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SprinkCAD 3D Riser
Instruction Pamphlet
July 28, 2008

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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................................4
TRACING LINES .......................................................................................................................................4
INSERTING VALVES ...............................................................................................................................7
ROTATING THE VALVES .....................................................................................................................12
INSERTING FITTINGS ..........................................................................................................................13
ADDING PIPES MANUALLY ................................................................................................................20
ADDING COUPLINGS ............................................................................................................................26
CREATING WELDED PIPES ................................................................................................................29
EDITING THE RISER .............................................................................................................................30
NUMBERING RISER ITEMS .................................................................................................................32
ADDING ITEM NUMBERS AND A SPECIFICATION ......................................................................33
DIMENSIONING THE RISER ...............................................................................................................37
RENDERING THE 3D RISER ................................................................................................................39
PLOTTING THE 3D RISER ...................................................................................................................40
CREATING A STOCKLIST FILE .........................................................................................................42
RUNNING AUTOMATIC RISER BUILDER .......................................................................................42
CONTACTING TYCO FIRE & BUILDING PRODUCTS ..................................................................44

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Introduction
3D Riser is a new software enhancement for SprinkCAD. With it you will be able to produce
detailed system risers in three dimensions. The 3D Riser tools allow you to build pipe, valve and
fitting arrangements with a few simple commands. 3D Riser also includes commands for
annotating the drawing and automatically preparing a Specification Table to list all of your items.
You can export a stocklist file in the SprinkSLIC format with a click of the mouse.

Tracing Lines
Before working with the 3D Riser tools, you must draw center lines for your pipe locations.
These are inserted with conventional AutoCAD commands. The example that follows shows
one method for drawing the lines but you can use whatever method you choose to insert these
lines in 3D space.
For example, start a new SprinkCAD drawing and Save As.. to a filename such as
3DRiser.dwg.
Switch to the SW Isometric view with the View
toolbar.

Switch to the SPK_3D_RISER layer. If it doesnt exist, create it and make it Current. You can
use any layer as long as it isnt a sensitive layer for SprinkCAD. For now, you will use the
SPK_3D_RISER layer. Make sure that Ortho is on.
Start the Line command and pick a point somewhere in the drawing area.
Move the mouse upward and enter 2 at the command
line.

Move the mouse to the left and enter 62.25 at the command line.

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Move the mouse upward and enter 4 at the


command line.

Move the mouse upward again and enter 6.

Move the mouse to the right and enter 2. Press Esc


to end the command.

Start the Line command again. With the End Osnap, pick the line break 4-0 from the bottom
elbow as the start point.
Move the mouse to the left and enter 3.

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Move the mouse downward and enter 10.

Move the mouse to the left and enter 2. Press Esc to end
the command.

You should now have what is shown


here.

If you have a very complicated riser


you may want to divide it into sections.
Each section can have its own layer for
tracing lines, fittings, valves, pipes and
couplings. In this way, each section
can be processed individually.

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Inserting Valves
Right click over any SprinkCAD toolbar and select 3D Riser to
open the toolbar.

You can also start the 3D Riser commands from the pull down
menu. The choice is yours. Do not press the Esc keyboard key
when using the 3D Fitting commands. It is preferrable to use
Enter to end commands. Start the Insert single 3D fitting or
valve command.
The command line will respond with Please select the tracing line close to insertion point or
(Settings/ <ENTER to End) : Enter S at the command line to set up the fitting. The Select
Fitting or Valve dialog box will appear.

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Check the Use Tracing box and press the Pick button. Pick any of the tracing lines in the
drawing area. You will return to the dailog box with the Layer Name field updated. This option
will insert fittings on the tracing lines only.
Select Valve from the drop down list at the top and 6 for the Outlet 1 Size. The list will be filtered
so that only 6 valves are displayed. Select the 6 SE Model 3000 SS Double Check Backflow
Assembly w/OS&Y and press Ok.
Pick the horizontal line close to the first elbow as
shown. You will be prompted to enter the
distance from the end of the pipe. Enter 8.
The backflow valve will appear.

You will be prompted with: Do you


wish to keep this orientation or No?
<Yes>:
Right Click to accep the current
direction.

If you want to flip the valve end for end you would enter n. We will assume that the valve
direction is correct.
Note, you can also position the valve with a mouse pick or by picking the Node Osnap of an
existing valve or fitting. For example, if you wanted to place more than one valve, back to back,
insert the first valve and use the node of the first valve to insert the second. All valves and
fittings have nodes at their outlets.
Enter s to change the Settings again.

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The Select Fitting or Valve dialog box will appear again.

Set the 6 size for Outlet 1. Select the 6 AV-1 FxG Vertical/Horizontal Alarm Valve 300 psi
and press Ok.

