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There isn’t any magic to getting your water pipes into profile.Â Just add them like you would any other pipe.Â Pipes>Add Parts to Profile View (note: the default is entire network.Â Type “S” for selected parts only)
Once the water pipes show up in profile view, just grip edit them into the correct place.Â I often make a copy of my target surface (EG for rehab projects, FG for new neighborhood design) and drop it the minimum pipe depth.Â Then I sample this surface onto the profiles because I like to see for sure that I am optimizing my design.
If you need more flex in your vertical, add more structures to plan view (remember, they are invisible)
For labeling, keep in mind that the pipe label length will only show the length of the short segment between our “invisible” structures.Â If length is not important to label in profile, simply make a label that calls out the other things that a pipe “knows” about itself.Â Such as material, diameter, etc.
If you need a length label, a nice trick is to trace the dimension with a polyline.Â Then make a General Line Label that calls out “Overall General Length”.Â This trick also works in plan for water or absolutely anything else you can think of.Â
You can use Profile View Labels to create depth labels, crossing invert labels and others.
Other ideas:Â If using pipes doesn’t appeal to you, consider at least creating General Line Labels that will call out the segment lengths or overall lengths of polylines.Â
Also consider that a Profile by Layout style can be made to look like and be labeled like a pressure pipe.Â Just use a custom linetype or assign a lineweight to give the water line the right look.Â Since profiles can have true curves, this might help in places where a more linear look/design is unacceptable.Â
Coming soon…. more on laterals and things like valves and hydrants.