Pipe Network Productivity Tools

Pipe Network Productivity Tools

Win64, English

Red Transit Consultants, LLC
Productivity tools for Pipe Networks.

General Usage Instructions

Find the tools on the ribbon tab called Pipe Network Tools and use them whenever you are working with Pipe Networks.

See each individual command description for specific instructions.

Screenshots

Commands

Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

RTCL_PIPESLOPESINGLE

Quickly adjust a single pipe's elevations and slope by selecting one end of the pipe and entering information in the command line. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Pipe Slope Single: https://youtu.be/gWH9Q8HahJY

RTCL_ModifyPartStylesRulesMats

Tool to quickly modify multiple pipe/structure's style, rule, and/or render material; also allows for resetting the parts back to the Part List's settings. Select a collection of pipes and structures by Network, Multiple, or Path - then if desired, filter that selection by PartNameDescriptions. After obtaining the final selection, select whether to include sync to the Part List settings or manually adjust. Select whether or not to modify the style, rule, and/or render material. If manual is selected, select the options from the pull downs. Hit apply to apply the selection. YouTube - Standard Selection Options: https://youtu.be/Hy_ehkkwKSs YouTube - Modify Parts Styles Rules and Materials: https://youtu.be/ddE1R9IXoUo

RTCL_MatchNetworkParts

Similar to Match Properties, this command matches the assigned Part Type from a reference Pipe Network Part to a selected Pipe Network Part. YouTube - Match Network Parts: https://youtu.be/O0KZuR03mYQ

RTCL_RemoveXData

Removes XDATA program from selected objects - thus making them static and not capable of automatic updating using the commands. Will work for both multileaders and wye pipes.

RTCL_UpdatePipeCrossingLabels

Provides the nearly dynamic pipe crossing label capability. Command begins with the same dialog providing the ability to customize the label and size of multileader. Upon clicking the update button, the command will then search through all multileaders with the program's stored XDATA, finding the previously selected pipes / profile views and recomputing the pipe crossing information and update the label per the dialog settings and the same methods used in the previous command. If the crossing horizontal position was moved, not only will the text update, the leader will move to the correct location as well. YouTube - Label Pipe Crossing: https://youtu.be/xfB4xwrY23o

RTCL_PIPESLOPEMULTIPLE

Quickly adjust elevations and slopes of multiple pipes by selecting a downstream pipe/structure and an upstream pipe/structure. Command will return all pipes/structures along the shortest path in between. Follow command prompts to enter information. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Pipe Slope Multiple: https://youtu.be/O26XVVfEoOY

RTCL_RenameParts

Command allows for quickly renaming pipes/structures after they have been placed in the drawing. Naming dialog works similar to the Autodesk® Civil 3D® names dialog, but allows for additional reference objects such as Upstream/Downstream structure names on pipes. Upon running the command, select pipes/structures to rename by network, multiple or path, then complete the dialog as desired, select to rename structures and/or pipes and click the rename button. YouTube - Standard Selection Options: https://youtu.be/Hy_ehkkwKSs YouTube - Rename Parts: https://youtu.be/b-GL7MNB-Bk

RTCL_RemovePipeCrossingLabels

Searches the drawing for all multileaders with the XDATA program and deletes them from the drawing, allowing to easily remove all crossing leaders if desired.

RTCL_ModifyPartReferences

Tool to quickly modify multiple pipe/structure's alignment/surface references. Tool offers multiple part selection modes to help gather the appropriate parts for processing. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Standard Selection Options: https://youtu.be/Hy_ehkkwKSs YouTube - Modify Part References: https://youtu.be/2D98IYYDFXg

RTCL_NETWORKQUANTITYLBL

Tool to quickly gather unique part types via descriptions and separate the quantities. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Network Quantities Label: https://youtu.be/79qIfKpvomM

