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How Businesses prefer 3D CAD over 2D CAD drafting software?

Choosing Between 2D and 3D CAD Applications

Amazingly, the argument over 2D vs. 3D CAD applications rages on, with developers and designers on both sides touting the merits of their preferences and the flaws of opposing CAD choices.

While this argument might seem academic to operations or project managers who have a minimal amount of exposure to the actual CAD interface, I’m drafting this article to provide a clear perspective of the debate.

To start with, the main difference between 2D and 3D applications should be rather self-explanatory: 2D works solely on a single plane, while 3D allows the construction of fully realized three-dimensional surfaces.

It’s important to note that 3D CAD allows all the usage and image building techniques available within most 2D CAD applications, as well as allowing the user to open the third dimension and construct solid objects. While this might seem like this should signal the end of the debate from the outset – after all, why argue that 2D CAD is superior in any setting if 3D CAD offers symmetrical capabilities – there are two other factors to consider when choosing between 2D and 3D CAD software.

First and foremost is price. 3D CAD applications are inarguably more expensive than older 2D software – sometimes to the tune of thousands of dollars. If you are managing a small business or sole proprietorship, and 2D CAD offers all the functionality you need, then a software upgrade may not be the wisest choice.

Second, 3D CAD applications are far more complex, and users must overcome a much steeper learning curve. Since moving an object from a 2D environment into a 3D environment means increasing surface areas and detail exponentially, the control systems in 3D CAD applications are much more difficult to master. If you’re running a small shop with fewer than four CAD users, you may want to consider the immediate decrease in capability your shop will experience if you changeover your software from 2D to 3D. Staggering 3D implementation might be the best choice – allowing a third of half of your design force to upgrade while you keep the others working on 2D applications should keep your overall output nominal. Once your designers have acclimated themselves to a 3D workspace, you can continue upgrading in segments.

Overall, there’s no real argument here – 3D CAD applications are far and away superior in any design situation. However, implementation can be costly and time consuming. Managers should be aware of this, and plan CAD software upgrades accordingly.

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CAD CYBER THREATS

How are CAD Design and Drafting Industry fighting New Cyber Threats?

Less than two decades ago, the primary goal of most CAD Design and Drafting organizations was to provide up-to-date CAD workstations and a pleasant working environment for their CAD engineers and designers. Even today, the training of a CAD engineer focuses on equipping the engineer with the ability to define engineering problems and to use CAD tools to solve the problems.

When a new CAD engineer is recruited by a CAD company, some of the most important lessons that the engineer may learn during orientation and training include the following:

  • Design projects should be performed with specific company-approved Suitable CAD workstations, and design tasks should be performed under well-defined company guidelines,
  • Security guidelines should be followed religiously in order to protect company information, and the exchange of design information should occur within well-established protocols,
  • Workstations and the work environment are fenced by a company firewall, and any attempts to work outside the system are considered as a violation of company policy.

The fact is that within the last decade, cyber terrorism has become prevalent and sophisticated. It is not only national governments and national defence systems, financial institutions, or infrastructure systems which are targets for cyber terrorism. CAD Design and Drafting companies also spend money and resources to protect themselves from cyber terrorism.

In this article, we try to answer the question: “How CAD Design and Drafting Industry fighting New Cyber Threats?” Because a complete answer to the question is not within the scope of this article, only these topics will be considered:

  • What is a cyber-attack?
  • How could a cyber-attack be waged on a CAD system?
  • What damages could a CAD company suffer from cyber terrorism?
  • How could cyber-attacks on CAD organizations be prevented or minimized?

What is a Cyber-Attack?

A cyber-attack is a malicious action which is designed to disrupt or cripple the computer systems of infrastructures, computer networks, or personal computing devices. The attacker or cyber-terrorist uses sophisticated methods to avoid detection because of the attacker’s intention to establish a foothold in the targeted computer system in order to steal, alter or destroy information in the system.

The methods used by cyber-terrorists include the planting of malicious software (malware) or viruses in the targeted system. When a cyber-attack on a CAD organization succeeds, the criminal or intruder could do the following:

  • Steal software or identities from the CAD organization,
  • Create denial of service to CAD engineers,
  • Steal or destroy intellectual property.

