Archive for the ‘MEP’ Category

Microsoft Windows Update KB2987107 (Critical)

October 20, 2014

philip.s from the Installation & Licensing forum made an important post about the Internet Explorer Security Update 2987107. Not only does it resolve serious vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, but it also fixes several issues regarding crashes with the Autodesk Standalone Licensing Wizard, as well as AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP. Read philip.s‘s post here and the complete details of the security update here.

The security update is deemed Critical for Internet Explorer 6 through 11 on affected Windows clients and Moderate for Internet Explorer 6 through 11 on affected Windows servers. A few of the vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer being addressed are remote code execution, memory corruption, elevation of privilege, information disclosure, and security feature bypass. Be sure to install the update to protect yourself.

Thank you philip.s for sharing this information!

DGNPURGE is Now Part of 2015

June 5, 2014

How many of you are familiar with a couple of lines in a drawing and the drawing file size being EXTREMELY large?

I know a few of your are familiar with this because I sent you instructions on how to use the DGNPurge hotfix.  However, this hotfix is only for 2012/2013/2014.

It is now incorporated into the PURGE and –PURGE commands; it’s new name is Orphaned Data.



Total CAD Systems’ Newsletter

November 7, 2013

Total CAD Systems, Inc. November eNews

Industry News & Schedule of Events

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Keep up with Total CAD Systems, Inc.’s latest news, promotions, and schedule of events.


Total CAD Systems Has Earned the Autodesk Civil Infrastructure Specialization!

Total CAD Systems has earned the new Civil Infrastructure Specialization designation for value added resellers from Autodesk, Inc. As an Autodesk Specialized Partner, Total CAD Systems has shown that we have made significant investment in our people, we have a business plan specific to our specialization area, we have customer references, and that we can offer a high level of technical background and support to customers in the Civil Infrastructure industry.


The new Autodesk Partner Specializations enable value added resellers to highlight and brand their expertise in delivering services in key industry areas. By completing the required curriculum and training, as well as meeting required levels of service and standards set by Autodesk, Total CAD Systems demonstrates it can be a trusted adviser to Autodesk customers throughout the world.


How InfraWorks for You Workshop

The "How InfraWorks for You" hands-on workshop will show that the Autodesk InfraWorks is not just about pretty pictures. InfraWorks can also be used as a preliminary design analysis tool. Join us to find out how InfraWorks can quickly do surface analysis and get area calculations, then see how to convey your design by developing a

quality video to present to your clientele.


When: Friday, January 10th

Time: 9am to 3pm

Where: Total CAD Systems Office

Cost: $50 (For a limited time, register for a discounted price of $50. Original cost was $150)


Autodesk® InfraWorks (formerly Infrastructure Modeler) software provides breakthrough 3D modeling and visualization technology for desktop, web, and mobile that goes beyond traditional computer-aided design (CAD) and GIS platforms.


Discover how to:

  • Connect data through the Data Sources dialog box
  • Stylize the models that are connected
  • Add 3D models from Trimble® 3D Warehouse (formerly known as Google 3D Warehouse) to the Style Palette and then place them in your workspace
  • Basic measurements and surface analysis
  • Create a video flyby

…and more!

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Autodesk "Possibilities" Mail-in Rebate Offer

Save UP TO $1,000 on Autodesk design & creation suites and $400 on Autodesk AutoCAD software.


From now until December 31st, 2013, you can receive rebates of up to $1,000* when you purchase select Autodesk® design or creation suites. Discover industry-specific workflows that fit the way you work and give you more time to be creative.


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Financing made simple – it’s easy to keep cash flowing while keeping up with the latest Autodesk technology.


From now through January 24, 2014, or until $8 million in funding is allocated (whichever occurs first) as determined by Autodesk, customers can benefit from low financing rates of 0% for 24 months, 2.9% for 24 months or 3.9% for 36 months with 90 days deferred payments when meeting certain eligibility requirements on Autodesk software.


The Autodesk FY14 Q4 Financing Offer may be combined with all other offers and promotions.


*Minimum transaction size to qualify for 24 months 0% financing with 90 days deferred is $75,000 USD and maximum transaction size is $150,000 USD. Minimum transaction size to qualify for 24 months 2.9% and 36 months 3.9% financing with 90 days deferred is $25,000 USD and maximum transaction size is $150,000 USD. Only Autodesk® software perpetual licenses and Autodesk® Subscription purchases are eligible for this offer. Autodesk Rental Plans, Consulting Services, partner training and services, and/or other related purchases are not eligible. The Autodesk FY14 Q4 Financing offer may not be combined with multi-year Subscription contracts. Autodesk® Subscription may not exceed 40% of the total amount financed. Autodesk Subscription is not required to receive promotional financing


For more information, visit our promotions page or call (281) 445-6161. 


AutoTrack now available

Autodesk Expands Infrastructure Design and Analysis Portfolio With Acquisition of AutoTrack Software, a suite of software for vehicle swept path analysis and the design of parking areas and roundabouts.


Works with all AutoCAD platform 2013 & 2014 products:

  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Utility Design

Key Benefits for Road Designers, Civil and Traffic Engineers

  • Enhance productivity and evaluate more what-if scenarios earlier in the process of designing roundabouts, intersections and loading bays
  • Help save time and money integrating industry proven analysis methods in the design process
  • Conduct interactive simulations to better understand project performance related to traffic turning movements

Call our office at (281) 445-6161 for more information.





AutoCAD Fundamentals

December 2nd – 5th


AutoCAD Civil 3D Fundamentals

    December 9th – 12th 



Subscription Late Fee Waiver

For a Limited Time: Renew your expired Autodesk Subscription now without a late fee.


From November 7, 2013 through January 24, 2014, customers with expired Subscription contracts up to 364 days past expiration, may renew their Subscription and Autodesk will waive the Autodesk $100 per seat late fee.


For more information, visit our promotions page or call our office (281) 445-6161.


Subscription Center

Step-by-step solutions for accessing, using and managing your Subscription benefits.


Autodesk® Subscription customers get access to select Autodesk® 360 cloud services. Subscription may be purchased with a new Autodesk software license, or in certain instances can be added to an existing license. 


Visit the Subscription Solutions Center for help with your Subscription. 


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Making new software purchases? You could qualify for Section 179. Find out more: 


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Fatal Error Upon Opening Program

July 12, 2013

This recommended solution is for several of the Autodesk “hero” products.

It is in regards to Fatal Error: "Unhandled Access Violation Reading 0x0000 Exception at bcbdad73h"

To test and/or try out the solution, click here.

AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 2

June 10, 2013

Autodesk has released a service pack 2 for AutoCAD 2013.  This service pack also applies to the Suites.

You can read about it, and download here.