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AECOsim Building Designer

Plumbing - Piping (metric)


V8i SELECTseries 3
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Table of Contents
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AECOsim Building Designer Plumbing - Piping ____________ 5


Module Overview _____________________________________ 5
Module Prerequisites _______________________________ 5
Module Objectives _________________________________ 5
File Organization ______________________________________ 6
Piping _______________________________________________ 6
Families and Parts __________________________________ 6
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Pipe Parameters ___________________________________ 7


Place Component Tool Settings _______________________ 8
Manipulating Existing Elements __________________________ 12
Stretch Pipe _______________________________________ 12
Break Pipe ________________________________________ 13
Join Tool _________________________________________ 13
Move Component __________________________________ 14
Apply Slope Tool ___________________________________ 15
Modify Component _________________________________ 15
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Plumbing AccuDraw Shortcuts ___________________________ 18


Fittings ______________________________________________ 19
Sprinklers and Pipe End Components ______________________ 20
Sprinklers_________________________________________ 20
Modify Component _________________________________ 21
Managing Data with DataGroup Explorer ___________________ 22

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AECOsim Building Designer
Plumbing - Piping
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Module Overview
This course is designed to learn the basic functionalities of Bentley AECOsim
plumbing Building Designer for Building Information Modeling (BIM). plumbing
Building Designer allows users and system administrators to customize the
delivered data so that you can apply your own company standards, project
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standards or a combination of both.

Module Prerequisites
A fundamental knowledge of MicroStation V8i
An understanding of Plumbing design
Basic knowledge and understanding of three dimensional design
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Use of AccuDraw and its keyboard shortcuts

Module Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
Create three dimensional models of Plumbing systems
Route pipe around the floor plan
Use AccuDraw to accurately place piping within a model
Demonstrate how to use auto fittings

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File Organization

File Organization
Exercise: Create New Design File
1 From the File Manager, set the Workspace to the following:
User: BuildingDesigner
Project: BuildingTemplate_GB
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Interface: default
2 Create a new design file - Plumbing.dgn.
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Piping
You will now begin to model the Plumbing for the ground floor level that we have
been working with. During the design process, you will use many different
plumbing components to complete the model.

Building Designer is delivered with the most common shapes of piping:


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Round Pipe
Flex Pipe

Families and Parts


When placing piping, it is important that you use the Family and Part information
to define the type of system you are placing. The part controls the symbology
(Level, Weight, Style, Color) of the piping, and the DataGroup System controls the
size and properties of the pipe.

Once the Building Primary dialog has been set you can then select the type of
pipe you wish to place and set its size.

Hint: Remember that the pipe is always placed at the current ACS level when the
locks are active. Different ACS planes can be defined in each view, so ALWAYS
check the active ACS in each view.

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Piping

Pipe Parameters
When placing piping, the DataGroup Instance Data dialog has the information
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needed to control width, depth, end type, and other property information, such
as material and insulation.

When changing a pipe to a smaller or larger size during your routing, Building
Designer will automatically place a transition piece. Fittings, such as elbows, will
automatically be placed when routing pipes at angles.

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Piping

Place Component Tool Settings


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When placing a pipe, the Tool Settings allow you to match attributes of existing
pipe work.
Part/Family - When on, part and family definitions of the selected component
are assigned to the new component.
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Size - When on, the new component aligns with the end of the selected
component.
Shape - When on, the new component is automatically sized to match the end
of the selected component.
Exchange - When on, replaces an existing component with the active
component.
Use Fence - When on, all existing component in the fence are replaced with
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the active component. The option menu sets the Fence (Selection) Mode.
Apply Slope - When on, applies the last set slope settings to the component
being placed in the route.

You also have the ability to set the placement position (Justification) of a pipe
when placing them in the model. Selecting the Justification Button will reveal the
available placement points.

Exercise: Place Pipe


1 Place pipe in your model. Click a datapoint to define the beginning of the
pipe and another to define the opposite end.
2 Continue adding sections of pipe for a schematic layout of the system.