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Pick the vertical line beyond the backflow close to the bottom elbow. You will be prompted to
enter the distance from the end of the pipe. Enter 2.

The Alarm valve will appear. You will be prompted with: Do you wish to keep this orientation
or No? <Yes>:
Right Click to keep the current orientation since the flange is facing down.
Enter s to change the Settings again.
Set the Outlet 1 size to 4 and select
the 4 Grooved Check Valve 590F
and press Ok.

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Pick the horizontal branch above the Alarm valve as shown. You will be prompted to enter the
distance from the end of the pipe. Enter 7.375. This will place the valve next to the outlet.
You will be prompted with: Do you wish to keep this orientation or No? <Yes>:
Right Click to keep the current orientation since the Check Valve direction arrow is pointing
toward the system.

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Rotating the Valves


You can easily rotate the valves to their correct position.

Select Rotate Fitting from the 3D Riser toolbar.

Pick the backflow and it will rotate 90 degrees for each pick.

Pick until the backflow gate valve stems


are facing upward.
The command will continue.
Pick the alarm valve until the inspection
cover faces to the right.
Pick the check valve until the inspection
cover faces upward.
Right Click when finished.

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Inserting Fittings
The valves are now finished, you can start inserting fittings.

Select Insert single 3D fitting or valve from the 3D Riser toolbar. Enter s to change the
Settings.

Set the Fitting Type to 90 Elbow and the Outlet 1 Size to 6. Select the 6 Cast Iron Flanged
Elbow and press Ok.

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Pick the first elbow with the End Osnap.

You will be prompted with: Do you wish to keep this orientation or No? <Yes>:
Right Click to keep the current orientation.

Recall that the backflow was inserted 8 from the end of the line. This is the takeout for the
flanged elbow which is connected directly to the backflow.

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The flanged elbow will remain selected until it is changed.

With the End Osnap, select the elbow at the end of the backflow.

Right Click to keep the current orientation.

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Enter s to change the Settings.

Select Welded Tee Outlet from the drop down list. Select the 6 x 4 Groove-O-Let and press
Ok.

Insert it at the tee above the


Alarm valve with the End
Osnap.

Enter s to change the


Settings.

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The Select Fitting or Valve dialog box will appear.

Select 90 Elbow from the drop down list. Select the Grv 90 #510 6 grooved elbow and press
Ok.

Insert it at the top of the riser.


Enter s to change the
Settings again.

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The Select Fitting or Valve dialog box will appear.

Select 90 Elbow from the drop down list and 4 for the Outlet 1 Size. Select the Grv 90 #510 4
grooved elbow and press Ok.

Place two elbows back to back as


shown.
Enter s to change the Settings again.

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The Select Fitting or Valve dialog box will appear.

Select End Cap from the drop down list and 4 Fire Dept Connection. Press Ok.

Place it at the end of the FDC pipe.

Right Click to end the command.

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Adding Pipes Manually


Press the Insert Single 3D Pipe button on the toolbar.

Enter S at the command line to change the settings. The Pipe Attributes dialog box will open.

The # is the item number for the Specification table. Leave the default at 1.
You can enter a part number in the Part field. This will become a property of the pipe which can
be carried over to an exported stocklist file.
Select a Size of 6, a Schedule of 10 and a Finish of Black.
The Start and End preparations will be F or Flanged. The Starting and Ending Flanges will be 6
x 11 Companion Flanges.
The Min.Length value is the shortest pipe length that the program will insert. Leave the default
at 0-4.
Press OK.

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For the first pick, select the Node of the first flanged elbow.

For the second pick, select the Endpoint of the pipe.

The pipe is inserted.

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With the same settings, insert a pipe between the second flanged elbow and the bottom of the
Alarm valve. Use Nodes for picks.

Enter s to change the Settings.

Change the end preps to Gm for grooved male. Press Ok.

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Place the first pipe between the top of the Alarm valve and the outlet at the FDC tee.

Use the Nodes for picks.

Place the second pipe from the outlet Node to


the Node on the top elbow.

Place the third pipe from the top elbow Node


to the end of the tracing line with the End
Osnap.

Enter s to change the Settings.

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The Pipe Attributes dialog box will open.

Change the pipe size to 4 and press Ok.

Insert a pipe from the Node on the check valve to the Node on the first 90 Elbow.
Enter s to change the Settings.

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The Pipe Attributes dialog box will open.

Change the Schedule to 40 and press Ok.

Insert the pipe from the Node of the second 90 Elbow to the FDC hose connection.
This completes the pipes. Right Click to end the command.

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Adding Couplings
You can now add couplings for the grooved fittings and pipes.

Select Insert grooved coupling from the 3D Riser toolbar. Enter s to change the Settings.

Set the Outlet 1 Size to 6 and


select the Grv Cplg #572 Rigid
w/A gskt 6.
Press Ok.
Right Click to start.

