IT support

Computer and software information for BDes and MSD students.

Computer locations

The Architecture, Building and Planning Faculty provides specialist CAD (Computer Aided Design) computers to all students in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

These specialist computers are located in the MSD and Baldwin Spencer Buildings in the below-listed locations. Each of these computers have the same software installed.

Name

Room Number

Level

Machine Number

Digital Design Hub 129*

MSD RM129

1

28

Digital Design Hub 120*

MSD RM120

1

16

Digital Design Hub 120*

MSD RM121

1

16

Digital Design Hub 246*

MSD RM246

2

24

Brian Lewis Atrium

MSD Level 1

1

32

Open Areas

MSD RM248 (SE corner)

2

6

 

MSD Northern Side

3

4

 

MSD Northern Side

4

4

Baldwin Spencer Design Hall

(Master's access only)

BLG113.RM102

1

54

* Digital Design Hubs are timetabled for classes but available for student use when not timetabled.

The most powerful computers available to students in 2020 are located in the Digital Design Hub 129, closely followed but all other computer lab machines.

Please report any problems with the computers to Stop1 (13 MELB (13 6352)) or Central IT on ext 40888.

Software

The available software is updated every semester, please check one of the ABP Specialist CAD computers for the latest available software. All machines using the same software image and every computer will have the same software loaded. The computer labs will have the following common software packages installed, and many more;

  • Available on MSD computers

    Software

    Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc)

    Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)

    Autodesk Design Suite (AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds Max, Maya, etc)

    Rhino

    CostX

    Estate Master

    Primavera P6

    Makerbot Print

    Metashape

    Zbrush

    QGIS

    + many more packages

  • Available for your personal computer

    The Faculty does not provide any software to students own personal devices. The following software however can be obtained for free, or purchase, by students through education agreements;

    Additional software is also available from Student IT & eLearning Support.

    Other specialist software may be required for some subjects. Refer to LMS for more information.

Help learning software packages

While primary learning takes place in classrooms, the Faculty wants to support students self-education and provide the best resources to do so. The ABP Faculty subscribes to two great learning resources.

  • LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda)

    LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda) is a leading online learning company with an extensive video library of courses enabling anyone to learn software, technology and creative skills. Their video library covers an extraordinary amount of content, but lacks specificity.

    To log in to LinkedIn Learning:

    1. Go the sign in page
    2. Enter your University of Melbourne email address and click continue
    3. Type in your student username and password and click login.
    4. You can now browse and choose from a large selection of online courses

    LinkedIn Learning is only available to students who's primary studies are with the Architecture, Building & Planning faculty. Students from other faculties, even those enrolled in ABP subjects, will not be able to access LinkedIn Learning. Those students should petition their own faculties to subscribe to LinkedIn Learning to gain access.

    Your LinkedIn Learning course progress will be reset either semesterly depending on the current activity of the service.

  • ArchiStar Academy

    The ArchiStar Academy is a great collection of structured video courses specifically chosen to be valuable to Design, Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Construction Students. Software courses include: Rhino, ArchiCad, AutoCad, Grasshopper, Revit, ArchiCad. Photoshop and much more.

    You may be automatically enrolled to a class by your tutor or subject.

    To self enrol please;

    1. You can self enrol here by using your @student.unimelb.edu.au email address.
    2. Confirm your account and set a password once you receive the confirmation email.
    3. You are now free to commence any of the available courses.

    Your tutors are also able to add an entire class to the tool. Please ask your tutors to contact the ABP Design Technology Manager if you believe it would be valuable to your class.

  • Minimum laptop specifications

    The following specifications are recommended for students studying Bachelor of Design or MSD courses:

    Operating System

    Windows

    As part of your degree, you will be required (by 2nd year at the latest) to use software that remains unsupported by Mac OS, as such you will not be able to run the required programs or obtain support from the faculty for this issue. We therefore recommend students to avoid purchasing an Apple computer for their study.

    Processor

    Quad-Core Intel i7 CPU minimum

    Graphics card

    NVidia RTX 2060 Max-Q

    Many software packages require NVidia CUDA technology and we recommend a NVidia branded graphics card.

    RAM

    16GB

    Hard Disk

    512GB SSD or M.2

    Weight

    A laptop computer with the above specification is often quite large and bulky. If you do prioritise weight please ensure the device is powerful enough to provide an enjoyable user experience.

  • Gold-standard laptop specifications

    ABP Loan Laptops

    The Loans Desk use HP OMEN 15 devices which are suitable for heavy CAD or VR work. This is considered an excellent machine for specialist design work, and should see you through the course without hitting large constraints.

    Operating System

    Windows 10 Home 64

    Processor

    Intel® Core™ i7-9750H (2.6 GHz base frequency, up to 4.5 GHz base with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 12 MB cache, 6 cores)

    Graphics card

    NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 (8 GB GDDR6 dedicated)

    Many software packages require NVidia CUDA technology and we recommend a NVidia branded graphics card.