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3 Note that you can adjust the size or shape of the pipe while in the
command and any required transitions will be inserted automatically.
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Default AutoFitting Options

You can set the properties for the default fitting that Building Designer uses when
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inserting an elbow or transition onto a pipe. The default fittings can be set to a
specific radius as well as the end lengths.

To set the Default AutoFitting option for pipe chose the Elbow tool from the
Plumbing Design Task.

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In the DataGroup Instance Data box, right click and chose Set As Default
AutoFitting Option. Any properties you have set (radius, Length 1, End Type,
etc.) will be used next time an Elbow is inserted in a run of pipe.
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Exercise: Place pipe


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Place more pipe. Notice that the elbows that are automatically inserted are
using the autofitting options defined above.
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AutoFitting End Type Options

You can define the end type for pipe as an AutoFitting as well.
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The EndType options follow a format as follows:


M- for a Male end, F- for a Female end.
The number indicates the flange depth. So an m-1,f-1 would be a pipe with a
male end and a female end, both with 1m flanges.
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Manipulating Existing Elements

Manipulating Existing Elements


Tools available to manipulate and modify plumbing elements can be found via
each of the Plumbing pipes Task interface.
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Stretch Pipe

The Stretch Pipe command works similarly to the Building Designer Extend Line
command. You can add length by extending an existing member or by adding a
new member adjoining an existing member.

Exercise: Stretch Pipe


Use the Stretch pipe tool to lengthen or shorten pipe segments in your model.

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Manipulating Existing Elements

Break Pipe

Break pipe is very similar to the Building Designer Partial Delete tool; it will break
a length of pipe into two sections. Each pipe becomes its own individual element
and retains its own intelligence.

In addition to breaking a pipe into two sections, it can also break a long run of
pipe into standard lengths. This is especially helpful when laying out exact lengths
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of pipe for manufacturing purposes.

Settings for Break:


Dynamic - The size of the break is determined interactively via data points.
Standard - When on, key-in a standard length to apply to selected
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components. Standard lengths start at end nearest first data point.


Merge Collinear - Scans for connected pipe or pipes passing through a
common line, and merges them into one segment.
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Exercise: Break Pipe


Use Break pipe to break segments of pipe in your model.
Practice using the Standard Method to break pipe into even length segments.
Use Merge Collinear to combine the individual segments.

Join Tool

This is commonly used to join two previously placed pieces of piping. Depending
on the circumstances, individual fittings or a combination of fittings can be
inserted when the pipes are joined together.

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Manipulating Existing Elements

Exercise: Join pipe


Use the join tool to connect 2 pipes. The pipes must be at the same elevation
in order to join.
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Join Pipe with Takeoff

Join pipe can also be used to join 2 pipes of different sizes. A take off will be
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inserted and automatically fitted to the smaller pipe.


To join a pipe with Takeoff - In the Join Tool Settings dialog, change the
method to Join with Takeoff.
Select the pipe that will branch off the main pipe.
Select the main pipe second.
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Move Component

This command gives the user the ability to dynamically move a plumbing
component and all connected components, while maintaining their connectivity.

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Manipulating Existing Elements

Apply Slope Tool


The Apply Slope manipulation tool provides flexible controls to define the slope
process. The tool can apply a slope dynamically to segments of a run or to an
entire route in steps manipulated in the set slope limits.
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Modify Component
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The Modify Component command is found in the Main Building Tools. It is used
to modify pipe fittings and fitting instance data. DataGroup System information is
modified in the heads up display view or in the DataGroup Instance Data dialog
during the modify operation.

When modifying a pipe length, you can change the size, type and the justification.