RTCL_SplitPipeWithStructure

This tool allows for inserting a structure at a point on a pipe within Profile View. This command prompts for the Profile View, the Pipe to split, the location of the structure in relation to the Profile View, and then the new structure's part type. Setting the new structure's part type can be done by Dialog (similar to swapping parts) or by matching a neighboring structure's part type. On the back end of the command it's utilizing the source alignment to determine the plan view location of the structure. The command will also apply a reference surface, a reference alignment, structure rules, and prompts whether or not to apply those rules. YouTube - Split Pipe with Structure: https://youtu.be/-lTwdypx-VM

RTCL_RaiseLowerPipes

Tool for raise / lowering multiple pipes at once. Select a collection of pipes and structures by Network, Multiple, or Path - then if desired, filter that selection by PartNameDescriptions. After obtaining the final selection, enter the distance (+/-) to raise/lower the pipes in that selection. YouTube - Standard Selection Options: https://youtu.be/Hy_ehkkwKSs YouTube - Raise / Lower Pipes: https://youtu.be/IE8PvjNwjDs

RTCL_LabelPipeCrossing

Tool for labelling pipe crossings in both plan and profile views with a nearly dynamic multileader label. With a customizable dialog / label, this tool will prompt for two pipes that cross in plan view. It will then calculate the crossing elevations of the two pipes and place a multileader at the location - both plan and profile. The command is nearly dynamic offering an update button should the pipe elevations change. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Label Pipe Crossing: https://youtu.be/xfB4xwrY23o

RTCL_ModifyPipeHydraulicProps

Tool to quickly modify multiple pipe's hydraulic properties. Tool offers multiple part selection modes to help gather the appropriate parts for processing. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Standard Selection Options: https://youtu.be/Hy_ehkkwKSs YouTube - Modify Pipe Hydraulic Properties: https://youtu.be/YhzPCbIq1fE

RTCL_CreateProfileOfPipes

Command to quickly generate a layout profile of a pipe run. This command is meant to help those who often need to label pipe elevations at intervals along the pipe and can be done with Profile labels or band labels once the pipe profile exists. YouTube - Standard Selection Options: https://youtu.be/Hy_ehkkwKSs YouTube - Create Profile of Pipes: https://youtu.be/Yky1XGnfZDw

RTCL_UpdateWyeConnectionElev

Provides the nearly dynamic wye connection elevation by allowing for quickly updating all wye pipe connection elevations in one click. Command searches through the drawing looking for pipes with stored XDATA from the Pipe Network Tool's Wye Connection Elevation command, gathers information on the connected main line pipe and the additive value and recomputes/resets the elevation of the wye pipe. YouTube - Set Wye Connections: https://youtu.be/fBohKnnzC1k

RTCL_PNPTAbout

Lists information about the app.

RTCL_ModifyPartDescriptions

Tool to quickly modify multiple pipe/structure's description. Select a collection of pipes and structures by Network, Multiple, or Path - then if desired, filter that selection by PartNameDescriptions. After obtaining the final selection, select whether to include pipes or structures and fill out the corresponding description boxes as desired. Command will apply the new descriptions to all pipes and structures in the selection. YouTube - Standard Selection Options: https://youtu.be/Hy_ehkkwKSs YouTube - Modify Part Descriptions: https://youtu.be/gRjhwimx5ro

RTCL_SwapMultipleNetworkParts

Tool for swapping multiple Pipe Network parts at once. Tool offers multiple part selection modes to help gather the appropriate parts for processing. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Standard Selection Options: https://youtu.be/Hy_ehkkwKSs YouTube - Swap Multiple Parts: https://youtu.be/zigqSfrzUlc

RTCL_AdjustPipeElevToSurface

Tool to quickly adjust all pipe elevations within a selection to a specified distance above or below the surface. Uses the pipe coordinates at each end of the pipe to get the surface elevation and apply difference above/below surface. Tool offers multiple part selection modes to help gather the appropriate parts for processing. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Standard Selection Options: https://youtu.be/Hy_ehkkwKSs YouTube - Adjust Pipes to Surface: https://youtu.be/rqoB5PcKD4g

RTCL_WyeConnectionElev

This tool allows for quickly setting the connection elevation of a wye pipe to the mainline and leaves it in a nearly dynamic state. Can simply select the main line pipe then select the wye connection pipe and it will calculate the main line pipe elevation where the wye occurs, then apply the elevation to the wye pipe. There is an update command to quickly update this elevation should the main line pipe change. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Set Wye Connections: https://youtu.be/fBohKnnzC1k

RTCL_PNPTHelp

Opens HTML Help Document.

