Academic Licensing

Academic Licensing

FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY, free academic licenses can be acquired for certain UBC-GIF forward modeling and inversion software packages. The software packages currently available through academic licensing are listed below. Click the package name to see the online documentation; complete with comprehensive description of the package and a reproduceable tutorial example.

  • MAG3D v6.0: 3D forward modeling and inversion of TMI and amplitude magnetic data
  • GRAV3D v6.0: 3D forward modeling and inversion of gravity data
  • DCIP2D v5.0: 2D forward modeling and inversion of DC resistivity and IP data
  • DCIP3D v5.5: 3D forward modeling and inversion of DC resistivity and IP data
  • EM1DFM v1.0: Forward modeling and inversion of FDEM data over a 1D layered Earth
  • EM1DTM v1.0Forward modeling and inversion of TDEM data over a 1D layered Earth

Also, do not forget to visit the free utility software page, which has basic tensor mesh utilities and some GUIs for interacting with basic UBC-GIF modeling codes.

 

Who Qualifies?

To apply for an academic license for any of the aforementioned software packages, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be the supervising researcher (generally a professor) of a research group at an accredited academic institution; i.e. college, university or public research institution. You may apply on behalf of one or more of your students/subordinates.
  2. The intended use of the software must be for research purposes only! And those purposes must be clearly outlined in the academic licensing application. These codes cannot be used for commercial purposes or for work on behalf of a third party.
  3. Research results obtained using our software must be published in an academic journal or other publicly accessible space. Your intent to publish must be clearly outlined in the academic licensing application.

If you wish to acquire UBC-GIF software for educational (teaching) purposes, visit our education resources page. We offer restricted versions of DCIP2D, MAG3D and GRAV3D without the need to apply for a license.

 

Important Considerations Before Applying for License

  • Applications must be completed by the principal researcher (supervisor). This is true even if the codes are to be used by graduate students or research associates. We will not process applications that are not completed by the principal researcher.
  • Please inform UBC-GIF of published research when completed. UBC-GIF is happy to provide academic licenses for research so long as the findings are published in academic journals or online. When your work has been published, please email ubcgif@eoas.ubc.ca to inform us of the publication.
  • UBC-GIF must be cited in published materials. The appropriate citation for each code can be found at the end of the page.
  • UBC-GIF does not provide training for how to use any of the software we provide freely. We assume the applicant has sufficient background knowledge to run the software and use it effectively. The user is encouraged to consult the online documentation if they have any questions.
  • Academic license codes will only work on the specific computer designated in the application form. However, multiple licenses can be acquired in the event multiple researchers in your group need to use the software at the same time.

 

How to Acquire An Academic License

  1. For one or more of the aforementioned codes, read and print a copy of the license agreement. You must agree to all terms.
  2. Next, the principle researcher (supervisor) must complete and submit an online application form
  3. Upon approval, a key-file will be sent via email to the licensee designated on the license form. Follow the instructions that come with that key-file. This will activate full functionality on the computer defined in your application form. 
  4. All academic licenses will be time-limited to one year. You can re-apply after that time. This ensures that everyone is using the most recent versions of codes, so you don't have worry about upgrading. Besides, most people upgrade their computers quite often, and when this is done you will have to reapply with a new physical address anyway.
  5. Make sure you adhere to all items in the important considerations section.

 

 

Citing UBC-GIF Codes In Publications

  • MAG3D; A Program Library for Forward Modelling and Inversion of Magnetic Data over 3D Structures, version 6.0 (date). Developed under the consortium research project Joint/Cooperative Inversion of Geophysical and Geological Data, UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • GRAV3D; A Program Library for Forward Modelling and Inversion of Gravity Data over 3D Structures, version 6.0 (date). Developed under the consortium research project Joint/Cooperative Inversion of Geophysical and Geological Data, UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • DCIP2D; A Program Library for Forward Modelling and Inversion of DC Resistivity and Induced polarization Data over 2D Structures, version 5.0 (date). Developed under the consortium research project Joint/Cooperative Inversion of Geophysical and Geological Data, UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • DCIP3D; A Program Library for Forward Modelling and Inversion of DC Resistivity and Induced polarization Data over 3D Structures, version 5.5 (date). Developed under the consortium research project Joint/Cooperative Inversion of Geophysical and Geological Data, UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • EM1DFM; A Program Library for Forward Modelling and Inversion of Frequency Domain Electromagnetic Data over 1D Structures, version 1.0 (date). Developed by the UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • EM1DTM; A Program Library for Forward Modelling and Inversion of Time Domain Electromagnetic Data over 1D Structures, version 1.0 (date). Developed by the UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.