Etiquette for use of the SciVis Lab

The SciVis Lab is devoted to research in the area of scientific visualization. Usage of the SciVis lab facilities is limited to those who are authorized to receive an account. Any person performing scientific visualization research can apply for an account in this lab.

Please respect the following etiquette guidelines:

  1. Please keep any secret door or lock combinations to yourself.
  2. Don't leave trash in the lab. This includes coke cans, snack wrappers, scrap paper, etc.
  3. Do not leave unwanted printouts by the printer. Any printout over a week old will be recycled.
  4. Keep noise levels to a minimum. Please reduce noise levels if you are asked to do so. If you are viewing a video tape in the Conference Room, please close the doors.
  5. Yield systems to priority users. For example, some systems in the lab have been purchased by certain faculty members...their GRAs have priority on those systems. If you absolutely need a system, then schedule it with the web scheduler ( or post a paper notice by the system.
  6. Yield the Conference Room to anyone who has scheduled it in advance. If you need to use the Conference Room, please schedule it with Tonya Dunson (894-0075).
  7. Locking your screen is fine, but don't lock it for over an hour at a time. If your screen is locked for over an hour, we will reset it so that other users may use the system.
  8. Don't unplug the power cords or network cables. If you need power or a network port, please contact a Lab GRA or Keven Haynes (CCB 210).
  9. Ask people around the lab before turning off the lights (e.g. to reduce screen glare or take photos). If the lights are already off and someone turns them on, then don't complain.
  10. If your research group is going to have photographer or camera setups in the Lab (e.g. for a publicity shoot), please send a note to gvu-all@cc to let people know there may be a disturbance in the lab. Usually, these kinds of shoots involve the outage of a particular set of computers and sometimes the overhead lights need to be dimmed.

Using Your Own Stuff.

If the existing equipment is not enough for your needs, you may, in general, bring your own. Always check with the lab manager or GRAs. You are responsible for the security of your equipment, and you should lock down any valuable items. You should also try to set up your equipment in the lab in such a way that will not interfere with other projects using the lab.


I'm sure you have lots of questions. We are here to help. The most important piece of advice is to become familiar with the equipment and its operation before you start your experiment. Do not try to improvise during sessions: it generally doesn't work. Come and try out the equipment, and if you have questions ask. Here are some names and email addresses:

Type of Help
Equipment questions

Access to the lab
Policies and regulations

Problems and breakdowns

Who to Ask
Keven Haynes (CCB 210)
Jonathan Shaw (CCB 210)
Mary Trauner (Rich 326)
Mary Trauner (Rich 326)
Mary Trauner (Rich 326)
Albert Badre (GVU)
Keven Haynes (CCB 210)
Jonathan Shaw (CCB 210)