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Infrastructure

Computer network

There are about 250 computers (all with Internet access) for approximately 1300 users. Every user in the educational network has his/her own personal domain on the servers. The wireless network covers (almost) the entire campus and is equivalent to the wired network. This facilitates the use of laptops.

This document provides a series of tips about the purchase of a personal computer for the product development programme. (pdf, 131 kB)
You can find similar information in this document (pdf - 131 kB) for the interior architecture programme.

Plotting centres

The plotting and reprography centres are part of the educational network. They provide services to students and members of staff and are also open in the evening. Users can print or plot documents from any location at very affordable prices. The plotting and reprography centres have several A3/A4 colour laser printers and A0 colour inkjet plotters. They also have scanners equipped with vectorisation software. The plotting and reprographics centres are located in the main building (Mutsaardstraat) and in the AMI building (Ambtmanstraat).

D-science doc (documentation centre)

Rooms 1.08 & 1.09, 1st floor of Mutsaardstraat 31

D-science doc acquires and provides information that is specifically related to the Faculty of Design Sciences’ area of influence. The documentation includes professional literature, manufacturers’ technical documentation, samples, visuals and educational material. The target audience consists of students and lecturers, international contacts, alumni and professionals, exam candidates and so on. In order to guarantee permanent availability, the centre does not loan its documents out. Users can send the required information to their own database via the Internet or through the local network using computers connected to a scanner.

D-science avi (audio-visual centre)

Rooms 1.10 & 1.11, 1st floor of Mutsaardstraat 31

D-science avi is responsible for the filming and editing of photos and film for research, educational and public relations purposes. To this end, a photo studio and digital video editing unit have been established, where video documents and TV programmes can be recorded and copied. Students and lecturers can also use this facility. D-science avi manages a wide variety of audio-visual material for educational purposes, such as photo and video cameras, projectors, and a computer for PDF and PowerPoint presentations. D-science doc oversees the loan of these materials to students and lecturers.

Model building labs

Both architectural sciences and product development have model building labs equipped with a wide range of machines and a lending service for frequently used materials. In the case of architectural sciences, this material can be viewed and booked online through the Mekano site. Prototypes can also be built automatically using a 3D printer, automated milling machines or cutting plotters. Students can therefore generate tangible 3D models from their digital files.

Architectural Sciences light studio

Product Development usability lab

The usability lab provides the space, infrastructure and support for conducting  user-oriented research.  The emphasis is on the interaction between the products and users: new and/or existing products and product proposals can be assessed during tests with real users. We have audio-visual equipment for registering behaviour as well as software for processing visual material. The lab helps develop the research skills of students (each student conducts a usability  test) and researchers (e.g. by providing technical support for the set-up and recording of experiments).