Tools You Need



1. Laptop Computer

  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-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 CE 689 Building Information Modeling (BIM) course.  You will be using the latest version of the software.
For more information on Autodesk software requirements:
  Display: 14" to 17" Screen - 1,280 x 1,024 with true color  
  Operating System:

WINDOWS 7 Professional - 64-bit or Windows 8



Note: We strongly recommend for CEM students to purchase their own personal computer.  CEM students will need to have administrative rights to install software applications for use in their CE 669, CE 673 and CE 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 install Parallels Desktop, Boot Camp or VMWare Fusion to run specific Windows based software programs such as Oracle Primavera Contractor in CE 673 Techniques of Project Planning and Control or Autodesk Revit and Naviswork in CE 689 Building Information Modeling.
2. Printer/Scanner    
  Office Jet or All-in-One Printer
3. Storage    
  Back-up Drive:
1 TB External Drive
2 Flash drives: one 4GB, one 8GB
4. Audio/Video (Virtual Class Participation)  


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 MB/Sec speed service.

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(Recent versions)

MS Office Suite – Word, Excel, MS 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:


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

As a UAB CEM student, you have access to free or discounted software through UAB IT:
On the page, under Solutions, click on Software & Subscriptions.

Of particular interest:

  • Antivirus software: Microsoft Forefront Anti-virus software(Windows) or Sophos Anti-virus (OS X)
  • Adobe Software: Adobe Acrobat pdf maker
  • Microsoft Agreements & Products: Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Dreamspark: MS Project for CE 669, VMWare Fusion to use Windows on a Mac
Software can also be purchased at discounted prices from