CAEE devotes considerable resources to information technology and support. The department has several computer labs for undergraduate and graduate students. These facilities include the following: the Learning Resource Center (LRC), which contains 15 high-end workstations and supports more than 100 computer applications; The Thomas Taylor Design Studio, which is a computer aided design (CAD) lab; and the Studio Classrooms (SC1 and SC2), which consists of two rooms specially equipped for instructional use.
Learning Resouce Center - ECJ 2.206
Studio Classroom 1 - ECJ 2.210
Studio Classroom 2 - ECJ 2.218
The Thomas Taylor Design Studio - ECJ 3.106
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 7 pm
Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Where can I get a UT email address?
UTmail, https://get.utmail.utexas.edu/, provides UT Austin students and alumni with a university affiliated e-mail address at no cost in the @utexas.edu domain. Those who opt-in to the service can choose their e-mail address and have 5+ GB of e-mail storage. In addition, UTmail provides e-mail for life.
Who is eligible to use the labs and virtual desktops?
The LRC is open to all Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering students, faculty, and staff, as well as students currently enrolled in any CAEE course.
How do I get a User Account?
Since the LRC computers are in the AUSTIN domain, you’ll use your UTEID to log in. As long as you are registered for the semester no additional action is required on your part to be able to use the computers in the CAEE LRC.
Is there a server I can use to save my files?
Four GB of disk storage is available to all students on AUSTIN DISK, austin.utexas.edu. A home directory with 4 GB disk quota for file storage will automatically be created for you on \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\CAEE\your_eid. Instructions on how to access this location can be found at https://it.utexas.edu/services/ > Storage > Austin Disk > Getting Started
*** Any files located on the Desktop or My Documents will deleted when you log off ***
Don't forget to log off when you're finished working in the lab.
Can I access my student directory from home?
Student directories are accessible remotely through the Campus Virtual Private Network (VPN). In order to connect to the campus network from off campus, you must first go to https://vpn.utexas.edu and install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client program. Whenever you want to connect to your file storage from off campus, you need to make a VPN connection with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client program and then map to \\austin.utexas.edu\disk\engrstu\CAEE\your_uteid. Be sure to disconnect your VPN session when finished.
Are there other options for storing my files?
Box cloud storage is a campus-wide service that allows faculty, staff, and students at the University of Texas at Austin to use Box cloud-based file sharing for business and academic use. Go to https://utexas.box.com to get your UTBox account.
OneDrive is available for students with a Microsoft 365 account, which is automatically provisioned for all students. More information is available at https://office365.utexas.edu/students-and-office-365.
Can I access the lab after hours?
Authorized access card holders will be allowed inside the lab area after normal operating hours. Only graduate and undergraduate students in CAEE and those who work at least 20 hours/week for the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department are eligible. No action is required on your part. Effective Fall 2022, all current graduate and undergraduate CAEE students are automatically granted access to the Learning Resource Center and the Studio Classroom 1 & 2. Simply waved your UT ID card in front of the reader.
How can I print?
8.5 x 11 black/white laser printing and plotting are available from all the workstations and virtual desktop environments. Each student receives a printing quota of $25 each semester. Regular black/white laser printing costs .06 per page. Color laser printing is not available under this quota system. The printers located in the LRC are automatically configured for all users so in most cases you do not need to add a printer.
UTPrint: An ITS black/white and color printer is available on the 2nd floor of ECJ once you run out of your allocated print quota. “Bevo Pay” (https://housing.utexas.edu/programs-services/bevo-pay) is required to use these printers. Printing costs are a bit higher than the LRC printers.
What software is available in the Lab?
Microsoft Office 2019, AutoCAD 2023, Revit 2023, ArcGIS Pro, Adobe Acrobat, and Matlab 2022 are just a few of the applications installed on the lab machines. A complete list can be viewed on the LRC website.
Under the TAH Matlab Student license all current students are licensed to install on their personally-owned computers, the same set of products available faculty and academic staff. Students can find detailed instructions for getting TAH Student software at https://it.utexas.edu/services/ > Software Services > Matlab.
Free Autodesk products such as AutoCAD and Revit and ESRI ArcGIS are also available for students to install on their personally owned computers.
Visit https://www.autodesk.com/education/edu-software/overview for Autodesk products.
Visit https://wikis.utexas.edu/display/LAITS/ESRI+ArcGIS+-+FAQ for ESRI products.
Microsoft Office 2019 can be downloaded for free from the Office 365 Portal – https://office365.austin.utexas.edu. Keep in mind that it will stop working when you are no longer a UT student.
Can I access the programs available in the LRC remotely?
The AppD's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is no longer available.
The CAEE is now offering a new Microsoft Azure Windows Virtual Desktop service. Installation instructions and the client downloads are available at:
Information Technology Support and Services (ITSS) provides technology support and services for the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. Manager Danny Quiroz oversees a staff of three technical specialists, plus part-time student proctors. A committee of faculty and staff advise the ITSS group.
Staff (located in ECJ 3.200)
- Danny Quiroz, Senior IT Manager
- Paul Ashe, Systems Administrator
- Erick Fontenot, Systems Administrator
Greg Malveaux, Sr. Desktop Support Specialist
Information Technology Committee
The Information Technology Committee considers IT needs within the department and make recommendations for using resources in a fiscally responsible manner. Their tasks include:
- Developing strategic plan for allocating computer resources within the department and leveraging the resources provided by the Information Technology Group within the Cockrell School and Information Technology Services within the University. Both the educational and research needs of the faculty and students should be considered;
- Assisting department chair with setting priorities for reducing the IT budget within CAEE in accordance with the limits established by the Dean;
- Monitoring activities and make recommendations regarding needs that may arise in the areas of: (a) enhancement of computer use in undergraduate courses; (b) training requirements for existing faculty and staff; (c) the Learning Resources Center; and (d) improving communication between faculty, staff, and students; and (e) the space, software, hardware, staff requirements, network communications, and other resources to meet these needs;
- Recommending to the department, policies and activities related to computer literacy and skills of undergraduate students to meet career needs;
- Reviewing departmental role in Cockrell School and University computer related initiatives;
Current members are:
C. Claudel, Chair
Key Staff: D. Quiroz