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Add Drip Equipment to a Project

Before you can place drip irrigation equipment in your drawing, you'll need to specify the equipment by adding it to your project.

 

The default install does not include all symbols, but many of them will download on demand. If you go to place a head, the symbol should download as necessary.

You can also have the system download all irrigation symbols from the Check for Updates feature if you would like.

Adding Drip Equipment: Overview

Access the Irrigation Manager:

 

F/X Irrigation ribbon, Irrigation button

 

 

F/X Irrigation menu, Irrigation Manager option

Irrigation toolbar

 

 

 

Irrigation Manager toolbar

 

 

 

or type ProjectIrrigation in the Command line

 

 

 

The Irrigation Manager will open.

 

 

To add drip equipment to your project, select the Drip option and click New.

 

 

 

Select a type of equipment to add, then click OK.

 

You can now start configuring the exact drip equipment you want to add.

 

 

 

Once you've added and configured the drip equipment, it will be listed in the Irrigation Manager and will be available to edit or place in your drawing.

 

 

 

Adding Drip Control Valves (aka Drip Kit Valves)

 

To add a drip control valve, also known as a drip kit valve, select the Drip Control Valve option and click OK.

 

 

 

The Select Manufacturer dialog box will open.

 

 

Select a manufacturer, or select Generic to specify a generic valve (if available).

 

 

 

The Select Series dialog box will open.

 

 

Click a valve series from the selected manufacturer to select that series.

 

 

You can also click More Info to see the manufacturer's Web page on the selected valve series with detailed information about the equipment.

 

 

 

The Select Model dialog box will open.

 

 

Select a valve model from the list. Then click either:

 

  • Add to Project to add the model to your project, or

 

  • View Data to open the manufacturer's Web page on the selected model, where you can view further data about the valve.

 

 

 

The drip kit valve you added will now be listed in the Irrigation Manager.

 

 

Adding Tree Rings

 

The best way to add tree rings to a project is to add them as custom drip emitters.

 

 

 

 

First, add new drip equipment from the Irrigation Manager.

 

 

Select the Drip Emitter option, then click OK.

 

 

 

In the Select Manufacturer dialog box, select the Custom option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select a pressure rate for the tree ring, and click OK.

 

 

 

Click the symbol thumbnail area in the Equipment Info dialog box, then select a symbol for the tree ring.

 

You're also welcome to add your own custom tree ring symbol. The easiest way to do so is to edit one of our default symbols and save your edited symbol as a new file.

 

 

Back in the Equipment Info dialog box, change the equipment name to Tree Ring Irrigation, or any other name that denotes this equipment as tree rings.

 

 

Add the necessary notes for your tree ring.

 

 

Enter a pressure rate for the tree ring (example: 18.00 GPH). Click OK to save your changes.

 

 

 

Your tree ring will be available in the Irrigation Manager to place, edit, etc.

 

 

Ready to place your tree rings?

Instructions >

 

 

 

Option to Set Symbol Rotation: Drip Emitters and Bubblers

When adding drip emitters or bubblers to a project, you'll have the option to set the symbol rotation when selecting a symbol family. If you select this option, the symbol for that emitter or bubbler will rotate with the spray direction in your drawing.

 

 

 

To set the symbol rotation, select the Rotate symbol with spray direction option when selecting your symbol family.

Adding Areas for Drip Emitters

Areas to receive drip devices do not show the individual drip emitter locations for each plant. Instead, they define the overall “area” to receive these emitters. The process for adding Areas for Drip Emitters is similar for areas to receive single outlet emitters or drip bubblers.

You'll need to add your plant palette to the project before you place your drip areas. If not, you may receive the following error message: No plants in project, unable to assign emitters.

 

If you're designing a system without regard to planting, you'll still need to use the Plant Manager to add at least one plant of each container size that will be planted in the drip area. Adding the container sizes to the project will allow the software to assign an emitter type and numbers to each container.

 

 

Select the Drip option in the Irrigation Manager, and click New.

 

 

 

In the Select Type dialog box, select Area for Drip Emitters. Click OK.

 

 

Select a manufacturer, series, and model for the emitter.

 

 

 

When you add the emitter model to your project, you'll see a dialog box where you can select a pressure and, if you want, a radius percentage for the Area for Drip Emitters.

 

Note that only available pressure options are selectable in the pressure selection dialog box.

 

 

Select a pressure to assign to the emitters, then click OK.

 

 

Why You Can Only Add One Drip Emitter Area Type to Each Project

We only allow a single drip emitter area type in each project. This restriction is necessary because trees and shrubs tend to be co-mingled, but only a single hatch can realistically be placed in those areas. One option might be to have a different symbol for the tree valves, but we opted against this possibility because of possible confusion if the contractore were to see these different valves both serving a hatched area, likely accompanied by some note off to the side somehow attempting to delineate which valve is to connect to which emitters.

Therefore, your best bet in this case is to have drip emitter areas only serve the shrubs, and then connect the tree valves to their individual emitters – you are welcome to select poly as an additional pipe class to use in this manner. More commonly, trees are served by PVC-piped bubblers, which would also be our recommendation.