RTCL_AdjustConnectedPipesElev

Tool to quickly adjust all pipe elevations that connect to a structure. Command will prompt to select a structure and then an elevation. It will then apply that elevation only to the ends of the pipe that tie to the structure. See Help document in the installation package for more information. YouTube - Adjust Structure Pipe Elevations: https://youtu.be/6vIO_RZLc9M

RTCL_LabelPipeElevation

Command allows for displaying/labelling a pipe's elevation at any point along it. Select a pipe and text will appear with the pipe's elevation as the mouse is moved along the pipe. Click a location and a multileader with the elevation will appear. Access the command's settings to modify how the elevation is computed (centerline, crown, invert, etc.). YouTube - Label Pipe Elevation: https://youtu.be/4nlNP-b99vA

RTCL_DAYLIGHTPIPETOSURFACE

Select a pipe by the desired trim/extend end. Select a surface to compute the intersection. The tool will then use the pipe's current elevations and grades to find the intersection of the centerline, crown, or invert of the pipe with the selected surface. If an intersection is found, the tool will then adjust the pipe by the selected end and trim/extend it to the computed intersection location utilizing it's elevations and grade, applying a new elevation to the daylight location. Adjust centerline, crown, or invert from the command's Settings dialog. YouTube - Daylight Pipe to Surface: https://youtu.be/DsUJJIOoPRk

RTCL_PartSelectionHelper

This new command allows for quickly selecting plan, profile, or both parts, for use with other Civil 3D commands. Command has the standard Pipe Network Tools selection process but returns a selected set of parts. If needed, hit escape, run another command, and use the ‘P’ for previous function to use that selection in any command.

RTCL_SwitchPipeStartEndCoords

This new command allows users to quickly adjust their pipe start/end coordinates via a path selection through the network. When exporting to certain 3rd party software or some of the Storm sizing software, users typically have to draw pipe networks in a specific direction. This command allows for quickly adjusting that direction instead of having to manually adjust the pipe and reconnect structures.

RTCL_WyeManager

This new tool palette allows for quickly identifying and modifying your wye connections set with the above two commands. Clicking on a row, highlights the pipe in plan. Right clicking on the row allows for zooming to a specific wye pipe.

RTCL_SetPipeDepthFromRIM

Sets the pipe depth by selected end of pipe from the selected end's connected structure's rim elevation.

RTCL_SetSumpDepths

This new command allows for quickly setting your structure sump depths. Multiple selection allows for parts from multiple networks.

RTCL_SAPExtendedSettingsManager

This feature opens two tool palette tabs allowing for viewing, editing, and assigning pipe slopes and strucutre drop or structure skip values to be used on Pipe Slope Single or Pipe Slope Multiple.

RTCL_AssignPipeSlopeValues

This new command allows for assigning specific pipe slope values and is set to work in conjunction with Pipe Slope Single/Multiple. This new command/feature will allow users to quickly assign specific slopes to specific types of pipes by using the selection filter when assigning the pipe slopes.

RTCL_AssignStructureDropValues

This new command allows for assigning specific structure drop values and is set to work in conjunction with Pipe Slope Multiple.

RTCL_AssignStructureSkips

This feature allows for skipping specific structures within the drop feature of Pipe Slope Multiple. Assigning this to structures will force those structures to be skipped when encountering the drop function.

RTCL_PNTRibbon

Loads and unloads the Pipe Network Tools Ribbon.

RTCL_PNTResetPalette

Resets the Tool Palette to default settings if it seems to not be displaying.

RTCL_PNPTSettings

Opens the settings dialog. Tabs on dialog allow for changing the settings of the various commands.

