So, i'm trying my hand at part builder, in an attempt to add inlets to the part family in addition to just structures. But i want to be sure that when i export the part to SSA, that i can maintain the inlet size as chosen from teh C3D part library.
Should i use frame length, or grate length?
is there a curb opening length option in C3D, or perhaps a way to maintain a description field with teh export from C3D to SSA?
I'm looking for a connection for call outs in the profile in C3D to match the curb opening length in SSA... is there a workflow for this? thanks
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There is no Curb Opening value that gets exported to SSA using the STM command. I would suggest reviewing the Documentation on Part Matching to help you with the tranistion from a C3D part to an SSA part. You will be able to take your Civil 3D part family, and match that to an existing part in SSA or construct custom parts with the specific parameters.
As for Part Builder variables, I would suggest looking at the current parts that have frame values: SFL, SFW. These values get passed to the STM file as grate lenght and grate width.
so, if i build a part that assigns grate length a part dimension, that would extend a part that looks like an inlet... and that length value would be exported as curb opening inlet length (just did a quick test).
So, they key would be to build up the Inlet tops as structure frames, and the length values get exported as inlet length?
that seems to be so easy, did i miss something in teh best practices that would tell us how to do that? or am i missing something that makes this harder.
wow, well, i'm going to try my hand at part builder and see if i can modify a circular manhole with rectangular top to make it look like our standard curb inlets, knowing that the info will be retained for the export
sweet, i'm excited, thanks Matt
There is information in Help, not sure about the Best Practices guide. There is new content in 2012 that has rectangular frames as well as round frames that would help guide you. They are primarily Grate values, not curb opening values.
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