Tuesday, 26 February 2013

CAU 2013 Training Session Track Descriptions

CAU 2013 Express consists of in depth training sessions on CADWorx, CAESAR II, and PV Elite, all packed into a one-day, high-powered learning experience. Below are in-depth descriptions of what software aspects will be covered in each training session track for CADWorx, Caesar II and PVElite. 

CADWorx 3D CAU2013 Express Class Preview

Advanced Spec Building Techniques for Better Designs

Leverage the power of the piping Catalog and Specification Editor to save time building project specs. Learn the ins and outs of the catalog structure and how this benefits you in adding new components and modifying existing ones. Gain a full understanding of how to organize multiple catalogs to create the exact content for each and every project. See how you can easily manage complete project specifications from one location and with a simple interface. Walk away with a complete understanding of how to remove the frustrations of managing multiple project specs by including them in a single project file. Learn how branch tables can help you can control the connection selections available to the designer on the project, and how user shapes can be integrated in to your project specifications.  Build powerful piping specifications with ease and accuracy.

Leveraging Point Clouds to Produce Accurate As-Built Models

CADWorx FieldPipe is the most versatile and powerful AutoCAD-based as built creation tool on the market.  This class will show you how to leverage your point cloud data to build intelligent CADWorx models and also how you can also use the same tool to create accurate design models and deliverables directly in the field. Learn how these tools can cut your modeling time by up to 90% and walk away with a clear plan to create as-build models quickly, safely and accurately. Whether you are tasked with a single pipe run in the field or need to develop intelligent output from a complete plant’s point cloud data, this session will give you the intelligent start you need to make the right decisions. 

Building Great Plant Models: From P&IDs to ISOs

Great piping designs do not start and end at the 3D model, there is a lot that goes on before and after the model is created that ensures that safe and accurate designs are created quickly and that deliverables are produced with the minimum effort and manual input. The key to this efficiency is the retention and leveraging of data all the way from the P&IDs, to the model and on through to deliverables such as BOM’s, isometrics etc. Learn how, by retaining and reusing information throughout your project’s lifecycle, you can make your projects run at their full potential.

How I-Configure can Help You Create Exactly the Issues You Want

ISOGEN I-Configure is a powerful tool that many are still not familiar with. This session will demonstrate some of hidden power of I-Configure. We will also show you how to transition from Project Manager to this new tool by converting your company's current Project Manager setting files to the I-Configure format. We will also show you how to automatically add custom symbols and detail sketches to your isometrics for the minimizing of rework or editing. Learn how to use component symbol keys (SKEYs) in ISOGEN and the symbol editor to create custom symbols and assign your own SKEY. This allows users to produce isometrics with symbols that accurately represent items placed in the plant model. We will also show how to maintain network security while maximizing user versatility, and how to create and link custom pipe support S-KEY’s in the pipe support palette.

CADWorx 2D CAU2013 Express Class Preview

How to setup and create P&IDs for downstream success

Just as databases have become part of our everyday lives, it also seems that the promise of intelligent P&IDs has been part of our conversation for at least a generation. Yet to this day intelligent P&IDs seem to mean little more than tagged blocks and the ability to output valve and instrument lists. During this session you will learn how easy it is to setup project databases to create truly intelligent P&IDs. You will discover how this intelligence allows you to run reports, link important project information, and attach design and engineering deliverables to P&ID components, for retrieval throughout the project and plant lifecycles.

Instrumentation and P&IDs: Effective sharing and information reuse 

Control system engineering handles a large amount of data and deliverables. Consistently creating the index, specification, wiring, and documentation are some of the most time-consuming and error-prone tasks. CADWorx E&I delivers unique capabilities to cover the complete control system task and support all phases of the life cycle from within a single environment. Learn how integration with automation vendors helps you engineer and design systems that are exactly tailored to project requirements and deliver cost effective solutions. Also learn how both instrumentation and piping can be linked to provide unprecedented collaboration with downstream benefits.

A data-centric approach to generating quality electrical deliverables 

Electrical design is a critical task in the entire design process but traditionally is performed at the tail end of the project schedule, when all the final electrical data and loads are known. This pots added pressure to get the job done quickly and correctly. Learn how a unique data-centric approach to electrical engineering and design delivers accurate deliverables quickly, efficiently and with the least reinterpretation of data. See how designs associated to your project loads can be created quickly and easily created with high quality and consistency, followed by automatic creation of all the electrical design deliverables.
Tools for publishing and sharing electrical and instrumentation information

Creating electrical and instrumentation deliverables can be a laborious and time consuming process. The challenge is in the multiple information interdependencies that exist in in the E&I process. See how a data-centric approach to the problem of creating accurate deliverables brings real-world benefits to creating deliverables that exactly mirror the components that make up a project, and its many interdependencies. Learn how having an integrated I&E solution makes deliverables creation a simpler task to roll out to the enterprise. 

