Labs and Infrastructure


Access Grid Laboratory

PKI 161

  • Features Access Grid (AG) technology - a set of collaborative multimedia tools that utilize the next-generation high-speed Internet2 Network
  • Capable of transmitting 11 AG video streams from an assortment of multimedia devices in the lab and also one mixed AG audio stream
  • Capable of receiving up to 80 different audio/video streams being simultaneously transmitted between multiple AG locations
  • Offers large visual display areas
  • Seats up to 26 participants and is the newest of the distance learning rooms

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Advanced Telecommunications Engineering Lab (TEL)

PKI 304,

The TEL mission is to advance the state-of-the-art in wireless communications and enabling rich new applications and services.

  • The lab is equipped with cutting-edge research instrumentation in wireless communications. This includes computer network simulation platforms, software defined radio development systems, other wireless test infrastructure, as well as a $400,000 wireless channel emulator. 
  • Areas of research include wireless communication protocols and technologies, wireless sensor networks, wireless security, multimedia applications in wireless and cross-layer architecture.
  • Research partners include the National Science Foundation, Federal Railroad Administration, North American Class-1 Railroads, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Nebraska Research Initiative, local and national industry partners.

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Blackforest Cluster

PKI 158B

The Blackforest is one of four clusters in Nebraska funded through BRIN, each capable of utilizing the computational power of the others in times of need.

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Building Information Modeling Lab (BIM) and Construction Automation Lab

PKI 118A,

The BIM and Automation Lab is mainly used for research and features a 3D printer, smart table, and 10 state of the art computer stations with 20" monitors that are installed with all major BIM and CAD, Computer Assisted Drafting, software. The BIM and Automation lab is home to a mobile robot, a robotic total station, Grand Penetrating Radar (GPR), and a 3D laser system.

The current projects include BIM-driven Building Energy projects and highway construction/maintenance projects:

  • NCHRP IDEA fund: Road Crack/Joint Cleaning Mechanism Development
  • Department of Energy (DOE) fund: Intelligent Controls for Net-Zero Energy Buildings: Rapid Energy Building Information Modeling(eBIM)
  • Nebraska Department of Road (NDOR) fund: Efficient Use of Non-nuclear gauges for HMA and Soil tests
  • Nebraska Department of Road (NDOR) fund: Infrared Themography-driven flaw detection and evaluation of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavements
  • Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) fund: Zero Net Energy Building Science Research Cluster

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Building Systems Lab

PKI 146

  • Used for instruction, training and testing of the latest applications in HVAC, electrical, fire, security and plumbing
  • Systems are isolated from rest of building
  • Students can observe & even modify the building systems settings to observe reactions
  • Systems revert back to original settings after a certain period of time

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Collaborative Multi-Agent Networking Technologies and Intelligent Coordination Laboratory

PKI 362,

Led by Dr. Raj Dasgupta, the research focus for the group is in developing technologies for coordinating individual resource-constrained components to behave collectively and collaboratively as a single, large-scale distributed system. A major application is controlling a team of mobile mini-robots using multi-agent algorithms. The unique contribution of this research has been to integrate market-based techniques for multi-robot coordination with swarm-based techniques for robot control.

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Data Mining Research Laboratory

PKI 158K

The data mining research laboratory was set up by NU foundation to support research and teaching on data warehousing and data mining, and to allow students, faculty, and industry fellows to conduct application-oriented projects for analytic customer relationship management (CRM), bioinformatics and other real-world applications.

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Distance Learning Classrooms

PKI 160, 161, 164 and 279

  • Three classrooms on first floor
  • Equipment donated by Qwest (formerlly US West) and configured by DASCOM
  • A 4th room located on the 2nd floor and called the War Room also has DLC capability
  • Allows for two way communication worldwide via satellite, ATM and Internet
  • Ability to interface with business, industry, government and educational institutions on breaking technology and engineering/IT practices

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Environmental Engineering Laboratory

PKI 214

  • Well-equipped laboratory with advanced analytical instrumentation for the detection and quantification of organic and biologic contaminants in environmental systems.
  • Approximately 2000 sq ft. and includes 2 walk-in constant temperature chambers (additional 1000 sq ft)
  • Current research includes quantification of the fate and transport of emerging chemical and biological contaminants in agriculture and waste disposal systems

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Group Decision Support Lab

PKI 279

  • Distance learning capabilities and serves as a strategic decisions classroom
  • Purpose of interface with business, government, or academe for strategic planning, global outreach using abundant technological tools
  • Often used so students observe how strategic planning and executive decisions are made

