Everything you need to know to get your system up and running with required applications, and configured to access CoAD tech resources such as servers and printers.
Technology at a Glance
- 420 27” LCD high-resolution monitors, one provided for every student
- $100,000+ investment in technology upgrades
- 24 mobile workstations that connect students to incredible processing power (up from 12 in 2016-2017)
- Additional mobile workstations in the studios (coming fall 2017)
- 14 loaner laptops with 6 more on the way (up from 6 in 2016-2017)
- 23 65″ wall-mounted LCD screens in studios and other areas
- 6 all-new printers in studios in the A+A and 1 in the Fab Lab studios
- 2 color self-serve printers
- 3 full-service plotters
- 5 self-serve plotters giving students 24/7 plotting access (up from 3 in 2016-2017)
- 3 CNC routers
- 1 water-jet cutter
- 2 robotic arms
- 3 3D printers in A+A
- 19 industrial- and consumer-grade 3D printers in the Fab Lab
- 5 laser cutters (up from 2 in 2016-2017)
- 1 horizontal panel saw
- 1 helix planer
- $650,000 value of technology in the Fab Lab
Design Studio LCD Displays
Each design studio space within the college is equipped with a wall-mounted 65″ LCD display for group presentations. In addition, each student’s studio desk is equipped with a 27″ LCD display for connecting to their required laptop.
College File Server
All CoAD faculty, staff, and students have access to the college file server, which contains directories for various courses, projects, groups, and individuals.
Virtual Computer Lab
The college has 24 virtual computer lab workstations available for checkout on a first-come-first-served basis through the Materials Resource Library in room 319 (starting fall 2017, the Materials Resource Library will become the MAT Lab and will be located in Rms. 309/313). These workstations are intended for short-term use by users with tasks that require more processing power than their laptops can provide. Installed applications include:
AutoDesk Suite including AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Studio Max, and more
Bentley Suite including MicroStation, STAAD, and more
Render plugins including V-Ray and Maxwell
Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more
The hardware for checkout consists of a mini-computer with keyboard and mouse, all intended to be connected to the studio desk LCDs. This hardware is due back in the MRL no later than 10:00am on the day following checkout.
Note that each virtual computer lab workstation will cease to function at 10:00am on the day it is due back to the MRL. The virtual machine will be re-enabled once MRL staff have checked it back in.
Online Room Reservations
There are several rooms within the Art and Architecture building that can be reserved by all faculty, staff, and students.
Technology Upgrades Bring More to Students’ Experience
Technology is essential to success in the study of architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, and the college has been steadily upgrading the technology for students through a multi-phase, multi-year initiative to give students the best possible tools and help prepare them for their futures. In fact, students in our college have never had so much advanced technology at their fingertips.
Virtual Computer Lab
In Fall 2016, the college moved computers out from behind the walls of an outdated computer lab and distributed the technology virtually throughout the building. This gives students freedom to access the technology in their studios, and it provides them more flexibility, convenience and efficiency. A virtual computer lab also encourages collaboration at the desk and in the studio, something many faculty believe is beneficial. The collaboration that now occurs within studios has contributed to incredibly innovative designs that are receiving national recognition.
Students can use mobile workstations that connect their 27” LCD high-resolution monitors provided to every student to a virtual machine that provides them more processing power than is available from their laptops. The college currently has 24 workstations (up from 16).
This investment in technology also ensures that no student is without at least one computer. Any student with financial need and students whose laptops have crashed can have access to laptops on loan from the college.
Printers and Plotters
Other technological advances for students include new printers in all studios in Spring 2016 and the addition of two color self-serve printers (up from one full-service printer).
Students also have three full-service plotters and five self-serve plotters (up from three), giving students 24/7 access to plotting.
Technology available in the Fab Lab is available to all students, regardless of year. It includes 3D printers, a laser cutter, water jet cutter, CNC routers, X-axis mill and robotics.
The Materials Resource Library will become the MAT Lab in fall 2017 and will be a one-stop shop for students. It will contain the digital printing center, four laser cutters and several 3D printers. Students will have tech support on hand in the MAT Lab and expanded hours of access.
Students are and will remain the college’s top priority. We want our students to succeed and will fervently support their education by providing the best academia has to offer delivered by outstanding faculty, giving access to the best technology in the world and being pioneers in the delivery of knowledge and skills to prepare them for bright futures.