CAESAR II CAU2013 Express Class Preview 

Selection and design of spring supports in CAESAR II  

Spring support selection in CAESAR II is a well-used feature of the program.  Unfortunately, many engineers are unfamiliar with the many selection capabilities that are available in the program.  This session will review the CAESAR II algorithm for hanger selection, exercise the many design options, evaluate that selection and provide guidance on improving the selection.  CAESAR II doesn’t select the spring; you do.  Learn how you can do a better job.

Tailoring the CAESAR II interface for optimal performance

Many engineers use CAESAR II, as is, right out of the box.  But there are many seemingly minor adjustments that each user can make to the program environment to speed and simplify the input session, provide more content and organize input and results.  If you spend even a few hours developing piping models or evaluating results, these simple changes are well worth a review here with their benefits in time and comprehension.

Demystifying modeling concepts of buried pipe analysis 

CAESAR II has a distinct method of including the effects of soil in a buried pipe model.  The concepts of buried pipe modeling, along with the automated procedure to include these effects in the analysis, are not intuitive to an above ground piper.  This session will provide an overview of the terms used here (such as bearing, friction, virtual anchor length, and soil type) and the CAESAR II modeling procedure. B31 comments on buried pipe will be reviewed.

Upcoming B31 improvements in modeling and evaluation of branch connections 

The SIFs and flexibility factors in use today were developed over 60 years ago.  ASME commissioned a project (ST-LLC 07-02) to review, update and harmonize these values across all B31 piping codes.  One of the more interesting changes is the treatment of pipe intersections where a value for tee flexibility is greater than the current 1.0.  Taking credit for this tee flexibility may reduce calculated expansion stresses and equipment loads.  This class will review the study results and outline the tee model that will, eventually, be included in the B31 codes

PV Elite CAU2013 Express Class Preview

API 579: Fitness for Service - A Focus on the Impact of Corrosion

API 579 offers valuable techniques to safely determine the fitness for service of a vessel or heat exchanger that has been in service.  Knowing the lifetime of a pressure vessel in service can have great significance on production capabilities and downtime costs. This course will focus on analyzing a vessel's fitness for service after the vessel has been subjected to corrosion, specifically to API 579 Part 4 (General Metal Loss), Part 5 (Local Metal Loss) and Part 6 (Pitting). 

Catching Up With PV Elite Capabilities

PV Elite is worked on constantly by a team of software development engineers.  Each year PV Elite is updated with the new codes and capabilities, and although each release leads users to focus on these new capabilities there are still 100's of tips and tricks that users have found useful from the earliest versions of PV Elite. Please join us to learn how your use of the latest version of PV Elite and past versions can be made more effective for all users both new and experienced.

Evaluation of Openings in Vessels

Why do openings in vessels have to be reinforced?  What is the reason why having a hole in a vessel wall makes is weaker?  What are the various methods various codes tackle this problem?  In this simple easy to follow discussion you will learn the basic principles underlying nozzle reinforcement and how they are addressed by different pressure vessel codes.

The Theory, Principles and Effects of creep as it Pertains to Pressure Vessel Design

Engineers understand the effects of operating stress on pressure vessel components.  Pressure vessel codes provide allowable stresses that must not be exceeded, with safety factor based on yield of no more the two thirds x yield.  These stresses are kept well below the yield point to maintain a margin of safety.  At modest temperatures, it can be expected that (ignoring the effects of corrosion) operating  pressures can be sustained for many years without fear of failure.  There are many vessels-still in service-that are over 80 years old.  This is because the properties of the metal remain constant over time.  However…..
Modern pressure vessel design calls for higher operating temperatures.  At these higher temperatures the metal over time can suffer from stretching, ultimately resulting in failure if not understood.  This is called creep.  The problem is that keeping the stresses below the yield point is not sufficient.  Creep can take place well below the yield point.

To register please download the registration form and return the completed form to sales@chempute.com

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

CADWorx and Analysis University Express 2014

Following up on the highly successful CAU Express 2012, Intergraph are once again sending out a team of product specialists for technical presentations of CAESAR, PVELITE and CADWorx software, and to review new features in the 2013 versions.  

This one day event will be held at Gauteng Conference Centre (GCC), Woodmead on 22 March 2013.

