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Pipe Network Productivity Tools
Pipe Network Productivity Tools

This set of productivity tools contains an array of time saving tools for repetitive tasks with Pipe Networks all contained on it’s own ribbon tab.

They provide increased productivity to the following Pipe Network tasks: Swapping Parts, Adjusting Pipe Elevations, Adding Wye Connections, Modifying Part References, Modifying Part Descriptions, Modifying Part Styles/Rules/Materials, Labelling Pipe Crossings, Labelling Pipe Elevations at any Point Along Pipe, Renaming Parts, Gathering Quantities, Daylighting Pipe at Surface, and Modifying Hydraulic Properties.

Where applicable, all of the tools allow for handling multiple objects with three selection methods: Network, Multiple, and Path. Network collects all parts inside a selected Pipe Network, Multiple allows the user to select multiple parts on screen, and path allows the user to select a start pipe/structure and an end pipe/structure and return all parts in between along the shortest path through the network.

Many of these easy to use tools also provide selection capabilities from plan and profile views. Any experienced user of Pipe Networks will immediately recognize the benefits these tools provide.

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Slope Across Pipes
Slope Across Pipes
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This app provides tools for quickly modifying pipe elevations and slopes. The app supports modification of elevations by centerline, crown, or invert while offering a command for single pipes and a command for multiple pipes.

The app supports both circular and non-circular pipes types. The Pipe Slope Single command allows for quickly setting the elevations and slope of a single pipe. The command allows for selecting pipes/structures in plan view or pipes/structures in profile view and offers two modes, by slope and by elevations. With mode by slope, select the pipe in plan or profile view by the desired end of the pipe to modify the invert and apply a slope holding the selected end and invert of the pipe. With mode by elevations, select a pipe in plan or profile view by a desired end and the app will prompt for elevations for either end of the pipe and set the slope based on those elevations. The command also provides the ability to select another pipe and inherit it’s elevation to be used in the modified pipe.

The Pipe Slope Multiple command allows for quickly setting the slope of a number of pipes within a common pipe network and applying pipe drop across each structure. The command allows for selecting pipes/structures in plan view or pipes/structures in profile view and offers two modes, by slope and by elevations. When selecting parts in profile view, the command also provides the ability to extract the selected point elevation from the profile to apply to the pipe network. For both modes, the command does not care if the upstream or downstream end is selected, nor does it care if the start and end points of the pipes are in the same configuration throughout.

YouTube Presentation:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cXuWfpiJQQ

 

Network Quantities Label
Network Quantities Label
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This app searches the current drawing for all networks. For each network it collects the unique pipe types/sizes and tallies their lengths and tallies a structure count by type/size as well. App reports each networks parts quantities and also provides an overall drawing total, then allows for placement as an MTEXT label in the drawing. To run the app, simply select the length type desired and check or uncheck the structure count. In seconds the app will tally app the drawing data and provide a report which can easily be placed into a drawing.

YouTube Presentation:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKoV2cMxeZs

 

Grade Slope Along Surface
Grade Slope Along Surface
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This app uses a unique algorithm that extracts data from the selected tin surface and performs trigonometry calculations to draw a 3D polyline along the tin surface at the desired grade/slope.

3D Polyline vertices are computed at the triangle edges resulting in vertices that match the surface data. Converting the 3D polyline to a feature line results in grades that accurately represent the input grade/slope.

YouTube Presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6VAKWSD-7o&feature=youtu.be

 

Import/Export Surface Analysis
Import/Export Surface Analysis
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The app exports surface analysis and corresponding properties to text by selecting the export analysis type and a surface with that type of analysis applied to it. Then, as needed it will import a selected text file (previously exported) and apply it to a new surface with the exported analysis information. It also has built in option to verify the style has been created correctly for viewing the analysis – alleviating the user from wondering why an analysis may not be appearing.

The app handles 5 different surface analysis types; Contour, Directional, Elevation, Slope, and Slope Arrows. Installing the app provides separate Import and Export commands for each analysis type, housed under one drop down ribbon button.

YouTube Presentation:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHWJv2bdpSI

 

Surface Statistics Label
Surface Statistics Label
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This app allows for quickly creating an Autodesk® AutoCAD® label of a selected surface’s statistics.

1. Run the app, select any Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® Surface. A dialog will appear with checkboxes for each of the surface’s available statistics and initially starts by selecting all statistics.

2. Check and uncheck the surface statistics desired for the label text. The label preview box will reflect how the label text will generate for each of the object types.

3. Once the label text appears as desired, select the label type, style, layer, and any other properties available for the label Check whether or not the report should be in all caps.

4. Create the label and select a location in the drawing to place it.

YouTube Presentation: http://youtu.be/VLsbA9DGelw

 

Export Profiles To DXF
Export Profiles to DXF
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This app automates the process of exporting profile view data and profile data to DXF format for use with Rocscience’s SLIDE Software. Manually processing requires users to explode a profile view so that the profiles are in polyline form, trace the profile view’s right and left boundaries and the datum line for each profile view, close each profile off as individual closed polylines, and then move each polyline by a station/elevation value to a corresponding X,Y value. Then the user has to WBLOCK each polyline out to it’s own file, and finally go through each file to create a DXF.

This app automates the entire process and names the files corresponding to the profile name. It also creates an overall merged boundary polyline of all profiles, used for setting up SLIDE’s spatial area for import.

NOTE: This app is also great for those looking to export a profile view for someone to use in basic Autodesk® AutoCAD®. Each polyline is placed on it’s own layer corresponding to the profile name on export.

YouTube Presentation:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YsdvlTh68w&feature=youtu.be

 

Import/Export Surface Labels
Import/Export Surface Labels
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This app is great for exporting labels to another drawing and reimporting for referencing a different surface.

The app provides the ability to export surface labels (contour labels, slope labels, and spot elevation labels) to a text file.

The app saves the label’s type and associated settings, current style names, and positional coordinates including drag positions.

The app also allows for importing from the text file and recreating the labels in the positions/styles and referencing a different surface.

YouTube Presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc14X0jm9Pk