Main Open Computer Lab | Fort Lauderdale Campus

Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab | Fort Lauderdale CampusThe 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 24 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 & 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday By appointment

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 color plotter, 1 Toshiba color/black & white multifunction printer (up to 11" x 17"), and 1 Fletcher 60" cutter/trimmer (for paper and foam board up to ½ inch thick).

Quantity PC Type OS Memory Hard Drive Processor
20 Dell Precision 5720 all-in-ones with 27" 4k Monitors Windows 10 32 GB 512 GB SSD 3.6 GHz Intel Core i7
2 Apple iMacs with 27" 4k Monitors OSX 10.14 16 GB 512 GB SSD 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 2 Duo
2 Apple 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 2016
    (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2018
    (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)
  • Browsers: IE, MS Edge, Chrome, & FireFox
  • Maya 2019
  • AutoCad 2019
  • ArcGIS
  • Sketchup 2018
  • Rhinoceros 6
  • MS-Office ver. 16
    (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6
    (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Browsers: Safari, Chrome, & FireFox
  • Final Cut 10.4
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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

There is an HP T1300 plotter located in the Fort Lauderdale Main Open Computer Lab.  This plotter is for the exclusive use of FAU Architecture students.   It is funded by lab fees charged to Architecture students. It uses 36 inch wide bond paper.

There is a pay-for-print plotter available to all FAU students at the Davie campus, located in Davie Campus Main Open Computer Lab (room LA-303).



 Last Modified 3/14/19