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Rename Civil 3D Pipes and Structures: A step by step tutorial guide

Introduction to Renaming Civil 3D Pipes and Structures

Firstly, how do we rename Civil 3D pipes and structures? Well, let's find out in this online training course. Certainly, this step by step tutorial is a part of the Civil 3D essentials book and how-to manuals.

Renaming Civil 3D Pipes and Structures 

Before proceeding further, let’s rename our storm structures to make them more explicit. Instead of Structure – (X), let's use names like DM.XXX (for Drainage Manholes), CB.XXX (for catchbasins), and SS.XXX (for Sanitary Sewers). That will make the structures much easier to identify.

To rename the storm manholes:

  1. First, select one of the Drainage manholes, right-click and select similar.

Rename Civil 3D Pipes and Structures selection 

  1. Next, from the ribbon, expand the Modify panel and run the Rename Parts command.

Rename Civil 3D Pipes and Structures command 

  1. In the Rename Pipe Network Parts window, specify the name templates, starting numbers and increments. In this case, we would like to start numbering at 100 and increment by one. We are starting at 100 because the previous phase was assigned numbers from 0 to 99. We also want to Rename existing parts.

    Rename Civil 3D Pipes and Structures options 
  2. Click on OK.
  3. If you zoom in the drawing, you will notice that all Drainage Manholes, with the D symbol, have been renamed to the format DM.XXX

Rename Civil 3D Pipes and Structures plan 

  1. Next, use the layout tools to:
  • First, create the rest of the CBs or catchbasins. Make sure the incoming catchbasins inverts are at least at the same elevations as the sewer pipes and that they have a positive slope.
  • Then, create a completely new pipe network for the Sanitary Sewer. Among the steps we used for the Storm Drainage system, you can apply the following steps to create the Sanitary Sewer network.
    • Use the existing street centerlines to create manholes and pipes.
    • Insert a manhole at each major junction.
    • Make sure each lot can be connected to a sanitary sewer main.
    • Label each pipe and manholes. Use the SS.XXX format to renumber manholes.
    • Set the Sanitary Sewer network layout settings, to reference the corridor surface. Each part also needs to reference the appropriate alignment. We can also set default layers and name templates.
    • Set the sanitary manholes to concentric structure types. That will differentiate them from storm structures, which are using a cylindrical style.
    • Set the pipe diameters to 200mm or 8in for sanitary mains.

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