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Software and Computer Access

To complete your lab assignments, you will be using ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro. This is a proprietary program (it costs money) that can only be run on the Windows opperating system. You have two options for accessing the software:

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  1. Option 1: Geography Lab Computers
  2. Option 2: Purchase a Student License

Option 1: Geography Lab Computers

The Geography Department has two computer labs (rooms 115 and 237). They may be accessed in-person when the geography building is open and can be accessed remotely (via remote desktop connection) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All students will be given a UBC Geography logon, you should recieve logon credentials by email before the first day of lab.

  • There is a lab fee to use geography computers: you must pay the lab fee or you will loose access to your account.

  • If you have not received logon credentials, contact Jose Aparicio at:

  • If your personal coputer is running Mac or Linux, it is strongly Recomened you use this method to access ArcGIS Pro.

To remotely access lab computers, follow these instructions. Information about the Geography Computer Labs can be found here.

  • Note the lab schedule and refrain from remotely accessing a computer while other courses are holding lab session in that room.

  • If you are having trouble logging on remotely try: adding “geoglab" in front of your username.


Option 2: Purchase a Student License

You may purchase a student version of the software to install on your own computer for $20. ArcGIS Pro requires a PC (i.e. a computer running Windows) but if you have a Mac or Linux machine you can get around this by building a Windows partition on your hard drive or using a virtual machine.

  • If you have a Mac or Linux computer, you can follow these instructions to setup a partition.
    • We cannot provide any support for this step of the installation and it will probably just be easier for you to use Option 1 instead.
    • Note: newer versions of MacOS do not support partitioning

1 Check that your computer meets the system requirements for ArcPro using this link.

2 Go here to purchase, ArcGIS Pro. Fill out the info, make your pamment, and you should be given and ArcOnline Account and a link to download ArcGIS Pro.

  • If you run into any issues, contact Jose Aparicio at:

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