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In an effort to provide broad access to engineering-based computational software for research in a fair and equitable approach, Fulton Engineering will start implementing a new pay-as-you-go model that has researchers subscribe to the computational service and pay a nominal usage fee. This will help off-set the real cost of these computational platforms, and allow us to track usage to maximize benefit and institutional support in the future.

Abaqus is the first application that will use this new funding model. If you are currently using Abaqus for research purposes, starting Jan. 16, 2014, faculty and graduate students will have to register at fultonapps.asu.edu/softwarereg to activate usage. The registration process requires providing an ASURITE id and an ASU area/org account number. The charge for Abaqus is $0.15 per hour. Your account will be billed at the end of each month for actual usage similar to recharge centers for analytical instruments.

This new process is applicable only to research use of Abaqus. Educational use of Abaqus in our classrooms will not change.

Faculty are encouraged to include these costs in future proposal budgets. If this model will create an economic burden or has major cost implications for completing existing projects, contact your school’s director to discuss with Paul Westerhoff, associate dean of Research Services. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Denise Felsenthal at Denise.Felsenthal@asu.edu or 480-965-7872.

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