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1. Laptop Computer

  Operating System:

WINDOWS 7 Professional - 64-bit, Windows 8 or Windows 10

  Processor: Intel Core I3, I5 or I7, 3.0 GHz  
  Memory: 4 to 6 GB  
  Hard Drive: 320 GB  

Graphics Card:
256 MB DirectX 11, 12-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 for advanced graphics (i.e. NVIDIA® GeForce 6200 GPUs).
This particular graphics card is required to run specific software programs (i.e. Autodesk Revit Architecture) in the CECM 689 Building Information Modeling (BIM) course.  You will be using the latest version of the software.
For more information on Autodesk software requirements:

Autodesk Revit

Autodesk Naviswork

  Display: 14" to 17" Screen - 1,280 x 1,024 with true color  

We strongly recommend for CECM students to purchase their own Windows based personal computer.  CECM students will need to have administrative rights to install software applications for use in their CECM 669, CECM 673 and CECM 689 courses. In the past, some students attempting to use their work computers have run into issues installing these software applications due to administrative rights restrictions and/or conflicting software on work computers. 
Additionally, some students have experienced issues during exams due to incompatibility with web proctor service when using work computers.  During exams, students need to have administrative rights to their computer in order to allow remote access to their computer and screen by the proctor.

Students wishing to use an Apple Macintosh computer will need to take additional steps in order to be able to install and run specific Windows based software programs such as Microsoft Project in CECM 669 Advanced Project Management, Oracle Primavera Contractor in CECM 673 Techniques of Project Planning and Control or Autodesk Revit and Naviswork in CECM 689 Building Information Modeling.
First, they will need to install Parallels Desktop, Boot Camp or VMWare Fusion on their Mac. Second, they will need to get a copy of the Windows Operating System and install it.  Then, after completing these two installs, they should be able to install and run the Windows-based software programs.
Before deciding to go the Mac route, please bear in mind that the most effective and issue-free way to install and learn how to use the various required software packages taught in the program is on a Windows computer.  
Typically, students who encounter issues with the Windows-based programs are those who choose to go the Mac route, while students on Windows computers do not encounter issues when installing or running these applications.
Although we can provide general information and guidance, Mac users will be responsible for resolving issues they may encounter while choosing to run Windows and Windows programs on a Mac.

2. Printer/Scanner    
  Office Jet or All-in-One Printer

3. Storage    
  Back-up Drive:
1 TB External Drive or a Cloud Service (Original work and back-up copy to be kept in different places)
Flash drives: 4GB or 8GB (Optional)

4. Audio/Video (Virtual Class Participation)  
  • Headset/earbuds
  • Webcam
  • Microphone


Note: Internal laptop webcams and microphones are suitable. However, internal speakers cannot be used for virtual classes. Students are required to use an external headphone/headset or earbuds.

Internet Service    
Strong reliable high-speed Internet connection – cable modem or DSL broad band with 2 to 8 Mbps speed service.

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(Recent versions)
  • MS Office Suite – Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard to create multi pages pdf files
  • Media player
  • Firefox or Chrome Internet browser

All Construction Engineering Management course content is delivered through Canvas– UAB's e-learning software platform. Please see browser requirements for use with Canvas: http://guides.instructure.com/m/4151/l/41056-which-browsers-does-canvas-support

As a UAB CEM student, you have access to free or discounted software through UAB IT:

Software & Subscriptions

Of particular interest:


Software can also be purchased at discounted prices from http://thinkedu.com/

Additional Supplies  
  • Additional Monitor Display
    A second Monitor display is highly recommended to increase workspace and improve virtual sessions (i.e. 22" or 27" Widescreen LED display).
  • Hand calculator