from two to four AMTI force plates. These force plates accurately measure the ground reaction forces in three dimensions when a subject walks across them, providing accurate biomechanical parameters for clinical assessment of patients and also for the wide variety of research investigated at IMAR.
This specialised installation involved raising the concrete foundation base, adding a thin cement skim and then securely fixing the force plate mounts with a special two-part epoxy adhesive. This was a potentially complicated undertaking as every element had to be exactly level in order to collect gait data accurately. The work was carried out by IMAR’s own engineering team, led by Dr Graham Arnold.
Staff members created a ‘time-capsule’ by placing their handprints and inscribing their initials prior to the cement setting.
A time-lapse video of the project can be viewed below.