Interactive Workshops June 2017 – Introduction to Irrigation

Cover ImageVectorworks has had irrigation tools for some time. In the past, the problem was that the irrigation tools were not suitable for real-world irrigation design.

The new irrigation tools are designed to address these challenges. There are several parts to the suite of irrigation tools. You have to choose the appropriate tool for the job that you want complete.

You can create hydrozones, irrigation outlets, water main lines, drip zones, etc. Each of these has a different tool to control the specifics. You can create an irrigation network that knows the the total water flow of the network, the water flow down each branch of the network, and the required pressure for each outlet.

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SST_1706 – Irrigation

Cover ImageVectorworks has had irrigation tools for some time. In the past, the problem was that the irrigation tools were not suitable for real-world irrigation design.

The new irrigation tools are designed to address these challenges. There are several parts to the suite of irrigation tools. You have to choose the appropriate tool for the job that you want complete.

You can create hydrozones, irrigation outlets, water main lines, drip zones, etc. Each of these has a different tool for controlling the specifics. You can create an irrigation network that knows the the total water flow of the network, the water flow down each branch of the network, and the required pressure for each outlet.

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SST_1003 – Irrigation Tools

Vectorworks comes with several irrigation tools. There is a tool for placing irrigation pipework, and there are two tools for placing sprinklers and drip emitters. When the pipework and emitters are placed, you can create a schedule of the parts.

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cadmovie458 – Irrigation Tools Part 12

Building the Worksheet to Count Sprinkler.  You can get Vectorworks to count things to suit you, a custom way of counting. In Vectorworks we call this a report, and the results are shown on a worksheet. We can add reports together to collect all the objects we want.

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cadmovie457 – Irrigation Tools Part 11

Irrigation Pipe Work. The Landmark tool set has an Irrigation Line tool, but if you do not have Landmark, what can you do? The answer is to use a polygon, polyline or standard line tool, and assign these to a special class. We can use the class to control the graphic style, and we can also use the class to quantify the lines to give us overall lengths. If you use a class for each pipe size, you can qualify each type of pipe.

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cadmovie455 – Irrigation Tools Part 9

Making a Database (Record Format). Vectorworks has a database concept called a record format. This concept allows us to attach information to an object. The information has to be an a structured form to be useful and that is the job of the record format, to structure the information.

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cadmovie452 – Irrigation Tools Part 6

Scheduling Irrigation Items. Vectorworks has a built-in ability to count and schedule information. So, for irrigation, we could count up all the Irrigation Heads, drip emitters and pipes. Vectorworks has some pre-made worksheets that will count up objects for you.

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cadmovie447 – Irrigation Tools Part 1

Irrigation Heads. The irrigation head tool is used to place your sprinklers. This tool creates a  2D object that shows the head and spray pattern. It does not create a 3D version, although with Vectorworks 2010 you can see the spray pattern in 3D, but only if you layer plane.

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