Archive for June, 2010


June 30, 2010

In Civil 3D 2011, you can actually generate a report that lists all the available point numbers or list the point numbers that are being used.

There are two commands, that have not been documented, that will allow you the use for seeing which point numbers are available and which ones are being used.

These commands are as follows:

LISTUSEDPOINTNUMBERS – displays a list of used points in the drawing

LISTAVAILABLEPOINTNUMBERS – lists available points to be used in the drawing.  You can also access this command in the contextual ribbon und COGO Point Tools.

This is in reference to the Autodesk Knowledge Base at the link below:

AutoCAD P&ID’s Tips and Tricks

June 30, 2010


When you create a font that should be used or the dimensioning of a drawing or for tagging your equipment, I recommend that you “Don’t set the height”. If you don’t set the height in the text style, you can control the height of the text with your dimension style and tagging style.


Total Cad Systems Inc.

Valves on the Flow Diagram

June 30, 2010

Showing valves on Flow Diagrams

Instrument-controlled and manual valves which are necessary to the process are shown. the following valves are shown if required by a governing code or regulation, or if they are essential to the process: isolating, bypassing, venting, draining, sampling, and valves used for purging, steamout, etc., for relieving excess pressure of gases or liquids (including rupture discs), breather valves and vacuum breakers.

Next time, Special fittings, essential Instrumentation, Equipment Data, and Stanby & paralleled equipment

Atilio Zelaya

Total Cad System Inc.

Custom Elevation

June 30, 2010

In the current Revit 2011 release, one of the new features is the ability to customize elevation symbols.  Revit has two additional family templates available for creating a custom elevation: Elevation Mark Body and Elevation Mark Pointer (See Figure Below).

The process of creating a new elevation is to create an elevation mark pointer in combination with an elevation mark body.  Start off by opening the Elevation Mark Pointer family template.  In the pointer family, create an elevation pointer symbol and add labels such as Reference Label, View Name Label, and Detail Number label.  (See Figure Below)


Save the family.  To create the elevation body, start by opening the Elevation Mark Body family template.  After opening load in the Pointer family.  In the elevation body family, create the body where the pointer will be hosted and add a Sheet Number Label (See Figure Below).

Next the Pointer and Body must be combined to complete the elevation.  Place the pointer at the locations where it is supposed to be located.  Make sure that once it is placed in the desired locations that it is locked to the Reference Planes (See Figure Below).

Save the family.  Create a new project and load the elevation family.  In order to use the family in the project there are a few steps to follow.  First go to the Manage Tab > Additional Settings > Elevation Tags and this will open a dialog box.  Duplicate the existing type and change the Elevation Mark to the custom family created.  (See Figure Below)

Place an elevation symbol in the project and select the symbol, go the properties.  Select Edit Type and change the Elevation Tag to the Custom tag. (See Figure Below)

The elevation is updated in the project and has the ability to create additional views.

A Hidden Gem!

June 29, 2010

Top Ten Reasons Hurricane Season is Like Christmas

10. Decorating the house (boarding up windows).
9. Dragging out boxes that haven’t been used since last season (camping gear, flashlights).
8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores.
7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for “specials”.
6. Going to stay with family.
5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling.
4. Buying food you don’t normally buy … and in large quantities.
3. Days off from work.
2. Candles.

1 And the number one reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas…At some point you’re likely to have a tree in your house! 

–Author unknown

With the onset of hurricane season, I wanted to share a humorous bit of information found on the web.  I could not locate who the original author was, so I take no credit for its clever content—and I hope you enjoy it! 

Meanwhile—I also ran across some  information that I think will be useful for those of you using Civil 3D 2011.  It seems that there are at least two undocumented commands that are worth sharing—AECCIMPORTSTYLES and AECCIMPORTSTYLESANDSETTINGS, I found this information here.  Now, undocumented means that:

1)  there is not a neat, tidy, dialog box or a wizard to prompt you through the commands

2)  these commands are not found on the ribbon, or the pulldown menus, they are strictly type-in commands

 3)  if you call in for help regarding these commands, you might have difficulty finding someone to help you since there is no documentation supporting them

 Since there is no dialog box for browsing to the correct file, you need to know the path of your source file, because when you type in either command, the prompt to type in the filename will appear only on your command line.  You can use a template or a dwg file, either one will work.  I am currently using Windows XP Pro 64, but I have seen reports that it will also work in Win 7.

Once you have entered the name of your file, be patient—and when the script has run, your settings tab will reveal all the styles and settings of the dwg or dwt source file you chose.  One thing to keep in mind is that these commands will overwrite any current settings in your destination drawing, so be super-careful before you execute them. 

It is a good idea to test these commands before using them on a valued project, just as a safety measure. 

Take care, and be sure to prepare for hurricane season—one storm already, and counting!