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UIMF Launches New Online Facility Management Software

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility Launches New Bookit Online Facility Management Software

Focus on Research.  Manage with UIMF BookitLab

Iowa City, IA - The University of Iowa Optical Science and Technology Center Microfabrication Facility launches the release of the BookitLab Core Facility Management cloud based software, a comprehensive lab management platform specialized especially for UIMF research groups and facilities.  

More Robust Tool Scheduling and Management

The new resource scheduler has been customized for the UIMF and offers a more robust tool scheduling and management platform with several key user benefits such as:

  • User-friendly and intuitive user-interface.
  • Detailed equipment scheduling with calendar view.
  • User reports: usage, reservation and billing.
  • Equipment SOPs and specifications.
  • UIMF consumables and parts inventory and management.
  • Accessible from any device on any platform: mobile, tablet, desktop.

Wide Range of Tools and Abilities:

UIMF Scheduler contains a wide range of tools and abilities designed specifically for scientific core facilities and shared service centers and is used in core facilities of leading scientific institutions across the world for the past eight years.  Modules and feature include:  Equipment Scheduling, Requested Services, Inventory Management, Billing and Detailed Reports.


BookitLab Scheduler is hosted and maintained by BookitLab’s team and the servers are on cloud data centers, architected to be one of the most flexible and secure cloud computing environments available today. All data is protected by extensive network and security monitoring systems and the system has been approved by The University of Iowa.  These system provides important security measures such as distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection and password brute-force detection on hosting accounts, built-in firewalls and multi-factor authentication (MFA)

To learn more about the new UIMF online management software, contact Aju Jugessur, UIMF Director, 319-353-2342 or UIMF Administration, 319-353-0974

Current User Login Instruction

The University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility (UIMF), in the Optical Science and Technology Center (OSTC) is an interdisciplinary central research facility and service center that provides access, hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment and education opportunities in the areas of micro and nanofabrication, metrology and device characterization. It is an open-research facility serving the academic, industrial and governmental researchers across campus and beyond. Key research areas enabled by this facility include optics, nanotechnology, sensors, micro- and nano-electronics, plasmonics, photovoltaics, spintronics, high-resolution spectroscopy, bio-medical.

The UIMF Service Center is located on the first floor of The University of Iowa, Iowa Advanced Technology Center, 205 N Madison St, Iowa City, Iowa.