How Could a Cyber-Attack Be Waged on a CAD System?

Because methods of cyber-attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, it is necessary for IT engineers who work for CAD organizations to stay up to date with new cyber-attack methods.

The CAD engineer is too busy performing design tasks to become pre-occupied with cyber- attacks. Nevertheless, the CAD engineer should be keenly aware of avenues or entry points which could be open to the cyber-terrorist. These avenues could become open to the cyber-terrorist by performing these seemingly innocent practices:

  • Opening email attachments which could include malicious malware,
  • Downloading software, multimedia material, or unknown data from the web.
  • Inserting flash drives into USB ports.

Once a cyber-terrorist accesses the intended target, the criminal can quickly accomplish several tasks.

  • Probe for vulnerabilities and additional network access within the organization,
  • Use malware to establish additional breach points, so that the cyber-attack will be difficult to remove completely, even if the original point of attack is removed.
  • Establish network access; gather data such as account names and passwords. If the cyber-terrorist succeeds in cracking passwords, data can easily be collected from the victimized target.
  • Disguise the presence of planted malware on the network, in order to make it easier to return and steal more information, or to cause damage to the network.

What Damages Could a CAD company Suffer From Cyber terrorism?

It is not too difficult to imagine what types of damage a cyber-terrorist can cause to a CAD organization.

The main types of damage which could ruin or severely damage a CAD organization include:

  • Having designs stolen or destroyed. Even designs which are backed up within a cloud system will lose their proprietary status and could be exploited by competing organizations.
  • Suffering a denial-of-service attack which prevents CAD engineers from performing their work,
  • Having the network system brought down

Rather than try to enumerate other types of damage, it will suffice to mention vulnerabilities within CAD systems which have been exploited, or could be exploited by cyber terrorists.

  • The Stuxnet worm virus was used to target and damage Iranian centrifuges used to enrich uranium. The malware was sophisticated enough to make the technicians believe that the centrifuges were operating normally, while they were actually destroying themselves.
  • Malware in Bluetooth-enabled insulin pumps altered the dosage of insulin administered to a patient, with the intention of causing injury or death to the patent.
  • Malware planted within the software of a production machine could create defective parts while deceiving the production personnel into believing that they were producing acceptable parts.
  • The STL file format used for 3D Printing or AM (Additive Manufacturing) can be easily altered by malware so that 3D printers produce defective parts.

How Could Cyber-Attacks on CAD Organizations Be Prevented Or Minimized?

Cybersecurity or the ability to prevent new cyber-attacks or threats is a never-ending battle for IT professionals, because cyber crooks and terrorists are well trained, and they are always looking for new methods to practice their criminal behaviour. According to the viewpoint of a cybersecurity expert at CBIS (Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies), it may be more profitable for businesses to concentrate on detecting malware and on minimizing the damage they can cause.
CAD organizations could take additional steps to thwart the efforts of cyber terrorists. Some of these steps are:

  • CAD engineers should stay vigilant and should report any changes in the software environment to IT personnel.
  • CAD engineers should not open email attachments which do not come from well-known sources.
  • CAD engineers should not download data from sources outside their organization without the approval of IT personnel.
  • All USB or flash drives should be scanned for malware before they communicate with workstations.
  • CAD organizations should create segmented networks.
  • CAD organizations should promptly identify and quarantine unrecognized data within the network until the data has been cleared for safety.

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How to be Best Drafter or Designer in your Field

How to be Best Drafter or Designer in your Field

As you set your personal new year resolutions, it’s also important to establish some professional goals. Goal setting is crucial for progress, especially when it comes to your business and/or career. In this post I want to share some of my professional goals for 2016. These are things I want to work on to become a better drafter and designer this year. If these goals resonate with you, feel free to adopt them and implement in your professional career.

Never Stagnate In Knowledge

I’m sure you know this but you don’t know everything. There is always something new to learn and with all the resources available online it’s easier than ever. Make it a goal this year to learn something new about design, drafting, business, entrepreneurship, teamwork, marketing everyday.

Contribute, Don’t Just Consume

Whether you work in a large office setting or from home as a freelancer, at some point you will find yourself working in a team. There is nothing worse than a passive team member who consumes but never contributes. Make it a goal to be more active in your team and contribute.