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Headend Room

PKI 166

  • All cable, fiber, etc. enters through here
    • Cable to building is from Lucent
    • Electronics from Foundry
    • 53 miles Electrical Conduit
    • 1.2 Million Feet Cabling
  • 8" diameter duct banks under raised flooring
  • Overhead cable trays take fiber throughout the facility
    • Can carry up to 3 generations of fiber
    • Design keeps us state-of-the-art

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Holland Computing Center

PKI 158H,

The Holland Computing Center (HCC) supports supercomputing facilities for the University of Nebraska system. The Center hosts Firefly at The Peter Kiewit Institute on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. This supercomputer cluster (with 5,600 processors) is capable of a sustainable computation rate of more than 20 trillion floating point operations per second (20 TFlops). Data can be moved to and from Firefly at up to 10 gigabits per second.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory

PKI 142

  • State-of-the-art lab using innovative and manipulative technology for real time data collection of traffic demographics
  • Partnerships with the National Science Foundation, Nebraska Department of Roads, City of Omaha and with international potential

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Lighting & Electrical Systems Laboratory

PKI 130,

The Lighting and Electrical Systems Laboratory at the Peter Kiewit Institute is specially designed to accommodate teaching and research.  It has seating for 28 students, and includes state-of-the-art computer projection and audio-visual equipment. In addition to research, the space is used extensively to teach students registered in the Architectural Engineering program, and also to support continuing education for the Midwest architectural engineering and lighting communities

The Lighting and Electrical Systems Laboratory features:

  • 10 complete overhead lighting systems illuminate the laboratory space.  Fluorescent, incandescent, and high intensity discharge systems are included and controlled by a Lutron Grafik Eye 5000 dimming system.
  • Several Minolta T-1M illuminance meters, a Minolta CS-100 Chroma meter, a Minolta LS-100 Luminance meter, and a LightSpex handheld spectroradiometer.  The laboratory is equipped with a sophisticated lamp measurement system, consisting of a six-foot integrating sphere from Labsphere, a diode array spectrometer, AC/DC power regulator and conditioner, Yokogawa power meter, and two reference ballasts.  The system can be used to measure all the electrical and spectral characteristics of lamps, including spectral power distribution, lumen output, color rendering, and color temperature
  • There is a motor and starter to study motor starting currents and protection, capacitors to study power factor correction, an automatic transfer switch in addition to the lighting systems, enabling the study of power quality and harmonic distortion.  The electrical system is monitored by a Square D Powerlogic circuit monitor that allows detailed measurement and waveform capture of the laboratory electrical system.  This monitor and software interfaces with the computer projection system, providing a dramatic depiction of power quality, harmonic distortion, motor starting and power factor correction.
  • Unpowered building electrical distribution system components have been installed: main distribution panelboard, motor control center, step-down transformer, circuit breaker panelboards, transient voltage surge suppressors (TVSS), conductors and conduit, which are connected and grounded identically to an actual distribution system.  Students can see the internal components of the system, and how lecture concepts like distribution, transformation, over-current protection, and grounding are actually implemented.
  • The west end of the laboratory is an office mock up area, approximately 6 m (20 ft) by 5 m (16 ft).  It can be configured as a single conference room or two side-by-side offices by rearranging demountable partitions.  Two dedicated electrical dimming panel boards control the electrical supply, which allows students to quantitatively evaluate the electrical performance characteristics of the lighting in the space using a current transformer connected to each panel board's feeder.  Receptacles in the ceiling provide at least 24 separate circuits for the lighting in this area, all of which are fully dimmable.

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Lightwave Communications Laboratory

PKI 321,

  • Research and teaching laboratory for fiber-optic and MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) communication systems
  • Optical fiber is the backbone for high-speed, local and long distance communication networks.
  • MIMO antennas increase capacity of next-generation cellular telephone systems
  • The lab is equipped with two optical tables and a wide range of state-of-the-art fiber optic instruments that include laser sources, fusion fiber splicer, optical time-domain reflectometer, optical spectrum analyzer, laser diode and photo-detector systems, erbium-doped fiber amplifier, precision laser diode controller, high-speed electro-optic modulator and receivers, plus miscellaneous RF and optical components and hardware.
  • Current research projects:
    • Self-encoded spread spectrum communications
    • Prototyping 4X4 MIMO channel sounder

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Main Computer Lab

PKI 158A

  • Lab reaches from the western end into the center of the building
  • Contains general user lab and the center section used for IST&E students only utilizing specific software and higher capability machines for these curriculums
  • Provides smaller break out rooms around the sides of the lab for group problem solving, interaction and networking needs-skills businesses tell us they need

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Metaverse Laboratory

PKI 374

Metaverses are fully immersive 3-dimensional virtual worlds in which people interact as avatars with each other and with software agents, using the metaphor of the real world but without its physical limitations.

