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You use this precision template to produce orthographic piping drawings, using common sized components and pipes.

  • Ortho Piping Template—This template has imperial units in feet and inches, with a precision of 1/32”. The sheet scale is set to 1/2” = 1’.

ANSI, ISO, DIN, BSI, and JIS dimensioning standards are available in the template. The default dimension type is ANSI. When you open this template, the Draw toolbar appears, containing tools to help you create precision drawings.

Ortho Piping Workflow 1 (Small Layouts)

  • You can create small layouts with Maintain Relationships set on.

  • Select Midpoint from SmartSketch Settings.

Set up the sheet.

  1. Select an appropriate sheet size. The default scale is 1/2” = 1’.

  2. From the Symbol Explorer, select the size of piping to be placed. A list of folders containing appropriate components for that size of pipe is displayed.

Place a line.

  1. On the Draw toolbar, click Line/Arc Continuous

  2. On the ribbon, select the appropriate line style. Click to place the line.

  3. Drag one of the piping components into the document close to the end of the pipe where it is placed. Example 150# Gate Valve with flanges. If the orientation of the valve is not correct relative to the pipe, use the left or right arrow keys to rotate as needed. Click the symbol.

  4. To display the Relationships toolbar, click Relationships on the Main toolbar.

  5. On the Relationships toolbar, click Connect .

  6. Identify the center on one end of the valve as the first point to connect to. You can see the midpoint indicator as the pointer moves over the center of the end of the valve.

  7. Identify the end of the line placed previously as the other end to connect. The valve moves to the end of the pipe. If Maintain Relationships is set on, the valve remains connected when modifications are made.

  8. Place another line from the other end of the valve. Select the midpoint of the end of the valve from which to start. Place the line an approximate length.

  9. From the 4” Els folder select the 90 degree elbow and drag it into the file. Use the rotate keys to rotate to a correct orientation. Connect the midpoint of the elbow to the end point of the 4” line.

  10. Repeat the process as needed until the layout is complete.

  11. Place dimensions between key components of the layout.

Workflow method 1 is recommended for small layouts because the constraints needed to handle a large piping layout may make the system too slow for practical use.

Ortho Piping Workflow 2 (Large Layouts)

  • You should create large piping layouts with Maintain Relationships set off.

  • Be sure to select Midpoint from SmartSketch Settings.

  1. To set up the sheet, select an appropriate sheet size and scale that allow you to draw the piping layout. The default scale is 1/2” = 1’.

  2. From the Symbol Explorer, select the size of components to be placed. A list of folders containing appropriate components for that size of pipe is displayed.

  3. On the Draw toolbar, click Line/Arc Continuous. Draw a single line, centerline, layout of the piping system to be drawn. Placing centerlines on a different layer is recommended.

  4. From the Symbol Explorer, select the proper sized components to be placed, and drag the components onto the line.

  5. When the components are placed in their proper locations, turn off the centerline layer.

  6. Select Place Doubleline, a flyout on the Line/Arc Continuous. Set the placement option on the toolbar to Center Primary Line; then select a width.

  7. Use relationship indicators to locate the midpoint of one of the components, and click the left mouse button. Use midpoint to locate the end of the next component that has been placed, and right-click. A doubleline representing the size of the pipe is placed.

  8. Continue connecting components in this manner until all components are connected.

    • To show pipes crossing, the doubleline representing the pipe on top can be filled or patterned with a blank color. The pipe that is to be displayed below can be selected and pushed to the bottom in the display. To select and push the pipe to the bottom, click Send to Back on the Change toolbar.

    • You can place pipes using the method in Workflow 1 with Line/Arc Continuous instead of using Place Doubleline.

The following symbol sets aid in Ortho Piping layouts.



Orthographic Piping Symbols Sizes 1,2,3,4,6,8,10,12 Inches

Each Size contains the following: 150# Valves 300# Valves Actuators Annotation Els Olet Reducers Welds and 2 Inch sizes also include 600# and 800# valves.

To use this functionality, you must install the Process Solutions option.

See Also

Drawing Basic Elements
Drawing Connectors
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