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3D pipe library examples

This easy to use library contains over 5,000 accurately drawn 3D pipe fittings
and valves that can be accessed with a couple clicks of the mouse.
Competitors solutions for a 3D pipe modeling program are up to 20 times more costly.
Add additional costs for training, maintenance fees, cadd operator learning and
troubleshooting time, and you could easily be at 30 to 40 times the cost of my 3D pipe library.

With 25 years experience in Microstation design, my hands-on experience has allowed
me to create useful easy to use pipe libraries.

This 3D pipe library is also a great tool for those who are in the field needing to put
together an as-built 3D model. There are no license server issues to be concerned with.
You just need Microstation to run.

Competitors say their 3D pipe software are able to create intelligent 3D models that
can output fast Orthographic drawing production, Isometric drawings,
Quantity take-offs, the ability to do Interference checks and 3D model walk-throughs.

The aforementioned can also be accomplished using just Microstation and this 3D pipe library.
Here is how you can get it all done for a fraction of the cost.

1. Orthographic drawing production:
Create view control file(s) to view your 3D model(s).
Simply reference in your 3D model(s) to a empty design file. Turn on all eight views,
and set up the views to: top, front, left, back, etc.. for each view.
Set your display depth for each view showing what part of the 3D model you want to see in
your plan(s), section(s), etc.. Turn on/off certain levels of the reference files to create
the proper looking view you want. Create 2D hidden line file(s).
Plan out your level strategy ahead of time when modeling:
For example - you can place all valves on a different level than the pipe, turn off the
valve level and run the 2D hidden line file.  Then add your own 2D valve symbols to
the 2D hidden line file(s) , thus creating the proper looking piping plans, sections, etc..
When running the 2D hidden line file(s), I typically use the exact method.
Create your sheet file(s) by referencing in a border and the 2D hidden line
file(s) you created. Annotate your drawing.
(note: If you change the 3D model file(s), simply re-run the 2D hidden line file(s) and
overwrite the existing ones, then update the annotation on the sheet file(s).

2. Isometric drawings:
Again create view control file(s) to view your 3D model(s). Set your views to isometric
or right isometric. Create 2D hidden line file(s) for each view. Now open and modify the
2D hidden line file using Microstation's fence stretch and editing tools to create your
desired results. Create your sheet file(s) by referencing in a border and the 2D hidden line
file you modified. Annotate your drawing.
You can also copy the 3D model file to another folder.
Open it, and fence stretch parts of it before you create a 2D hidden line file. This will
give you the exploded look isometric's have.

3. Quantity take-offs:
Copy all 3D model file(s) to a separate folder. Open the 3D model file(s) and account for
all the pipe lengths, pipe fittings, and valves etc.. on a piece of paper and delete the
elements as you go.
(Note: you can create a Excel spreadsheet to help you total up the pipe fittings)
Continue on all 3D model file(s) until all are empty. Simply add up your findings to
get a total take-off. This should take only one days time, even on complicated 3D model files. Typically these take-offs are only needed two times during any given project
(say at 70% and 100% job completion). Also, total valve count is typically taken off
the P&ID's not the 3D model file.

4. Interference check:
If your cadd designers are doing there jobs correctly, there
is no need for this piece of software. As pipe is being routed through a facility, the
cadd designer can see the steel beams, equipment, duct, other pipes, etc.. in the 3D model
file(s) and there for should not be routing any pipe through anything unless its a wall or floor
and that's what is intended.

5. 3D model walk-through's:
Using only Microstation gives you the ability to view your 3D model file(s).
You can turn on Graphics Acceleration under - settings>rendering>view attributes.
Now you can view your model in shaded form. Rotate your view in real-time
and view interactivity. I typically have one view set like this when modeling.
Or you can create a canned movie by using the Microstation's Flythrough producer.
Place a line string into your design and use the floating option for saving the movie.
Once the movie (*.fli) is created, using Microstation's Movies utility, open the .fli file
and "save as" to a .avi file. This way your movie can be viewed by anybody who has a computer with a movie viewer like Windows Media Player.
Also, you can attach materials and establish lighting settings to your 3D models to
create raster images (*.jpg, *.tif, etc..) using Microstation's Image save utility for hard
copy printing.

Now that you know how to do all this for far less expense than my competitors charge,
what are you waiting for?
Using this 3D pipe library will help you complete your project under budget.

No learning curve - you'll be productive in seconds!
And with our money back guarantee you have nothing to lose!