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Multimedia Lab

PKI 375

  • Used to study multimedia technology (virtual reality, graphics, animation, sound, music and video)
  • Three research directions: 3D animation, synthetic music/digital sound, edit full-motion digital video

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Networking Labs

  • latest networking routers, switches, etc. from industry leaders such as Cisco, IBM, Sun and Foundry Networks
  • Students can apply classroom knowledge to build actual router-based networks

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Smart Buildings Laboratory I: Unitary Building Energy Systems

PKI 118

One of the largest and most sophisticated testing facilities configured for Automated Fault Detection and Diagnosis (AFDD) research, which consists of two psychrometric chambers, a mobile test stand for packaged or unitary building energy systems, sophisticated controls and data acquisition systems. More than 20 industrial partners have been attracted to visit this facility, including Target Corporation, Simon Property, Facility Solution Group, Tenaska, Accenture, AT&T, IBM, GE, Lennox International, Johnson Controls, Sensus MI, Richard Zeta, and Control Technologies. Lab sponsors include Target, Sensus M.I. and Facility Solution Group. The lab equipment was donated by Lennox International.

 Outdoor Chamber: 25' x 20' x 13'
 Indoor Chamber: 15’ × 20’ × 13’
 Outdoor Unit: 13 ton cooling and 70 kW heating
 Testing Unit: 7.5 ton cooling and 40 kW heating
 Controls: RZ mediator, 2 RZ 100 controllers, and 120 sensors
 Cable: 2000 ft multi-paired control cables

Full control of outdoor climate for anytime and anywhere during anytime Full control of indoor temperature, humidity, IAQ, pressure and occupancy Ability of testing various types and brands of unitary HVAC&R equipment Ability of testing various kinds of control, optimization, and AFDD algorithms
Ability of testing more than 20 different kinds of faults and non-optimal operations, including

1) Refrigerant overcharge, 2) Refrigerant low charge, 3) compressor valve leakage, 4) liquid restriction,
5) reverse valve leakage, 6) check valve leakage, 7) non-condensible gas, 8) condenser fouling, 9) evaporator fouling, 10) slipping fan belt, 11) dirty filter, 12) economizer fault, 13) sensor out of calibration or failure, 14) Cooling stage failure, 15) heating stage failure, 16) set point doesnot meet, 17) exhaust fan failure, 18) under pressurization, 19) over pressurization, 20) damper leakage, 21) freezing coil, 22) compressor cycling, 23) fan cycling, and others

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STATPack Laboratory

PKI 364,

The STATPack (Secure Telecommunications Application Terminal) system is an Emergency Response system for the Public Health Microbiology Laboratories.

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STEAL Information Assurance Laboratories

PKI 350,

The Nebraska University Center for Information Assurance (NUCIA) supports three labs for classroom work.

  • Systems are isolated from rest of building's network
  • Allows testing of reliability and security as it relates to business systems technologies
  • Three labs with designated purposes:
    • STEAL One is designed to be an open laboratory for students to use both for coursework and individual exploration.
    • STEAL Two has been designed to be a hands-on instructional laboratory.
    • STEAL Three is a place where NUCIA students, scholars, student workers. etc congregate and work.

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Structures Laboratory

PKI 126

  • Over 5,000 square feet of floor space to accommodate various testing needs.
  • 30-foot high reaction wall that supports horizontal force up to 1,000,000 lbs.
  • 25-ton overhead crane suspended above a 60 ft by 90 ft structural testing floor.
  • Testing floor that has tie-downs spaced at 3 feet in one direction and 10 feet in the other direction with a load capacity of 320,000 lbs per tie-down.
  • 60-foot long prestressing bed with prestressing capacity of 1,600,000 lbs.
  • Two computer controlled MTS that has a tension and compression capacity of 55,000 lbs and 110,000 lbs for fatigue testing
  • Two Ground Penetrating Radar units with 1.5 GHz and 400 MHz antennas for concrete and utility inspection.

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WINDS Laboratory

PKI 360,

The Wireless Infrastructure for Networks of Distributed Sensors (WINDS) laboratory is specifically designed to include sensor network testbeds for supporting research activities for the college and other research groups in Nebraska.

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