Exercise: Modify Component


1 Using the Modify Component tool, select a pipe.

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2 The DataGroup Instance Data box will appear along with an isolated
Heads-Up Display view of the component being modified.
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3 You can make changes to the dimensions of the pipe in the DataGroup
Instance Data box or by directly selecting the dimension in the Heads-Up
Display.
4 Left click in the view to commit your changes.
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5 You will notice that the rest of the branch line needs to be resized to
match the new pipe dimensions. To do this Use the AccuDraw shortcut RS
to resize the entire branch line.
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Plumbing AccuDraw Shortcuts

Plumbing AccuDraw Shortcuts


You may need to rotate the fitting so that it is orientated properly, or you may
need to set a fitting inline. AccuDraw shortcuts are available to assist you in the
placement of your fittings and most other objects in the application.
RI: Sets the component into inline dynamic placement mode after an end
connection is established. Once placed, the parent duct/pipe is broken to
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accommodate the inline component.


RR: Reorients the Mechanical Building Designer component by toggling
through the connect points.
RS: Resizes connected components to reflect size changes during a
component modification.
RT: Rotates the component 90 to the left about the AccuDraw X axis.
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RW: Rotates the component 90 to the right about the AccuDraw X axis.
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Fittings

Fittings
AECOsim Building Designer allows you to place a wide variety of Plumbing
components and fittings such as the following:
Pipe
Transitions
Elbow
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Tees
Wyes
Crosses
Takeoffs
Crossover
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Flexpipe
Adapter
Cap
Coupling
Flex Connection
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When placing a fitting you may edit any of the DataGroup parameters; examples
are if you need to change a manufacturer's name, an elbow angle, or a transition
size.

When placing a fitting such as an elbow, the fitting tool will automatically launch
the Modify Fitting tool during the placement workflow. After a parameter has
been entered, and a datapoint accepts, the tool will reset.

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Sprinklers and Pipe End Components

Sprinklers and Pipe End Components


In many Plumbing workflows you place the sprinklers in the area you are working
in before routing the pipe; Bentley Building Designer makes this easy.

The DataGroup Instance Data dialog allows you to control the size and properties
of the object that you are placing as well as all properties about the selected
object.
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The DataGroup System Definition is a catalog, or a set of many data definitions,


where one definition applies for each catalog type; examples of delivered catalog
types are flex pipe, elbows, three-way tees, and valves.

Sprinklers
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Exercise: Setting the new Sprinkler size

This exercise describes using the Place Sprinkler tool and setting the properties.
1 Set the Active Floor level to Ceiling Office 2 in the Floor Selector.
2 Check that the ACS locks have been activated by step 3.
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Note: The ACS will move in elevation to the new height.


3 Select the Place Sprinkler tool in the Plumbing Design task list shown
below.

4 In the Tool Settings dialog set the following:


Part/Family: Disabled
Orientation: Disabled
Size: Disabled

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Shape: Disabled
Exchange: Disabled
5 Set the following in the Building Primary dialog.
Family: Fire Protection
Part: SprinklerSystemHead-New
The attributes will change automatically as defined in the dataset.
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6 Place a row of sprinkler heads in your model.


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Modify Component
The Modify Component command is used to modify any plumbing component.
Modify Component is found in the Main Building Tools. DataGroup System
information is modified in the heads up display view or in the DataGroup Instance
Data dialog during the modify operation.

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Managing Data with DataGroup Explorer

Managing Data with DataGroup Explorer


Now that we have placed some components in our three-dimensional model we
can use the data to help create some reports and schedules. We will use the
DataGroup System to help us with this task.

To view a report of the existing items in our model we will use the DataGroup
Explorer.
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Open the DataGroup Explorer (from the Data Task)


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The DataGroup Explorer allows the user to sort the Catalog Types by All, Used
and Selection Set.
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Managing Data with DataGroup Explorer

Selecting the individual Catalog Types will bring up a list of those components
currently placed in the model.
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Right-clicking on an item in the list will bring up options for that item:
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Edit - Allows you to modify the item as long as the item is in the active
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file or the reference file is activated.


Zoom - Fits the view around the item selected.
Create Selection Set - Creates a selection set from the item(s)
highlighted.

Exercise: Review DataGroup Explorer


Open the DataGroup Explorer.
Change the view to Show Used.
Review data in your active file.

Exercise: Use the tools previously covered in this module to create a


Schematic Plumbing Design

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