Join Eric Chappell for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding pressure network styles, part of AutoCAD Civil 3D: Pressure Pipe Design.
- [Instructor] If you know anything about Civil 3D, you know that styles control the way things look and behave. Well it's no different with pressure networks. Let's see how styles work for those. Just like there are three object types with pressure networks, there are also three style types. We have styles for pipes, styles for fittings, and styles for appurtenances. Let's take a look inside a pipe style first. To do that I'll simply select this pipe, right-click, and select Edit Pressure Pipe Style.
That brings up the pressure pipe style dialog, and I can click through the tabs and see the different things that make up a pressure pipe style. The Information tab we're used to seeing with all styles, simply the name and maybe a description, as well as some information about who created and modified the style. Then we start getting into the specifics of how the pipe looks in plan and in profile. In plan view we can set the width or the diameter of the pipe or the diameter that it appears to be using either the part dimensions or some user defined values.
We can also decide how things are going to be hatched. Notice also we can decide whether end lines are drawn. So our pipe can be define as a single line, a double line, or a series of double lines where we're also showing the slice through the pipe wall itself. In Profile we've got a similar set of options, and then add onto that the ability to show the pipe as a crossing. On the Display tab, we are able to change the visibility of different components of the pipe in plan, model, profile, and section view, and each view has its own unique set of visibility items that you can change.
In addition to changing wither the items are visible or not, you can also change what their properties are. Layer, color, line type, and so on, and in the case of hatching, you can assign a hatch pattern, angle, and scale if hatching is utilized and turned on. Then as with all styles we've got a Summary tab, which puts everything in one place, and as you might guess, if we change the style of a pipe, it's going to change its appearance usually in some way, shape, or form. So I'll select the pipe, go to Pressure Pipe Properties, and I'll choose a style called double line water, in this case.
And I'll hit Escape a few times and zoom in, and here we see that we have the inside and outside diameter of the pipe represented, but apparently there are no end lines included in this style 'cause you can see the end line is missing. Where as with this single line pipe style, the end line is included. So just a quick demonstration of the different components and how you can turn them on and off. Let's look at a fitting style now. I'll do the same thing. I'll select a fitting this time. Right-click and say Edit Fitting Style.
We see a lot of the same options here that we saw with the pipe. Information tab of course. This time instead of plan and profile we have plan and section. In profile, fittings always show up as kind of a slice through the fitting itself, but in plan view we can choose whether it's a center line, a catalog define of blocks, so just kind of a wire frame view of the actual 3D part, or some other block that we may want to pull from our list of AutoCAD blocks available in the drawing.
In section view we can choose whether we see an actual section or just a marker, and then we have the same display settings that we saw earlier with pipes. Four different views, and each view has a unique set of visibility items. You can see for fittings it's pretty simple. For plan, model, and profile there's really only one, and then you get into two for section view. So pretty limited number of choices there. We've got hatch configuration as well. Summary tab where everything's listed out in one place.
So again, I'll select the fitting, go to Fitting Properties, and then choose a different style. This time I'll pick one called fitting, and apparently this one uses the catalog defined part to define the view of the fitting. And then finally we'll go a appurtenances. I'll select an appurtenance, and right-click and say Edit Appurtenance Style, and these are pretty similar to fittings. Information tab, plan we can display a center line, a catalog define block, or a user defined block.
Section, same deal with the section slice or a marker. Notice there are no profile options here. There's really only one way to show an appurtenance in profile, and then we've got very similar options in the Display tab as well. So let's try something a little different for the appurtenance. I'll select it, go to Appurtenance Properties, and we'll choose the only other style available. Which is standard, which is displaying the appurtenance as an AutoCAD block. This bow tie symbol with a WV versus a view of the catalog block itself.
So now that you know a little bit about pressure network styles, you can dig in a little deeper to each individual style type in the upcoming videos.
- Understanding pressure pipes and pressure fittings
- Creating a pressure network from objects
- Creating pipes and fittings by layout
- Drawing a pressure network in profile view
- Creating an alignment from a pressure network
- Editing pipes and fittings using grips
- Editing pressure networks in profile
- Understanding pressure network styles
- Creating a new parts list
- Performing depth and design checks