Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing a pipe network: Profile, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Now that we have our pipe network in our profile view, we've added labels, let's go ahead and edit in profile view. We're going to open up our exercise 10 _06 ProfileEdit. We have our labels in, so the main focus here is trying to reduce the depth of our pipe as well as make sure that we have a slope that works with our design. I'm going to select the pipes here, and notice that we have some graphical grips, and we have two diamond grips on each end.
We know what those are. This diamond grip deals with the crown. This diamond grip deals with the invert. We have a triangle that deals with the center of the pipe. We can make some adjustments using those, so I can just try to eye up, and say, "Okay, well we can move up a little bit here." You can also, instead of just eyeing up, you can go to the Pipe Properties, and then the Part Properties tab, and you can make some adjustments. For example, you see the start structure and the end structure, giving you some understanding.
In this case, we're going to say that we're going to set it to 24303, and then we're going to hold the start structure and say negative one. If I hit apply, you see the pipe now has moved up and is just about a little over four feet deep. That works for us. We're going to go ahead and click OK. That shifted the entire profile view because it's all automatic. Now I'm going to grab both of these pipes and just using the grips, I can actually line 'em up so that the inverts are the same.
The thing is we did mention that we want 2/10 between the inverts, and so I'm going to hit Escape and clear out my selection. I'm going to select this pipe and choose Pipe Properties. It's a little bit more manual and one-at-a-time in this case, but it gives us the ability to truly design. I've added my 2/10 here. We're going to hold the end structure, and I'm going to hold the end, and we're going to set this to two and a half.
(mouse clicking) That's a bit too deep, and so I'm going to come back here, select this pipe again, and change it to four and a half, and so on and so forth. I can make these adjustments. I'm going to slide this one up. I'm using the Escape quite a bit, as I clear one selection, then begin another selection, and so forth, so to keep up, I have my hand on the Escape button ready to go as I go between them.
Now, this line's up; I just need to move it up 2/10. Notice my end structure, my end invert elevation, move this up 2/10, and in this case, we're going to hold at two and a half, and repeat the process, hitting Escape and working with these here. (mouse clicking) Give me 2/10, and we'll just go with 1%.
There's our design system. Everything's designed, everything's done, with one exception. We have our incoming pipe a lot lower than our outgoing pipe here, and so what we're going to do, we're going to select our structure, make sure nothing else is selected, and we'll select our structure, and we're going to go to Structure Properties, and within the Structure Properties, we have connected pipes, and we can change the inverts of all the connected pipes here as well. Notice the different connected pipes we have.
This pipe here is the one that isn't matching. We need to change its invert to match the invert of the incoming pipe as well. We'll make some adjustments on its design in its own pipe network, or with the pipe properties. I click OK. Now, all of this lines up. We have our design done here, and we can continue making those adjustments. We looked at a few different ways to edit the pipe networks. We looked at the graphical edits, using the different grips, and we looked at the pipe properties to make adjustments as well.
Make sure I have a pipe selected here. Notice the different adjustments we can make. We can hold the slope of the start and the end and adjust the elevations of the inverts on the other end. There's other controls here as well. We can enter our HGL elevations, and we can hold certain controls if we resize. All these other hydraulic properties we can enter as well as change the other coefficients and factors as we see fit. We can even change the size here.
It's not something I would recommend because, notice when we added the part size, the part size has all those other controls, and so if we use the part size and swap the part size, it applies all those controls to it, whereas this only changes the diameter. That's all the different settings that we have within the pipe properties, including the rules that are applied and which ones are broken. We have all of these different settings here. We also looked at editing through the structure properties, and so we can go to the structure properties and look at the connected pipes and change the inverts of all the different connected pipes, including the pipe's size as well.
There's a few different controls that you can do for all the pipes that are connected to each structure, also. Lastly, what we didn't look at, but is another way to edit in the profile, is using the Edit Pipe Network and the pipe vistas. The Pipe Network Vistas gives a list of the structures and the pipes, very similar to what we have in Prospector, but all of these different things that we saw in the pipe properties, are listed more in a tabular format and allow us to make those adjustments.
For example, we're going to hold the end of that pipe and change that slope. Now, we've adjusted that pipe and have all of the pipes designed for that first draft, and we're going to, of course, go through different versions of our draft and designs, but it gives us a good starting base and gives us the ability to make all these adjustments whether it's in plan view as we edited or in profile view, to work with our inverts and elevations, getting them all set.
Blending all of this together, we have a well defined 3D model but also a plan production ready design of our pipe network.
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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