Main Open Computer Lab | Fort Lauderdale Campus

Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab | Fort Lauderdale Campus

The Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab is located on the sixth floor of the Higher Education Complex (HEC) building, room 611. This computer lab contains 26 Windows and Mac computers, as well as a pay-per-print system. All the computers are connected to the campus network and have full access to the Internet.

This open lab is available to all FAU students, and allows them to complete class assignments, conduct research, and perform any other FAU-related academic work.

For more information about the Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab, please contact Joe Sher, Manager of Technical Services & Computer Labs, at 954-762-5194.

Hours of Operations

The Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab hours of operations are as follows:

Day Time
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hardware Available

The Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab contains 1 Epson flatbed 11 x 17 scanner, 1 HP flatbed 8.5 x 11 scanner with a 50 page document feeder, 1 HP 42” wide scanner, 1 Next Engine 3D Scanner, 1 HP black and white laser printer, 1 HP color laser printer, 1 wide-format color inkjet printer, and 2 HP color plotters.

Quantity PC Type OS Memory Hard Drive Processor
16 Dell Precision T3600 Windows 10 16 GB 2 TB SATA 3.6 GHz Intel Xeon
4 Dell Precision T5810 Windows 10 16 GB 2 TB SATA 3.5 GHz Intel Xeon
5 iMac OSX 10.8 4 GB 320 GB SATA 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo

Software Available & Lab Layout

The following is a list of software packages available in the computer lab.

Windows Software Packages Mac Software Packages Computer Lab Layout
  • MS-Office 2013
    (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2015
    (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)
  • Browsers: IE, Chrome, Safari, & FireFox
  • Maya 2016
  • SPSS 24
  • Archicad 2016
  • AutoCad 2016
  • ArcGIS 10.3
  • Sketchup 2015
  • Rhinoceros 5
  • MS-Office 2011
    (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6
    (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Browsers: Safari, Chrome, & FireFox
  • Maya 2013 & 2014
  • Final Cut 7
  • Unity
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Printing in the Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab

Type of Printing Cost
8.5" x 11" - Black & White $0.08
8.5" x 11" - Color Laser $0.30
11" X 17" - Black & White $0.10
The Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab is equipped with a pay-for-print system. This printing solution allows students to print from anywhere, and from almost any device. Students can add funds to their Owl Card Printing Account and use these funds on all copiers and printers.

The printing system protects confidential documents and slashes the volume of unclaimed printouts. Users queue print jobs to a virtual queue, and then release them for printing on any campus printer. The "release stations" require user authentication, by swiping an Owl Card or entering a FAU NET ID to release and collect sensitive documents.

With this new printing system students can now print wirelessly from laptops, netbooks, iOS, and Android devices with no driver installation or server authentication. Your print jobs will be held until they are released by the student directly from the most convenient printer. For more information, click here.

Plotter Printing

The price is determined by the following formula: Cost per Poster = (cost of supplies per sq. ft.) x (square footage of poster) + (operating cost per poster). The operating cost per poster is $7.71. The cost of supplies per sq. ft. depends on the type of paper used:

Plotter Printer | Type of Paper Cost
HP Universal Satin photo paper $1.05
HP Super Heavy Weight + Matte $1.03



 Last Modified 8/19/17