Before modeling piping, you must load standard piping catalogs to assist with pattern recognition. In this video, load a CS150 piping spec.
- [Instructor] When modeling piping and steel components from a point cloud, you have to understand that the laser scanner uses line of sight and only sees what you yourself can see. In saying that, I mean that when you look at the pipe you can tell that it's eight-inch pipe. You can't tell what the wall thickness is, what the material is, or what the contents are. So we have to approach modeling with that in mind. If we want to model a piping run, then we have to determine the properties of that run before we start. To do this, we're going to load a spec into As-Built and that's the spec that we're going to use to create the geometry.
Now to load a spec, we're going to come up to our As-Built Plant and on the prepared panel in the ribbon menu, we're going to choose edit plant model. To load the plant model, we're going to come up and choose load plant model, we're going to navigate to C, program files, FARO, As-Built 2018 EN AC2019. We're going to look for PSPM, and we're going to choose kubitAmericas2015.
So now that that's loaded in, let's just take a quick look at this dialog box. A current catalog is giving me a list of all the components available in the CS150 flange spec. These are the specs that come out of the box. So if we want to look at a sched 40 PVC piping, here's all the components that we find in here. And again, let's look at the CS150, and we also have steel. These are all the steel shapes that we can run pattern recognition on.
So we want to limit what we're actually running the algorithms with. So what we're going to do is come to our active set. And if the piping we're going to model is going to be CS150, I'm going to set CS150 in my active set. And that means when I do that recognition, it's only going to choose these components. I'm going to go ahead and add steel too. So if you want to take other components from other catalogs, you can just highlight them in this window here, and then bring them over using the arrow. So in this case, I want to bring all the available steel shapes into my active set.
So I'm just going to use the double arrows. And now you'll see that my active set includes steel and piping. So I can model both of these in the point cloud at the moment. Just to give you a quick overview of some other options that we have. If you have custom components, you can create your own. But this something that you would want to be an advanced user before you attempt. This is a complex procedure and you do need to understand piping components, how to build components, and how to build specs. So again, this is something that's best left for advanced piping designers and advanced As-Built users.
But the option is available to create your own profiles and your own components. You can also work with Plant 3D. So if your working in the Plant 3D environment, you can just go to Import Plant 3D Model. And navigate to your plant 3D piping specs. So to do that just choose Plant 3D. And go to your Windows, AutoCAD Plant 3D 2019 content, and you'll see all your specs available. So if you wanted to bring in a CS600 spec, or 900, you can just choose that, and say open.
And then what happens is it'll bring it across and that spec will be available in this window here. We can also handle insulation. So if you're running pipe, and it senses that its a 10 inch diameter, and you actually know that it's actually eight inch pipe with an inch of insulation. You can specify that and As-Built will remove that one inch from the algorithm and run the eight inch pipe at the center line. So again, we can look at that when we actually model some piping, but for now, that's our specs loaded, so we're going to say okay.
And now we're ready to model some CS150 pipe. Now remember that if you're not sure about pipe properties and you don't have a PID, you can always try and determine the spec by measuring flange thickness, counting bolts, but again this is something that's best left for more senior designers, or people with a really good solid understanding of piping components. But always make sure that you verify this information with your client, or the facility management. Make sure the piping's correct, the specs correct, the contents are correct, and the materials are correct.
- Importing ReCap data
- Creating a VirtuSurv project
- Setting point-cloud parameters
- Loading specs for pattern recognition
- Creating and saving sections and slices
- Viewing points with the Scan Navigation feature
- Fitting linework and shapes to point-cloud data
- Editing drawing data
- Analyzing drawing data
- Sending coordinates to AutoCAD with VirtuSurv
- Modeling objects with VirtuSurv macros
- Processes for piping and steel beams
- Creating floor plans with the As-Built building tools