The CADWorx and Analysis University Express 2013 consists of in depth training sessions on CADWorx, CAESAR II, and PV Elite, all packed into a one-day, high-powered learning experience

Intergraph CADWorx, CAESAR II, and PV Elite product experts will be assisting you in expanding your technical knowledge that will not only leave you well informed, but assist you in becoming a better plant designer and engineer, all while networking and sharing your experience with others.

Each event will be capped off with product focused Special Interest Groups and an optional networking reception dinner in the form of a spitbraai. A special track will also be devoted to Intergraph’s electrical and instrumentation solutions and the integration of plant design and engineering tools.

Why Should You Attend ?

What differentiates CAU Express from similar industry events, is that Intergraph is staging the event locally in various countries around the world, and the event provides specific focus on providing technical information to the end user , rather than a focus on product marketing.   It is the user-centered, interactive hands on approach that sets this event apart from others.

  • Enhance and refine technical skills
  • Learn Latest tips and tricks
  • Increase productivity
  • Network with other experienced users
  • Learn about recent product developments
  • Obtain ongoing opportunities to enhance your learning experience

Here is what our past attendees are saying:

"I was extremely impressed with the standard of presentations the depth of knowledge shown by those who presented, also those who attended. If there is one event that best suits engineers and designers in our industry it must surely be this one."

"Truly enjoyed all the information shared, best of show goes to the interaction with all the Staff and Attendees at this conference.  All had great information to share and look forward to sharing more with all in the future.”

Presenters :

Ray Delaforce – Technical Support Intergraph Corp

Ray joined Intergraph CADWorx and Analysis Solutions group in 2003. Ray provides technical support in the PV Elite support and maintenance department. His duties include training in the use of PV Elite software both in the United States and abroad.

Dave Diehl - Technical Support Intergraph Corp

David Diehl graduated with a BSME from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA in 1976. Upon graduation he took a post as a Dynaflex technical support representative for Auton Computing in New York City. After four years David relocated to Houston, Texas providing mainframe-based piping system analysis services.  In 1986, he took a position at Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Solutions (COADE, Inc.) introducing and selling CAESAR II, the worlds first PC-based pipe stress analysis package.  While at ICAS Dave earned his Professional Engineering license and currently is the product manager for CAESAR II, is the lead instructor for CAESAR II, and manages all training for ICAS.  For the last ten years Dave has participated in the B31.3 Section Committee and currently chairs the Design Task Group there.  He also serves as a Director of SPED – the Society of Piping Engineers and Designers.

Sonia Delgadillo - Senior CADWorx Applications Specialist

Sonia Delgadillo is the Senior CADWorx Applications Specialist for the CADWorx Plant Design Suite, including CADWorx Plant and P&ID Professional, CADWorx Design Review and CADWorx fieldPipe. Sonia joined the Intergraph CADWorx and Analysis Solutions group in January 2009, and is responsible for product presentations, training and dealer and end-user support. She has five years experience teaching designers, engineers, owner operators and EPC firms develop AND implement best practices to improve their effectiveness.

Michael Smith – CADWorx Business Development

Throughout his 30 year career in the plant design and AEC industry Michael Smith has participated in projects ranging from process plants to mixed-used commercial buildings and transportation. His work experience includes consulting engineering, MEP design, construction, project management and public works. Michael has also had Autodesk Partner Channel experience in CAD and BIM management, Navisworks MEP coordination, plus AutoCAD and Revit MEP technical support. Michael was also principal of his own building information modeling (BIM) consulting company – BIMworks, Inc. Before Joining Intergraph he completed a successful term at Harder Mechanical, Oregon, USA as director of virtual design and construction.

Details at a Glance

Event Name:  CADWorx & Analysis University Express 2013

Duration: 1-Day

Date: 22nd March 2013

Cost: R595 + VAT (per delegate, incl lunch and dinner)

Time: 09:00 AM – 19:30 PM (Registration from 08:00 AM)

Location:  Gauteng Conference Centre (GCC) Mount Lebanon Road, Woodmead,
Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Host: Chempute Software & Intergraph 

A registration form can be downloaded from the following link :

For more information please contact sales@chempute.com

Monday, 4 February 2013

Advance Steel 2013 Release

Advance Steel 2013 was officially released on 5th December 2012. Installation DVD’s for this new release will start to ship from February 2013. Users current with Maintenance can also download the installation from the Graitec Advantage website.

Advance Steel 2013 includes a host of new features including Custom Connections, new Tool Palettes, User Dimension Enhancements, AutoCAD 2013 compatibility and much more. The link below runs through the new features in detail.


For more information contact nmichel@chempute.com