Computers and Services


Student Laptops

Students will require a laptop for math and process design simulation courses. Depending on the application, software may be accessed through the department server system or maybe provided for students to download. The minimum laptop specifications are:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or 8, MAC or Linux
  • Computer and Processor: Intel Core-i5 family 2.8 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • Memory (RAM): 8GB
  • 64-bit systems are recommended
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 80GB
  • Display: Graphics card / monitor supporting 1280 x 800 or higher resolution
  • Network: 100 MB/sec
  • For MAC computers, Parallel or Bootcamp must be installed to run Windows operating system.


UBC Engineering students can obtain access to a variety of operating systems and software packages at no cost to students. For information, visit: Free software for UBC students

Computers installed in CHBE Rm 314 are accessible to CHBE undergraduate students only.  Software available on the computers and through the  CHBE Virtual server includes the following:

Software Product Company Current
Name Name Version
Microsoft Office Pro Microsoft 2016(32 bit)
Microsoft Project Microsoft 2016(32 bit)
Microsoft Visio Microsoft 2016(32 bit)
Sophos Sophos 10.6
Microsoft IE Microsoft 11
MATLAB Mathworks 2016a
Adobe Reader Adobe DC
.NET Framework 4 Microsoft 4.5.2
SQL Server 2012 Express Microsoft 2012
2X Client Parallels 15
7Zip 7-Zip 16
SuperPro Designer Intelligen Inc 9
SchedulePro Intelligen Inc. 6.0
CADSIM Plus Aurel Systems Inc 3.1
ProMax Bryan Research & Engineering Inc. 4.0
Unisim Design Honeywell Process 4.33
Polymath University of Connecticut 6.2
Aspen Aspen Tech 9.0
Labview Labview 2015sp1
Solidworks Solidworks 2015


Information Documents

To access the virtual server, students will need to install the Parallels Client software for laptop users.  Instructions are in the Access to Virtual Application Server v2 guide.  Instructions to download Aspen are found in the ASPEN Installation Guide V3 .



Room 314 in the Building is a computer lab accessible to Chemical and Biological Engineering students with their UBCcard.  CHBE students have 24/7 access and are welcome to use the room when there are no classes or tutorials scheduled.  There is a strict no food and beverage policy.