The Business Simulation Game

Enterprises-Laboratories-R&D

Laboratories: R&D

General Information

You need laboratories for technological research, which can bring you new technologies of higher level.

Building Laboratory you need the following:

  • Choose its size.
  • Hire scientists.
  • Buy equipment (devices).

Maximum possible number of scientists and equipment depends on the size of your laboratory. Available technology level also depends on the size.

Technology level will require the equipment of certain quality. Moreover, equipment quality defines minimum qualification requirements for staff of laboratory.

In case if you want to work with technologies and inventions of level 5 and higher, laboratory must be attached to a working factory (80% of its efficiency or more). Factory profile and technology level must correspond to the current research.

Minimum size of required factory depends on the level of explored technology:

LevelMaximum number of scientistsAvailable technology levelRemarks
110Up to 4
230Up to 8Starting from technology level 6, a factory (farm, mine, etc) of minimum size is required
3100Up to 13From technology level 9, a factory size 2 is required
4300Up to 19From technology level 15, a factory size 3 is required
5700Up to 25From technology level 20, a factory size 4 is required
61000All levelsFrom technology level 26, a factory size 5 is required

Research

There are three research stages:

Preliminary research, hypothesis is formed

The basic duration of preliminary research stage depends on the current technology level (up to level 8 it is 3 weeks, then longer). Even if you increase the number of scientists it won`t speed up the research, usually it slows down because of low efficiency of laboratory. The number of hypotheses depends on the skill “Science research” level of Top manager. Moreover, each hypothesis has a probability of success and a duration modifier.

In case you’ve bought one or several technologies of last 5 levels, the first stage will be longer (for ½ of duration of first stages of missed technologies). In case you have not investigated previous levels of technology the duration of the first stage will be longer — in proportion to the duration of missed investigations.

Research, hypothesis processing

During second stage you`ll have to choose one of hypotheses then scientists will perform research with a possibility of success which you already know.

In case of failure, you can repeat this research. The possibility of success will be higher by 1%. In other words, each hypothesis can become successful in the end.

Basic duration of hypothesis working out depends on technology level and possibility of success (you`ll need more time if you want to work out more reliable hypothesis).

Additional number of scientists will speed up the work. Low efficiency of laboratory will slow down the work.

Industrial testing

The final third stage of research: testing and industrial trial of invented technology.

Duration of this stage depends on technology level. Additional number of scientists will speed up the research.

Technologies of level 5 (and higher) will require a factory attached to the laboratory. Profile and technology level of this factory must correspond to the research.

Duration of this research depends on laboratory efficiency, as well as factory efficiency.

Buying licenses and technologies

For purchasing licenses and technologies click on the «Technologies» tab.

Research in laboratories In order for laboratories to work, you need to hire qualified staff, buy appropriate equipment and, of course, invest a lot of time.

Just like in other subdivisions, the staff has to be accordingly qualified and earn a specific salary. The equipment has to be of an appropriate quality. In order to know what the optimal settings for laboratories are, pay attention to the hints in the simulation. The functionality is the same as in the other subdivisions.

Just like offices, laboratories do not generate any profit. However, your R&D results will be able to help other subdivisions generate substantial profit.