By Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions
There are several Pipe Systems provided in the default Autodesk template. The out of the box ones are (in alphabetic sequence) Domestic Cold Water, Domestic Hot Water, Fire Protection Dry, Fire Protection Other, Fire Protection Pre-Action, Fire Protection Wet, Hydronic Return, Hydronic Supply Other, Sanitary, and Vent.
In most projects, this is not quite enough. This is especially true if you are designing a hospital or some sort of research lab. So how do I make more? The best route is to go through the System Browser, right click and click the Type Properties.
Once in this dialogue box, duplicate an existing one. A common mistake here is the misconception that you can add more System Classifications. You can’t. If you will notice, the System Classifications of the existing Pipe Systems are greyed out, meaning that you can’t edit them.
The best plan of action if you need another Pipe System is to start with “other”, make a duplicate of that, and rename it what you want, compressed air, non-potable water, natural gas, refrigerant gas, etc.
The system Classification will always say “Other” which may not be correct, but it won’t be incorrect either. You can depend on the System Abbreviation or the Type Comments for criteria needed for filters.