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Latest SysCAD Version: 31 May 2024 - SysCAD 9.3 Build 139.35544


To help new SysCAD users, a number of Tutorial documents and example projects are available to demonstrate the many features and functionality in the SysCAD software. Ideally, new users should attend a SysCAD training course.

This section outlines the Tutorial documentation and Projects distributed with SysCAD.

Tutorial Workbooks and Projects

As part of the SysCAD install, some tutorial files are distributed to help users get started with creating their first simple SysCAD project.

These files are available to all SysCAD users, they can be found under the SysCADxxx\Tutorial folder which include:

Introductory Steady State Tutorial Documentation

  1. SysCADGettingStarted.pdf - gives a brief introduction on how to obtain a license, and how open and run an existing SysCAD project.
  2. SysCADIntroductoryTutorial.pdf (was SysCADBasicTutorial.pdf) - a step-by-step guide to assist the user when learning to build a SysCAD project. This is also a useful reference document for all SysCAD users. See Tutorial Documentation for the course outline.
  3. SysCADQuickReference.pdf - a quick reference guide for the commonly used SysCAD commands. We recommend printing this file for easy reference.
  4. Distributed Tutorial Projects - Many SysCAD tutorial projects are included in the Tutorial Folder. They are either pre-drawn or saved at the end of each tutorial section. The user may use these to check their projects at the end of each section, if required.

Supplementary Steady State Tutorial Documentation

The following supplementary steady state tutorial documentation files are available for additional training. Please note that these files are not accessible to all users. Only SysCAD users with a current maintenance contract can download the latest versions from the SysCAD Downloads page https://www.syscad.net/download-software/.

  1. SysCAD Supplementary Tutorial - Additional Features
  2. SysCAD Supplementary Tutorial - Additional Modelling Topics

The following supplementary tutorial documents are typically used as part of our formal training. They will be provided by the trainer or can be made available upon request:

  1. SysCAD Supplementary Tutorial - GFEM Tutorial
  2. SysCAD Supplementary Tutorial - TCE Aqueous Introduction
  3. SysCAD Supplementary Tutorial - ChemApp Introduction

Introductory Dynamic Tutorial Documentation

The following tutorial document is typically used as part of our formal training. It will be provided by the trainer or can be made available upon request:

  1. SysCAD Dynamic Tutorial

Tutorial Content

A brief summary of the topics covered in each of the tutorial documentation is listed below.

Steady State Introductory Tutorial

The SysCADIntroductoryTutorial.pdf document (or SysCADBasicTutorial.pdf in earlier versions) covers some introduction to SysCAD features in a step-by-step manner.

Topics covered in this document include:

  1. The basic Commands required in building a SysCAD project.
  2. Entering Data into the SysCAD Model.
  3. Editing the SysCAD Species Database and Configuration file.
  4. Adding Reactions.
  5. Adding different types of control.
  6. Merge two existing projects.
  7. Connect flows between flowsheets.
  8. Introduction to some advanced features.
  9. Create and edit reports.


  1. The document SysCADIntroductoryTutorial.pdf (or SysCADBasicTutorial.pdf in earlier versions) is updated from time to time to include the most up to date features. Please check SysCAD Downloads for any new release of software or document updates.
  2. This document is also available in Spanish and Chinese upon request.

Tutorial Videos

Some Tutorial Videos are available here. The user can refer to these for quick demonstrations of selected SysCAD features/functions.

Please note that these videos supplement the SysCADIntroductoryTutorial.pdf, but not all topics covered in the tutorial document contain supplementary video files.

Steady State Tutorial - Additional Features

Topics covered in this document include:

  1. Standard Species Model & Energy Balance;
  2. Density Correction, Heat of Dilution, Solubility and Boiling Point Elevation;
  3. Introduction to industry related Species Models such as Alumina, Potash and Sugar;
  4. Adding Annotation (data tables) to the flowsheet;
  5. Creating New Graphics Symbol;
  6. Sensitivity Analysis - scenarios, tag list document, command script and COM automation.

Steady State Tutorial - Additional Modelling Topics

Topics covered in this document include:

  1. Using sub models in the unit operation. This includes Makeup control, heat loss, evaporation, vapour liquid equilibrium, mass distribution, energy distribution and pressure drop;
  2. Setting up Demand requirements;
  3. Deactivating and activating selected flowsheets;
  4. Using Composition Fetch to set up Feeders, Makeup Sources or increase the convergence speed of large networks;
  5. Adding user defined property calculations or species information calculations;
  6. Adding calculations using PGM or MP files;
  7. Flash Trains;
  8. Size Distribution;
  9. Using Ionic Species;
  10. Using Multi-stage Counter flow tie to model columns and dryers.

Steady State Tutorial - Gibbs FEM Tutorial

Topics covered in this document relate to using the Gibbs Free Energy Minimisation Reactor model in SysCAD and include:

  1. How to set up the Reactor(Gibbs FEM) involving single or multiple reactions;
  2. Using the Reactor(Gibbs FEM) to find Vapour Equilibrium, Adiabatic Flame Temperature;
  3. Using the Reactor(Gibbs FEM) to simulate a blast furnace - introduction to pyrometallurgy.
  4. Using the Reactor(Gibbs FEM) for aquatic chemistry, e.g. prediction of pH

Steady State Tutorial - Thermodynamic Calculation Engines

Thermodynamic Calculation Engines (TCE) currently available are: OLI Studio, PHREEQC, ChemApp and AQSol.

Topics covered in these documents include:

  1. How to set up the SysCAD project to use the TCE Add-on.
  2. How to load the TCE database file.
  3. How to map species between TCE and SysCAD.
  4. How to use the TCE models such as Direct Calculation, Feeder, Side Calculation and Reactor.
  5. How to use the TCE utility to create a SysCAD database.
  6. Demonstrates some common TCE model features.
  7. Provide answers to some frequently asked questions.

Dynamic Introductory Tutorial

Topics covered in this tutorial:

  1. How to set up a dynamic project
    • Model Configuration
    • Adding Level Control
    • Adding Initial contents to tanks
    • Adding variable feed using profiles and noise
    • Adding an event
    • How to handle recycles
    • Adding Batch output
    • Adding Layer Tanks
  2. How to collect and report data
    • How to set up the archiver to collect data
    • How to set up statistical models
  3. How to add simple fill and toggle animation
  4. Introduction to setting up a Material Handling Project
  5. Introduction to setting up a Flash Train Project
  6. Introduction to setting up a Precipitation project (Alumina Only)

Formal Training Course

KWA Kenwalt Australia does offer formal training courses on an as needed basis. Please refer to Training for more information.

SysCAD Modelling Guideline and Check List

Please see SysCAD Modelling Guideline and Check List for information.

Example Projects

A number of example projects are included as part of the install, these example projects will demonstrate certain features or functionality of SysCAD.

For more information on the distributed example projects, please see Example Projects for project descriptions.