End of Year Studio Cleanup

The 2018 end of year show starts on Wednesday 13th June and requires all models / materials / portfolios to be cleared from the first floor studios.

In preparation for this we will be carrying out a phased disposal / recycle of items currently in studios:

Throughout the next few weeks we will be moving items around the studio to a holding area – this is the tables in front of the wall between the CritPit and plotting area.


On each Friday before the exhibition the contents of these tables will be considered unwanted and will be disposed / recycled.

For work required for the show we will provide a safe storage area – details to be confirmed shortly.

Please note that we will WILL NOT dispose of portfolios.  The portfolio recycling routine is for us to move all portfolios onto the portfolio racks for reclaiming.  Those portfolios still remaining by the second week of term will have their contents disposed of and the portfolios themselves are made available to students needing them in the next academic year.

Keys dates for the disposal of work

  • Friday 25th May
  • Friday 1st June
  • Friday 8th June

Please assist us by taking home any work you wish to keep as soon as possible.

End of Year / Exhibition :: Key Dates

Here are key dates for activities running up to the final submission and End of Year show. (dates subject to change)

30th April                     :           Graphics Year 2 final submission

30th April                     :           Signage up to clear 1001-1006 by the 8th

1/2/3 May                   :           Plot Slam (reduced price plotting)

1st & 4th May               :           Graphics Year 1 final submission

1st May                        :           MA Digital Arts Launch – Crit Pit

9th May                     :           BA Arch 1/2/3 final submission

8th May                        :           Second year CPDA show fitout

10th May – 14th          :           Second Year CPDA Show

11th May                     :           MArch / MLA&MA&BA Landscape final submission

14th May                      :           CPDA Advanced Projects final submission

15-18 May                   :           1005/1006 CPDA reserved space

17th May                      :           Student Lead Teaching Awards (eve)– Crit Pit (& project space)

**17th May                  :           Workshop Deadline CPDA for orders for exhibition plinths etc.

18 May                        :           Delivery of exhibition materials (store in 1010)

18 May                        :           24 Hour Studio opening finishes (midnight close from now on)

21 May                        :           Graphics Year 3 Final Submission

21 May – 25 May       :           CPDA Exhibition Fitout (by contractors) – 5 days (SHED)

23 May                        :           ALS EC Resubmission

**24th May                  :           Workshop Deadline ALS for orders for exhibition plinths etc.

29 May – 1 June          :           CPDA Hanging (by students / staff)

29 May – 2 June         :           ALS Exhibition Fitout (by contractors) – 5 days (28th holiday)

4 – 8 June                    :           CPDA Marking

4 – 12 June                  :           ALS Hanging (by students / staff)

11th/12th June             :           CPDA Rehanging / adjusting

13th June                     :           SHOW STARTS (no access to studio floor after 9.00AM)

July 2nd July                 :           Show closed to public

17th July                       :           VC Dinner

18th – 23rd July             :           Show takedown – Students collect own work

23rd July                       :           Remaining student work taken down and put to one side

23rd July – 27th            :           Show takedown – Contractors

31st August                  :           Deadline for work collection – Disposal / Recycling






S11 Studios :: 24 Hour Opening Times

S11 First Floor Studios will be operating 24 hours April / May 2018

Opening hours:

  • Monday 9th April – Thursday 17th May (inclusive)
    Monday – Sunday : 24 Hours
  • Friday 18th May – Tuesday 12th June
    Monday – Sunday : Midnight closing
  • Wednesday 13th June
    Summer Exhibition Opening.
    No access to the studio floor after 9.00AM until the show starts

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

No access to 2nd / 3rd Floors

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

End of Year Submissions 2018 :: Plotting

Dear Student

In anticipation of the exceptional demand for plotting and printing in final submission week in May we would like to make you aware of some important information and advice:

Iterative / Deliberated Portfolio Content

You should be looking to build your portfolio throughout the year and NOT routinely printing, or reprinting the entire contents for final submission.  Critical review of your portfolio BEFORE printing is essential in terms of establishing if each particular page is necessary, and is correct (reprinting wastes time, money, effort, media).

Print early where possible: the two high volume plotters in Stockwell Street Library and Studio are very capable machines but simply cannot process every student’s entire portfolio with a few days.

Time management regarding plotting and submitting is an important skill you must learn; busy plotters are not a valid reason for late submission.


