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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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Plant Construction Series

October 29, 2014

Materials for Pipe:

Steel pipe Normally refers to carbon-steel pipe. Seam-Welded steel pipe is made from plate. Seamless pipe is made using dies, common finishes are “black” (“plain or mill” finish) and galvanized.

Iron pipe is made from cast-iron and ductile -iron. The principal uses are for water, gas and sewage lines.

Other metals and alloys pipe or tube made from cooper. lead, nickel, brass, aluminum and various stainless steels. These materials are relatively expensive and are usually selected either because of their particular corrosion resistance to the process chemical, their good heat transfer, or for their tensile strength at high temperatures.

Plastics pipe made from plastics may be used to convey actively corrosive fluids and is especially useful for handling corrosive or hazardous gases and dilute mineral acids.

Glass all-glass piping is used for the chemical resistance, cleanliness and transparency. glass pipe is not subject to “Crazing” often found in glass-lined pipe and vessels subject to repeated thermal stresses.

Next time: Linings and Coatings

Note: Crazing = A fine crack in a surface or To produce a network of fine cracks in the surface


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How to use the P&ID’s objective in AutoCAD P&ID

October 27, 2014

To view P&ID Project Data

1. On the ribbon, click Home tab > Data Manager

2. in the Data Manager, in the drop down list, click P&ID Project Data

The example used on the P&ID’s Objective were, flow rate, temperatures, and pressure. And those properties  are define different or may not even exist at all, for example Temperature in the example AutoCAD P&ID is define as Design Temperature and Operating Temperature and flow rate is not even in the property list. The good news is that AutoCAD P&ID allows you to rename Operating Temperature to just temperature if it is what you want and it is even capable to add new properties like flow rate to the list.

Note: to add properties to the program you will need to have Advance knowledge of the Project’s properties and advance commands.



P&ID’s objective

October 27, 2014

its objective is to indicate all process and service lines, instruments and controls, equipment, and data necessary for the design groups. The process flow diagram is the primary source of information for developing the P&ID.

The P&ID should define piping, equipment and instrumentation well enough for custom estimation and for subsequent design, construction, operation and modification of the process. Material balance data, flow rate, temperatures, pressure, etc., and piping fittings details are not shown, and purely mechanical piping details such as elbows, joints and unions are inappropriate to P&ID’s

Next Time: Interconnecting P&ID


Total CAD Systems, Inc. October eNews

October 13, 2014

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Autodesk Upgrade Policy Change

As of February 1st, 2015, Autodesk will no longer offer the option to purchase an upgrade version of the latest software release if you own a perpetual license to a previous version. New versions will be available through purchase of a new perpetual license at the full new price, an existing Maintenance Subscription (Renewal) or Desktop Subscription (Rental) benefit.


Read more about it here.


The last day Autodesk will accept upgrade orders from a non-current version of software will be January 30th, 2015.


Customers with an Autodesk Subscription Contract eligible for a late renewal can place an order without additional late fees until October 23rd, 2014.


If you have a 2015 version of Autodesk Software without Maintenance Subscription, please contact your local Total CAD Rep (281) 445-6161 to review options available to you.


Upgrade Promotion Ending Soon

Upgrade your Autodesk software, including AutoCAD LT based products*, Versions 2009-2014 with Maintenance before October 24, 2014 and SAVE up to 10%.


*AutoCAD LT 2015 licenses must be on Subscription for 90 days prior to an upgrade purchase.


Contact your local Total CAD Sales Rep (281) 445-6161 today to save and get current.

Vehicle Swept Path Analysis with Autodesk Vehicle Tracking Event

Join us and see how Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure Solutions can help you stay competitive and win more infrastructure projects.


When: Thursday, October 30th

Time:   9am to 1pm

Where: Total CAD Systems Office


Vehicle Tracking is for comprehensive transportation analysis and design solutions for vehicle swept path analysis. Some of the capabilities of Vehicle Tracking are:


* Evaluation of vehicle movement

* Parking Tools (parking lot layout)
* Design criteria and standards library
* Real-time analysis

The business benefits include easy-to-use, intuitive, works within all AutoCAD environments, speeds up planning and design processes and can more quickly evaluate alternatives.


In addition, see how you can examine intersections using integrated analysis and simulation tools that are part of the total design process. Vehicle Tracking extends the effectiveness of BIM-enabled workflows.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see how Autodesk Vehicle Tracking can help you expand your capabilities.


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AutoCAD Fundamentals

November 3rd – 6th


AutoCAD Civil 3D Fundamentals

November 10th – 13th


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Autodesk Open Door Certification Day

Join us at an Autodesk Open Doors Certification Event.


For only $35, you can become an Autodesk Certified Professional!


The Open Door Certification Event Day is Friday, November 7th.


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