Computer Requests – Planning Your Project: Procedures, Help and Installation

Planning your Exhibit Project

It is highly recommended that you consult with a computer technician regarding graduation projects using computers. The technicians can give you feedback on the feasibility of your project–or the possible challenges it may pose– in an exhibit environment. Past graduation exhibit projects have tended to fall into one of these categories:

  • Online websites (HTML/Web browser based content)

  • Looping videos and PDFs: Please encode movies using a common codec such as H.264. Uncompressed video is unsupported.

  • Self-playing apps

If your project deviates from these categories, you are urged to discuss it with a computer technician. Your project files will be copied to the computer’s hard disk and run locally. Test your project/digital files frequently. If you need help testing, see the computer technician as soon as possible. Always make multiple backup copies of your project files.

Computers borrowed for the graduation exhibit will be configured to spotlight your project and minimize any other type of computer functionality. The computers will also be programmed to load and launch your project immediately upon starting up. If possible, leave out any obvious ‘Quit’ options from your project and omit live links to external websites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Procedures, Help, & Installation

If you have requested a campus computer, the computer technician will contact you by e-mail to review your request and provide instructions about how to submit your files to us for installation.

Computer installations must take into consideration environmental conditions such as ventilation, temperature and electrical safety. If your project requires the computer to be in a confined or restricted area, it must be ventilated, dry, and accessible for maintenance. These details are best caught and accounted for as early as possible through discussions with the Faculty Advisor and the computer technician concerning furniture and display options.

When selecting or designing your furniture/display, keep the following in mind:

  1. Will you build the furniture/display?
  2. Are there any suitable plinths/tables/desks already available on campus?
  3.  Are you going to hide, or leave visible the wires, cables and cords?
  4. How will you minimize the possibility of equipment theft?
  5. Where are the power outlets? Are they working?
  6. Where will the mouse sit? Will you need a mouse pad? Will its cord reach to the computer location?
  7. Does the video monitor have enough space on top of the plinth/table/desks?
  8. Where will the security cable and lock securely attach to?

Consult with the 4th year faculty and the computer technician if you need help with planning your installation.

Once the project files are installed on the computer and are functioning correctly, the computer technician will make arrangements with you to deliver it to your exhibition space. Prior to this you will have prepared your space (including any painting/decorating etc), put your furniture in place (plinth/table/desk), and supplied all extension cords, power bars, cable extenders, headphones and any other equipment necessary. If your space is not ready, or if there are equipment security or safety concerns, your computer will be held until these issues are remedied.

Projects files will generally be installed on your assigned computer during installation week. Once your computer request is approved, the mac admins will contact you with further instructions about how to remotely submit your files to us online, as well as further information regarding deadlines and the installation of your computer in your exhibition space. Generally, project submissions should take place as early as possible, in order for us to ensure your project runs properly.

If you are late for any of your appointments you may be rescheduled to a future time or date. If you are ready before your appointment date, let the computer technician know in case there is an opportunity to work with you earlier. If you decide to forego your computer request, let the computer technician know as soon as possible.

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