The following instructions will aid Architectural Engineering students when setting up a new PC:

  1. Download the VPN software so that you can connect to the AE network. You can download this software at http://www.engr.psu.edu/vpn/ Note that you can use the COE from Wireless setting within the VPN.
  2. Go to the http://students.autodesk.com website and then go to the download area. This will allow you to download the software installer application on your computer which allows you to download many of the Autodesk software products. If you don't have an account, you will need to sign up for an account first. Then download:
    1. Autodesk Civil 3D which also installs AutoCAD
    2. Autodesk 3D Studio Design
    3. Autodesk Revit Architecture
    4. Autodesk Revit Structural
    5. Autodesk Revit MEP
    6. Navisworks Manage (also available on the O Drive in the Construction Management software folder)
    7. Autodesk AutoCAD (if Autodesk Civil 3D is not desired)
    8. Autodesk Project Vasari
  3. Install the free version of Sketchup at the Sketchup website. If you have a course which uses Sketchup, check with the instructor for a free course license to Sketchup Pro.
  4. Install Apple iTunes with Quicktime if you have any courses that use iTunes U.
  5. If you are going to use Revit with RAM Structural Steel, you will need to add the RAM plugin available at http://www.ramint.com
  6. If you are going to use Revit with IES, you will need to add the IES plugin available at http://www.iesve.com/content/default.asp?page=s110
  7. To get a free educational license for VICO Constructor, go to http://www.vicosoftware.com/Downloads/Student_Version/tabid/50483/Default.aspx

If you have a Tablet PC, you may also wish to install the following:
  1. Artrage (there is a free version but not full featured)
  2. Microsoft Windows Tablet XP Experience Pack
  3. Microsoft Tablet Education Pack
  4. You may consider purchasing Bluebeam PDF Revu , a very good annotation software application for PDF files. A free trial is available.


Other items that you may wish to do:
  • Revise PowerPoint so that it does not popup security messages during a presentation when using a hyperlink (e.g., the annoying little popup windows saying 'Do you wish to open this hyperlink'). Go to this Microsoft Site for details.