Pick the Alarm valve and the 90 Elbow at the top and Right Click.
Three couplings will be inserted; two on the 90 Elbow and one on the
Alarm valve.

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Start the command again and enter s to change the Settings.

Set the Outlet 1 Size to 4 and select


the Grv Cplg #572 Rigid w/A gskt
4.
Press Ok.
Right Click to start.

Select the check valve and the two


90 Elbows on the FDC and Right
Click. Five couplings are inserted.

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Use the Rotate Fitting command to rotate the couplings so that the bolts and nuts are oriented
correctly.

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Creating Welded Pipes


You will have to break your pipes in the locations where you place mechanical tees and welded
outlets. The Specification table will list these pipes as individual pieces and the lengths will
equal the distances between the fittings. To avoid this, insert the outlets and pipes as normal
and use the Create welded pipes command. Select the pipes where the outlets are inserted.
When the Specification table is inserted, the pipe will be listed as a single pipe with a length that
is the sum of the distances between the fittings.
In this example, the riser pipe has a welded outlet for the Fire Department Connection.

Start the Create welded pipes command.

Pick the 6 pipe above and


below the outlet to the FDC.
It is currently two pipes.
Right Click and the pipes
will be joined.
It will now appear as one
piece in the Specification
table.

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Editing the Riser


The 3D Riser toolbar includes the commands Delete Pipes, Delete Fittings, Erase End of
Pipe and Delete 3D Riser Items.

These commands will filter the desired item and ignore the rest for deletion. Start a command,
select the items and Right Click to delete. Delete 3D Riser Items will select all items. The
purpose of these commands is to assist you when selecting items for deletion; especially when
the workspace is crowded. This does limit you to these commands for deleting objects. You are
free to use conventional AutoCAD commands to remove items.
For example, lets assume that you want to put a flow switch above the FDC outlet. Start the
Delete pipe command and pick the pipe above and below the FDC outlet. Right Click and the
pipe will be deleted. Fittings such as the flow switch can only be inserted at a pipe break or pipe
end. Enter break at the command line and Right Click.
Pick the tracing line approximately 2-0
above the FDC outlet as shown.
The command line will prompt with:
Specify second break point or (First
point):
Enter @ and press Enter. This will
break the line at the first point selected.

Start the Insert single 3D fitting or valve command.


Enter s to change the Settings.

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The Select Fitting or Valve dialog box will appear.

Select Valve from the drop down list and 6 as the Outlet 1 Size. Select the Flow Switch
PotElect VSR-F 6 and press Ok.
Place it a zero distance from your break point and
Rotate it to the position shown.

Start the Insert single 3D pipe command and insert 6,


Schedule 10, grooved pipes between the Alarm and
FDC outlet, the outlet and the flow switch and the flow
switch to the 90 Elbow at the top.

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Use Nodes for picks. Right Click to exit the command.

Use the Create welded pipes command to join the three pipes.

Numbering Riser Items


Recall that, when you were inserting 3D riser objects, you had the opportunity to specify the
Item Number. You can manually insert Item Numbers if you like however, the Autonumber
command will add and sort the numbers for you automatically.
Press the Autonumber button from the 3D Riser toolbar to start the command. The program
will assign all items in the riser with a unique number.

Also, items that are the same will be given the same Item Number. For example, all 4 Grooved
90 Elbows will have the same number.

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Adding Item Numbers and a Specification


Switch to the Front view. You can use the View toolbar or the View > 3D Views >Front pull
down menu.

Zoom in on your riser. Select Insert Item Number from the 3D Riser toolbar.

When prompted to select objects, select the entire riser with a window. Right Click. The figure
below shows the annotations added. Some annotations have been removed to avoid clutter.

The annotations and leaders


can be moved with grips.
The text and arrow formats
are taken from the current
AutoCAD Dimension Style.
You can pick individual
items if desired.

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To create a material list, select the Specification command from the 3D toolbar.

You will be prompted to pick the upper left corner of the table. Pick a point to the right of the
riser.

The table will be inserted in the XY plane of the World UCS. You may have to Rotate the table
to match the plane that your riser appears in. The table will list all items in the riser. The Item
Number appears in the left column, the description in the middle column and the quantity in the
right column. The cut lengths of the pipes are calculated automatically. The text and table
formats are taken from the current AutoCAD Dimension Style.
Now, you can save the view for use in the plot layout. Select Named Views from the View
toolbar or menu.

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The View Manager dialog box will appear.

Press the New


button.

The New View dialog box will


appear.
Enter a View Name of
Riser_Annotation.
Pick the Define window radio
button.
Pick a window tightly around the
3D Riser and the Specification
table.
Press OK to exit.

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You will return to the View Manager dialog box.

