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Land Desktop Tip: Pipes in Profile
Tip# 3348 By Marta Quinlan On 22-Feb-2010
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Categories : Linear Objects
Software type : AutoCAD Land Desktop
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Simplify drawing pipes in profile view with the Profile Menu/FG Centerline Tangents command.

Engineering Designer Marta J. Quinlan gives us a tip on drawing pipes in profile view in AutoCAD Land Desktop.

"The Profile Menu/FG Centerline Tangents command asks for a station or a point, plus the elevation, and will connect the stations together with a line. I then change these lines to the proper layer, offset them to indicate the pipe size, and I have my pipe system. You can type in the same station with a different elevation to show a drop through a structure as well.

"I also use it to set in the structure symbols by drawing a line from rim to rim, and for interference pipes crossing over and under my pipe system. It seems to be much faster than using the Pipes Menu, and comes in very handy when drawing in an existing pipe system which is already stationed with existing elevations. You simply type and it draws the pipes at the right elevation and stations. All you have to do is change the layer and do a little trimming at the structures. Unless you have a typo, the pipes come in at the right elevation and station no matter what your exaggeration is set to."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: We weren't able to test this tip, but based on our familiarity with the software, we give it the thumbs up. Land Desktop's final release was the 2008 version; Autodesk has replaced it with Civil 3D.


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Comment by Stewart,Jonathan
Posted on 2010-02-22 17:38:06
I find this post some what amazing that there are still some companies using Land Desktop. I would have to disagree with the speed of this tip vs. using the Pipes tools. By the time you inquire the station locations along the alignment in plan view, you can already have the pipe defined. Next is a matter of setting inverts and rim elevations and importing the pipes. The next step is labeling. Doing this manually is incredibly slower than having the labels imported automatically from the defined piperun. In addition, the suggested "manual" offset to create the pipe size has to take in to account the profile's vertical exaggeration to be correct. Marta, Please consider just "trying" the pipe tools for this rather than chugging along "manually". Understanding how the pipe tools work in Land Desktop will only help when making the step to Civil 3D.