What is it made of? Issue with Gravity Pipe Materials in 2015.

November 03, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

During a recent Civil 3D 2015 configuration, I found another issue, when labeling gravity pipes materials.

Working RCP material Pipe

The labels behaved as if they could not find a material value, showing a set of question marks (???) or a empty area. This issue appears to be isolated to only some pipe types.

Defective PCV material Pipe
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Tagged with Pipe Material, Content Builder, Tips & Tricks, Tips, Civil 3D 2015, question marks, Tech Support, Parts Catalog, Infrastructure, Pipe Label, Optional Property, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Pipe Label Style, Created Design, Autodesk, Tricks

Editing the Parts Catalog, Part 3: Structure Values

April 24, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

As mentioned in Part 1 in my previous BLOG, make sure you have a back up of the Pipe Catalog before making edits.

Adjusting values will allow to more realistic sizes, adjust appearance or behavior of standard parts:

  • Adjust pipes and structure to show correct Wall Thickness (Wth)
  • Improve structure look by zeroing out the Floor Thickness (FTh)
  • Allow more play between pipe and structure by adjusting clearances (SBPC)

Editing a Structure

  1. From Civil 3D > open the catalog by going to Home ribbon > expand the Create Design panel > select the Part Builder button (or typing PARTBUILDER on the command line)
  2. From the dialog box dropdown > select Structure.
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Editing the Parts Catalog, Part 2: Pipe Values

April 23, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

As mentioned in Part 1 in my previous BLOG, make sure you have a back up of the Pipe Catalog before making edits.

Adjusting values will allow to more realistic sizes, adjust appearance or behavior of standard parts:

  • Adjust pipes and structure to show correct Wall Thickness (Wth)
  • Improve structure look by zeroing out the Floor Thickness (FTh)
  • Allow more play between pipe and structure by adjusting clearances (SBPC)

Editing a Pipe

  1. From Civil 3D > open the catalog by going to Home ribbon > expand the Create Design panel > select the Part Builder button (or by typing PARTBUILDER on the command line)
  2. From the dialog box dropdown > select Pipe.
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Editing the Parts Catalog, Part 1: Copying a Family

April 22, 2014 By Leo Lavayen Leave a comment

As you may already know, poking around in the part builder is no walk in the park. If you are thinking about making edits to the Part Builder, MAKE SURE YOU CREATE A BACK UP OF THE ORIGINAL CATALOG. The parts available are not all inclusive. Many materials are not available or do not have the correct thicknesses or preferred name. Once you have modified, tweaked, enhanced, and turbocharged your Catalog into a masterpiece, back that up too.

Although building this content may seem daunting, the Parts Catalog can be set up once and can be shared with other users across a network. The default Pipe Catalog install location for 2014 is:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\C3D 2014\enu\Pipes Catalog\

To set another catalog location, from Civil 3D go to the Home Ribbon > expand the Create Design panel > select the Set Pipe Network Catalog button.

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