The Riser_Annotation view now appears in the Views list. A thumbnail view appears in the lower
right corner. Press OK to exit.

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Dimensioning the Riser


Create a new layer called Dimensions and make it current. Turn the SPK-3D-SPECS and
SPK-3D-ITEM layers off. This will hide the Annotations and the Specification table.
Press the Front button and verify that the UCS icon
appears as shown here.

The Y Axis should be pointing upward and the X Axis to the right.
Open the UCS toolbar.

From the UCS toolbar, select Origin and pick any node in the FDC. With this setup, the
dimension lines will correctly line up with the FDC items in 3D space.
Select Linear from the Dimension toolbar and dimension the FDC. Use
the Node Osnap for easy picks to the ends of the fittings and valves.

Here is an example with dimensions.


Now, Save this view to a Named View as you did
for the Riser annotations.
Call it FDC_Dimensions.

Switch to the Right view to dimension the rest of


the riser.

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Use the Origin command and pick a node on the riser to move the UCS to the correct position.

Select Linear from the Dimension toolbar and dimension the rest of the
riser. Use the Node Osnap for picks to the ends of the fittings and valves.

Here is an example with


dimensions.
Now, Save this view to a Named
View as you did for the Riser
annotations.
Call it Riser_Dimensions.

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Rendering the 3D Riser


Turn the Dimensions layer off and switch to the SW Isometric view.
Select Realistic Visual Style from the Visual Styles toolbar.
If you do not have this Style with your AutoCAD version, any
rendering style will do such as Flat Shaded.

Now, Save this view to a Named View as you did for the Riser annotations.
Call it Riser_Rendered.

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Plotting the 3D Riser


Select any Layout tab in the lower area of
the AutoCAD screen. Delete any existing
viewports. Set current layer to SPKVPORT.
Select 1 Viewport from the View >
Viewports pull down menu.
Define the viewport border with a window
in the lower right corner of the plotting
area.
Double click inside the new viewport. The
border will become thicker indicating that
it has switched to Model space.
Select Named Views from the View pull
down menu.
The View Manager dialog box will appear.

Select the Riser_Annotation view from the left list and press Set Current. Press OK to exit.
The annotation view will now appear in the viewport.

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Do the same for the other three views that you created.

Double click outside of the current viewport to exit model space.


You can then pick a viewport border and right click to open the Properties palette.
Pick the Standard scale field to set the
drawing scale if required.
You can use this technique to add riser and
other details to your piping plans.

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Creating A Stocklist File


Press the Stocklist button from the 3D Riser toolbar to create a stocklist file.

The file will be in the SprinkSLIC format. It will be placed in the same folder as your drawing and
have the same filename as the drawing. The extension will be TYL.

Partial Listing will only export items from specified layers to a SprinkSLIC file. For example, if
you only want to list a portion of the riser, change the items layer and identify it with this
command.

Running Automatic Riser Builder


You can insert valves, fittings and couplings manually as you did before, or add them
automatically with the Automatic Riser Builder command. This command will add default fittings,
couplings and pipes to existing tracing lines.

Start the command with the Automatic Riser Builder button on the 3D Riser toolbar.

The Riser Builder dialog box


will appear.

Each riser item is numbered. The item and its corresponding number will appear in a
Specification table that can be inserted. You can enter the starting number in the Start Number
cell.

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Generally, you would leave the default at 1. If you have a very complicated riser, you may want
to break it up into sections. For example, the first section numbers could start at 100, the
second at 200, and so on.
Enter the layer of your tracing lines in the Tracing in Layer field. In this example, the tracing
lines are in the SPK_3D_RISER layer. You can use the Pick button to pick an item that is in the
tracing layer.
In the Riser Parameters area, enter the Size and Design of the fittings to be inserted. Design
options include Grooved, Threaded and Flanged.
In the Pipe Parameters area, enter the Schedule and Finish of the pipes to be inserted. The
default end of pipe fitting is No Fitting. This specifies the type of fitting that will be inserted
when SprinkCAD encounters the end of a pipe. The Min.Length value is the shortest pipe
length that the program will insert. Set it at 0-6.
Select whether you want to insert Fittings, Piping or both with the checkboxes in the Insert
area. Generally, you would select both, execute the command and then make small changes to
complete the assembly.
Press OK to execute.

The program will insert 90 elbows where


two trace lines intersect and tees where
three trace lines intersect. Couplings will
be added to the fittings that were
automatically inserted.
The program will add pipes between the
fittings that were automatically added.
The other pipes and couplings will have
to be added manually.

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Contacting Tyco Fire & Building Products


Please contact us for SprinkCAD 3D Riser related issues at:
Voice: 1-800-495-5541
Fax:

1-215-393-1333

Web: www.sprinkcad.com

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