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Student Software

Geography students have a great range of software available from a number of different sources. The list below should help students gain access to the software they need. If the software's not on this list then please refer to the UCL Software Database (SWDB, found at: http://swdb.ucl.ac.uk)

Access Methods

There are four main access methods to consider.

North-West Wing 110a Virtual Machines
http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/about-the-department/support-services/computer-support/teaching-cluster
This is through logging in to a Linux system in North-West Wing 110a and then running the Windows 7 Virtual Machine (VM). This is primarily for software not otherwise provided by ISD (e.g. MIKE SHE), although practicals will also use ArcGIS and similar in this room. These systems are supported by the Geography IT team.
Download and install to PC/Mac
http://swdb.ucl.ac.uk
A large amount of software is available for download from the SWDB. Licensing may be interesting for some software, particularly ArcGIS. Note that this does include Microsoft Windows for installation on a Mac (in a virtual machine). This facility is supported through the ISD ServiceDesk.
Desktop@UCL PC
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/desktops/students/desktop-pc
This is the system found in ISD cluster rooms (such as the Science Library, and North-West Wing B01). This is supported through the ISD ServiceDesk.
Desktop@UCL Anywhere
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/services/desktops/students/desktop-anywhere
Accessing UCL software through a web browser, this is a subset of the full suite available through Desktop@UCL PCs. You need to install the Citrix Receiver software on your computer, which can be interesting on Linux systems. This is supported through the ISD ServiceDesk.

Software List

This is the beginning of the list, more software will be added as required.

ArcGIS
Current version: 10.3
Can be downloaded, or used on Desktop@UCL PCs, or on the North-West Wing 110a Windows 7 VMs. For use off-site you need to download, install, and licence the software. Details for this are given on the SWDB page (http://swdb.ucl.ac.uk/package/view/id/3), and support for this process should be given through the ISD ServiceDesk.
ENVI/IDL
Current version: 5.2
Can be downloaded, or used on Desktop@UCL PCs, or on the North-West Wing 110a Windows Linux systems. For use off-site you need to download, install, and licence the software. Details for this are given on the SWDB page (http://swdb.ucl.ac.uk/package/view/id/142), and support for this process should be given through the ISD ServiceDesk.
MATLAB
Current version: 2015a
Can be downloaded for use on home computers (http://swdb.ucl.ac.uk/package/view/id/2), used on Desktop@UCL PCs, or on the North-West Wing 110a Linux systems.
MIKE SHE
Only available through the Windows Virtual Machines in North-West Wing 110a. Cannot be downloaded, used remotely, or through Desktop@UCL services.

This hydrological modelling software is used in a number of undergraduate and MSc modules and there are restrictions on its use. For details contact Dr Julian Thompson.

Octave
Open source alternative to MATLAB. Version 4 installed on all 110a Linux systems.
Stella
Available through Desktop@UCL (PC or Anywhere) or on the Windows Virtual Machines in North-West Wing 110a. Cannot be downloaded.