S11 Studios :: Christmas 2017 Opening Times

S11 First Floor Studios will be operating 24 hours Dec / Jan 

Opening hours from:

  • Monday 27th November – Thursday 14th December (inclusive)
    Monday – Sunday : 24 Hours
  • Friday 15th December – Friday 22nd December (inclusive)
    Monday – Sunday : 8.00 am – 12.00 midnight

NOTE: STUDIOS ARE CLOSED from Friday 22nd December 17.00 until 8.00am Tuesday 2nd January. The Library building will be open between Christmas and New Year but the S11 studios will not be.

Opening hours from

  • Tuesday 2nd January – Thursday 11th January (inclusive)
    Monday – Sunday : 24 Hours

During the extended opening times security staff from Reassurance Security Services will be monitoring the space alongside University security staff.

  • Please keep your University Gateway card on you at all times
  • Students will be asked to go home in the event they found are sleeping
  • Report disruptive behaviour to member of security staff
  • This applies to first floor studios only – levels 2 and 3 will be closed


What’s New 2017/2018

New in the Studios for the Academic year 2017/2018

PC Workstations

  • Windows 10 is now on all of the PCS (please report any odd issues to tech staff)
  • 10 new Dell Worksation machines; Xeon E5-1650 CPU / 32GB Ram / 512GB SSD / NVIDIA Quadro M4000 graphics. (Second bank back from the wall to 1014)
  • Autodesk 2018 suite; latest versions of Autocad / 3DS / Maya / Mudbox.
  • Adobe 2017 Suite; the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.
  • Vray 3.4 this is a much improved version of Vray for Rhino, Sketchup and 3DS – the Rhino and Sketchup version feature Vray Swarm which allows all machines (even logged out) to participate in shared rendering
  • Cinema 4D. New software for 3d modelling, animation and motion graphics
  • FARO Scene 7 on the new Dell Workstations for processing data from the Laser Scanner
  • Unity 2017 and Autodesk Stingray 3d games engine editor

iMac Computers

  • Mac OSX Sierra is now installed on all iMacs in the studio
  • 5 new 27 inch / 32GB Machines
  • Adobe 2017 Suite; the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.

HTV Vive VR Headset

With location awareness as well as motion tracked hand controllers to allow 3ds files etc. to be taken into Unity or Stingray and so enable 3d models to be explored and interacted with in VR.


The workshop will open later on a Monday – 11 o’clock – this is to allow regular maintenance and cleaning to be carried out.

A new pricing system for the laser cutters – and now the CNC machine – is in place.  Full details are here

Studio Layout

The final layout of the studio – to be undertaken on the weekend of the 7th October – is a less cluttered layout with the two tall key clamp towers being removed and the smaller ones being moved to the rear studio S11-1010.


Online Print Credit

This planned to roll out in the next few weeks and will mean you can top up your print accounts via a website rather than visiting a print credit machine.


Studio Floor Summer Arrangements

From Monday 24th July the studios will be open:

  • Monday – Friday : 8.30AM  – 8.30PM
  • Saturday / Sunday 8.30 AM – 6.00PM

The Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition will be running from 4th of August until the 3rd September.  During this time most of the studio floor will be given over to that.  Studio 1019 will be available for general studio use and the computer areas will be open – however you will need to access these areas via the rear fire stairs (near the workshop).

Architecture work left over from the End of Year Show will be stored in the racks in 1010 and shelves beside 1015.  Landscape work will be on the shelves in 1019.  Please note that any work or portfolios still here in October will be recycled / disposed of.

Please note also that there will be computer software and upgrades taking place so possibility of disruption durning these months.

Summer Exhibition – Extended until 18th July

The End of Year Summer Exhibition will now run until Tuesday 18th July.  Please start removing work on Wednesday 19th onwards.

The computer spaces will be available from 9.30 – 4.30 Monday – Friday – but only the first three banks of machines (machines past the plotters are being reconfigured).

The Oce Colourwave Plotter is available but for small format printing you will need to swipe and pick up prints from the library MFDs.

Portfolios and models are sill in this space – please collect any of these you need to keep, as well as contents of lockers and cupboards.  Eventually items left will need to be disposed of.

RIBA portfolios are available for collection from the third floor.



Studio Opening Hours During Exhibition

For the duration of the End of Year Exhibition there will be restricted access to the studio spaces. The exhibition runs from Thursday 15th June – Monday 2nd July. There is no access for studio activities in the open studios. There is restricted access to the computer spaces between 9.30 – 4.30 Monday – Friday.  Please note there will be machine upgrading taking place so there is likely to be disruption.  The library computing facilities are available throughout there summer.

