Research infrastructures are the research facilities which are available to various research organisations. These facilities are available to the research teams, who can find there the tools needed for their work, and also scientific and technical expertise that ensures visibility for their results.
Irstea provides research facilities for researchers and industrial organisations.
A network of 7 technological research platforms for different fields of application:
- Energy performance and safety characteristics of agricultural equipment (Antony)
- Irrigation Equipment Research and Development Laboratory (Aix)
- ReducPol, for the environmental assessment of Spraying Technologies and Applications (Montpellier)
- Centre for Spreading and the Environment (PEE - Pôle Epandage Environnement) (Montoldre – Clermont-Ferrand)
- National Reference Laboratory for testing and research on geosynthetics (Antony)
- Geomechanics Platform - Geohazards, Geostructures, Erosion, Instability, and Breakdown (Aix)
- Platform for imaging and structural and metabolic spectroscopy (Rennes)
In conjunction with the Centre for Agricultural Machinery Engineering (MINEA - Maison de l'ingénierie des équipements pour l'Agroprocédés) – a business incubator
- Other major laboratory facilities in the areas of natural risks, water quality (chemical and microbiological), cold, device mobility, biodiversity, etc.
- Large field facilities to observe and test in situ the phenomena involved in natural risks, water pollution and hydrology, plant and animal population dynamics, etc.
- Digital equipment
The research units develop software specific to their research and not generally available. They use different programming languages (Fortran, C, C++, Java, C #, etc.) for these and UML (Unified Modelling Language) CASE tools such as OBJECTEERING. They also use commercial software such as FLUENT for fluid dynamics or open source software such as R and SCILAB. For simulations they use in-house computers such as the Aubière (department 63) computer farm (used under internal conditions) - 108 processors, a million hours of computing time in five years - or slightly smaller facilities at the HBAN River systems and Bioprocesses Research Unit at Antony (8 processors), Lyon (10 processors) and Rennes (40 processors) or externally with national computing centres such as those of the Institute for the development of scientific computing resources (IDRIS - Institut du développement et des ressources en informatique scientifique). Based on research projects, some of this software that has been developed internally and used to obtain research results may become deliverable research which is available externally.
- Remote Sensing Centre: is home to teams and equipment used in the analysis and processing of geo-referenced data (GIS).