Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Routing preferences for threaded pipe, part of Sprinkler Design with Revit.
- There are two different things to think about when it comes to adding pipe to a model, routing preferences and systems. To put that into non Revit speak, routing preferences control which type of pipe we're using with what kind of fittings. Systems control what fluid is in the pipe, and how it appears in the model. Both work with one another. The objective of this video, is to worry about the pipe routing preferences. The first thing we're gonna do is load some threaded fittings into our model.
If you're not a premium lynda.com member, you can find these fittings on Autodesk Seek. If you are a premium member, the fittings are available, through the lynda website. The second task is gonna be to substitute the default fittings with the threaded fittings. So to get started, let's go to Mechanical, Sprinkler, Floor Plans, Level 1. Let's bring in those fittings. Let's go to the insert tab, now let's click on Load Family. Browse to where you're keeping your exercise files.
With my shift key, I'm gonna select all of these files. Then, I'm gonna hit Open. Now that the fittings are loaded into my model, I'm gonna zoom over to this area, and I'm gonna draw a quick pipe. I'm gonna go to my Systems tab, I'm gonna click my Pipe button, I'm just gonna draw a horizontal pipe outside of my building. We'll delete it later. Let's hit escape a couple times. Next thing I want to do is select that pipe. Let's click on Edit Type. Here what I want to do, is I want to rename the Type Standard.
So, let's click Rename, let's call it Threaded. And, we'll click OK. Now, for our routing preferences, let's click on Edit. Let's go right down the list. For our pipe segment, instead of Copper, let's click the drop down, let's go to Steel Carbon - Schedule 40. Minimum size is 1/2", maximum size we'll keep at 12. Now, for our default Elbow, let's click the drop down here. Let's go Elbow Threaded - MI- Class 150.
For the preferred junction, we can either do a Tee, or a Tap. Let's keep it at Tee. For the junction, let's use Tee Threaded-MI0-Class 150. For the Cross, let's click Cross Threaded-MI-Class 150. For our transition, let's go Coupling Concentric Reducer. For the Union, let's click the drop down, Coupling Threaded. And lastly for our Caps, click into Cap, click the drop down, let's grab Cap-Threaded-MI-Class 150 Standard.
Now, let's click OK. Now, let's click OK again. With the pipe still selected, just click delete. Let's click the Pipe button again. Just to test it out, let's start drawing a little bit of pipe. For the diameter of the pipe, let's make it three inches. We can keep the Offset at 9', that's fine. Pipe Types are Threaded. I'm gonna pick a point, like right about here, now I'm gonna come straight up and pick a point, I'm gonna come over to a 45 degree angle, I'm gonna draw a point straight out.
I'm gonna select this pipe. I'm gonna right click. I'm gonna create Similar. I'm gonna draw a pipe straight up. And I'm gonna hit escape a couple of times. Now, on the view control toolbar, let's go ahead and set our detail level to Fine. Because we're at one eighth inch equals a foot, our line work is pretty heavy. So what I want to do is, on what's called the Quick Access Toolbar, let's go ahead and click on this button right here, it's called Thin Lines. This gets rid of all the line weight.
Now, let's zoom in, and take a look at our fittings. Notice that they look perfectly like threaded fittings. Let's pick a window around these pipes and let's just hit delete. OK, that's all set. Now we just need to configure the systems.
- Linking to architecture
- Creating views
- Configuring routing preferences and systems
- Adding sprinklers, risers, and pipes
- Tagging pipes
- Adding schedules
- Importing AutoCAD files in Revit