I was working with some folks today who were used to the Land Desktop+Civil Design pipe layout interface that gave you the option for directly typing in a pipe length as you drew pipes in plan.Â They like to try to keep their center to center lengths even 8′ intervals.
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At first, we couldn’t find a similar tool in Civil 3D…
We did find something that worked the way we wanted it to and actually makes laying out the pipes a little more visual than the Land Desktop + Civil Design method.
Toggle on your dynamic input (DYN), then using theÂ distance field to specify your desired center to center length.
Also note that without DYN on, you can use the same tool by entering a distance value in the Command Line at the prompt “Specify Next Structure Insertion Point or [Curve]:”, after your first entry, the command line will now ask you “Specify Next Structure Insertion Point or [Start Point/Length/Curve]:” and you can continue adding pipes down the line.
The transparent commands also work from this interface.
EXCEPTION: For some reason, if you come back in to edit your network and begin adding pipes to structures, the first new pipe you create will not follow the length you specify, but each subsequent pipe will.Â I am trying to figure out why.Â If you know- please comment 🙂
If you already have your pipes in… Perhaps you roughed in some structure locations and now you want to clean up your lengths…Â You probably noticed that you can’t change lengths in pipe properties or prospector.Â But you can use the little triangle shaped pipe grip.Â If your DYN is on, you can use your tab key to toggle either delta length or total length.Â You’ll still have to move your structure, but this works pretty well in general.
(Click on this image to see it more clearly.)