    RAM

    16GB (upgradeable)

    Hard Disk

    Primary: 512GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD  (upgradeable)

    Secondary: 1TB storage SSD (upgradeable)

  • Where to buy?

    Please purchase from a reliable local reseller who has excellent customer service, just in case you need to contact them if the device is faulty. Affordable Laptops is a good comparison site for the Australian market.

Loaning equipment

As a student of ABP, you have access to an excellent range of high quality cameras, photo studio equipment, 3D scanners, VR trolleys and laptop VR kits and much more, at the Loan’s Desk, located in the ABP Student Printroom.

Please visit their website for a full list of loan items and more information

Loans Desk website

KB loan equipment list - how to loan

IT hardware such as Laptops, screens, mice or keyboards are not available for student loan.

Getting help and being helpful

If you have issues with any computer in the MSD building or Baldwin Spencer building, please contact the Central IT team. It may not be an immediate help to you but it will help the next person, which may be you next time.

Call 8344 0888

Contact Stop1

If you are in a classroom or computer lab and require immediate help in a teaching environment please contact central AV support.

Call 8344 0777

Limited support for personal devices (laptop, mobile phone, tablet) is provided to students by Student IT and eLearning support.

Printing and scanning

  • Standard

    Printing, copy and scanning facilities are available across the entire campus in most buildings and all libraries. Students are able to use these devices with their student cards.

  • Premium and large format

    The ABP Printroom is located on level 1 of the Melbourne School of design, RM127. This space provides facilities allowing students to print up to A0 in size on a small range of paper qualities. These facilities are provided by the ABP Faculty with the intention to serve the specific needs of ABP students, but are available for use by all University of Melbourne staff and students.

  • Professional External Printers

    If you require a professional print finish using fine art quality papers and inks, the closest commercial print shops are:

FAQ

  • What happens when the computer is restarted?

    The computer automatically downloads a fresh computer image from the server and reinstalls the software. This is why the computers take so long to start.

  • Why can't I log into the computer?

    Either because you are not logging into the student domain, please use `STUDENT\username` to login.

    Or, because you are not actively enrolled in a subject which uses the ABP computer labs. If this is a mistake, please contact Stop1 to correct your enrollment.

  • Can I save my files on the local machine?

    No, you should always save your work on a portable hard disk, USB stick or in the cloud. Every time the computer restarts, file left on the local drive will be erased.

  • Is all of the software on every computers?

    Yes, all of the computers are identical. If one has software, or a new version, please restart the computer to download the latest image. All computers in all computer labs should have identical software.

  • Can I use the computers to render my work?

    Yes, but do not hold a computer for rendering while you are not at the computer. Please do not log into a 2nd machine just for this purpose. Such use of the computers is not allowed in MSD labs.

  • Can I use an unattended computer?

    Yes, please observe the computer for a reasonable amount of time to ensure someone is not quickly using the bathroom.

    Unattended computers will be reset by University staff so other students can use them. Please monitor your computer if rendering.

  • The software I need is not installed, what do I do?

    Please request the software by calling Central IT on 8344 0888 or Stop1 on 13 MELB (13 6352) if the software is available and approved we will install it in all computer labs, this may take up to two weeks.

  • Do I need to carry my student ID

    Yes, please carry your student ID at all times. University security performs routine checks especially or when it is busy. You will be asked to leave if you cannot present your student ID card.

  • Someone is using their own laptop and taking up a computer space in the labs, what do I do?

    Please politely ask that person to relocate and refer them to this FAQ. If they refuse to leave please call security on 8344 6666 or 1800 246 066 (free call) and request for Campus Security assistance. The University does not tolerate any bullying or aggressive behavior.

  • I am not studying with the faculty but am from a different department. Can I use the computers?

    No, these are Specialist CAD computers and only to be used by students enrolled in:

    • Bachelor of Environments
    • Bachelor of Design
    • MSD courses
    • Subjects starting with ARCH, BENV or ABPL
  • If a computer or software is acting faulty, what do I do?

    Please restart the computer to see if that resolves the issue. If not please lodge a ticket by calling Central IT on 8344 0888 or Stop1 on 13 MELB (13 6352) 

    Please also contact Central IT or Stop1 if a keyboard or mice is faulty or missing.

    This may not resolve the issue for you straight away, but reporting faults ensures we have the most computers working at any one time.

  • Can I eat food and have drinks in the Digital Design Hubs or the Baldwin Spencer Design Hall?

    No, this is not allowed and penalties apply, your access to the computer labs may be revoked.

Feedback and Request Form

If you have any feedback or requests relating to the department's IT Support please provide feedback or requests to us using the below form. All feedback will be taken seriously and acted upon where feasible.

Please note that this form is only for requests and feedback specifically concerning the ABP (Architecture, Building and Planning) department. All requests relating to general IT concerns should be directed to  the central IT team, which can be reached on (03) 834 40888.

Feedback and Request Form

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