Digital Commons

The Digital Commons consists of  both Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan computer workstations and a 30-seat classroom. Scanners, printers, and plotters as well as projectors and meeting areas allow students to work in small group settings to finish any class presentation.


  • Windows 10 (~50 machines)
  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan (~10 machines)
  • Scanners: standard (one with document feeder), tabloid, large format (40-inch)
  • Plotter: 36-inch wide, heavy coated paper (pay with Husky Card)
  • Printer: color, duplex, letter/legal/tabloid (pay with Husky Card)
  • Wacom Intuos3 Graphics Tablets (available for in-lab use from help desk)
  • Faculty loaner equipment pick-up/drop-off (at help desk)



Title Version Note
7-Zip 16.04
Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 Acrobat DC (Pro), Acrobat Distiller DC (Pro), Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro
ArcGIS (ESRI) 10.5 ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, ArcMap, ArcScene, Drone2Map (1.1)
Arduino 1.83
Autodesk Suite 2018 3dsMax, A360 Desktop, AutoCAD Architecture, BIM 360, Ecotect (2011), Inventor Pro, Navisworks, ReCap Pro, Revit (w/plugins, including Dynamo 1.3, Grevit 2018), Robot, Vault
Bluebeam Revu 2017
CityEngine (ESRI) 2016.1
Climate Consultant 6.0
Comfen (LBNL) 5
Conefor 2.6
Connectivity Analysis Toolkit (CAT) 1.3.2
Dialux 4.13
Energy Plus 8.7
ENVI 5.1
ESRI 10.5 ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, ArcMAP, ArcScene, CityEngine (2016.1), Drone2Map (1.1)
Fragstats 4.2
Google Chrome 59
Google Earth Pro 7.1.5
Grass GIS (QGIS) 7.21
Guidos Toolbox 2.6
HdrScope 1
IDL 8.3
IrfanView 4.4
Kerkythia 2008
Land F-X 11.6 AutoCAD Plugin
Lands Design 4.9.1
Lumion 7.5
Lumion to Revit Lumion Plugin
Microsoft Office 2016 Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Word, Visio
Microsoft Silverlight 5.1
Mozilla Firefox 54
MySQL Workbench 6.3.7
OnScreen Takeoff 3.94
Optics (LBNL) 6.0
Panopto Recorder 5.4
Processing 3.3.5
QGIS 2.16
Quicktime Player 7.7.9
R 3.3.2
Rhinoceros 5
Rhino 5 Plugins Bongo 2, Diva 4 (with Radiance), Flamingo nXT, Grasshopper 0.97, HoneyBee 61, Hummingbird, LadyBug 64, Lands Design 4.9.1, RhinoCAM 2012, Rhino Terrain 2, Tsplines 4, V-Ray 3
Grasshopper Plugins (user install) Culebra 1.0, FireFly 1.0, gHowl R50, HelioTrope 2.02, HoopSnake 0.6.7, Human ui-6 2017, Kangaroo 2.31, Lunchbox 3.21, Meerkat 1.6, Slingshot! 2015.8.25, WeaverBird .90
Grasshopper Plugins (admin install) OpenXML SDK (for gHowl), Karamba 1.2
Sage / Timberline Office Cut & Fill, Estimating
SecureCRT 8.0
SketchUp Pro 2017
SketchUp Pro 2017 Plugins V-Ray 3, V-Ray Express 2012
Sococo 3.5.13
SolidWorks 2017
Stroboscope/EZStrobe Visio 2016 Plugin
Therm (LBNL) 7.2
UW VPN f5 BIG-IP Edge Client
VideoLAN VLC Player 2.2.6
Vuescan 9.5.8
Window (LBNL) 7.2, 7.4
WinSCP 5.7.5
WWHM 2012
Windows 10
Title Version Note
Adobe Acrobat Pro CS6
Adobe Encore CS6
Adobe Premiere CS6
ArchiCAD 20
Citrix Receiver 12.1.1 Citrix software portal
CyberDuck 6.2.6 FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Azure browser
Fetch 5.7.5 File transfer
Firefox latest browser
Google Chrome latest browser
Google Drive latest local folder file sync
Google Earth Pro 7.1.5 Map visualization
HandBrake 1.0.7 video transcribing
iMovie 10.11 video editing
iTunes 10.11 music player, store
Kerkythia 2 rendering software
Lumion 7.5 Windows side of DC 27-inch iMacs
Microsoft Office 2016 Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word (office software)
Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.1 remote access software
MySQL Workbench 6.3.7 SQL
Panopto 5.4.0 lecture capture
Photos 10.11 Apple photo management
photosphere 1.8
qGIS 2.14.3 Free GIS software
Quicktime Pro 7 Screen video recording, editing
R 3.3.1 Statistical software
Rstudio 1.0.153 GUI for R statistical package
Radiance 5 lighting simulation and rendering
Safari browser
SketchUp Pro 2017 with Kerkythia plugin
TextWrangler 5 text editor
TOR Browser 7.0.5 Secure browser
VLC Player 2.2 video player
VueScan 9.5.52 scanning software
xCode 8.2.1
xQuartz 2.7.11
Mac OS 10.11