 

 

Assigning Emitters to Plant Container Sizes

 

Once you've assigned a pressure for the emitter area you're adding, the Edit Drip Emitters dialog box will open.

 

The Plant Containers list displays all plant container sizes that have been added to your Land F/X project. Note that this list includes all container sizes used in the project, and not just those just used within drip areas.

 

Select a container size from the list, and assign an Emitter Type and Number of Emitters to that container size. Repeat these steps for each plant container size you plan to irrigation with this type of emitter area.

 

Keep in mind that the Emitter Types menu lists only the types of emitters that you added to your Land F/X project when adding this emitter area.

This step is absolutely crucial. If you don't assign an emitter type and number of emitters to a plant container size, the drip emitter area won't be able to read plants of that size.

You can also assign emitter types and numbers to Drip Emitter Areas after you've added them to a project. To do so, highlight the Drip Emitter Area in the Irrigation Manager and click Edit. The Equipment Info dialog box will open. Click Emitters to open the Edit Drip Emitters dialog box. There, you can assign emitters to each plant container size you plan to water using this emitter area.

Ready to place an Area for Drip Emitters? See our Place Areas for Drip Emitters or Drip Spray documentation page.

Adding Dripline

Follow the instructions outlined above for adding drip equipment.

 

 

In the Select Type dialog box, select Dripline and click OK.

 

 

 

Select a pressure to assign to the dripline, then click OK.

 

 

The Equipment Info dialog box will open. Click OK to add the dripline to your project.

Adding Areas for Dripline

An Area for Dripline is a grid pattern of either above- or below-grade dripline. These lines incorporate poly pipe tubing with emitters built in at set intervals. These areas are represented in your drawing by hatch patterns with a dashed border outline.

 

 

Follow the instructions outlined above for adding drip equipment.

 

 

In the Select Type dialog box, select Area for Dripline. Click OK.

 

 

 

Select a manufacturer, series, and model as described above.

 

 

When you add the dripline model to your project, you'll see a dialog box where you can select a pressure and, if you want, a radius percentage for the Area for Dripline.

 

Note that only available pressure options are selectable in the pressure selection dialog box.

 

 

The Area for Dripline will be added to your project.

Select a pressure to assign to the emitters, then click OK.

Ready to place an Area for Dripline? See our Place Area for Dripline documentation page.

Adding Pipe Transition Points

If you need to pipe to a drip area, your options include placing a valve directly within that area or simply dead-ending a section of pipe into it. However, some designers prefer the look of pipe transition points to a bare length of pipe ending in a drip area.

 

 

 

Our Drip Equipment library includes pipe transition points for this purpose.

For further information, see our documentation on piping to a transition point within a drip area.

 

 

You can then place transition points in your drawing and pipe to them, as you would any other equipment.

Importing Drip Equipment from a Template or Project

If you find yourself adding the same drip equipment to multiple projects, we recommend setting up a project template and then adding your commonly used equipment to that template. You can then import individual components into a new project from that template. This practice can save you immeasurable amounts of time, considering all the data you need to fill out for each component you add. With templates, you only need to add and configure your equipment once, then import it – along with all attached data – into the present project.

 

 

For instructions on importing irrigation equipment into a project, see our Importing Irrigation Equipment documentation.

Take care when importing irrigation equipment from other projects. Remember that a manufacturer could have changed or even discontinued a product line or model since you last used it in a project.

Related Webinars

  • Drip Irrigation: We’ll go through the entire process – from placing drip rings, bubblers, single emitters, emitters by area, and dripline by area to zoning and piping. (1 hr 5 min)
  • Irrigation Tools – What You Need to Know: We'll show you the ins and outs of basic irrigation setup using our software, including how to add drip, sprays, and rotors to a project. (1 hr 6 min)
  • How The Manufacturer Connection Works: The Manufacturer Connection is the relationship between the designer and manufacturer that Land F/X has used to separate ourselves from other design software programs. Learn how it helps you spec equipment for irrigation designs. (53 min)

Troubleshooting

Question: If I attach a point emitter to the drip line for additional watering, will the additional flow be included in the lateral pipe sizing?

 

Issue: CAD is crashing when you try to access a manufacturer's equipment

 

Issue: After I select a piece of drip equipment, I don't see any options for selecting a symbol. Am I missing a library item?

 

Issue: Error accessing equipment data in the project

 

Issue: Specify (add) equipment that is not currently in our database

 

Issue: When I try to select an equipment size from the Irrigation Manager, the size of the equipment doesn't change when I place it

 

Issue: The pressure loss is too high in your drip control valve or drip kit valve

 

Issue: High flow (GPM) calculated in your drip valves

Issue: You received a "Bad argument type: Stringp" error when trying to add an Area for Dripline to your project

 

Issue: Error: You already have the maximum allowed of that type of that equipment in the project (when adding drip equipment to a project)

Last modified on Friday, 01 February 2019 14:47
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