Review: Pipe and Structure Name Changes Don’t Update To References

Time for a little review. Today topic is Pipe Networks and Data References. The scenario – Designer X is charged with laying out the drainage system for a new development. We have a composite surface representing both the existing and proposed surfaces.  The production sheets are underway and awaiting to reference in the systems to begin labeling.

What happens next is what happens most frequently – Designer X creates the network in plan so that the production sheets can be started and the actual analysis of the system can begin. So the Pipe network parts will have names like Structure – (1) or something similar. So that’s what you’ll see.

Moving on, we see that the pipe network has been designed, inverts adjusted structure names change, etc. The production sheet has adjusted network labels to be readable. But when the production sheet updates the reference, everything updates EXCEPT for the structure names. Eh?

pipe reference

What are our options to resolve this inconsistency?

We have 3 options;

Option A – Designer sets and adjusts naming of pipes and structures prior to inclusion of the network on the production sheet,

Option B – Delete pipe network references in the production sheet, and re-create once the pipe network design is complete, all dragged labels will be lost,

Option C – Rename each structure in the production sheet (not recommended, even if you hate someone in your office…)

pipe reference 2

If you’ve had a template developed with proper naming established, you will still come across structures that will need to be renamed. In this case, the number of edits may be small so Option C might become viable.

Autodesk is aware of this issue and is working on it. I’ll keep you posted when a fix comes along.


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