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Getting Started

Introduction to the Basics

Cadpipe Control Center
When you first select the Cadpipe Program icon on your desktop, you will automatically start up the
Cadpipe Control Center. The control center helps you create and organize a directory structure for your
projects in a way that all of the Cadpipe modules understand. When you enter for the first time, you will
be in the default working project directory created during installation. Of course, you can always just use
that, but for this purpose we will assume that you have already created a project within the Industrial 3D
Pipe document. All projects created apply to all Cadpipe Industrial modules. If you have already gone
through that, you will see a very similar dialog box here.

Create a Drawing
Right click within the Files area, and you will see the File Operations dialog box below.

See the Available options. Move and

Copy will open a browse window.
Here we will select Create.

Enter, or use the Browse Key to select a prototype drawing. For this purpose, we will accept the default.
Enter your Drawing name. Pick OK, and you will see your new drawing name appear in the listing in the
project manager.

Either double click the drawing name, or pick Launch at the bottom of the control center screen, and
AutoCAD will open the drawing, and Cadpipe will load.
If you have both metric and imperial Iso installed, you will see the following prompt. Please select your
preference. If you only have one of these installed, you wont see this dialog box, and go straight to the

As this is a new drawing, you will have to go through an initialization procedure. This only happens the
first time you enter a new uninitialized drawing file. First you will be prompted as to whether or not you
would like to initialize the dwg. It is best to agree.

Job numbers entered in this screen can be used for the BOM or for the global bill of materials. In this
case, enter anything youd like, or simply leave that empty, and select OK. We will also check off the
Place a border box, which will set your drawing sheet size, as well as your drawing limits.

Becuase we selected the Place a border box, you will be prompted with sheet size lists. The dialox box
shown is imperial, but will reflect metric sheet sizes if that was initially chosen.

You should see the dialog box below, which confirms that Cadpipe is loaded.

Once Cadpipe is loaded, please set up your AutoCAD screen to your preferences. For example, you may
want to dock your toolbars, units of preference etc.
It is a good idea to have your AutoCAD Osnap toolbar docked as well for easy access.
You may also find that laying out your PIDs is easiest with Ortho mode and Snap on. Here we have the
snap set to 1/16.

Customizing your setup.

Cadpipe PID allows you to set up company standards. While in this example, we are not going to modify
anything here, you might want to have a look.
You can find the Edit Defaults command under the Edit pulldown menu, or on the CP PID Ribbon Tab.

For example, you might want to have your valves appear with end type specific blocks
You would find this under Toggles, #13 Place Valves with distinctive ends. Turning this toggle on would
have your flanged valves show up as they do below on the left, rather than the default (on the right).

Or you could set a polyline width for your flow lines, under Drawing Standards, and #6 and #7. Additional
flowline layers will use the Secondary flow line setting.
There are many other settings that you could modify, but for this exercise, we will accept default settings.

Commands to Remember
Reset Located under the Settings pulldown menu, the CP PID Ribbon Tab, and on the Settings toolbar
as shown.

This command will reset all of your applicable current settings to those of a digitized fitting. For example,
line designation, size and rating
Undo Back Located under the Edit pulldown menu, All Cadpipe Ribbon Tabs, and on the Settings
toolbar as shown. This will undo your last Cadpipe fitting placement.

Cadpipe Current Settings

Current Settings

This dialog box shows you all of your current settings. That is, all of the parameters that define the pipe
or fittings that you are going to place. ie Pipe size, rating etc. It is available on the Settings toolbar as
illustrated, under the Settings pulldown menu, or on the CP PID ribbon tab.
The first thing that you will want to look at here is the Line Designation. Set your line number to whatever
you like. (P-555 used here) Do not include the pipe size in the line number this will only cause

