Instructional Computing Classroom

The EPS Department maintains an Instructional Computing Facility (ICF) to support teaching and student research. The facility is located in Geological Museum 103C and includes 13 windows-based graphics workstations. Twin high-resolution projectors are attached to the instructor workstation to promote both instructor-led and peer-to-peer visual analysis and discussion.  In addition, there are 8 windows-based graphics workstations in classroom 103B that are available on a drop-in basis as needed.

The ICF currently hosts a variety of EPS graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as a number of our General Education course laboratories. Approximate 150 students utilize our facility each semester enrolled in course laboratories, lectures or independent study research. The laboratories and lectures that take place in this facility seek to pair hands-on interactive software experiences with course content. From mapping lahars flows on Mount Rainier in ArcMap to modifying an Energy Balance model in Matlab, these hands-on experiences illustrate the power of technology as a tool for scientific investigation and reinforce the conceptual learning that takes place in class. They are also a lot of fun!

Courses that currently utilize this facility currently include EPS 10, EPS 174, EPS 99, EPS 100, EPS 109, EPS 166, EPS 171, EPS 208, EPS 270, SPU 12, and ANTH 2020. These courses cover a range of topics from Field Methods in Geoscience to Natural Hazard Assessment to Seismology to Advanced Structural Geology and Remote Sensing. Courses that seek to train students in the exclusive use of a particular software include EPS 109: Earth Resources and the Environment (Erdas Imagine), EPS 100: The Missing Matlab Course (Matlab), EPS 171: Structural Geology (Erdas Imagine), EPS 208: The Physics of Climate (STATA), SPU 12: Natural Disasters (ArcGIS), and ANTH 2020: GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology (ArcGIS).

In addition to course instruction, the ICF is also available for undergraduate and graduate research. Undergraduate thesis writers especially enjoy access to this facility and the wide array of earth science software programs that we offer. Programs currently running on our ICF workstations include:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 Full
  • Canvas 12 – ACD Systems
  • Adobe Acrobat 9
  • Adobe CS5
  • ArcGIS V. 10.2 – ESRI, Inc.
  • Imagine
  • StructureSolver Version 1.5.2.0 – Nuns and Rogan, Inc.
  • Google - Earth Version 7.0.3.8542
  • ERDAS IMAGINE 2013 Version 13.00.0002 – Intergraph, Inc.
  • WinSCP Version 4.3.7.0
  • Cygwin - rxvt Version 2.7.10.21
  • Origin Version 9.0 (32/64-bit) – OriginLab
  • The KINGDOM Software Version 8.7.1 Build: 198  - SMT
  • MATLAB Version 7.12.0.384 – MathWorks
  • GeoFryPlots Version 3.1 -  University of Queensland
  • Logger Pro Version 3.8 - Vernier Software &Technology    
  • FaultKin 6.6.3.97  - R. W. Allmendinger
  • GNOME  (Hazmat modeling/simulation) 1.3.3 – NOAA
  • GOCAD 2009 3P3 – Paradigm, Inc.
  • Stereonet v.8 – Richard W. Allmendinger
  • PFC2D v.4.00-123 (64 bit) EVAL – Itaska Consulting Group
  • Lithotect (R)  5000.0.1.0 – Halliburton, Inc.
  • R  (32 and 64 bit) v. 2.15.2  - R foundation for Statistical Computing

The ICF facility is supported by HUIT and is open to all members of the EPS community, including students in hosted courses. Please contact Paul Kelley (pkelley@fas.harvard.edu) for more information about using the facility. 

The PC workstations are interconnected on a gigabit network switch with a Linux Samba network drive & Domain server. For security this network, which hosts both the EPS ICF and RCC (Research Computing Common), is private and protected by a firewall. The Linux server allows instructors and students remote access to their home directories by ssh/scp. There is also separate access to the FAS wireless network for roaming student and instructor laptops.

The facility is designed to provide ample space for work involving computational effort along with access to materials like geologic maps and portable lab equipment.

Users have access to a variety of printers, plotters, a large format color scanner, tape drives, and other peripheral i/o devices. Courses also have access to the Harvard/SGER EPOGEO visualization facility in the Shaw Lab.

A variety of basic and advanced software is available on the PC's and (via terminal and X11 access) the linux server. This includes Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Reader, Adobe Photoshop, CIAO, Deneba Canvas, ERDAS Imagine, ESRI ArcGIS suite, Ghostscript, Ghostview, GMT, Gocad, GPS Utility, IDL, Maple, Mathematica, Matlab, Neuralog, Putty, R, SAC, SecureCRT, SeismicMicro Technologies Kingdom Suite, Splus, SPW, Steam, web browsers, and the Cygwin "unix" environment. Additional software can be licensed and loaded at the request of instructors.