Geology Computer Lab
The geology computer lab houses 19 new P4 PC's running a
variety of Geology, Math, Graphics, and Programming applications.
The lab is open most days from early in the morning until 8
p.m. in the evening. It is maintained by a part-time Support Systems
Analyst. GIS dual-monitor Graphics
WorkStations are used for creating and editing maps that have been produced in
the field or from research.
Moble Pentab GIS/GPS computers
The department has 12 Mobile GIS Pentab computers complete
with Global Positioning Satellite links that can be connected to the GIS
WorkStations. These are used in the field for detailed mapping work The files
are then upload to the GIS WorkStations for further development. Both undergraduate and graduate Geology
students regularly take these machines into the field for their research work.
Geo-Wall 3D graphics visualization computers
A good understanding of spatial relationships is a
fundamental requirement in the study of the Earth Sciences. Traditional
teaching methods have strongly relied on the 2D representations through maps
and profiles that are occasionally augmented by physical models. Although most
Earth Scientists have been trained to understand the 3D structure from such
representations, the extrapolation requires spatial thinking skills that are
difficult to learn and often form a stumbling block for students at the introductory
level. The GeoWall mission is to develop
Earth Science curriculum that is supported by low cost, classroom based virtual
reality visualization devices.
Lab softwareRead more
Labs Involved- GeoLab, MathLab222 and AlgLab225 17 machines in GeoLab, 25 in MathLab222 and 44 in AlgLab225
Common Software- Anti-Virus Adobe, Acrobat 6, Easy CD Creator 5, Java VM 188.8.131.52, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Shockwave, MS Office 2003,Pro MS, FrontPage 2003, MS Visual Studio, Net MyMatlab Plug-In,s PowerDVD, PSShutDown, QuickTime, SSH WebMail, Client Z-Drive Quota Checker
Geology Software- Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop Elements, APLWin35, GeoPLot, Grapher 4, GroundWater, Vistas 3, PrintQuotas, RockWorks 2002, Surfer 7,Tasa Graphics, Earth Science Dictionary, Explore the Planets, Minerals, Rocks and Minerals, Plate Tectonics
OL - Online Software Manual; PC - Printed Copy
Adobe Acrobat Reader Portable Document Format reader (pdf)
Microsoft Excel X Spreadsheet software
Microsoft PowerPoint X Presentation software
Microsoft Word X Word Processing software
ArcView 3 Geology mapping software (basic skills)
FaultKin Fault kinematic data analysis
Gibbs Garnet growth modelling software
RefractSolve Geology software
StereoNet Stereo plotting software
TASA - Earth Science Dictionary Graphics presentation software
TASA - Explore the Planets Graphics presentation software
TASA - Minerals Graphics presentation software
TASA - Plate Tectonics Graphics presentation software
TASA - Rocks and Minerals Graphics presentation software
Adobe Illustrator 8 Graphical design application
Adobe PhotoShop 5.5 Graphics image editing software
Canvas 3.5 and 5 Graphical design applications
Cricket Graph Graphing software
Groups & Graphs Graphing software
Geology department server share
The Geology Department has its own share on the CEFNS server. It is accessible through the campus network and on the internet. It is partitioned into three directories:
- "Classes" contains materials loaded by faculty and class instructors for use in courses.
- "Open" is a storage area that enables students, faculty and staff to deposit work so that it cannot be modified or changed by others, but it can be copied or read by any others.
- "Secure" is a private storage area for students, faculty and staff with only personal access.
To connect to CEFNSSHARESRead more
In the geology computer lab:
In the lab there are icons on the desktop and in My Computer that show drive letters for Open, Secure, and Classes; use these to connect.
If you're elsewhere on campus and have a wired connection, use the following method:
Using a Microsoft Windows Computer:
Open My Computer and type \\cefnsshares into the address bar. If your computer is not on the domain you will probably need to type \\cefnsshares.cefns.nau.edu; this will bring up an authentication dialog. In the username section type either nau-students\username or nau\username, substituting your correct username and the correct domain prefix (nau-students or nau). Next include your password in that text box.
You should then be presented with access to the shares that are available to you. The 3 folders are in the Geology share.
Using an Apple/Macintosh (OSX)
On the Finder menu bar, click Go, then Connect to Server. In the bottom text box type:
You will then be presented with a dialog with 3 text boxes. Put either “nau-students” or just “nau” in the top domain text box; put your username in the next and password last.
From off campus or with wireless on campus:
You can still connect from anywhere in the world, but you must create and use a VPN connection before connecting to the shares as described above.
See more information about creating a VPN connection.
Geology web-enhanced courses
Learn more about our geology web-enhanced courses.