Cadpipe comes equipped with many example piping specifications. Obviously, you would set up your
own, initially by copying one of our supplied samples and renaming that. For this purpose though, we will
set to AAA1 which is a supplied, generic 300# CS spec. Further information on customizing piping
specs will be discussed later.
For now, set your spec to AAA1. You will see a spec check button. When that is turned on, you will see
all the settings below become deactivated. The spec controls the rating and end types. If you want to
change either of these, you can turn spec check off, and they will be active again.
The spec override button disables spec check for one placement, and is also available on the placement
dialog boxes. Dont worry about that one at this time. Youll notice the pipe/equipment settings as well.
This, we will leave at pipe, but this setting will allow you to set items to separate in your BOM, as they are
potentially supplied by the equipment vendor.
We will also ignore the settings at the bottom of this dialog box for the time being. Plant, PID number
For example, with AAA1, spec on change your pipe size from 1 to 6 (25-150mm), and youll see the
settings in the dialog box change. This spec is SW small bore, with 800# valves, and BW / RF 300# large
bore. Remain set to 6 (150mm)
While it is not required to use piping specs at all, it is recommended. Well use AAA1 in this example, but
feel free to use another if you prefer. A brief description of our generic supplied specs follows. All listed
use the AP database unless otherwise noted.

For your information....

Summary of Supplied Example Specs : All use the ANSI Plus database unless otherwise noted.


300# CS


150# PVC (Plastics db)


300# CS / THRD Small Bore


150# 304 SS (AP db)


150# CS


150# 304L SS (AP db)


150# CS, Lap Joint Flanges


150# 316 SS (AP db)


300# CS


150# 316L SS (AP db)


600# CS


150# 304 SS Lap Joint (SS db)


900# CS


300# 304 SS (AP db)


1500# CS


300# 304L SS (AP db)


2500# CS


300# 316 SS (AP db)


600# Clamped


300# 316L SS (AP db)


150# CS Lined


600# 304 SS (AP db)


150# CS Flanged


600# 304L SS (AP db)


150# Fibercast (Plastics db)


600# 316 SS (AP db)


150# FRP Lapped (Plastics db)


600# 316L SS (AP db)

Depending on your installation, you may also see supplied example specs from the DIN or BS databases.
Because of the editing capabilities of Cadpipe PID, you can always add, or modify your specs at a later
date, and have the drawing update automatically.

Cadpipe PID is supplied with a fairly extensive equipment library. You will find this on your Place
pulldown menu, or the CP PID Ribbon tab as shown. Additional pieces of equipment can be added, but
will be discussed in later documentation.

Equipment section of Ribbon tab.

For this example, we will place a horizontal vessel, and a centrifugal pump, as illustrated below. PIDs
are schematic drawing files, so locations shown are approximate. Feel free to modify them as you wish.
Watch your command line for entry prompts.

Layer colors can be controlled through the AutoCAD layer command. Further information on layer control
will be discussed in subsequent documentation.

Approximate equipment locations on

a C size drawing sheet.

Command: <<<Place pressure vessel>> <BOM On><><>

Select vessel / boot:

Place horizontal vessel: Vessel diameter <2.0000>:
Vessel tan/tan length <4.0000>:
Enter equipment number <>: v-101
Digitize location:
Digitize equipment tag location <Exit>:

Accept the default scale of 2 and 4 for

diameter and length. Here weve
entered an Equipment tag of V-101
when prompted. Youll return to the
vessel icon menu after tag placement,
to prompt for a boot. In this case, we
will return or enter to exit the
command. Ie no boot.

Select vessel / boot:

Return, or Enter to exit the command.
We will also place a pump.

Command: <<<Place pump>> <BOM On><><>

Enter equipment subtype:
equipment scale factor <1.000>:
Digitize rotation base point <Exit>:
Rotation angle:
Enter equipment number <V-101>: p-101
Digitize location:
Digitize equipment tag location <Exit>:

Accept the default scale factor (of 1)

for your centrifugal pump placement,
and a rotation angle of 0. Here we
have entered P-101 for the
equipment number. You will notice
that the last equipment tag entered is
the default.

Digitize rotation base point <Exit>:

Accept the default scale factors at this point, and 0 for the rotation angle when prompted.