  • Contex Large Format Scanner
    Recommended Settings:

    • Resolution: 150 dpi
    • Color Depth: 24 bit
    • B/W: Graytone

    When using tracing paper with the large format scanner, use fixed paper width (preferred) and a white backing sheet (cut off what you need from the roll above the large cutter, use trace tape on leading edge and sides).

  • Epson GT-15000 Tabloid Scanner (use VueScan software)
  • Epson GT-2500 Scanner with Feeder (use Acrobat Pro, especially for multi page documents)


Dawg Prints Self-Serve Printers

UW Creative Communications has placed two self-serve printers in Gould Hall.

A color laser printer is located in the Digital Commons (007 Gould).

A monochrome laser printer is located at the east end of the BE Library (334 Gould).

CBE lab/studio computers have drivers for these already installed. You can get driver installation packages for installation on your Mac or Windows computer by going to the UW Creative Communications link.

Paper sizes and prices (payment options: Husky Card, Dawg Prints Card, or Department Card (for CBE faculty/staff)) are below.  If your print job fails due to problems with the Dawg Prints system, you may be able to get a refund by filling out an online Refund Request Form on the Creative Communications site.

paper size

black & white

black & white



8.5″ x 11″ (letter)





8.5″ x 14″ (legal)





11″ x 17″ (tabloid)






Color Plotter

Tips for plotting in the Digital Commons (PDF).

The Digital Commons has an HP DesignJet Z6100PS plotter with 36-inch wide paper (35 pound, heavy coated paper (roll), matte finish (ASTM D-523)) that can be accessed from computers in the Gould Hall computing labs (as “Student Color Plotter”). Since this is a delicate piece of equipment, it is not self-serve like the Dawg Prints printer. After sending a plot to the Student Color Plotter, you’ll need to review it with a consultant at the Digital Commons help desk during regular business hours before it is released for plotting. Pickup and payment is also at the Digital Commons help desk.


The plotter is intended for use by BE students. However, individuals outside BE (but associated with the University of Washington) may visit the Digital Commons and plot to the plotter on a non-interfering basis, with the understanding that non-BE plot jobs will be lowered in priority to accommodate BE student needs. Please note that the BE plotting service is not able to support large-volume plotting for classes outside the College of Built Environments. Non-BE classes needing plotting services should use the general-access facilities in Odegaard and Mary Gates Hall.

Plots are limited to a maximum length of 120 inches (10 feet). Pricing (payment options: Husky Card, Dawg Prints Card, or Department Card (for CBE faculty/staff)):

price per running foot

Students/Faculty/Staff in BE departments


Other UW Students/Faculty/Staff


The length of a plot is measured by the length of paper used, not the image size on the plot. Please note that if you produce a plot, you’ll need to pay for it unless there’s a problem with the system that caused it to plot incorrectly. So please preview your plots to be sure that you’re sending what you intend to send to the plotter.