RTCL_PNTSupport

Provides a tool palette interface with direct access to Training Videos, Support form, and Red Transit Consultants, LLC website from within the app

Installation/Uninstallation

Installation

1. Download the MSI installer from the Autodesk App Store – it may have already started downloading after purchasing.

2. Close Civil 3D.

3. Install the MSI installer downloaded in step 1. The application will install to the directory below – all contents will be held within a respective bundle folder.

     a. C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins

4. At this time, it is important to determine if you desire a network license installation or a standalone license installation. Please see the respective links below based on your determination of license type. Additionally, please read the up about Red Transit Consultants, LLC licensing on our website; link provided below.

     a. Standalone License Instructions

     b. Network License Instructions

     c. Licensing: TBD

5. Launch Civil 3D. Depending on which licensing option chosen, you may be prompted to select your license file. You should see a ribbon tab called Pipe Network Tools containing all of the tools the app provides.

Additional Information

Known Issues

If the Civil 3D pipe catalog is not found or does not contain the structure used in the drawing and the app is run on pipes in the drawing, the structures will not resize and will not allow for resizing. This is a common Civil 3D issue, but we felt it necessary to make aware.

The app does not care about pipe or structure rules, if rules are applied, network could be reset and set values could be lost.

The command Modify Pipe Hydraulic Properties is disabled for Autodesk® Civil 3D® 2013 as the .NET API does not expose the necessary properties to run the command. Version 2014 and greater, the command is available for use.

Using the Zoom To feature with a non-World UCS zooms to the wrong location.

Contact

Company Name: Red Transit Consultants, LLC

Author/Company Information

Red Transit Consultants, LLC

Support Information

At any time, simply email support@redtransitconsultants.com, and provide the application plugin name or command name and a detailed description of the error that occurred.

We will get back with you as soon as possible and determine a solution to the issue.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

2.0.0.1

Upgraded for 2020 product support (No change in version number). Modified licensing system so that in Network licensing situations the app only obtains a license when a command is executed. Civil 3D still has to be closed to release the license. Slope Across Pipes: Fixed an issue where the app would fatal error when escaping out of command. Daylight Pipe to Surface: Fixed an issue when the app would fatal error when a pipe did not have a structure attached. Filtering Parts on Selection Sets: Resolved an issue where Null structures were returning in collection even when not chosen. Filtering Parts on Selection Sets Dialog: Resolve an issue where the count on the selection filter count was appearing incorrect or not at all. Rename Parts Dialog: Dialog box design improvements. NEW COMMAND: Support & Videos - Added a simple dialog with three tabs. One for submitting support tickets, one for the YouTube videos on the app, and the last tab for Red Transit Consultants, LLC website. Ribbon updated with the Support & Videos command Ribbon About Panel Drop down - added a button to launch the Borrow License App for Network Licenses only Label Pipe Elevation: Resolved a fatal error when hitting enter on Dialog for surface selection. Now calls up dialog. Label Pipe Elevation: Added ability in settings for Mtext label instead of Mleader label Label Pipe Elevation: Adjusted leader landing location for annotative vs non-annotative leader styles.

2.0.0.0

General: Licensing system has been changed to Flexera. We now offer network licensing capabilities as well as other features. Ribbon has been redone using .NET instead of a built CUIx file. Changed settings path storage location to %username%\Documents\Red Transit Consultants, LLC\Pipe Network Productivity Tools\ to alleviate issues with user permission errors in old storage location. Fixed a structure count issue on the Filter Part Selection Dialog - null structures were being included in the counts throwing off numbers. RELOCATED FEATURE: The ability to Skip specific structures has been removed as a keyword entry and now has it's own command accessible from ribbon, command line, or from the Extended Settings Manager. NEW COMMAND: Load/Unload Ribbon: Command available via command line to load/unload the Pipe Network Tools Ribbon. NEW COMMAND: Settings: New overall settings dialog and command. Now offer custom settings for most commands. Lots of additional updates listed here: https://rtcllc.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/43000158071-revision-2-0-0-0
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