Facilities

The college supports a growing number of IT facilities and resources throughout Cheatham Hall and various department and center locations.

Computer Labs

Microcomputer Teaching Lab (220 Cheatham Hall)

This college facility is used primarily for teaching both general and specific computing skills. When a class is not using the lab it is open for both graduate and undergraduate students. Usage requires your PID and password.

  • Equipment

33 Dell Optiplex computers.. Each computer has an Intel I5 3.0 GHz processor, 23” display, 500 Gb disk storage, and 16 Gb RAM..  All computers are networked using Ethernet cabling with 1 Gb connections.

Dell 5100 color laser printer - Usage of the Dell 5100 printer is through a university based pay system (Hokie Passport, see www.hokiepassport.vt.edu for setup) and the cost is 15 cents per page.

  • Software

Windows 7, Microsoft Office Professional, ESRI GIS software, SAS, Various compilers, Erdas Imagine, Other miscellaneous software.

  • File Storage

Users are allowed to temporarily store files on either the local hard drive of the computer they are working on, or the network "Home" folder. However, periodically the local and network drives are deleted of all files, and each night, all computers are cleaned of new files with a process called DeepFreeze. All labs also have access to the college central storage facility (MINNOW) if you are a user of that system (see Central Data Storage) and this is also where the class “Home” folders are located.

  • Hours Of Operation

Spring and Fall semesters: Monday – Thursday (8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.), Friday (8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)
Summer semester and breaks: Monday – Friday (8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Center for Quanitiative Studies Lab (CEARS - 217 Cheatham Hall)

This college facility is used primarily as a research laboratory utilizing computer based technology. Some of the research topics that have been studied in the lab are simulation/modeling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Artificial Intelligence, and Expert Systems. Open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students by PID, Hokies, or Central Services account. There are a number of specialized courses that are also taught in CEARS with emphasis on the research topics mentioned.

  • Equipment

22 Dell Precision 3610 workstations, Intel XEON Quad core or 6 Core processors, 64 or 128 GB memory, 2 Tb disk storage, 24" color display, DVD-R+/CD-RW drive. All computers are connected to the university network via 1 Gbit network connections.

HP DesignJet T770 large format color printer for poster presentations (see instructions posted above the printer for poster set up).

Dell 5100 color laser printer - Usage of the Dell 5100 printer is through a university based pay system (Hokie Passport, see www.hokiepassport.vt.edu for setup) and the cost is 15 cents per page.

  • Software

Windows 7, Microsoft Office Professional, ESRI GIS software, SAS. Various compilers, Erdas Imagine, ENVI, Other software.

  • File Storage

Users are allowed to temporarily store files on the local hard drive of the computer they are working on. However, periodically the local and network drives are deleted of all files, and weekly, all computers are cleaned of new files with a process called DeepFreeze. All labs also have access to the college central storage facility (MINNOW) if you are a user of that system (see Central Data Storage).

  • Hours Of Operation

8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday. After hour’s access is available to faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Geography Computer Lab (102 Major Williams Hall)

This college facility is used primarily for teaching both general and specific computing skills and research, including specialized systems for GIS, cartography, and remote sensing. The facility is also used by Geography graduate students in various research areas within the department. When a class is not using the lab it is open for both graduate and undergraduate students. Usage requires your PID, Hokies or Central Services account.

  • Equipment

18 Dell Optiplex 980 computers, Intel I5 processor, 8 GB memory, 250 GB disk storage, 24" color display, DVD-R+/CD-RW drive. All computers are connected to the university network via 100 Mbs connections.

HP LaserJet shared printer.

HP DesignJet T790 large format printer.

  • Software

Windows 7, Microsoft Office Professional, ESRI GIS software, SAS, Various compilers, Erdas Imagine, Other miscellaneous software.

  • File Storage

Users are allowed to temporarily store files on the local hard drive of the computer they are working on. However, periodically the local and network drives are deleted of all files, and each night, all computers are cleaned of new files with a process called DeepFreeze. All labs also have access to the college central storage facility (MINNOW) if you are a user of that system (see Central Data Storage).

  • Access

The Geography computer lab is available at all hours through a keyless entry system and combination lock. The combination is available to those who are using the facility for a course, or for graduate students doing research. See Les Fuller in Major Williams Hall for the combination.

Brooks Forest Products Center Computer Lab

This college facility is used primarily for teaching both general and specific computing skills. When a class is not using the lab it is open for both graduate and undergraduate students. Usage requires your PID and password.

  • Equipment

8 Dell Optiplex All-in-One computers. Each computer has an Intel I5 3.0 GHz processor, 23” display, 500 Gb disk storage, and 16 Gb RAM.All computers are connected to the university network via 100 Mbs connections.

HP LaserJet 3005 shared printer.

  • Software

Windows 7, Microsoft Office Professional, ESRI GIS software, SAS, Various compilers, Erdas Imagine, Other miscellaneous software.

  • File Storage

Users are allowed to temporarily store files on either the local hard drive of the computer they are working on, or the network "Home" folder. However, periodically the local and network drives are deleted of all files. Be aware that each day all of the computers are cleaned of any new files to the local file system through a process known as DeepFreeze. All labs also have access to the college central storage facility (MINNOW) if you are a user of that system (see Central Data Storage).

  • Access

The Brooks computer lab is available at all hours for students housed in the Brooks Forest Products Center.

Scale-Up Teaching Lab (317A Cheatham Hall)

This classroom has 10 Dell Latitude laptops running Windows 7.


Central Data Storage

If you have a need to store research related data centrally (our system is called MINNOW) then contact your advisor and we will work with you and your advisor to either create a central storage share or give you access to an existing central storage share that they have already created. This system is a redundant storage solution that is only for research data and not for personal information.


Classroom / Conference Room - Permanent Projectors / Computers

317A, B, C Cheatham
315 Cheatham Hall
212 Cheatham Hall
213 Cheatham Hall
218 Cheatham Hall
136C Cheatham Hall
136B Cheatham Hall
133 Cheatham Hall
132 Cheatham Hall


Video Conference Room (Contact Les Fuller)

315 Cheatham Hall


Equipment Check-Out

3 laptop computers (contact Les Fuller)
3 portable projectors (contact Les Fuller)
DVD / VCR player / recorder (contact Les Fuller)
Digital camcorder (contact Will Pfeil)