The UNLV Geoscience Computer Lab is located in the Technology Building, Rooms 112 & 113. The following resources are available:


14 DELL Computer Stations with Internet Access


Black/White Laser Jet
Color Laser Jet
Large Format Plotter – For Geoscience Department use only

Other Hardware

Flatbed Scanner
Slide Scanner
Large Format Scanner

Computer Related Help

Questions/problems related to software, hardware,
web, email, computing accounts…
IT Help Desk
(Faculty/Staff and Students)

Web Links & Information

Apply for a Faculty Web Account

Apply for a Computing Account

Web Publishing Software

Dreamweaver 30-day Trial Download
Dreamweaver Tutorials

Graphics Links & Information

Adobe Illustrator Product Information
Illustrator 30-day Trial Download
Illustrator Tutorials
Adobe Product User Forums

GIS Data Links

USGS Seamless Data Distribution
UNR Keck Library
Virtual Clearinghouse for Nevada

Links to organizations that provide geographic information and GIS coverages for the state of Nevada.

Clark County GIS Management Office (GISMO)Download various GIS datasets for Clark County, Nevada

Other Resources

Google Earth: Download for Free!
Map Quest: Find Maps and Driving  Directions for any Location
USGS Geology: Resources, Hazards,  Landscape, Geologic Mapping…
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Coordinate Conversions: Find UTM or Township and Range coordinates from  Latitude and Longitude, or vice versa.  Also provides data for the specified  location such as elevation, aspect, state, county, and names of the 7.5 minute topographic maps for the area.
Reference Guide to GMT (Generic Mapping Tools)

Poster Plotter Instructions

All users must have authorization from the department.

Save your poster in Adobe Illustrator (*.ai) format, or save as a *.pdf file from Adobe Illustrator. Please do not bring your poster file in PowerPoint format (*.ppt) as this format is incompatible with the plotter and WILL NOT print properly. Likewise, files converted to *.pdf format from PowerPoint will be reduced to 8.5″ x 11″ which will cause pixilation and fuzziness when the poster is enlarged to the original dimensions for printing.

Please verify that the dimensions of your poster are correct. Also, view your poster at 100% to see how it will look when printed, and correct any issues with pixilation or fuzziness if necessary.

The available paper roll sizes for the Geoscience plotter are 36″ and 42″. We recommend designing your posters with at least a one inch margin on all sides to ensure that the entire poster will print without cutting off any edges (Example: If you choose to use the 36″ paper, make your poster 35″).

Paper finishes are flat/matte (heavy weight coated) or glossy (high gloss photo).

Extensive or dark colors cost more than sparser, lighter colors. Similarly, posters plotted on glossy paper are significantly more expensive than flat-finish posters.

As a general guideline, posters that include a number of images and graphics reproduce well on the glossy paper. Posters with few or simple graphics, or that are primarily text, will reproduce well on the flat (coated) paper, at less cost to you.

Posters take at least 30-45 minutes to print and dry completely. Formatting your document may take longer. Plan ahead to allow ample time for printing.