Flow Lines

Cadpipe uses an intelligent flow line to represent a run of pipe. Items placed on that flow line
automatically adopt the intelligence of that line. (line number size, rating and piping specification)
Set your flow line layer either on your Place pulldown menu, or on the CP PID Ribbon Tab as shown.
Adding additional flow line layers will be discussed in subsequent documentation.

Flow line layers can be set on either

the pulldown menu, or the ribbon tab
as shown.

Place Flow line is under the Place pulldown menu, the CP PID Ribbon tab, or on the Placement
Commands toolbar.

Notice on the command line, that you have the option to set your line designation (line number and spec)
during routing line placement, or you can use the Current Settings dialog box. Your current line
designation, and layer setting is reflected on the command line as well as on your status bar.

Here we will set to the Main Flow line layer, and draw flow lines similar to what you see below.

Then, we will change the line number to P-540 and the pipe size to 4 (100mm). Set to the Secondary
Flow line layer, and draw the other flow lines shown.
If you have your Snap On, and Ortho mode On, you should simply be able to draw these by eye they
will connect automatically. If not, use your osnaps.

You will also find a Set Size command that you can use to quickly change the pipe size. This is found on
the Setting toolbar, under the Settings pulldown menu, or on the CP PID ribbon tab. You can also type
SS at the command line.

Placing Valves
Next we will populate the lines with valves as shown. Valves placed will automatically trim out your
flowlines as required.
For example, lets place a gate valve at the vessel, then a couple of block valves. Notice that you will be
prompted for valve tag and size tag locations. Digitize a location for these if you want them to appear on
your drawing. The valve tags come from your piping spec, in this case AAA1. These can be easily
modified at any time.

Command:<<Place gate valve>>

<BOM On><><><P-555><6"><300#><Flgd-RF>
Digitize location <Exit>: NEAREST to
Digitize tag location <None>:

Notice the Valve Tag is brought in

automatically from your piping spec
in this case AAA1.

Enter valve tag /None <VG301>:

Digitize size tag location <None>: <Spec check off>
Digitize location <Exit>: NEAREST to
Return to exit the command, or digitize a location for the next valve.

You may notice that we have also added a bypass flow line using the same procedure that you used
previously. You do not need to worry about the bypass line size at this time. We will edit that later. We
will place a globe valve on that bypass as shown.

Control Valve

Next we will place a 4 (100mm) control valve. You will find the control valve command under the Place
pulldown menu, the CP PID Ribbon Tab, or the Placement commands toolbar.

Because we are placing a 4 (100mm) Control valve on a 6 flowline, we will be prompted as to whether
or not we wish to update our valve size. In this situation, we will say No.
We will then be prompted to enter the CV tag. Enter information as show. The tag will be centered in
the balloon, dependant on how many lines of information you fill in.

Then you will be prompted for the actuator information. Here we will select a general diaphragm.

Add your valves on the lines in and out of the pump using the same procedure as previously. You will be
prompted for the direction of flow when placing the check valve. Simply drag your cursor in the
direction required.

Cadpipe PID uses intelligent flow lines, so you will notice that when you place a reducer, the line
changes as well. So too, do any valves placed on the line downstream from the placement.
For example, we will place a 4x6 (100x150) reducer on the suction side of the pump. You will find the
reducer under the Fittings placement command, under the Place pulldown menu, the Placement
toolbar, or the CP PID Ribbon Tab.

Command: << <<Place reducer>>

Digitize location point / Remove <Exit>: NEAREST to
Inlet size <4">
Outlet direction:
Digitize size tag location <None>: .
Digitize line labels associated with highlighted segment <Exit>:
Digitize location point / Remove <Exit>: NEAREST to

Drag your cursor for your outlet

directions when prompted.
Digitize a location for the size tag if

Here we will place an instrument balloon for a PI at the pump outlet, and a Flow element as shown. You
will find these under the Place pulldown menu, the placement commands toolbar, or on the CP PID
Ribbon Tab.

Instrument Balloons

Flow Rate Symbols

Choose the Instrument Balloon with the leader for the PI.
As with the CV Balloon, the tag will be centered in the balloon depending on how many lines of text that
you enter. Here we have added the PI as PI 500, and a Flow element as FE 501.

