Can I create a pipe network from multiple objects?
For example, I have 10 feature lines that I want to use to create one pipe network. Instead of creating 10 pipe networks one at a time, can I create one pipe network all at once?
You would need to join the feature lines into one first.
Use the Joinfeatures command.
That may not be possible, eg if the features aren't connected end-to-end but branching off in different directions, or not touching at all.
Another option is to create 10 networks, then merge them together.
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The feature lines aren't connected.
That's what I've been doing, is creating multiple pipe networks, then merging them. I would like to be able to select all 10 feature lines and create one pipe network.
Any other ideas? Maybe it's just not possible?
I like tcorey's suggestion. Add additional feature lines just to connect them for creating the network then joinfeatures. After you create the network from the single feature line, you can delete those dummy pipes from the network. Maybe mark the ones that need to be deleted with a magenta circle near the midpoint until the pipes are deleted from the new network.
I have run into this too.
If you have a lot of 3D polylines to convert you can use Map3D to write them out as a .shp file first with Object data attacehd, then use the Insert Tab / Import dropdown / 'Import GIS Data' command to read that .shp file in as a pipe network. If you are carefull about the object data you can even assign different pipe sizes to all the pipes as it is created.
Explode the 3D polyiles to 3D line segments first. Then attach object data for Internal diameter, wall thickness and description that matches the pipes you want to use from your Parts List. Also use the Z1 and Z2 properties as elevation data in the .shp file. MapExport to a .shp file, then import it into C3D as GIS Data. It all ends up as one network.
It is a bit of extra to do, but if you have a large number of pipes it will be reasonably efficient.
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