Software & Computer Labs

The Spatial Analysis Labs consists of two computer labs and primarily supports the use of ArcGIS and ENVI for applied geospatial science work.


The Toni O’Neill Spatial Research Lab (TOL)

This lab is for research staff and student only. It requires an induction and that the research projects be registered with SAL (to support the ongoing maintenance of the facility as well as enable us to provide better technical support!). The lab has 13 computers available for SAL Users that should be booked online. All use of the TOL machines should be recorded, again, this is to support our ability to continue to make these machines available.

As the TOL is a research lab, the software on each machine is subject to change as the registered research projects with SAL change. The computers are on a refresh cycle and the hardware is configured according to the research software requirements.

Spatial Teaching Lab (STL)

The STL is located in the Science Teaching Facility and is where you will find ArcGIS and ENVI available for students undertaking subjects that require this software for coursework. For more information on the software available from the STL and check out the ArcGIS on Campus page.


ArcGIS

ArcGIS is actually a suite of products. Each version is a Geographic Information System that allows you to explore, manipulate, analyse, create, visualise and map geospatially-enabled data.

To minimise the issues faced by our users, our organisation sets a “standard version” that is maintained across all installations. As we are a research environment, there are exceptions so you need to pay attention when booking resources, but the majority of machines will have the “standard version” of ArcGIS installed.

ArcGIS Desktop Version 10.7.1

Version 10 of the ArcGIS product is 32-bit software. It will run on Windows 10 Home, Pro and Enterprise (64 bit [EM64T]) and Windows 8.1 Basic, Pro, and Enterprise (32 bit and 64 bit [EM64T]). It needs a minimum of 4GB of RAM, but 8GB is recommended. This version of ArcGIS reaches the end of its Extended Support Phase in February 2023.

When you install this version of ArcGIS Desktop, you have several software programs installed on your computer. The key ones you are likely to be interested in are:

  • ArcMap: for performing analysis and mapping
  • ArcCatalog: for managing your data
  • ArcScene: for visualisation with elevation
  • ArcGlobe: for visualisation on a globe
  • ArcAdministrator: for authorising your software installation
  • ArcGIS Desktop Help: is helpful!

ArcGIS Pro 2.4.1

ArcGIS Pro is 64-bit software and will run on Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise (64 bit), Windows 8.1 Pro and Enterprise (64 bit) and Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional, and Enterprise (64 bit) – note that Windows 7 ANYTHING is not supported by anyone after January 2020!

It will run with 4GB of RAM, 8GB is recommended but 16GB or more is considered optimal. It is also worth noting that the temporary visualization cache for ArcGIS Pro can consume up to 32 GB of space, if available, in the user-selected location. The default for this cache is the user profile. Also, if you’re using a notebook computer with an integrated GPU, consider increasing the system RAM to compensate for the usage of shared memory.

The user-interface is all-in-one so, unlike versions 8.x to 10.x you will only see three additions to your start menu that are relevant to most users:

  • ArcGIS Pro
  • ArcGIS Pro Installed Help (if it was installed)
  • ArcGIS Pro Online Help

ENVI

ENVI is software for remote sensing professionals and image analysts. The name is an acronym for ENvironment for Visualising Images. ENVI enables geospatial analysts to work with wide variety of data types that include:

  • hyperspectral
  • multispectral
  • thermal
  • LiDAR
  • SAR and FMV

ENVI Analytics can also be accessed from within ArcGIS using the ENVI for ArcGIS Toolbox, available on the computers in TOL and STL.