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Krusty Krew Member Profile – Tom Mashl

By on January 23, 2011 in Featured, Profiles, The Krew with 6 Comments

Name: Tom Mashl

Location: New Braunfels, TX

Forum Alias: tkmashl

Training/Backstory: U.A.A. Freshman Engineering Graphics class, I learned to draw lines and circles on a computer. I was hooked once I realized that lettering, smudged line work, and eraser holes were not part of the program.

My pursuit of a degree fizzled. I attended a tech school program several years later then worked doing some short format training for an instructor there. I found my first real paying cad gig after that, and the rest has been a journey. Most recently it led me to Texas back nearer to family, which in a way ended up leading me here to the DT forums!

Experience: Oil & Gas projects around Alaska’s Cook Inlet and North Slope ’93-’00 & ’05-’07. ’00-05 Civil Engineering tech doing water/wastewater & transportation drafting and design throughout Alaska.

Tom worked on the rig modifications for Nabors Rig 33E @ Northstar Island

Freeing up the SDMH to get the invert elevations. ANC Spring '04

Since January ’08 I have been employed as a Lead 3d Designer for a fabrication shop near San Antonio. We Engineer, Model and Fabricate skid mounted, shippable LCO2 and LNG processing plants. These are then crated if need be, trailer loaded and shipped to the client facility for final assembly.

Skids for CO2 Liquefaction will connect to each other or tie in to a client supplied process stream. This skid houses exchanger units where the gas is chilled and pressurised gradually to supply a Dry Ice plant.

When I am not at work, I try to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, floating the Guadalupe River is a good day trip, with some catch & release action if the bass cooperate. The Coast is good fun also and just a few hours drive.

I first encountered the DT forums about 3 years ago looking for information regarding isogen and specgen for Autoplant. I found enough information to get the output I wanted in Isogen and enough Specgen information to get my head around the catalog & spec relationships and the general hierarchy of the various bits that make AP work.. I have leaned a lot from everyone, and perhaps the best feeling I have now is knowing that, within limits of course, I am not at the mercy of the software if I choose not to be.. Thats huge!

I started out lurking, lurking became posting when I felt I could be helpful, and apparently that somehow has me typing up a profile for the DT Blog page. Crazy Journey…

About the Author

About the Author: Hi! I am currently an Autodesk Solutions Engineer working to deliver real time solutions to our Enterprise customers. I have been involved with industrial design software for nearly 15 years and am a 3DS Max Professional who is passionate about design visualization. .


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  1. APlant Monkey says:

    Tom you are a breath of fresh air in a stinky place. Great to have met you in Biloxi I live your attitude and wit. I would love the opportunity to work with you in the future. Maybe a Project Y or Z.


  2. Chad says:

    Great to have you as a krew member Tom, oh the write up was great. Glad to finally learn a bit aboutcha.

  3. dave says:

    Tom is the one in the group that only speaks when he can add value to the conversation. He is smart, funny, and carries a wealth of knowledge in his head. Over time, I have found that there are three rules with everything he says:

    1) What Tom says will be hilarious.

    2) What Tom says will be mind blowingly smart and I will more than likely have to google it to understand what he meant.

    3) What Tom says will be some kind of combination of 1 and 2

    Tom is a professional to the core and you would be hard pressed to find someone who brought more to the collective AutoCAD table. I am so glad that he is a member of the site and am grateful to call him a friend!

  4. rchiasson says:

    Great write up! Was great to have met you in Biloxi, wish we could have met up while I was in Texas, maybe on my next visit! You are definitely a value to the site. Glad to be fellow Krew members and fellow geek, keep on rocking!

  5. Zortar says:

    I enjoy Tom’s contributions for many of the same reasons stated above plus he types about 1/2 second faster than I do – which makes most of my postings instantly superfluous. Seriously, Tom is a man of many talents and someone who I can respect as well as relate to. Cheers, dude!

  6. Tom! Well, what can I say!

    Your one liners, quips, and observations are absolutely hillarious!! You bring a wee sparkle to my day with your daily “Mashlisms”. I will never forget the day I first met you in person! I didn’t realise that the 8 foot tall marine in the elevator was actually TKM! (But, I did steal a cuddle anyway!)

    So glad to have you as a friend and colleague, Tom. Brilliant. Quite Brilliant.


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