Don’t Be Afraid To Try New Things

The old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is true, but don’t let it stop you form trying new things. Sometimes it’s a good thing to get out of our comfort zone and do something new and different. Maybe it’s a different approach to a design process, new marketing strategy or as simple as new workstation layout. Trying new things is always a good way to challenge yourself, thus helping you grow.

Network More

In the last year and a half of running my own drafting and design firm I found that networking is one of the most important things I can do to grow my business. Now, naturally I’m a big introvert. I would rather sit at my workstation with headphones in, than meet new people, but  what we want isn’t always best for us. Someone said that opportunity is found outside of our comfort zone. I found that statement to be very true. This year, get out more, network with other freelancer, business owner, drafter and designer.

Ask For Help

Back to my first statement, “you don’t know everything”. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather an important step of growth. It’s always important to have mentors who you can seek advice from. If you don’t have one already, make it a goal this year to find a mentor. Hey, maybe it’s going to be one of the new things that you try!

Take Time Off More Often

When you are passionate about what you do, it’s easy to forget about work/life balance. This is especially true when working from home. Let this year be a year when you set aside good amount of time for your family, friends as well as some alone time to recharge.

Celebrate the Wins

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be very critical of myself. Always looking at things that I can improve on, fix and do better. This is not necessarily a bad characteristic, but definitely can hurt you and your business. Celebrating your wins is as equally important as analyzing the failures. This year set a goal to celebrate the wins, even if they are small. When you finish a project, celebrate! Landed that perfect job or found a new client, celebrate!

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Cost Effective CAD Solutions for Civil Engineering

Any big projects success depends on cost effective CAD solutions. Project Managers are very careful when it comes to spending money and it should be that way since its one of the best important resource of projects. Increasing the profitability and decreasing the overhead cost becomes most important factors for any successful projects. We are going to examine how Civil engineering firm can able to achieve cost effective solution with 3D CAD design and drafting.

When cutting down cost implement successfully,Engineering firm already half on their mark to achieve goals. some of them can get the fact wrong,Cost controlling is not just not doing certain things to save money, but it is doing things more efficiently. Most engineering firms would use 3D CAD for designing and drafting purposes to do things more efficiently, and thus, control the costs. It is easier said than done, so let’s see how it’s done.

With 3D CAD, things are built virtually from scratch. Prototyping is made easier. Even before the building is built, you can virtually check the strength of the building. But, what has this got to do with costs? There’s a relation, suppose if you just didn’t do calculate the strength of the building properly, and the building collapsed due to some minor natural forces. It can cost you a lot, isn’t it? There are instances where this has happened, we will discuss that in some other article later on.  So, my point is that with 3D CAD, we can simulate environmental factors. And when important elements are factored in, flaws can be eliminated. You are avoiding heavy costs.

In 3D CAD, you can start working on elements individually. You can make changes to an element individually. So, chances of screwing some element when working on another are rare. And revisions are easy. 3D CAD comes along with 3D mouse, this would enable you to govern the tasks better with more precision. With more precision, the design cycles will be shorter. And when design cycles are shorter, you are saving the time, Again! Yes, people are performing the tasks at a great speed with 3D CAD.

This is saving you time, and if you are saving time, you can work on additional projects. You would require fewer people with 3D CAD relatively. There, you are saving bucks again! Someone who says he doesn’t want to save time would be lying.  It’s all about being efficient and saving time. And saving time is cutting down costs. And one who does save the time will be a champion.

Are you looking for an expert who could probably take care of your CAD drafting and designing concerns in civil engineering? Australian Design and Drafting services is in the CAD drafting and drawing industry from last 10 years. So, no worries about the quality of the work Australian Design and Drafting has to offer. Australian Design and Drafting can help you out in cost control with its 3D CAD services. Australian Design and Drafting just does the job like an extended in-house team with a lower turn-around time. And yes, we have advanced tools like Revit, Civil 3D, Tekla, etc.

So, want to save costs and grow your business? We can even offer you a free trial project that will help you understand the quality of the work that we have to offer with CAD.