This library includes:

Pipe, Pipe Fittings and Valves in:
Forged Steel (threaded), Carbon/Stainless Steel (butt-weld) , Ductile Iron (flanged),
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC-socket), ABS-Industrial (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) and,
ABS-DWV (Drain,Water,Vent), and Victaulic IPS Carbon Steel Grooved pipe fittings.

Also included are: back flow preventers, nuts/bolts, expansion joints, flow meters,
nozzles, pipe hangers, sensors/instruments, mechanical, and strainers.

Screen shot of custom pull down menu:


This library can be easily loaded into MicroStation's menu bar for quick access.  Full instructions are included. Once loaded, "3D-Piping-Library" will appear in the menu bar. Just point and click to choose from a wide range of pipe fittings. All selections are made from pull down menus. And to guarantee that all fittings are inserted to scale, the menu bar will automatically sets your active scale to 1 (AS=1) and your active angle to zero (AA=0).

What types of pipe are in the library?
All piping dimensions conform to the following:

Ductile Iron pipe(4"-48"): ANSI/AWWA-C151/A21.51
Carbon/Stainless Steel pipe(NPS 1/2"-48"): ASME B36.10M, ASME B36.19 standard pipe
PVC pipe(1/2"-8"): ASTM-D1785  schedule 80 plastic pipe
ABS-Industrial pipe(1/2"-12"): ASTM-D3965  class 145psi
ABS-DWV pipe(1 1/2"-6"): ASTM F 628 Schedule 40 DWV pipe
Victaulic IPS Carbon Steel Grooved (1"-4")
Forged Steel pipe(NPS 1/8"-4"): ASME B16.11 

Placing pipe in your 3D models is easy.
The pull down menu automatically sets your pipe diameter(s) for you and places you in Microstations place cylinder command.

What types of pipe fittings are in the library?
Many different material categories are represented.  Here's what you get:

  3D Forged Steel fittings (threaded 3,000# ) - sizes NPS 1/8"
through 4
ASME B16.11
This set contains 90 degree elbow, 45 degree elbow, tee, cross, lateral,  and union. To view the 1" fittings: click here.

  3D Ductile Iron Flanged fittings - sizes 4" through 48"
ANSI/AWWA C110/A21.10 and C153/A21.53
This set contains 90 degree elbows, 45 degree elbow, tee, reducing tees, cross, lateral, reducing laterals, eccentric reducers & concentric reducers. To view the 12" fittings: click here.

  3D Carbon/Stainless Steel -  Butt-weld fittings - sizes NPS 1/2" through 48"
ASME B16.9 - fittings, ASME B16.5, ASME B16.47 - flanges
This set contains 90 degree elbow, 45 degree elbow, tee, reducing tees, 150, 300lb. slip-on,blind and weld-neck flanges, pipe cap, eccentric reducers, concentric reducers. To view the 6" fittings: click here.

  3D PVC fittings - sizes 1/2" through 8"
ASTM-D1785 schedule 80
This set contains 90 degree elbow, 45 degree elbow, tee, reducers, and flange. To view the 6" fittings: click here.

3D ABS Industrial fittings - sizes 1/2" through 12"
ASTM-D3965 class 145psi
This set contains 90 degree elbow, 45 degree elbow, tee, reducers, flanges, and more. To view the 4" fittings: click here.

3D ABS-DWV fittings - sizes 1 1/2" through 6"
ASTM-F 628 Schedule 40 DWV pipe
This set contains 90 degree elbow, 45 degree elbow, ty's, cap, flanges, and more. To view the 4" fittings: click here.

3D Victaulic IPS Carbon Steel grooved  fittings - sizes 1" through 4"
This set contains 90 degree elbows, 45 degree elbows,tee's, cap,wye, and more. To view the 3" fittings: click here.

What types of valves are in the library?
All valves include the manufacturers name and model number (where provided)
in the cell description. Flanged and lug style valves conform to ANSI.

Valve sizes: 1/2" through 24"

You get: Ball, Butterfly, Check, Duo-check,Gate, Globe, Pinch, Plug, Knife, Solenoid,
Air vacuum, and Relief valves. Valves come with handwheels, levers, and gear operators.
As a example of all other sizes, click on the following link to view all 6" valves.

6" valves

Here are the rest of the cells you get:
These additional cells are commonly found in Industrial and Municipal designs.

Backflow Preventers: click here
Bolts/Studs/Nuts - Various sizes
Expansion Joints: click here
Flow Meters: click here
Mechanical Equipment - a collection of pumps etc..
Nozzles: click here
Pipe Hangers/Supports: click here
Sensors/Instruments: click here
Strainers: click here

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