Displaying Pipe Networks in Profile Views
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

You can display selected pipe network parts, or entire pipe networks, in profile views.

To display pipe networks in a profile view, you must have valid station offset data (from the profile view alignment) for the pipe networks.

Editing Parts in Profile View

If you make changes to the pipe network in plan view, such as moving, swapping, deleting, or resizing parts, those changes are reflected when the parts are displayed in profile view.

NoteYou cannot move the X, Y locations of parts in a profile view. However, you can grip edit elevations, edit object properties, or resize parts.

Editing Display Styles in Profile View

Initially, the object style comes from the part, but it can be overridden in profile view. To edit display characteristics for pipe network parts displayed in a profile view, you right-click the profile view, click Profile View Properties, and then click the Pipe Networks tab. For example, you can select the parts you want to be drawn or not drawn in the profile view, or change layers or object styles. When you edit these display characteristics on the Profile View Properties tab, they would only affect how the object is displayed in profile view. For more information, see the Pipe Networks tab on the Profile View Properties dialog box.

Pipe Slopes in Profile View

The calculated slope of pipes in a profile view may or may not reflect the apparent slope of the actual linework drawn in the profile view. This is because the slope of the pipe is the slope of the actual model from end to end. If a pipe does not geometrically correspond to the alignment defining the profile view, the pipe shown in that profile view will appear slightly different. Also, the length of the pipe in a profile view may not reflect the true length of the pipe as displayed in plan view. This is because the displayed length of the pipe in the profile may be different than the true length of the pipe, as displayed during layout.

Curved Pipes in Profile View

Curved pipes represented in a profile view are always represented as a straight line from the start point of the pipe to the end point of the pipe. In reality, when a pipe is projected onto a profile, and depending on the combination of horizontal and vertical geometry, the pipe would have some vertical deflections here and there, even when the pipe is actually straight with no change in grade along its length. This is especially true for curved pipes. Therefore, it is important to understand that AutoCAD Civil 3D represents all pipes in profile views as straight lines drawn end to end.

Pipe Crossings in Profile View

A pipe crossing in a profile view refers to the location where a pipe crosses an alignment or sample line and is displayed in its profile view. When displaying a cross section of a pipe network in AutoCAD Civil 3D, locations of intersected pipes (pipe crossings) are represented at the correct elevation. However, the projected pipe may not show the same elevation at that location for the reasons described in the previous paragraph. Typically, there is no need to represent pipe networks as both projected and crossings in the same profile. For more information, see Displaying Pipe Crossings.

Structures in Profile View

Pipe network structures will only display in a profile view if the insertion point of the structure is within the limits of the profile view. Therefore, when the structure’s insertion location is outside the profile view, the structure does not display in the profile view.

In the Structure Style dialog box, Display tab you can activate components to display connected pipes in profile and section views.

Pipes can be represented to indicate the size/elevation where they are connected to the structure. Pipes represent the true inside section of the pipe, and are exaggerated to the profile view scale in vertical.

NoteThe pipes are represented at the elevation of the pipe where they meet the structure, which is typically the centerline.

Tutorial Exercise: Drawing Pipe Network Parts in a Profile View