Our college has realized the importance of CAD and multimedia technology and its potential influence in the instruction of landscape architecture and horticulture. A budget of $70,000 was established for the 1991-92 academic year to develop a new lab called the Advanced Computer Graphics Design Lab (ACGD) solely for graphic design education purposes. This lab consists of ten Macintosh IIci and IIsi computers with supporting peripherals such as a plotter, five digitizers, two laser printers, a laser videodisc player, and a LCD instruction projection panel. All computers and peripherals are networked through Local Area Network (LAN) to achieve the optimal efficiency of teaching and communication. The network is linked to the university's mainframe system via a fiber-optic cable that facilitates access to the university central database management system and World-Wide Web.
In the Spring of 1994, additional funding of $15,000 was established to purchase six more Macintosh Quadra 800 computers for advanced CAD, Digital Terrain Modeling (DTM), GIS, Multimedia, and other 3-D visualizations. In the Spring of 1995, additional funding of $31,000 was established to upgrade the software, computer memory, and external hard-disk to accommodate the user demand. In the Summer of 1995, a campus-wide GIS committee purchased a university site license for Arc/Info, ArcCAD, and ArcView--a well known GIS software for educational and research needs. The department and the college will commit matching funds for the proposed new software purchases.
In the Fall of 1995, our department received a NSF Instructional Laboratory Improvement grant of $24,270 with additional matching fund from the University and the College. This grant will allow us to purchase 1 set of Global Positioning System (GPS) base station, receiver and datalogger, 2 computer workstations, 1 software/hardware for landscape assistant design system, and 3 laptop computers. This equipment is designed to fully implement the innovative concept of a real-time instructional delivery system and to collaborate existing GIS, CAD, and multimedia software towards innovative instruction.