To schedule a personal meeting with our  Representative or contact Sales Team on: 1800 287 223 (1800AUSCAD)

For more information, log on to: www.astcad.com.au or drop an e-mail at: info@astcad.com.au

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Solidworks Cad Data Management

It is no secret that managing Gigabytes of CAD data can be tough. Especially if you’re a new comer to a company that contains years of legacy data, you’ll probably be spending at least 2 hours a day on non-essential task, which is sorting out your files.

What’s more, every department in a company (or dare I say every employee in a company), has their own way of sorting their files. Yes, a company may enforce a rule that any files checked into the server of the company follows a certain nomenclature, but who is going to enforce it?

Poor Data Management leads to many issues such as:

  • Poor Decisions based on faulty or poor information
  • Duplicated efforts because one users did not know that the work he is doing was already done by someone else and it was in the company’s data storage
  • Lost of sales because customer’s cant get the information in time and leaves in frustration
  • Lost of productivity as employees disturbs other employees for data that is already there but can’t find them

This is where a data management needs to be more than just a security center. It needs to be an intelligent vault. Introducing an intelligent PDM system, called SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM).

Nothing screams horror than sifting through an assembly with 1000s of parts just so that you pull it out replace with another. Another concern would also be to pinpoint where a particular standard part is used (Important if you need to replace a part thought to be standard with a revised version).

The default Microsoft search function may not be able to help you find you the parts you want as search function are based on how the OS indexes the files. With SOLIDWORKS PDM, all your CAD files are promptly indexed to make the search function more powerful and accurate. With the ability to give you where the files has been used and the history of the file, you can quickly and efficiently get the information you need!

If you are in an organisation whereby a few engineers work on a same project, you would most likely fall in the trap of working on a file in which someone else is working on at the same time. At the end of the day when it comes to putting it all together, nothing fits! Back to the drawing board….

PDM controls the flow of all the documents, making sure each users knows the status of the file. If one person is working on a file, others may still view it, but not work on it until the initial user is done. Think of PDM as your friendly traffic police, making sure the flow of documents keeps moving without a hiccup.

Sometimes when a particular step goes idle, due to:

  1. Awaiting confirmation on the green light
  2. Awaiting confirmation that a correction is needed
  3. Awaiting for other departments to make a move

The user may also forget about his/her own movement in the project, and they are not aware of the status of the steps mentioned above.

With PDM, the process workflow defined in the PDM system keeps you updated about what steps are currently in progress and who is in charge. Built in is also the Notification Capability, which reminds the person-in-charge to keep the process going, so that no time is wasted!

The biggest concern about any data management solution is whether:

  1. Is it easy to manage?
  2. Do I need to hire an IT person to constantly look over it?

Be assured that the PDM solution will keep your data safe, organised and compliant.

One of the biggest roadblocks to adopting a data management systems is the fear that users may not get used to the system, which locks them out from the pool of data. Well that is not the case with PDM. With its tight integration with Windows, accessing files is as easy as using Windows explorer, opening folders to access the files. With its structured way of checking in/out of files, you will be assured that any files being opened or entered the vault is following company protocol.

It’s a step-by-step method which keeps all your files organised and populated with essential date.

File history is always difficult to track unless the right discipline is instilled in the user. By default, most users when it comes to editing an old file will just save the new version over it, completely destroying the older version of the file. What happens is that:

  • Nobody knows what changes were made
  • Nobody knows who made the changes
  • And if the new version is not acceptable and need to revert back, its not possible! (Time wasted in recreating the old version)

So why not let PDM do that with you? It keeps track of the entire history of your files, AUTOMATICALLY! Let engineers do the designing, and PDM on the file management.

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM includes:

> File management: centralised file vaulting capabilities to manage and control electronic intellectual property and product design data

> Revision management: track changes, maintain a complete revision history of a design’s evolution, and avoid the errors of manual approaches

> Bill of materials (BOM) management: a range of tools for making BOM information management more efficient, enabling you to export BOM data in multiple ways to use in downstream applications and systems

> Distributed collaboration: keep people connected, up to date, and working on the same set of data, regardless of their location

> Regulatory compliance: helps you comply with government regulatory requirements or industry standards for controlled development processes and product documentation

> Design reuse: create a framework for quickly locating and reusing or repurposing existing design data

> Engineering change management: significantly reduce the time needed to complete your design approval and engineering change order (ECO) processes with the automated electronic workflow system

> Secure file vaulting: securely control access to sensitive or proprietary product information

> Enterprise scalability: easily connect the design data needs of your entire enterprise, whether for just a few users in a single location or hundreds of contributors working in multiple locations around the world

If you would like to know more about PDM, CAD Data Management please feel free to contact us at +61 731 493 547 or email info@astcad.com.au, and our EPDM experts would be happy to help!

