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CADWorx® Video Training Series

Lesson Five
Using 3D Routers

Routing Lines in 3D using the Router Command

Routers are a great tool in CADWorx Plant Professional. They allow you to “route”
centerlines of piping runs in 3D, and then have the system automatically place elbows
and pipe segments along the routing line.
The Router command also has a number of options to it which make modeling in 3D
even easier. For instance, you can tell the system to route your piping using a Bottom of
Pipe elevation, or you can have the system Slope the line. If you route a Rolled Offset,
the system will automatically Trim the Elbows for you as well.

Written by Anthony W. Horn © 2011
CAD Training Technologies, LLC Houston, TX USA

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Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. • • • • • • 1. Click Setup. . . using the Metric template. Set the line number to have a Service of LH. 9. 6. Set the Specification to 150_M. 3. 8. Written by Anthony W. Construct Router Lines Work with the various options in the Router command Construct rolled offsets Output these piping runs to Isogen Learn how to route lines in your 3D model Get extensive practice in routing in 3D Start a new drawing. You can always insert your border at any time later.) Have the AutoCAD View tool bar available at the top of your screen. Click Plant. and line number Setting up the Sheet 4. Some topics covered in this lesson: You will . 7. TX USA 123 .CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers This next section illustrates using the Router command. and then you will route some lines in 3D in your model. and a Count of 2000. spec. Set the Main Size to 6”. Click the Line Number tool button. 5. (Remember – you always use a template in CADWorx. 2. • Starting up a new drawing in CADWorx • Viewing from a SW 3D view • Setting the size. Click on the SW Isometric button. LLC Houston. Set the Drawing Mode to 3D Solids.

11. locates the next point of the 3D Router line that far up or down from the current point.10000 <Enter>. Drag the mouse toward the lower right direction and Type: 2000 <Enter>. simply type U <Enter>. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. You can correct it. Written by Anthony W. TX USA 124 Using the Router command to route a piping centerline . and not have to start over. So typing a positive or negative number. Right click.CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers Starting the Router Command You can start the Router command two ways: Typing in RT Or Click through the Pull-down menus (Plant. Accessory.3000. to “Undo” the segment just placed. 12. and pressing <Enter>. and click Elevation. 15. 13.). 10. Type: -1500 <Enter> (the router line moves 1500mm down. LLC Houston. Type: 3000. Auto Route. • Type: RT <Enter>. Changing Elevations – Method One 14. Router) Note: If you make an error in typing during a Router command.

22.-2500. 19. • Routing a sloping centerline 21. TX USA 125 . 20. LLC Houston. Drag the mouse toward the upper right direction and Type: 2000 <Enter>. Type: @3000. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. 17. Drag the mouse toward the lower right and Type: 4000 <Enter>.-2000 <Enter>. 24.CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers • Changing elevations with the routed line 16. Type: -100 <Enter> (for a 100mm fall per meter). Right click. Type: C <Enter> (to instruct the system to move to your “current” elevation). and click Slope. Written by Anthony W. • Routing a rolled offset Routing a Rolled Offset 23. Right click and click Meter (for Slope per meter). 18.

8’ toward the lower right. Type: 2000 <Enter> (when piping is generated soon. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. the bottom of the pipe will be positioned at a 2000mm elevation). TX USA 126 Setting an elevation change based on “bottom of pipe” . Right click and click Elevation. Press <Enter> if prompted for 6” size (if not prompted. Right click and click BOP. Right click on the mouse. 26. and click Position. Drag the mouse toward the lower right and Type: 2000 <Enter>. 32.CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers This will route the line 10’ toward the upper right. 25. LLC Houston. Right click and click World. 31. • Changing Elevations – Using “Bottom of Pipe” settings and “World” Elevations 27. proceed to the next step). Written by Anthony W. 29. 28. 30. and 6” down in elevation.

CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers • 33. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. 34. TX USA 127 . 35. The routed centerline is completed Drag the mouse toward the lower right direction of the screen and Type: 3000 <Enter>. Press <Enter> once again to exit the command. LLC Houston. Written by Anthony W.

38.CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers Placing Elbows and Pipe 36. LLC Houston. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. The system will automatically place elbows and pipe along the router line. TX USA 128 . Click on the router line you just drew. 37. 39. 40. Written by Anthony W. 41. Click Plant Click Accessory Click Auto Route Click Buttweld LR • The system places pipe and elbows automatically • Elbows get trimmed as needed automatically Press <Enter> (for Select Polylines).

Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. LLC Houston. 48. Click the Open Plot Files button to view the iso. Written by Anthony W. 51. Save the drawing as C\CADWorx_Video_Training\Lessons\Router_1. 43. including labeling the elevation changes and the trimmed elbows • Reviewing the Isogen Iso 129 . 47. 49. 46. 50. TX USA • Isogen draws all the information. Click Plant Click Accessory Click Isogen Click Isogen Out Select the Metric_Inch_A2 border and Click OK Press <Enter> (for select components) and Window the piping and press <Enter>.CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers Generating an Isogen Iso 42. 45. 44.

and the sloping portion of the line.3 degrees on the isometric. Written by Anthony W. and each change in elevation • You can also see how it labels the slope • Here you can see how the system shows a rolled offset • A rolled offset can be displayed a variety of ways in Isogen Isogen has several options on how it displays the rolled offsets. The next section shows the rolled offset area.CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers The beginning area shows the coordinate at the start of the iso. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. • The isometric contains annotation for the starting coordinates. Note the trimmed elbow which is labeled as 55. LLC Houston. TX USA 130 . the change in elevation.

55. 56. LLC Houston. Save the drawing in your C:\CADWorx_Video_Training\Lessons folder as Router_Iso1. then this is a valuable section to go through. TX USA 131 Using the CADWorx Restraints tool bar. 61. 54. 53. 58. and a pump suction nozzle on the lower end). Click Plant Click Tool Bars Click Restraints This brings up the CADWorx Restraints tool bar. Type: 300 <Enter> (for a 300mm tall anchor). Click the Anchor restraint button and place it on the lower end of the line. Right click and click UP. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. being connected to a vessel nozzle on the high end. 60. you can skip this section and move on to the next section. You’ll use this method extensively in some real examples in the next section. 52. 57. Close the drawing and you should have open your Router_1 drawing (the 3D model of the line). Written by Anthony W. you can place hangers and supports . Press <Enter> <Enter> to take the defaults for the length and description of the anchor. If not. Placing Restraints and Support Information used in the CAESAR II Pipe Stress Program • Note: If your organization designs lines that are analyzed with pipe stress software. 59.CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers You can see the Router command gives you many options in routing piping runs in 3D. This will tell the stress analysis system that the line is anchored at each end (for instance.

Press <Enter> <Enter> to accept the defaults for the length and the description of the hanger. 66.CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers • 62. Right click on the mouse and click Down. LLC Houston. 68. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. Written by Anthony W. Click the OSNAP button at the bottom of your screen. Type: Mid <Enter> (for Osnap Mid Point). 65. Pick the mid point of the 2000mm pipe run that’s between the sloped portion of the line and the rolled offset portion of the line. 67. TX USA 132 Placing hanger and support information . 63. 64. Type: 600 <Enter> for the depth. to turn it OFF. Click the Spring Hanger button on the Restraints tool bar.

Save the isometric drawing at this time as Router_Iso_2. LLC Houston. 75. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies. Isogen. 74. since they can start to analyze the line without having to create all of the geometry. Press <Enter> to select components (but notice the prompts – you can select by line number or from a database. 76. if you are running the system with a database option). and nodes numbered correctly. Accessory. Isogen Out. Save the drawing again at this point. • Isogen will bring in the support information (see videos in Lesson Four in piping) • You can export the geometry and restraint information out to CAESAR II (see Lesson Six in piping for more information) Sending the line out to CAESAR II 72. 71. Press <Enter> and Click OK to exit the command. 78. Written by Anthony W. CADWorx has just built a CAESAR II file that can be read directly into CAESAR II for analysis! This file will come into CAESAR II with the geometry fully done. 70. choose the C border). 73. TX USA 133 .CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers 69. Window the drawing and press <Enter>. Run another Isogen isometric of the line (Plant. 79. 77. Click Plant Click Accessory Click CAESAR II Click System Out Click the Save button to save the output file out under the name given (it matches the drawing name). This saves a tremendous amount of time for the stress engineers.

Accessory. since the geometry will come directly from the model as a CAESAR II input file . 80. CAESAR II. Perhaps they added additional supports to it. Written by Anthony W. • This bi-directional information exchange makes CADWorx and CAESAR II a very powerful combination of software to do project work. If changes were made. or added an expansion loop. you could then go to the pull down menus (Plant. and close the drawing. LLC Houston. The system would automatically update your model with the engineer’s changes.CADWorx® Video Training Series Lesson Five Using 3D Routers Once the stress engineers have analyzed the line. TX USA 134 The CAESAR II bidirectional interface will save the stress engineers a great deal of time. Save your line again. System In) and bring the modified line back into your model. they can save the file with any changes made to it. Horn © 2011 CAD Training Technologies.