Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a pipe network, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Now that we know what a parts list does let's go ahead and create our pipe network. So, we're going to open up our exercise file, 10_02_PipeNetwork. Within this drawing, we have some circles drawn with numbers defining the path of our design for our pipe network. So, we're going to go from number one, just go downhill to number five. We're going to create a sanitary sewer pipe network. And so, to create a pipe network, we go to our Home ribbon, Create Design panel, and choose from the bottom right, Pipe Network Creation Tools.
Since this is a sanitary sewer system, we're going to name our network "Sanitary". Make sure, of course, we select our correct parts list. Our layers, we may make sure that all these layers are set correctly, especially if we're going between storm and sanitary, different layers may need to be applied. In this case, I want to make sure that the structure profile layer matches the structure plan layer.
I have all of those set correctly. Click OK. The surface name that we're going to use is actually a composite. A composite allows us to, kind of, blend the existing grade with Osceola Road. In other words, if our pipe network steps outside any proposed grading, then we'll take advantage of the existing grades, otherwise proposed grading is what will be used. A powerful way to make sure that we always rim elevations that are accurate based upon our design.
Alignment name comes into play when we're referencing alignments in our labels. Because our design leaves the Osceola Road alignment and goes to another alignment, and because our design doesn't follow the alignment exactly, we're not going to use alignment name for referencing in this exercise. We are going to have some labels, structure and pipe labels added automatically as we create this design. So, go ahead, click OK.
Our pipe network geometry editor, or creation editor, opens up. Everything we just said, network, like parts list and properties, surface, alignment, and even the parts lists that we're using are all available to us on the left and then, because we selected the sanitary sewer parts list here are the different parts that we're going to be working with. So, we're going to select 48-inch manhole as our standard structure and eight-inch DIP as our standard pipe.
And notice that we're already in a means of creating pipes and structures and it's asking me at the command line to specify the structure insertion point. Before I pick the first one, I do always check this arrow as well. This arrow provides a means to show us the direction of our design. Now, some may design going from the bottom, lowest, structure and heading upstream. Others may design from the top-most structure and head downstream.
Now, Civil 3D is saying that neither is wrong, simply identify the direction that you're designing. In this case, we're designing from the top-most structure and heading downstream and so the arrow is pointing in the correct direction. So, let's go ahead and add our structure from circle number one. It drops the structure in, we see it, there. And it's asking to specify the next structure point which is here at circle two and it drew a pipe in between and labeled that pipe and notice it even provided a means of figuring out the slope between the two structures.
And so, I pick the next one, structure three and so on as we go through here. Now, it's adding these pipes as well at every location. Press Enter. It creates all of the different structures and if I just move this label, you'll see all the structures have been created and, as well, these pipes. When I select the pipe, the contextual ribbon for working with that pipe opens and shows me this is a pipe.
Eight-inch DIP and notice that even the different slopes between the structures are placed. And so our pipe network has been created. It's a good starting point for us to begin editing in our next exercise.
This course gets you up and running with AutoCAD Civil 3D. First, instructor Josh Modglin shows how to model a surface, lay out parcels, and design geometry, including the making of horizontal alignments and vertical profiles. Next, Josh demonstrates how to create corridors, cross sections, pipe networks, and pressure networks. Then, he covers working with feature lines and grading objects, and how to share your data. He wraps up by providing an overview of plan production tools.
- Navigating the Civil 3D interface
- Using point groups and description keys
- Importing survey data
- Managing figures
- Creating and analyzing surfaces
- Creating parcels
- Working with alignments
- Working with profiles and profile views
- Working with assemblies and subassemblies
- Creating Basic and Advanced Corridors
- Using an Intersection Object
- Making sample lines, cross sections, and section views
- Creating a pipe network
- Understanding pressure parts
- Creating and editing feature lines
- Creating and editing grading objects
- Sharing and referencing data
Skill Level Beginner
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This course was built to work with the latest release of AutoCAD Civil 3D. If you are not running AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018 there are some exercise files that will not work for you.
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1. What Is Civil 3D?
What is Civil 3D?4m 43s
2. Civil 3D Interface
3. Establishing Existing Conditions
4. Modeling a Surface
5. Layout of Parcels
6. Design Horizontal Geometry: Alignments
7. Designing Vertical Geometry: Profiles
8. Civil 3D Corridors
10. Gravity Pipe Networks
11. Pressure Part Networks
12. Feature Lines
13. Grading Objects
14. Share Your Data
15. Plan Production Tools
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