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Opt for affordable 2D drafting services

The solution is simple. All you have to do is outsource to Australian Design & Drafting and you can avail a cutting edge 2D drafting solution, without having to invest in expensive technology or going through tedious recruitment headaches.  Read on to find out more about the importance of effective 2D drafting, the varied types of 2D drafting services offered by Australian Design & Drafting and the numerous benefits that comes with outsourcing.

If your firm is drawing out a design for an office, home, restaurant or any other type of building, then you would definitely be aware of the critical role that 2D drafting plays in the successful outcome of a building. 2D drafting is one step that you cannot afford to skip, even though you may encounter other problems when designing your building. Moreover, 2D drafting also requires time, skill and expertise. With outsourcing, you need not worry about doing 2D drafting anymore. You can simply outsource 2D drafting to Australian Design & Drafting and enjoy big savings on cost, time and effort.

2D drafting services offered :

No matter what type of design plan you want, you can avail an effective 2D drafting plan by outsourcing to Australian Design & Drafting. We have best mechanical engineers and 2D drafters who can put their skills and knowledge to deliver a cutting-edge 2D draft for your building. You can avail 2D drafting services for any one of the following:

  • Architectural drawings
  • Preliminary drawings
  • Millwork drawings
  • Assembly drawings
  • Shop drawings
  • Structural design drawings
  • Engineering (MEP) drawings
  • Presentation drawings
  • Machine drawings
  • Manufacturing drawings
  • Fabrication drawings
  • Structural steel detailing
  • Construction or working drawings

What makes Australian Design & Drafting a hot destination for 2D drafting?

Here’s why Australian Design & Drafting is the Australia’s preferred location for 2D drafting:

1. Latest 2D drafting software and tools: Australian Design & Drafting employ the very latest in 2D drafting tools and software, such as, AutoCAD®, MicroStation®, SolidWorks®, Staad Pro®, Ansys®, 3DS Max®, VRay, X-Steel, Revit®, ProE®, CATIA®, Autodesk® Inventor® and Unigraphics/NX to create world-class 2D drafts.

2. Skilled 2D drafters: Outsourcing 2D drafting to Australian Design & Drafting can give you access to a dedicated team of drafters and engineers who will collaborate with your company, understand your needs and provide you with a satisfactory 2D drafting solution. With a 2D drafting solution for your preliminary drawing, architectural drawing or structural drawing, you can develop a firm base for your design plans.

3. 2D drafting in CAD: Australian Design & Drafting  have an extensive knowledge of conducting 2D drafting in CAD, as per the exact scaling and specifications given by you.

4. Huge cost savings: By outsourcing, you can cut down on your current cost by a whopping 50% while getting access to professionally drawn 2D drafts that meet your expectations.

Outsource 2D drafting to Australian Design & Drafting today and experience freedom from mundane recruitment, payroll or infrastructure related hassles.

If you were to outsource today, which 2D drafting service would you prefer to start with? Have you outsourced 2D drafting before? If yes, how did it go? If you have a question on outsourcing or want to express your views, just leave a comment in the box below. We, at Australian Design & Drafting love to hear from you!

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Future of 3D Design Microsoft’s HoloLens

Just Recently I have watched Star Wars Episode 7 in cinema. It just made me think how future is shaping with new technology and how we realized that soon it won't be science fiction anymore but reality.  Star Wars primed an entire generation to expect certain things from future technology. The movies featured various pieces of imaginary technology that has since become a reality. Compact communications devices, face-to-face voice chat and voice recognition are just a few concepts that appeared on the show before they appeared in the real world.

Holograms are another instance of a technology that appeared on the movie (though it was more Next Generation material, honestly), and it is one piece of tech that companies have continually tried to develop for at least 30 years, with little success. Oculus Rift and augmented reality combined with Google Glass are about the closest anyone has come to bringing holograms into our world.