Here we placed a flanged Orifice for our Flow element.

Instrument lines
Cadpipe PID also gives you the ability to easily add and modify instrument lines. Located under your
Place pulldown menu, the Placement commands toolbar, or on the CP PID Ribbon Tab.

Place an instrument line similar to what is shown above. Here we have used a generic instrument
supply line at the Orifice flanges, and an electrical signal line from the CV to that. Weve also used the
Instrument balloon shown below, which will trim out the instrument line.
Instrument lines behave in a similar fashion to flow lines valve placement will trim out properly, and
they will break for crossing flowings.

Instrument modifiers are available on your Placement commands toolbar, under the Place pulldown
menu, or the CP PID Ribbon tab.

Cadpipe PID provides extensive editing capabilities. Replacing an instrument line for example, found
within the same commands that place them originally, is quick and simple.

Simply select the Replace Instrument line option, and you will be prompted to select the line, and then
the new format. For example, lets change that electrical line to a pneumatic one.

Select Pneumatic when prompted.

We will also want to edit the size of our bypass line. You will find the Edit Size command under your Edit
pulldown, on the CP Tools Ribbon Tab, or on the Edit commands toolbar.

Simply select the line and size you require, in this case 4 (100mm). Notice that the valve size tag is
updated, as well as the valve tag itself if it is different in your piping spec.


Line Label
The Line label will be found under the Annotation pulldown menu, or on the CP Tools Ribbon Tab.
Select the line to label, label location, and drag your cursor for your rotation angle.

Then well edit the line designation of the line on the pump discharge to P-541. Edit line designation can
be found on your edit commands toolbar as shown, under the Edit pulldown menu, or on the CP Tools
Ribbon Tab.

Change the line designation

highlighted, to P-541

Command: <<Change line designation>>

<Spec check on>
Digitize FlowLine / item <Exit>:

When prompted to select offline

objects, digitize the PI.

FlowLine selected.
Select off line objects? [Yes/No] <No>: Y
Select objects: 1 found
Select objects:
1 items changed to line number P-541-AAA1.
Digitize FlowLine / item <Exit>:

Notice that the line label placed has also been updated.

Flow Arrows

The Automatic Flow arrow command is found under the Auto pulldown menu, or on the CP Tools
Ribbon Tab. You will just select the flow line, and drag your cursor in the required flow direction. Notice
that when you select the line containing the check valve, that you are not prompted for the flow
direction at all, and that the flow arrows are placed automatically in the correct direction.

There are many more editing and annotating capabilities within Cadpipe PID. Youll find items like
continuation arrows etc in your General symbols, under the Place pulldown menu, the CP PID Ribbon
Tab, and the Placement commands toolbar.
You should note that you can move tags etc with AutoCads grips, or with Cadpipes move/edit tag
commands. Erasing an valve or fitting with either the AutoCad erase command , or with the Cadpipe
commands will also repair the flowline.

Cadpipes Bill of Materials can extract your material list into several different formats, depending on
your specific requirements. (ie: excel, access, ascii, display, or directly to your printer) You can extract
material information from a single drawing file, or from an entire project.
Material descriptions and user codes or part numbers are read in from your piping specifications, so
can be as simple or detailed as you require. More information on this is included in the documentation
on Cadpipe Specs.
The Auto BOM command is found on the Auto pulldown menu, on the CPTools ribbon tab, or on the
Placement commands toolbar as shown.

Selecting the AutoBOM icon, will bring up the dialog box above.
Use the CDF option to export the BOM into excel.
Youll see that you have several sorting options as well as the ability to call up specific reports,
depending on your current requirements.

Potential Issues

Note: If, for some reason you do not see this dialog box when you enter the drawing, it is most likely that
the Cadpipe module is not loaded. In this case, please confirm that the cp12\cpacadw directory is
included in your support file search path within the AutoCAD options command. There are some
AutoCAD installations that are not automatically reading the Autodesk switches particularly if you are
using any of the Autodesk Mechanical installations.
Note: If you wish to use the pulldowns, and they do not appear, set menubar to 1 at the command line.