24 Hour / Easter Opening 2017

The First Floor Studios will be open 24 hours from:

  • Monday 27th March – Monday 22nd May inclusive.

Access is to studio floor only after 9.30PM – NOT 2nd and 3rd floors; the Easter days and Bank Holidays WILL be open too.

Staff from REASSURANCE will be on duty overnight – sleeping / unruly / unauthorised people will be asked to leave – you must keep your Student ID card with you.

In case of emergency contact:

  • REASSURANCE staff member, or
  • Front Desk Security (First Aid Trained), or
  • 24 Hour Security: 020 83317616

While the University Building will be open on Easter Days and Bank Holiday, regular staff will not be at work.

Stockwell Street Workshop will not be open on these days.



Term 2: 2017 Opening

The 24 hour opening is now over for S11 and Library building.  From 13th January the opening hours revert to 8.00AM to midnight every day including weekends

A 24 hour opening period will take effect again later in the year around final hand-in.

Studio support is available Monday – Friday during core hours; from 8.30AM to 9.00PM and at weekends for 3 hours during each day.  If you have specialised printing, etc please do this during regular working hours when there is someone who can assist.

The workshop is open Monday to Friday 9.30 – 5.00PM

Please throw out any rubbish – the shelving storage is getting filled up.

Design Studio 24 Hour Opening

Stockwell Street Library and the 1st Floor Studios in S11 will be open 24/7, starting from

Monday 28th November from 8am to Thursday 15th December inclusive

From the 16th of December opening hours will be open as follows:

Friday 16th until midnight
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th December 9 am – midnight
Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd December (inclusive) 8 am – midnight

Friday 23rd December 8 am – Midday

the building closes for the Christmas Break at midday on Friday 23rd  (University closed Friday 23rd December pm – reopens Tuesday 3rd)

24/7 opening will resume again on Tuesday 3rd January until Thursday 12th January (inclusive).

From Friday 13th January, normal hours will resume: 8 am to midnight.

Design Studios :: Need to Know

Here are some tips / solutions / workarounds / that will be very useful for studio users.

  • PCs : No Logon Servers Available – Cannot log on OR no internet when returning to sleeping machine.


There is a network glitch in Stockwell Street and the Maritime Campus where network cards sometimes do not wake up from power save.  The only way a student can fix this is a restart


  • Plot queue (or queues) not showing in the drop down list

Solution: Add the plot queue(s) manually using the following steps

Click the Windows Start Button in the bottom left hand corner:



in the Search box type


This will bring up a big list of plotters and printers.
In the top right hand search box type


This filters the list just to the printers and plotters in our print area.



Identify the plotter you want from the list and double click to install it. It is then available to print to from any application.

STANDARD-PLOT-DST-CW700-Q1 :: A2/A1/A0 Standard Paper
PREMIUM-PLOT-DST-CW700-Q3 :: A2/A1/A0 240GSM MATT paper
PTYPE4-PLOT-DST-CW700-Q4 :: A2/A1/A0 Tracing Paper
PTYPE5-PLOT-DST-CW700-Q5 :: A2/A1/A0 Textured Paper
PTYPE6-PLOT-DST-CW700-Q6 :: A2/A1/A0 Satin Semi-gloss Paper
PLOT-DST-T1300 :: Sheet Feed Plotter

  • PDF Documents print blank pages on the MFD printer

Solution: Flatten the PDF by clicking the ADVANCED tab and ticking the Print as Image option


Often PDF files with lots of layers created with Adobe Photoshop will not be understood properly by the MFD printer.  Print as Image will flatten the whole file down so it is simpler to process – it does not affect the quality of the print.

  • iMac Keychain Access nags on logon

Solution: Click UPDATE KEYCHAIN (the MIDDLE) option when it asks what to do 


If you have changed your Uni password this may conflict with the iMac’s password management system when you have previously logged into a machine with your old password.



  • Large Screen wheelable Screens not showing anything


CHECK screen is on – press upwards the joystick under the screen in the middle.

CHECK input is set to HDMI1- use the joystick to select HDMI1

CHECK the PC is powered on – the small square PC is mounted to the back; if it is on the power button will be glowing.

If all else fails restart the PC by Pressing and holding down the power button to force a restart.



  • Connect to the Larger Scanner / Shared Area (S: drive) from a Mac

    Solution: Once logged on to a Mac you can manually connect to the shared area

The large scanner will save scans to the SCANS folder on the S drive.  This appears automatically on a PC.  If you are on a Mac you can manually connect by selecting 

GO” in the top menu, then choosing 


(or press CMD-K)

this opens a dialogue window – in server address type “gm-stu-shr1”



The S drive will now open – the scans will be in the folder “SCANS”