Microsoft HololensThe brains behind Microsoft’s Kinect have developed a new platform that might bring a simulated reality into both our workplace and living rooms. The new system is called HoloLens, and it takes the shape of a pair of goggles rather than a holo suite (one step at a time). Unlike Oculus Rift, HoloLens doesn’t attempt to trick your brain into thinking it’s someplace else, rather it uses augmented reality (AR) to overlay holograms into your everyday space. For everyday usage, adding holograms to work would be useful for everyone from mechanics to brain surgeons. Teachers could find numerous ways to leverage holographic technology at every level of education. No doubt, the entertainment industry might find ways to use the technology for video games or to augment movie night as well. All of that is cool, but this is Rapid Ready, where 3D printing is king. Why do we care about the HoloLens? You guessed it (maybe the headline was a hint). HoloLens offers new opportunities for 3D design. Rather than sketching 3D images on a 2D surface, with the HoloLens, designers and engineers could design and develop 3D parts in 3D.

Microsoft also realizes how much potential for design the new platform offers, and has included instances of 3D design in its demos and video marketing. It wouldn’t be surprising if the HoloLens shipped with 3D design software included, with haptic feedback tools already in the pipeline for development. Add a pair of haptic gloves to the HoloLens and suddenly you have the ability to mould new parts in 3D without using a mouse or stylus.

The possibilities of HoloLens for engineering design

Design. The design opportunities that HoloLens presents are exciting. Design engineers will be able to go beyond traditional 3D presented on a monitor and controlled via mouse or touch, to immersive 3D in the real world using gestures and voice. Holograms allow you to visualize how something will look in the physical world with the benefit of 3D editing and authoring capabilities, mimicking how you would interact with something in real life.

Imagine creating a physical mock-up or prototype using foam, clay and other mediums for modeling: this is what design will be like with HoloLens, but with more tools and fewer constraints than the real world. You can then share those holograms and collaborate remotely, and excitingly, even turn them into physical objects with HoloStudio’s 3D print compatibility.

Fix. Think of the possibilities for field service and repair of products and machines. Being able to be in an actual situation—standing next to an aircraft or vehicle—and have your digital instructions pinned as holograms in the air around you or a 3D animation within the actual physical context right in front of you. Or go beyond that and bring in a remote colleague or advisor with HoloNotes in Skype and let them see your environment from their tablet or PC to troubleshoot and collaborate on a repair on the spot. They can draw instructions that appear as animations in your world, helping walk you through a new process.

Simulate. New ways to learn is another powerful capability of HoloLens. In both design and field service training scenarios, learning comes alive when you can visualize and examine in 3D, within the actual environment, how a product works, the types of different inspections performed on a product or each of the individual tests required to meet product safety standards. What’s more, you could simulate an unsafe or hazardous environment to practice what you’d do in that situation.

For more information about professional CAD drafting services or career opportunities, please feel free to contact Australian Design and Drafting Services at 1800 287 223 or 07 3149 3547  today.

 

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Engineer’s CAD Drinks

Autodesk Introduces Whisky Drinks for AutoCAD and CAD Drinks for Engineers – Helping Them Plot Their Own Cocktails. Now Autodesk users can download their own copy of CAD drinks, and learn to mix cocktails with precision.

The DWG files contain all the information about the technique of mixing your drinks – simply by shaking them or by stirring with/without cracked ice. The schematics also suggest what glass to use, which ingredients go first and lists all the details of what to put in your glass and how, drawn right there – orange segment, pineapple chunk, onions, cherry, mint leaves, ice cubes, finely granulated sugar and the list goes on, all have a different recognizable graphics.

The drafts are drawn to scale in elevation, here alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are color coded and rendered and the files are available in downloadable DWG file formats. The info graphics are prepared to appeal to an architect/ engineers brain and are replete with instructions for mixing and consumption of the drinks.

CAD drinks promises fun hour for architects and engineers as they meet after work, and design their cocktails just like they design buildings and machines. Designed by an engineer Shaan Herley, the chart codes more than 70 cocktails in their classic form right from the traditional Martini, to the popular Pina Colada.

