ESC Virtual Labs

Welcome to ESC Virtual Labs

To facilitate off-campus access to campus software and services, this page helps to direct students and faculty to the most appropriate way to access the resources they need.

There are currently two remote methods to use Lab software:

AWS AppStream 2.0
Engineering RDP (Physical Workstations)

AWS AppStream 2.0

Amazon’s AWS technology powers millions of sites worldwide, including the massive shopping experience, and now it is host to several Notre Dame applications required for technical courses here in the colleges of Engineering and Science.

To connect to AppStream please click one of the links below that corresponds with the software you need. (IMPORTANT) See instructions below on how to save your files, and other important details. AppStream is currently for educational purposes only.

Video Tutorials

Engineering & Science Graphics Virtual Lab: [Click here to access Engineering & Science Graphics Virtual Lab]

  • ADS 2020
  • ArcGIS 10.7
  • AutoCAD 2019
  • Civil 3D 2019
  • COMSOL 5.0 Classroom Kit (Professor Nerenberg)
  • Creo
  • LibreOffice
  • Makerbot
  • Matlab 2019b
  • Maya 2020
  • Revit 2020
  • SAP 2000
  • Solidworks 2018 Education Version

Engineering & Science Standard Virtual Lab: [Click here to access to Engineering & Science Standard Virtual Lab]

  • Anaconda
  • Aquasim
  • BioWin 6.2
  • COMSOL 5.5 Classroom Kit (Professor Burghoff)
  • CSI Bridge 2020
  • HOMER Pro
  • Interactive Heat Transfer 4.0
  • LabView 2020
  • PowerWorld
  • TopSpin
  • Virtual Tissue Simulator

Aspen Virtual Lab: [Click here to access Aspen Virtual Lab]  Only students in approved courses will have access to this lab.

  • Aspen Plus V9

AppStream is a full Windows desktop. Once launched you will see a desktop similar to Windows 10.  The normal load time is approximately two minutes. During the load time you will see a countdown until your desktop is ready.

Important: Make sure you save your files on Google Drive. Files saved anywhere else on the AppStream virtual instances  space will be deleted when you disconnect.

To connect your Google Drive to AppStream, you will need to allow it access only once, and the connection will persist.  To connect Google Drive, click on the My Files icon in the upper left of the window.

Then you can click Add Storage in the upper right and select Google Drive.  Once you have authorized Google Drive access, your file open and save dialogs should allow you to open and save to Google Drive.

You will only have to complete this step once. Most applications will allow you to select “This PC” to access Google Drive. Some applications listed below require a different way to access your files.

Instance Timeouts

All of Engineering and Science AppStream instances have time outs. The current idle timeout meaning you have not moved your mouse or keyboard in the AppStream instance is 30 minutes. Once you reach that limit you will be disconnected and have 15 minutes to rejoin your session or it will be lost.

Using Google Drive to Open and Save files in AppStream Applications (Currently being updated)





Engineering RDP Physical Lab Workstations

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, social distancing is being enforced within the physical computer labs. To broaden access, students may remote desktop into ESC Academic Computing Workstations for certain software that is not licensed for use in the Virtual Computer Lab.

To access Engineering RDP physical workstations remotely, you will need to use the VPN. For instructions on the VPN view this Article. (or Click here)

Click here to see available physical workstations

Cushing 303 pool: 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Fitzpatrick B19 pool: 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Fitzpatrick B19B pool: all day long

Under the Remote column, click Connect. You will be asked to download a configuration file. You can double-click this file to be connected.

*Mac Users: If you are using a Mac, you will need Microsoft Remote Desktop installed first. You can download it free on the App Store here.

Once the rdp file is on your computer, click on it to start the lab computer session and login with your

*Windows Users: May have to click on More choices if they are unable to type in their Notre Dame account.

NOTE: If you receive a certificate error, accept by selecting “Connect” or “Continue”

When you are done using the computer, click on the logout icon on the desktop.

If you experience any issues with these services, please reach out to for assistance.