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Engineering Virtual Labs

Need Help?

If you run into issues accessing the virtual labs using the instructions below, please let us know.

The labs are actively being developed, and we welcome student and instructor feedback as we fine-tune the experience.

Our next generation virtual labs are now available. These new labs are being designed to replace our existing ENGRAPPS and other on-campus remote desktop solutions. Students taking Engineering courses are encouraged to use the new virtual labs to access the software they need in class, at home, or from anywhere in the world their studies take them.

Installation and Connecting

Installation is straight-forward: download and install the latest Remote Desktop app from Microsoft, log in, and connect using your Drexel account. There's a web client available if you're unable to install the software below. VPN is NOT required for the new virtual labs.

Client Downloads

Quick Start

You can access the virtual desktops from a web browser using Microsoft's Virtual Desktop Web Client

You can download the latest version of the Microsoft Remote Desktop app from the following sources:

Logging In

The Microsoft Remote Desktop app

Launch the Remote Desktop app. If prompted to choose between PCs and Workspaces, choose Workspaces. Click Subscribe, and when prompted for an email address, use your primary Drexel email address (e.g. It should automatically find the Remote Desktop Workspace URL and allow you to subscribe.

When prompted to enter your Microsoft account, again use your primary Drexel email address (e.g. You should be prompted for your Drexel account password, and will need your multi-factor authentication (MFA) method available during the sign-in process.

List of virtual labs in the Microsoft Remote Desktop app

Once subscribed, you should see a list of the virtual desktops available to you. You can launch the Engineering Labs from there.

Login Compatibilty with Windows Hello

For anyone who has set up Windows Hello to use their face, fingerprint, or PIN for logging in to their local computer, you may be presented with using that as an option when connecting to the Virtual Labs. Those methods do not currently support remote logins, so please choose More choices at the login prompt and then choose your account (if listed) or choose Use a different account and enter your credentials.

Transferring Files via OneDrive

Once connected, please make sure to sign in to Microsoft OneDrive to give you an easy way to access your files from the virtual labs.

Click on the OneDrive icon () in the system tray in the lower left hand corner of the screen, near the clock (if you don't see it there, you may need to click to show hidden icons). Once OneDrive pops up, click Sign In. Enter your Drexel email address (e.g. and password or multifactor approval. At the location approval page, click Next. On the final page, click Open OneDrive Folder to confirm that your files are available.

Once you're connected, OneDrive will remain connected when you log back into the virtual labs in the future. Any files stored in your Desktop or Documents folders will be automatically synced to your OneDrive storage. You can access the files from any computer via OneDrive on the web by clicking My files on the left sidebar.


This project is actively being built, and we are looking for feedback from students and instructors. Once you've logged in to the new labs and tried out a few pieces of software, you're welcome to share your thoughts with us by completing this 1-minute survey.

Available Software

The software currently installed includes:

Developer Software Version
Altair Activate & Compose
Inspire Cast & Mold
SimLab & SimSolid
HyperWorks Desktop
Ansys Mechanical (Structures)
Fluids (Fluent / CFD)
Electrical (HFSS / Maxwell)
Granta EduPack
AspenTech aspenONE Engineering Suite
aspenONE Economic Analysis
Autodesk AutoCAD
Civil3D (with Sanitary and Stormwater Analysis)
Bentley MicroStation
RAM Elements & SS
STAAD.Pro, Building Planner, & Foundation Advanced
Connect Edition
Carrier HAP
CBE Classkit
CrystalMaker CrystalMaker
CSI SAP2000 21
Dassault Systemes SIMULIA ABAQUS
2022 SP5
ESRI ArcGIS Desktop
ArcGIS Pro
Hexagon ADAMS 2022.4
IES VisualAnalysis 2021
JP-Minerals VESTA 3.5.8
MathWorks MATLAB R2022b
Microsoft Office
National Instruments LabView
OriginLab OriginPro (MSE/CBE students only) 2023
PTC CREO Parametric 9
Rockwell Arena 16.10
RocScience Academic Bundle 2022
Siemens ModelSim 2021.3
Thermo-Calc Thermo-Calc 2021a
Trimble SketchUp Pro 2022
Wolfram Mathematica 13.1
Xilinx Vivado 2019.2
PDF Tools Adobe Acrobat Reader
Bluebeam Revu
Browsers Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Microsoft Edge
Other Tools Microsoft VSCode

Software Specific Errata


By default, ABAQUS uses c:\temp as its working directory. This folder is transparently redirected for each user to a folder (temp) in their profile so that work they do in ABAQUS remains available from session to session.


By default, ModelSim uses C:\modeltech64_2021.3\examples as its working directory. This folder is transparently redirected for each user to a folder (ModelsimFiles) in their profile so that work they do in Modelsim remains available from session to session.

Session Time Limits

In order to ensure resource availablity for as many students as possible, the following time limits are applied:

Connection Beta/Testing Labs Class Labs
Active No limit No limit
Idle Disconnect after 15 minutes Disconnect after 1 hour
Disconnected Log off after 1 hour Log off after 3 hours

Research Restrictions

Research Usage of Academic Computer Labs is Prohibited

Many of the programs installed in our instructional virtual and on-campus computer labs are licensed for teaching and classroom purposes only. Please check our Software page for more information about what uses are allowed for each piece of software. Please do not use teaching-only software for research purposes.

All students may use the virtual labs to learn the features of various software packages to see if they would suit a research need, provided that no results obtained are used for research purposes. The research group's PI is responsible for properly licensing any software needed to produce research data or results that may be used in publications. If your research group would like to obtain licensing or set up a new remote compute environment, please contact us and we will be happy to assist.