Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding a parts list, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D Essential Training.
- [Narrator] As we begin working with pipe networks, it's good to understand the information that a pipe network needs. A pipe network, to be able to lay it out, we have to be able to identify of course the location of the structures and the pipes, but more importantly we have to provide the information of the parts that we're using. What kind of pipe? What kind of material? The style to be used? Are there any rules to be applied to the pipe? And that really also is applied to the structure. And you could imagine the different types of pipe networks we may have.
So the materials and the parts that you would use for a storm system would be very different from what you may use for a sanitary sewer system. A sanitary sewer system, you may only use manholes and cleanouts, whereas with a storm system, you may have a wide variety of different structures and inlets and headwalls and junction boxes and so forth that you may use. So instead of having a part list that would be handled for all different types of systems, usually you'll find a parts list for the different types of systems: storm, sanitary, and the like.
And the other thing is there's different rules of how those systems may work. How much coverage? More importantly, minimum and maximum slopes on the pipes that may vary depending on the type of system you're building. So it all goes back to the parts list. So that's what we're going to create in our first exercise. We're going to open up our 10 zero one parts list file. And I have my tool space open. If you don't, you can go to Home Ribbon, Palettes Panel, and open up your tool space.
And go to the settings tab, and we're going to pan down, and notice Pipe Networks. In Pipe Networks, you have Parts Lists. There's already two parts lists. We're going to create a third by right-clicking on Parts Lists and choosing to Create Parts List. So from the information tab, we're going to create a parts list called Lynda, and let's see what's actually stored in the parts lists. If I go to the Pipes tab and right-click where it says New Parts List or Lynda.
We're going to add a part family. And so notice the part family. The part family is really the types of pipes, really the materials that we would be building our part list from. And so you have categories of circular versus elliptical versus rectangular, and then within the categories, you have the different families. We're going to take advantage of the Ductal Iron, because we're building a sanitary sewer system. That's our parts list is connected with sanitary sewer, so we're going to choose Ductal Iron Pipe.
Click Okay, and now notice the family is listed here. But within the family there's no sizes yet. So if I right-click on my family, Ductal Iron Pipe, I can choose to add a part size. And so we're going to add these different part sizes. Now, depending on the family that you selected, you have many different types of sizes. Now we're not just adding sizes here. When I change the pipe diameter, notice the wall thickness changes, you can set your different types of coefficients and factors, and we're going to type in Material here as our label styles are set up to use the material value.
So all these different things, there's a lot more information. This is where we really see information modeling coming to the fore as well with our pipe networks. It all goes back to our parts list. So I'll go ahead and click Okay, and now I have a size here. And we're going to actually make a few more sizes. So I'm going to right-click on my family again and choose Add part size, and let's just add sizes that we may find. Make sure we select the right size and enter our material.
Those are the two values we've been changing, and so inner part diameter of eight, material name. And so on and so forth. And so we're just going to add another one, 12 inch here. You probably would be setting your Manning's coefficients and other things. And I'll notice the style applied is the default style for pipes in our feature settings, and is not the style we want. So instead of picking on each one of these icons, we're going to click on the Save button that will push the style all the way down, through the entire family.
The style we're going to use is IM-Single Line. The rules that we're going to use are not the storm rules, but rather the sanitary rules. What's found in the rules? Let's just edit and get a good look at the rules. Go to the Rules tab. Now what you find are the minimum slopes, minimum cover. Do we have a pipe to pipe match, or is there a 2/10ths fall through the structure? And there's all kinds of other settings, maximum length of pipe and so on.
These rules can be broken at any time. You'll see a little notice at different locations whether it's in the prospector or whether it's the panorama vista. You'll see notifications there that the rules are broken, but the software lets you break the rules. But you got to remember that we're using Civil 3D. As we lay out our pipe network in the next exercise, you'll see that we lay out our pipe network in 2D. You identify the X,Y of the structure, and the pipe is drawn in between.
Having these rules allows the 3D element to be drawn. Kind of establish a first draft, so to speak, of where that system may be drawn or how it's drawn. And so the rules are good even if you never use the rules after that first draft. And so let's make sure the rules are set correctly. I hit that Save icon here, and we're going to set IM-Sanitary for all the rules, and Single Line style for all of the styles.
Lastly, I want a name for each size that is easy to read and makes sense for any user. And so I just pick slowly in there twice, and double-click slowly, and it allows me to rename the different sizes. So all my pipes are set. Of course, I can right-click and add another part family, and so on, but the get the understanding. What we're adding when we choose a size, or we swap a part size, we're not just setting the size of the inner diameter of the pipe.
We're setting the style, we're setting rules, we're setting pay items, and so it knows exactly where this may fall into our quantity takeoff, and so on. All of these things are set for us, within the parts list, when we select the size. What about structures? We're going to right-click and add a part family for our structures. Now the structure catalog for our parts may be a little more intense. Again, it's broken down into different categories. We have the inlets/outlets, structures with frames, and structures without frames.
Now this is straight out of the box from Autodesk. And so you have the cylindrical or the concentric structure, no frame work in this case. This is our manhole, and so we're going to select concentric cylindrical structure, no frame. Click Okay. And if I expand this out, you'll see that the family is there. If I right-click on that family, I can add a part size, just like I can with a pipe. Because it's a structure and because of the type of structure, again, different values are available to us for that part, such as Inner Structure Diameter, Cone Height.
So we can have a different manhole size depending on whether it's a 48-inch or 60-inch manhole. And so we can have different parts available for sizes. Materials for the different scenarios such as frame, and grate, and cover, and so on. So all those different values that we can set. Go ahead and click Okay. Expand that out. It gave a name to it, but just like the name it gave the pipe, it's a bit much, so we're going to make this a little easier to read. The style we're going to set to 48-inch manhole.
The rules are for sanitary sewer. Now these rules are a little bit different from the pipe rules. Let's see some of those rules. Now these aren't all the rules that you can use, but, again, how much pipe drop is there between the structure, what is a maximum drop before you really hit the outside drop scenario? What is the sump depth? Default sump depth for the structure. And what is the maximum pipe before this structure may need to give you a warning that the pipe's too big for that structure? So all these different settings.
We click Okay. Okay, we have sanitary set style. All of this is good. So we get an understanding again. Parts list really drives a lot of the parameters and even the first-draft run of our 3D design with our pipe network. Make sure that we are using the correct parts list and understand what is really being provided to us when we select a part from the parts list.
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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