Civil 3D is setup for gravity pipes, however you can use it to help you design, draft and annotate other types of systems, like forcemains, natural gas, cable conduit, or even water networks if you have some creativity.
Make Pipe Styles to match how you want to see your water pipes in plan and profile.
Make yourself Parts list that includes your water pipes, and for now, just null structures.****I changed my mind on the null structure thing.Â Pick a simple cylinder, but still use the style tricks below.Â See Water Part I (1/2)Â for how to do this***
Make a rule set that puts your pipe in with desired cover and no slope. This will get you started, but your pipes will definitely need hand tweaking (coming in Part II)
Draw in the centerline of your water pipes.
You’d never even know it was there.
Coming soon, Part II- Profiles and Part III- Tricking Civil 3D into doing your laterals, valves and hydrants.