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Intelligent P&IDs and their Advantages

Intelligent P&IDs for piping systems are 2D Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams generated using symbols for equipment, instruments, components etc. and lines representing pipelines, instrumentation signal lines etc. as well as general elements, customized as per each client’s requirements. The information stored with each Intelligent P&ID consists of minimum required attributes for design, analysis, procurement, maintenance etc. The inputs for such intelligence would be from process flow sheets, instrumentation schematics, equipment data sheets, valve and instrumentation specification sheets, piping material specifications, etc. and can also be in the form of drawings and documents.

The P&ID database so generated from Intelligent P&IDs for the entire plant / project, when linked to the Central Database, the integrated Plant Information Management System, leads to numerous advantages over conventional non-intelligent P&IDs, as listed below.

Benefits for new “green-field” plants:

As project progresses, Intelligent P&ID

  • Captures, organizes and updates data related to design, procurement, construction etc.
  • Provides single data entry with outputs such as Line List, Valve List, Equipment List, etc.
  • Associates engineering data, drawings and documents to graphics.
  • Checks the integrity between the processes captured in that and the corresponding intelligent 3D Plant model at all times and helps in resolving discrepancies between them.
  • Alerts layout designers about process changes.
  • Generates standard AutoCAD files with built-in intelligence. Highlights graphically in Intelligent P&ID the equipment, valves, instruments and specialties that are placed in the 3D Plant model.
  • Generates reports on items placed in intelligent 3D Plant model in line with Intelligent P&IDs.

Benefits for operating “brown-field” plants:

  • From database, plant operating and maintenance (O&M) personnel could at any time rapidly retrieve attributes of equipment, nozzles, pipe lines, valves etc.
  • The plant O&M personnel could use it to arrive at alternate processes in case of failure of any equipment (such as a pump), leakage of a valve etc.
  • The database can be extended to include customized inspection / maintenance management functions or can be linked directly to the client’s in-house database systems.
  • This will also help in any future retrofit / expansion project.
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What Education Do CAD Drafters (Designers) Need?

Today’s CAD designers will have to obtain, at the very minimum, an associate’s degree. Course work in this career field should ideally begin in high school, with a focus on art, science, computer technologies, math, and drafting. Upon entering college, students should continue to pursue courses they were unable to obtain in high school, as well as more courses in composition, engineering, technical drawing, manufacturing design processes, and CAD architectural drafting and dimensioning computer classes.

For those desiring a bachelor’s degree, most universities do not offer a 4-year degree in CAD design. However, there are viable degree choices to gain the educational experience required, such as in mathematics, engineering, computer architecture, and computer science. Some students opt to start an internship with an employer, after obtaining their associate’s degree and while pursuing a bachelor’s degree, as this helps enable them to choose the most appropriate degree and courses.

Job Responsibilities of CAD Designers

The primary job responsibility of designers will be the middle men and women who will have to bridge the gap between top level engineers and architects, and production/construction processes. In addition, CAD designers have to know how to read drawings and schematics to be able to answer questions posed to them by production/construction staff. Further, designers are going to have to become experts in their particular industry segment, as well as be proficient in basic drafting and the latest CAD computer technologies.

Salary Outlook for CAD Designers

Salaries for CAD designers are largely related to specific CAD industries. According to the www.payscale.com Statistics, in 2015 starting salaries for CAD designers ranged from $51,038 to just over $62,000 annually. Designers who specialized in electrical fields commanded the higher starting salaries, while careers in mechanical, civil, and architectural related fields started at the lower end. It is important to remember that these are median salary ranges and other factors, like the cost of living in a particular area, influence the starting salaries being offered by employers.

For employers, CAD designers provide the opportunity to save money, since they can be tasked with the bulk of layout, modification, and change work, and they eliminate the need to have to pay a much more experienced professional to do this work. In addition, new designers provide employers the ability to train them to fit with their specific industry segment and processes. As a result, the turn-around time on projects is faster and is still completed accurately and precisely, allowing the business to take on more clients and expand their operations.

If you are looking for experienced CAD drafters designers to assist with projects or other CAD drafting services, please feel free to contact Australian Design and Drafting Services at 1800 287 223 or 07 3149 3547  today.