Computing Resources

Accessing lab programs and software from home, you can access resources in two ways:

CENG Desktop is a VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) solution that allows access to software that is hosted on a dedicated server cluster.

CENG Desktop

ITS hosts software for remote access that includes software titles not supported by the CE/ENVE department.

Virtual Computer Labs

Software and Programs

Additionally, if the program you need isn't available on the two above platforms, check below for other ways to get what you need.

Students can purchase Adobe products on personal devices for a discounted price.

Adobe Creative Cloud

  1. Visit Cal Poly’s On The Hub
  2. Log in using your Cal Poly credentials using the link in the upper right-hand corner
  3. Choose the Windows version of your choice
  4. Follow instructions as prompted

What kind of computer should I buy?

We would recommend a laptop for portability as most students use laptops. The campus has extensive wireless network coverage. We do not have any specific recommendations on students’ computers. It does not matter for the purposes of taking classes in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department. It depends on students’ personal preferences as to what machine to buy (PC vs. mac, what model machine, what features, etc.).

We have computer labs with the specialized engineering software, but our software licenses do not allow us to give it out to students. Students will use the computer labs for any specialized engineering software. Any class that requires the use of specialized software will have lab time scheduled in one of our computer labs.

Additional Campus Resources

Having Trouble?

Please report any computer-related problems to the Department Computer Technician, Alex Ramos ( Include a concise but detailed description of the problem with your message.