Great info. Things are starting to fall in place. Yes, i'm using AWD (i was instructed to do so by the teaching assistant that taught the class on Cadence). However, I do have the option of wavescan, which i might play with if you think it'd be better.
Since i'm a student, i don't have access to customer support. Only the admin (my instructor) has access and he has respectfully declined to be the liason for me. So i'm stuck doing everything through the forum. I did try to sign up for an account that would give me access to customer support, but the account creation process asked for a key (or some sort of license number).
Lastly, I'm not sure i have access to any newer version of Cadence (IC615) so i'm not sure i can use viva. If i did have access, i would either have to search for the path as my "which icfb" simply returns /usr/bin/local/icfb (with no version discriminator in the path). I guess they could be running a version control tool, but i'm unfamiliar with the environment and would have to ask. I looked through my environment variables and didn't see anything that would point me to a version control hook, but that doesn't mean there aren't other ways of doing it.