AVC Policies and Procedures

1. Introduction
2. Visualization Lab
3. Visualization Auditorium
4. Services
5. Reserving the AVC


The Advanced Visualization Center is provided to faculty, staff and students at the University of South Florida, as an academic facility and advanced technology resource. This policy aims to provide support for use of technology resources and services provided at the center.

Visualization Lab:

1) Lab Resources
Students have priority over the lab resources during open lab hours. The current scheduled hours are from 9am to 9pm, Monday through Friday. The lab is open to students on a first come first serve bases. Utilization of the lab is granted for visualization projects and assignments for USF courses.
Use of the lab for other purposes is prohibited.
Students are required to sign-in with the lab monitor when entering the facility.

2) Scheduling the Lab for Instruction
Classes, workshops and seminars can be scheduled in the lab, by faculty, by filling out the schedule request form through the AVC website (located at http://avc-dev.web.usf.edu/projects/usf-advanced-visualization/wiki/ReserveForm)

When the form has been submitted it will go to the AVC Committee for approval. Once it has been approved an email will be sent to the instructor and the event will be added to the AVC online calendar.

If the proposed usage has been denied an email will be sent with an explanation, and further information may be required. The online form will have to be resubmitted and approved by the committee before it is scheduled.

It is required that first time users of the lab meet with the AVC staff, at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled event.

Visualization Auditorium:

1) Scheduling Procedure
The Visualization Center Auditorium has been established and equipped to serve as a teaching facility, as part of the Student Tech Fee. As such it can be utilized by any USF academic department for class instruction or research purposes. Theses classes have priority over any other use of the space.

Since this classroom provides advanced technology for computing and displaying content, faculty demonstrations must meet the needs of this technology for approved use. While scheduling the facility, through the AVC website, instructors will be asked to provide a brief description of their intended use.

The Visualization Auditorium is scheduled on a First Come First Serve bases. Faculty may schedule the Visualization Center Auditorium by submitting the AVC scheduling form. Be sure to schedule as soon as possible by submitting a Request through the website (http://avc-dev.web.usf.edu/projects/usf-advanced-visualization/wiki/ReserveForm).

When the form has been filled out and submitted, it will be sent to the AVC Committee for review. Once the committee has approved the request the faculty member will be notified by email and the event will be added to the avc online schedule.

If the request has been denied the faculty member that submitted the request will be notified by email with an explanation of the review. The committee may also request more information if necessary.

It is required that first time users of the Visualization Auditorium, meet with the AVC staff, at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled event. One of the AVC staff members will walk you through a quick training session and answer any questions you may have about the equipment, resources and data transfer process.

2) Special Requests
The visualization display system is configured and maintained by the AVC staff. Requests to have specific software installed for class lectures and demonstrations on the system can be done by emailing .

Installing software on the machine by anyone other than the AVC staff is prohibited.

a) Hardware
Please refer to the list of approved hardware devices, before connect them to the visualization system.

3) Non-Instructional Use
The Visualization Auditorium is available for non-USF organizations at an hourly rate.
Please contact Howard Kaplan for more information.


1) Student and Faculty Services
The Advanced Visualization Center provides assistance and guidance with the process of creating data visualizations, interactive applications, Augmented and Virtual Reality, 3D modeling and Printing for course related assignments, research projects and instructional aids.

Students or faculty needing assistance are encouraged to setup an appointment with an AVC staff member by email at , subject "Visualization Assistance".

There is no fee for these services.

2) Grants and Private Services
We are available to consult and develop visualization applications for research grants and private use, outside of the University. This refers to any media created for external use. These services are offered at an hourly rate, determined by the applications required and complexity of the project.

For more information please read the AVC fees terms pdf.

Reserving the AVC

1. Go to avc.web.usf.edu
2. login using CAS, which takes you to the USF login page. You need to
login using your USF netid and password.
3. Navigate to http://avc-dev.web.usf.edu/projects/usf-advanced-visualization/wiki/ReserveForm
4. Fill out the details in the request form.

The AVC staff will review the request as soon as possible.