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  • HELPFUL HINTS AutoSPRINK VR5

    Prepared by Terry Chapin

    Instructor

    Set up and getting started:

    1.) Acquire new drawing: FILE, IMPORT desired dwg drawing. (IMPORT, desired dwg drawing from window, single select, make PARENT layer name DWG, BLDG, ARCH, or some unique name, OPEN. Imported drawing will now be on this unique layer. Remember to make sure that the BENCHMARK is at Absolute 0 (SELECT BENCHMARK, type in A0, ENTER, this will assure that you are starting properly and if acquiring a drawing will establish the 0,0,0 coordinates that the drawing was imported at, for future imports, such as ceilings, steel, lighting ect. Purge drawing in Parts Tree, Layers, select the Blue E with Red X, this will delete 0 element Layers. Window, Clean House.

    2.) FILE, SAVE AS give drawing a name. FILE, LOAD SETTINGS & PIPE STYLES to be used for this project. 3.) SETTINGS, DRAWING Select approx. scale you will be plotting at (this only effects plotting and can be changed at any point), Fill in

    CONTRACTOR, CUSTOMER & JOB information. 4.) SETTINGS, FABRICATION set up fabrication standards to be used for job (remember to set up PIPE LENGTHS to Fractional Value you

    wish to use). 5.) SETTINGS, FORMAT set up Fractional Value the same as FRABRICATION, PIPE LENGTHS fractional value, also VOLUME (GAS)

    to GALLONS. 6.) SETTINGS, HYDRAULIC CALCULATIONS review information, particularly, maximum velocity to be used. 7.) SETTINGS, DEFAULT PROPERTIES change any default items that you want to take effect in this drawing, such as PIPE OUTLETS and

    other items you may want to change such as LAYERS. 8.) FILE, SAVE SETTINGS AS save this into same job folder that you have saved drawing, this will allow you quick access to the settings for this

    drawing and also will help you at a later date, so you do not have to guess at the settings you used. 9.) FILE, SAVE you are now ready to start your sprinkler design. 10.) Prepare yourself mentally: Information about the building and components in the building. Remember instead of drawing lines you will

    be drawing the actual elements. 11.) Layout your sprinkler system with WIZARDS or by single placement. Remember you can use parts of WIZARDS, you need not use the

    whole thing; just select the portion that fits your application. 12.) After placement of all sprinkler components and elements: SELECT, EVERY, ALL SPRINKLER SYSTEM COMPONETS, CLEAN UP

    INTERSECTIONS (Blow Torch Icon). 13.) View your drawing in an Isometric View, to make sure that every thing looks okay, particularly elevations. 14.) Add water supply info: TOOLS, SUPPLY select SUPPLY, double click for properties and type in information from water flow test.

    You may also X-REF the underground drawing into your building drawing. 15.) Add hydraulic remote area(s): Remote Area Icon computer generated, Remote Area Boundary Icon boundary that you make, Remote

    Area Box Icon computer generated. Remote Area and Remote Area Box are made from the default properties found under the Settings File. Adjust these settings to match your remote area specifications and spacing.

    16.) OPTIMIZE SYSTEM make adjustments to piping sizes, pipe schedule and heads (k-factor) ect., APPLY CHANGES TO DRAWING, Recheck SYSTEM OPTIMIZER.

    17.) SELECT ALL CLEAN UP INTERSECTIONS. 18.) Add Fittings Select all sprinkler components that you want fittings added to, AUTO DRAW, FITTINGS. MOVE BENCHMARK at end

    you wish to install couplings from, Select Pipe, AUTO DRAW, COUPLINGS. 19.) Add Hangers: AUTO DRAW, HANGERS or manual place hangers Hanger Icon. 20.) Checking Sprinkler Components: VIEWS, SHOW LEAKS first on disconnected then on incompatible adjust and repair as necessary. 21.) Adding Test and Dimensions: a.) TEXT b.) TEXT BOX c.) Dimensioning Tools d.) FINISH, LABELS e.) Leaders 22.) Youre ready to for LISTING follow instructions in window. This has many different options and you will need to find the one that best

    suits your companys needs. 23.) Adjust Text, Labels, Hydraulic Node Tags and other elements for better readability. Remember to use proper handle points to move

    around to desired locations. 24.) Print out final calculations (User defined for information) FILE, PRINTING, HYDRAULIC REPORTS, select reports desired, normal

    for submittal the following: HYDRAULIC SUMMARY, SUMMARY OF OUTFLOWING DEVICES, NODE ANALYSIS, HYDRAULIC ANALYSIS, CHECK POINT GAUGE (if desired good for base of riser), HYDRAULIC DATA PLATE (if desired good for base of riser), HYDRAULIC GRAPH(S), FLOW DIAGRAM (current view) must be windowed into this area prior to start of printing. FLOW DIAGRAMS both TOP and ISOMETRIC are intended to be done on plotter. HYDRAULIC OVERVIEW is intended for in house use in folder, but can also make a nice cover sheet along with the HYDRAULIC SUMMARY.

