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April 29, 2015

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"What’s New in 2016" Product Launch Event


EXPLORE THE AUTODESK 2016 SOFTWARE AT OUR ANNUAL PRODUCT LAUNCH EVENT. Don’t miss our "What’s New in 2016" event as our industry experts showcase the 2016 Autodesk product features, tips and tricks, new Autodesk Account site navigation and benefits, and much more.

When: June 24th – 26th

Where: Total CAD Office

Time: 9am to 4pm

Topics include:

What’s New in AutoCAD 2016

Enhanced PDFs, Coordination models, Visual enhancements, Sysvar monitor

What’s New in Revit 2016

Revision enhancements, A360 Collaboration for Revit, Specification-driven ductwork, Rebar improvements, New structural section properties

What’s New in Civil 3D 2016

Import/export IFC Files, Exclusionary Catchments, Crossing Pipe Labels, Creating solids from surfaces

What’s New in Infraworks 360 2016

Updated features in Model Builder, Roadway enhancements, Bridge enhancements, Ddded watersheds and culverts

What’s New in Inventor 2016

New sheet metal capabilities, DWG underlays, Drawing creation enhancements

What’s New in Plant 3D 2016

New pipe routing offsets and tolerances, Updated unassigned Lines Groups, Simplified SDK model editing, Isometric drawings updates

…and more

More details to follow for our upcoming 2016 event.

Autodesk Announced 2016 Design and Creation Suites

Autodesk Design and Creation Suites 2016 have officially been released and will be coming to your Autodesk Account soon. Autodesk Subscription Contract Managers will receive email notifications from the Autodesk Subscription Team regarding 2016 availability.

If you do not know who your Subscription Contract Manager is, please email

Autodesk will be kicking off the Autodesk Answer Days series with the one and only AutoCAD!

Have AutoCAD® or AutoCAD LT® questions that you’ve always wanted to ask? Come spend a minute, an hour, or the whole day in the Autodesk Community to interact directly with the folks who bring you your favorite CAD software!

When: Thursday, May 7th

Time: 8am to 8pm

It’s easy. It’s free. It’s all about AutoCAD®.

Come to the Autodesk Community and post your AutoCAD® or AutoCAD LT® questions! Engage in real time conversation with the teams and experts that develop and support AutoCAD®:

Product Designers
QA Analysts
Technical Support
Customer Service
Community Managers

When you visit the AutoCAD Answer Day on May 7th, the CREATE NEW POST button will be available for posting questions. And there’s no limit on how many questions you can ask, we’re up for the challenge!

Join Autodesk at this special online event on May 7th!

In This Issue

"What’s New in 2016" Event

Autodesk Announced 2016 Products

Autodesk Answer Days

Training Schedule

Open Doors Certification Event

Autodesk AEC Event Center


AutoCAD Civil 3D Fundamentals

May 26th – 29th

June 8th – 11th

AutoCAD Fundamentals

June 1st – 4th

AutoCAD Map 3D Geospatial

June 17th – 18th

Email Nhi Hong to register for training or for more information.

Autodesk Open Doors Certification Event

For only $45, you can become an Autodesk Certified Professional at our Autodesk Open Doors Certification Event.

The Open Door Certification Event Day is Friday, May 8th

Follow these steps to register:

Register your information at
Enter in the SITE ID: AM0045 to select Total CAD Systems as your Certification Center.
Select the exam you’d like to take.

You can find more information on these exams including exam road maps by visiting

Autodesk AEC Event Center

Autodesk is introducing Autodesk AEC Event Center, which allows you to view online and in-person events related to the Building Design, Fabrication, Construction, and Infrastructure industry.

To see what events are coming up in the AEC industry, click here.

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What’s a Request Code? – Autodesk Community

April 14, 2015

Many of you over activate your product due to computer crashes, upgrades, etc.  When you are over activated, we need to contact Autodesk in order to obtain your activation code.  To do this, we need your request code.  So, what IS the request code?  Click the link below to find out…

What’s a Request Code? – Autodesk Community.

Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D and Point Cloud (Kubit)

April 14, 2015

The client’s question was, I am supposed to be able to hover over an equipment nozzle and hit and hold the Ctrl key and select the nozzle to edit, but for whatever reason when I follow the procedure, it puts me into 3D Orbit, is there a setting under options that makes that possible?

Note: please make sure to Save your work before attempting this procedure

the answer is to do the procedure again and when you see the 3D Orbit icon hit or select the F2 Key and if the following shows on the open window ‘KUBT_KL_3DORBIT you will need to do the following.

Under the “Point Sense” Ribbon located on the far right there is an orange gear for settings, click that and a dialogue box will open, click on AutoCAD LT and the first option is Ctrl + Left click option. it will be set to 3D Orbit, change it to “NO” at this moment Plant 3D has a 50-50 chance to crash and if it does please fire it up again and check to see if it is back to normal.

Note: do not use the Recover option if you have saved your work before applying this procedure.

hope this helps!!

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AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016

April 8, 2015

Check your new Subscription site ( to download your 2016 version of Civil 3D.

The new features below, come from the Civil 3D 2016 help guide…

New Features in Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016

Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016 contains the following new features and enhancements.

Integration of the Autodesk Point Cloud Surface Extraction 2015 Feature

The Create Surface From Point Cloud command has been integrated and is now available on the ribbon. The command now provides the ability to adjust the default distance between points in order to change the percentage of points that will be included in the surface.

Integration of the Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Productivity Pack 1 Features

The following features in the Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Productivity Pack 1 have been integrated:

The ability to bring Autodesk InfraWorks 360 data into AutoCAD Civil 3D by referencing a local InfraWorks 360 model has been integrated. The feature has been enhanced with the ability to bring InfraWorks 360 bridges into AutoCAD Civil 3D as 3D solids. For more information, see About Exchanging Data Between AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk InfraWorks.

The ability to create AutoCAD solids from TIN surfaces, pipe networks, and pressure networks has been integrated. For more information, see To Create AutoCAD Solids from AutoCAD Civil 3D TIN Surfaces and To Create AutoCAD Solids from AutoCAD Civil 3D Pipe Networks and Pressure Networks.


An option is now available for creating exclusionary catchments, which exclude other catchments.


An option is now available for selecting alignments by layer to use as width and offset targets for corridors.

Data Exchange

The ability to import and export Industry Foundation Class (IFC) files has been added.

Data Shortcuts

You can use the Manage Data Shortcuts command to repair broken data shortcuts and to replace drawing objects with data shortcuts.


You can now label the locations in profile views where pipes and pressure pipes cross an alignment. You can also label the locations in section views where pressure pipes cross a sample line. New properties are available in the Label Style Composer dialog box to support these label types. For more information, see To Label Crossing Pipe Locations in Profile Views and Section Views and To Label Crossing Pressure Pipe Locations in Profile Views and Section Views.


Options are now available for controlling the direction of sections in section views.


The Prospector tree can now display project objects that exist in subfolders within the object type folders.

You can now create data references to objects that exist in different Vault projects.

New Features in the Autodesk® Subassembly Composer for Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2016

A new Loop Geometry tool is available for repeating specified links until they reach a Surface Target or until they are repeated a specified number of times. The following new sample PKT file is available:

  • Loop_Geometry_Example.pkt

You can access the sample PKT files at