Thursday, April 10, 2008

PVLS PART 3: Labeling the Crossing or Connecting Pipe Flowline Elevations

This is Part 3 of a series on Profile View Label Styles (PVLS). You should also read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series for additional information.

To label a crossing and/or connecting pipe flowline elevation, you'll need the style created in Part 2 of this series and profiles for both the main line and the crossing/connecting pipes as described in Part 1 of this series.

After you have the style and profiles created in your drawing, the rest is really simple.
  1. Zoom into the connecting pipe that you want to label.
  2. From the Civil 3d Profile menu, select "Add Profile View Labels", then "Add Profile View Labels...".
  3. In the Add Labels dialog box, select the style that you created from Part 2 of this series (mine was called Connecting Pipe Label).
  4. Choose a Marker style if you want one. I don't generally use one for this style.
  5. Left click on the Add command button.
  6. You will be prompted to select a profile view. Select the profile view by left clicking on one of the grid lines, not the actual profile.
  7. When asked to specify a station, select the endpoint at the flowline of the crossing pipe shown in the profile view.
  8. When asked to specify an elevation, you can either select the same point or specify an elevation for the insertion point of the label.
  9. Repeat this process for other connecting pipe labels that are visible in this profile view.
  10. If you need to add labels in other profile views, you'll need to left click on the Add command button again to select a different profile view.
So now the label is placed, but there aren't any elevations shown. Here's the secret:
  1. Select all the connecting pipe labels in one profile view and then look at the properties listed on the labels. There is a Civil 3D section that contains a listing for Profile1 Object and Profile2 Object. They will be set to by default.
  2. Left click on the for Profile1 Object and set that to the profile you created for the flowline of the main pipe.
  3. Left click on the for Profile2 Object and set that to the profile you created for the crossing and/or connecting pipes and pipe size changes.
Now you have the flowline elevations and all you have to do is editlabeltext on the style to change the name of the utility line and modify the pipe sizes. As I said in my first post, I'm sure you can take this style further to get the pipe sizes in it. Also, you would need to make a copy of the style and modify the text for grade breaks, and crossing pipes.

Well, that's it for Part 3. In Part 4, I will describe how to use the offset capability that we put in place when we created the Profile View Station Elevation Label Style in Part 2 of this series.

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