Early-bird “Plot Slam” Offer: 35% Price Reduction

We will be offering the opportunity of discounted batch printing for a three-day period in the preceding week for properly formatted and submitted files:

  • May 1/2/3 2018; 10.00AM – 4.00PM
  • Oce Colourwave 700 plotter (the 5 standard loaded media types)
  • PDF file containing correctly formatted / sized pages for printing per media type.
  • Submitted to Phil Hudson on USB at studio support office

If there are sufficient funds in your account then the files will be sent direct to the plotter and your account adjusted accordingly.

Discount for early batch printing : 35% reduction of Colourwave plot prices

Note: Offer does not include sheet feed plotter or A3 printers.  Proper formatting and preparation is student’s own responsibility; no refunds.  Standard sizes only; “long plots” must be processed separately. Students are responsible for collection / trimming of printed work.


Bureau Print Services

There are other options available for printing other than within the University

  • Plot Giant: www.plotgiant.co.uk
  • Service Point: servicepointuk.com
  • Panopus panopus.com
  • Online Reprographics www.onlinerepro.co.uk
  • SBS Printers www.sbsprinters.co.uk

SBS Printers are located on the ground floor of Stockwell Street, they will be offering a discount in May and aim for same day turnaround service.


Service Support

We will commit to providing support for computers and plotters during core working hours but out of hours (especially overnight) service will be reliant on robustness of the machines and behaviour of users – please do not attempt to carry out modifications, repairs, hacks to our equipment.  Many issues arise from unnecessary interference which may not be covered under our service agreements.



New Scanner Glass Fitted

The large format sheet feed scanner has been fitted with a replacement glass panel – quality issues were due to scratching and marking of the old one.  When scanning please avoid using media that can damage the glass – paperclips, masking tape, very thick paper, abrasive material, etc.

Vray for Rhino Need to Know

Chaos group who produce Vray have some excellent tutorials on the fundamentals of rendering with Vray for Rhino.

If you are intending to do Vray based rendering in Rhino then their introduction for architects is ESSENTIAL viewing, and perhaps the most useful 10 minutes you will spend this year

Other tutorials are available from their site


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


Distributed Rendering for Vray Rhino and Vray Sketchup

Vray Swarm is a “zero effort” distributed rendering system which enables all connected machines to participate in rendering images created in Vray for Sketchup or Vray for Rhino.  Simply put, instead of rendering with one machine Swarm allows users to utilise 20,30,40… machines to speed up the render by that factor. The machines in the first floor studios are configured to be nodes in Swarm renders – whether logged in or not – with no noticeable affect on the machines that are loaning out their processing power.

Note: as there is a time lag in the system slicing up the render and sending each chunk (or bucket) out to the Swarm nodes there is not so much advantage in using it for smaller renders; enable Swarm for larger jobs only.

Enabling Vray Swarm for render is simply a case of enabling the Swam button in the Vray Asset Editor

[For Rhino check that Vray is set to the default renderer via Render – Current Renderer – Vray for Rhino]

Under the settings cog make sure:

  • Renderer is set to PROGRESSIVE
  • Swarm is ON
  • Cap CPU usage: if clicked this means your own machine will use only one of its own CPU cores for the render so that your machine will be more responsive for running other applications (but potentially a slower render)




Vray For Maya 2018 (PC)

V-Ray 3.6 for Maya 2018 is now available for the Stockwell Street PCs (first floor studios and 2001 lab).

The Vray plugin does not load automatically with Maya; it needs to be specifically selected in the Maya plugin manager:

In Maya select

Windows > Settings / Preferences > Plug-in Manager

Type vray into the search box to narrow down the list of available plugins then click load and autoload for both vrayformaya.mll and xgenVray.py and close the dialogue window

Now Vray will be available as a renderer for Maya (alongside Arnold, Maya); select

Windows > Rendering Editors > Render Settings

select V-Ray from the Render Using drop down

The current renderer is now set as Vray – and an additional Vray toolbar will be available.  In that is a button to switch on the Vray Frame Buffer; click this to open the the Vray render windows plus associated render buttons etc.




Missing Plotter and Printer Fix

If you cannot see the printer you need you can manually add it…

A print queue bug may stop the correct printers showing up on your PC automatically. You can either logout and restart the machine, or alternatively perform the following steps allow you to re-add any missing printers / plotters

Click the WINDOWS button and type GM-PS-N then hit enter

This will give you a list of lots of printers – type “DST” in the search box in the upper right hand corner to narrow this down to our printers

From this list double click the printer you need; this will reinstall it to your machine.

If you need the MFD A3/A4 laser printer then type in “MFD” in the search box (instead of MFD) and double click to install the printers “GM-MFD-STU” and GM-MFD-STU-COLOUR :