    25.) Add Views with Text: Adjust screen to view desired, EDIT, Copy Bitmap, return to plan view, MOVE BENCHMARK to location desired, EDIT, PASTE BITMAP, scale as desired, add text (remember to elevate above bitmap view elevation). You may also paste bitmap onto Word Document or any other sheet for Emailing & Faxing.

    26.) You are now ready to add any other details and information to your drawing that you wish to plot. 27.) For plotting, please follow information provided in your Workbook and also our on-line info. Plotting is a function of the Plotter you have and

    not AutoSPRINK, so each plotter may set up different, you will need to tweak your individual machine. 28.) If you need help, please try using our Icon with the ARROW & ?, and also our help menu, if all else fails and before you reach a point of

    frustration, please call our Technical Support and or your AutoSPRINK Instructor.

    FOR MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION, ATTEND OUR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCE CLASSES

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  • This is indication of the first web, not perfect, put change and you will see that it does adjust and if you put in 0 it will disappear.

  • Creating a plot sheet: 1. FILE, NEW PLOT SHEET

    2. FILE, PAGE SET UP put in the information Page Size , such as D size = width 36, height 24 Margins, this is the dotted line that shows your plan print area (like a view box). Areas outside this area will print from the Plot Sheet (cap ext.). Select the Render tab set Surface Tessellation around 60, you may adjust this higher or lower depending on the size of you plot and type of plotter.

    3. The drawing surface you now have is the same as in AutoSPRINK cad files; the only difference is that you are drawing in inches. You may now create your Title Box, or import a previous one from an AutoCAD file. Remember to adjust your margins to fit your plan in the drawing.

    4. When you import a dwg file into AutoSPRINKs Plot Sheets, remember that the benchmark needs to be in the lower left corner. Often times the import drawing may be in paper space and you will need to select this option for elements to appear on the drawing surface. Once imported you may need to make some adjustments, such as line widths, text fonts and general clean up of your plot drawing (Title Box). After complete, delete the empty layers go to WINDOW, and CLEAN HOUSE, this will purge your drawing and make the file as small as possible. Save your file, recommend building a file for plot sheets and to be used as a template for your drawings.

  • 5. Applying Plot Sheet to your drawing: Open Drawing FILE, OPEN Drawing

  • 6. Go to FILE, PLOTTING, PAGE SET UP, PAGE STYLES tab, PROPERTIES tab, POSITION and SCALE - fill in the information that you wish for this drawing

  • 7. Go to SHEET tab select Plot Sheet from folder that you wish to use.

    8. Go to Visible Layers tab and then click on Capture Drawing Settings this will give you an additional opportunity to shut off any layers you may want to print.

  • 9. Select the Render tab and set the Surface Tessellation at around 60, you may have to adjust this depending on the size of the drawing file and your Plotter.

    10. Return to Page Setup for Printing Render Method to Print and select Open GL normal you can set the dpi around 240 (news print is at 150) so anything that you can get greater than that will do a good job again this will depend on your plotter (refer to the plotter manufactures instruction manual.

  • 11. Go to FILE, PLOTTING and either Preview (preview time is the time that the plotter spools your drawing) or Print.

    End Topic

  • Follow these steps: 1.) Window from sprinkler Icon 2.) Pick Sidewall 3.) Change Head Length to 9 for View 4.) Select Symbol (about 20 Diff.) 5.) Results

  • A typical example of adding a new pipe to the database:

    From the Parts Database menu, select Add New / Edit Parts Book Pipe Type, and select the: Create a new pipe type from scratch option.

    Add a New Pipe Type Description and select the desired Unit Scheme. The Display in Part Entry Dialog upon creation option is selected by default and should be deselected.

    Click on the Create New Pipe Type button. Select the desired sizes

    All sizes should be included,