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AVAST Innovation Hub

AVAST's David Center facility

AVAST occupies physical space in WHOI's new David Center for Ocean Innovation. In the David Center, WHOI staff and students leverage AVAST resources to pursue new projects that push the envelope of ocean technologies and applications.


DunkWorks provides a suite of advance prototyping tools for general purpose use, as well as dedicated use by projects and programs resident in the Innovation Hub. See AVAST's DunkWorks page for more information.

Highbay and project rooms

The Innovation Hub includes a two-story, 3.026 sqft highbay, one 1,558 sqft Large Project Room, and two 575 sqft Project Rooms. One of the smaller Project Rooms is for primarily mechanical work and one for primarily electronic work.

Inside test tanks

AVAST maintain two indoors test tanks suitable for instrument and sensor projects. These are located in the main high bay. One is primarily for instrument dunk testing and ballasting, The other is adjacent to the chemistry/calibration room and designed to support studies requiring realitime manipulation or characterization of physical or chemical attributes.

Advanced Prototyping Shop

The second floor of the David Center houses the Advanced Fabrication Lab: a WHOI satellite shop that supports AVAST and other WHOI units with CNC machining expertise.

Main conference room

The main conference room in AVAST contains videoconferencing equipment and a central table for up to roughly twenty people.

AVAST social hub

AVAST's central social hub is available for general use by the WHOI community. It has a social area, a smaller 'cave' for small collaborations, large-format video displays, two small huddle areas, and a food service area.