SAL User Guide

Current Installation (see Software List for details)

  • ArcGIS 10.2
  • ENVI 5.0
  • Office 2013

System Log-in and Log-out

The SAL computers use the standard WWU login. In addition, some data for classes and/or general spatial analysis is stored on the J:\ drive (servers maintained by Huxley). Access to the J:\ drive is connected to your WWU login: students currently enrolled in a Huxley or Geology class should have access automatically. Other students needing access to the J:\ drive should contact the SAL Lab Manager.

ArcGIS Default Geodatabase

Each ArcMap .mxd (map document) has a geodatabase which will used as the default location for data. As a user you can specify a particular geodatabase to be used with a .mxd or allow ArcGIS to use the user's "default" geodatabase. When working in the SAL IF you have a Default.gdb stored in a folder named ArcGIS in your U:/ drive ArcMap will use this as your default geodatabase. If you do not have this geodatabase ArcMap will create a new one in your C:\Users\<login>\Documents\ArcGIS\ folder. Either of these locations will work for a Default.gdb however, files in the C:\Users folder will be deleted (lost) while files stored in your U:/ drive will be available anytime you log in. Thus, if you are going to make use of the Default.gdb (which you don't have to) creating one in you U:/ is highly recommended. See detailed notes on the process here.

SAL Computers (C:\TEMP, etc.)

The computer hard-drives in the SAL contain the application software and operating system files. Users have read/write access to the TEMP folder (subdirectory) on the C:\ hard-drive for use while working on the computer. This C:\TEMP workspace is available to all users and over time can become cluttered with files created and left behind after the users log-out. This workspace should be treated as temporary storage while you are working on a project. Any later user, at any time, may delete any or all files stored in C:\TEMP so do not store files on C:\temp when you log off (they likely won't be there when you return...). Good computer etiquette would suggest that you remove (delete) your files from C:\TEMP before you logout.

The computers in AH-16 are identical in their software and hardware configuration. Other SAL labs have similar software, though often with some omissions, and occasionally with a few additions (notable in the Planning Studio). See the SAL Software List for details.

SAL & WWU Computer Drive Letters

In addition to the local hard drive (C:\), WWU's network provides access to a number of Network Drives (Servers). Upon logging in to the Novel network, a variety of drive letters will be assigned ('mapped'). While these mapped drives may vary with the individual user's account, the more common are listed below.

  1. The J:\ Drive (Huxley's main server) which has three main components:
    • J:\GEO\GEO_data\  - Huxley College's spatial data server
    • J:\SAL_info\  - Misc ESRI files and Tutorials(GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing, etc.)
    • J:\Saldata\  - Class folders for Huxley College courses
    • J:\Saldata\SAL_temp\ - See below
  2. The U:\ drive - Network storage space assigned to individual users (1 GB standard)
  3. The S:\ Drive - group project folders (shared accesse); talk to Stefan to set up a folder on the S:\ drive for a class

SAL Servers

Digital data is stored either on J:\GEO\GEO_data or in class folders on  J:\saldata. Students enrolled in a Huxley or Geology course should have read access to the J:/ drive by default. With the exception of the J:\saldata\Sal_temp folder, students do not have write access.

SAL_temp ( J:\Saldata\SAL_temp\ )

The J:\Saldata\SAL_temp folder is available for temporary storage and file transfer space. SAL_temp is on the Saldata server (accessible to all Huxley students and faculty) to facilitate group sharing of project files.

The SAL_temp folder is intended for short term usage (such as transferring files from one student or computer to another). The Sal_temp folder IS NOT FOR LONG TERM STORAGE OF FILES and has size restrictions. If/when Sal_temp gets full (and/or periodically for maintenance purposes) any or all files may be deleted without notice. This can happen at any point in time. Please be considerate of other users and delete your files from SAL_temp once you are done with them.

Several members of a project team may share/transfer individual files by placing them into the SAL_temp folder for other team members to copy to their own workstation or to their U: drive for storage. Please DO NOT USE SAL_temp for ongoing team project storage. Groups needing shared folder space should contact stefan to set up a folder on the S:\ drive.

SAL_temp is for temporary storage and space is limited. It is intended for use for minutes or hours, not days or weeks. Don't tie up this space when others are trying to use it. Please remove your files once you are done moving them.

Keep in mind that anyone who can access SAL_temp can also delete files from it (so do not rely on SAL_temp as the only copy of your data).

Be aware of the needs of others; delete your files from SAL_temp when you are through with them. Don't delete others' files when they are trying to share or copy them at other workstations.

Printing

Printing costs (paper and ink) in the SAL are funded by course Lab Fees (GIS, RS, Planning Studio classes, etc.). Effective 2010 printing is the SAL is limited to students currently enrolled in classes paying SAL Lab Fees. Unfortunately there is not a way for us to charge/allow printing access to students who are not currently enrolled in a Lab Fee course. Other printing options on campus include:

  • ATUS labs (including AH-05) (BW printing)
  • Student Tech Center (Color and BW printing)
  • Haggard Hall Copy Center (Color and BW printing)

Note that printing in ATUS labs and/or the Student Tech Center is monitored by and charged to individual student login accounts.

Three printers are available in the Spatial Analysis Lab:

  • HP-9050 (BW) 2-Sided (the default printer); 8.5x11; 11x17
  • HP-8100 (BW) 2-sided (the backup printer); 8.5x11; 11x17 (see notes for printing 11x17 inch on the 5si printer)
  • HP 5550 (Color); 8.5x11; 11x17 (manually feed into the fold-down tray in the front)

Access to the color printer is limited to certain classes/class projects needing color printing. The color printer is considerably more expensive than BW. When preparing reports which include graphics, please use the black and white printers for developing drafts and proof-reading. Use the color printer only when you are fairly certain of being ready for your final copy. See also the list of color printing & scanning equipment options at Huxley College.

Canceling a Print Job

If you have submitted a print job and then realized that the results will not be acceptable, you may interrupt the print job by accessing the appropriate print queue as follows:

  1. Select START/SETTINGS/PRINTERS
  2. Click on the designated printer
  3. Select your print job and under the Document Menu
  4. Click "cancel" to delete it from the list

If it is no longer on the list, it may be processing, in which case, it can be halted by following the instructions posted on the front of the printer.

Be aware that the printing of an excessively large number of sheets, or the printing of inappropriate materials (non-academic content) may lead to a loss of use of the printers to individual account owners. A log of all print jobs contains information on user accounts, number of pages, source documents and a date/time stamp. This log may be checked to determine excessive use. Additionally, some SAL courses have access to large-format printing for posters and maps.

Transferring Files

If you need to transfer files from one computer to another you can use your U:\ drive (which you can access from any computer on campus). To transfer files to a another student or to a faculty member, you can use the SAL_temp folder  (J:\saldata\Sal_temp), assuming they also have access to the J:\ drive.

Projects that require group access to shared files can request a folder on the S:\ drive. This will function as a shared network space (similar to your U:\ drive but accessible to the entire group. Contact Stefan for help setting up a folder on the S:\ drive.

You can also post files to your website, which works well for transferring a file off campus. WWU does not have ftp sites available for student, faculty or public use. There are, however, external online options for file transfers:

Problems

Problems with hardware/software in the lab should be reported to the Lab Manager. Difficulty in using specific features of an application should be directed to your instructor or by using the built-in help in most applications.