Valve Callouts & Renumbering Valves
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Valve Callouts & Renumbering Valves

Calling out a valve will create a symbol listing the valve's number, flow, and size. You may wish to select a specific style of valve callout of your choice in the Irrigation Preferences. You can also include other pieces of information with additional attributes.


At any point after a valve has been placed, you can call it out. Resizing the valve's lateral pipes will automatically update the callout with the correct flow for the valve. After you call out a valve, the valve schedule will identify it using the number you've assigned it. Our Valve Callout tool also allows you to renumber your valves.


Looking for a way to edit and customize your valve callouts? See our Customize: Valve Callouts documentation.

Updated Valve Callout Dialog Box (2023)

We've made some major improvements to our Valve Callout tool with an update in February 2023, including an overhaul of the dialog box that pops up when you open the tool. Read on to see the improvements we've built into this update.


Old Valve Number dialog box


Valve Number dialog box (pre-update)

Updated Valve Callout dialog box


Valve Callout dialog box (post-update)

Valve Callouts Overview

Access the Valve Callout tool:



F/X Irrigation ribbon, Valve Callout/Renumber flyout


F/X Irrigation ribbon, Valve Callout/Renumber flyout




Irrigation Piping flyout


Irrigation Piping toolbar




or type ValveCallout in the Command line

F/X Irrigation menu


F/X Irrigation menu, Valve Callout option




The cursor will turn into a pickbox, and the Command line will prompt you to Select valve.




Click a valve in your drawing to call out.

Click valve to call out




The Valve Callout dialog box will open.


Valve Callout dialog box

1. Controller: If you've placed one or more controllers, the system will pick them up and you'll see them as options to select. (Examples: A1, A2, A3, where A = the controller). You can leave this field blank if you want to number your valves as a simple 1, 2, 3, 4. More information


2. If you want to separate the controller letter from your valve number, you can choose Hyphen ( - ), Decimal ( . ), or Nothing. More information


3. Number: This field will default to the next available valve number as a suggestion for numbering the valve you selected. You can choose to add your own number. More information


4. Click the >> button see all valves called out based on the controller type selected. More information


5. Number Conflict: Options for whether to allow repeated valve numbers and, if so, how you want the system to handle them:

  • By Work Area: This option will be grayed out if no Work Areas are detected in your drawing, but will be selectable if Work Areas are present.
  • Duplicate this number: Select this option if you want to allow the system to use the same valve number in different areas of your drawing, but don't want to place Work Areas.
  • Increment other valves: Select this option if you want to pick a number that is taken (for example, changing from #1 to #2) and have the numbers of the remaining called-out valves shift accordingly.





Open the Controller menu to select from the available controller list, based on which controllers have been placed in the drawing.


If no controllers have been placed, you can select Add New, give the controller a single-letter identifier, and click OK.


If By Work Area is selected in the Number Conflict area, this list will be filtered to just show controller options within each applicable Work Area.

Controller menu

Limits of what can be added as a controller identifier:

The Add new field can accommodate an entry of 1 to 2 letters, and cannot:

  • Be a combination of letters and numbers, or
  • Include a hyphen between the double attribute


Therefore, the following examples will not work as a controller:

  • A1
  • A-1
  • A-A




Delimiter Options

Button to open delimiter options

Click the ... button to the right of the Controller menu to see delimiter options.




You'll now see the following options:

  • Hyphen (-) – examples: A-1, A-2, A-3
  • Period (.) – examples: A.1 A.2, A.3
  • Nothing – examples: A1, A2, A3


Select the format you want to use when displaying the controller and valve identifiers in your valve callouts.

Delimiter options

This setting should typically be applied once per project and kept consistent through the project. If you introduce multiple delimiters into your callouts, the system will remember the last delimiter setting chosen when labeling. And when renumbering, it will only adjust all the same delimiter types.




Numbering Valves

The Number field will default to the next available valve number as a suggestion for numbering the valve you selected. If you enter your own callout number, the preview will show as either taken or available:


Valve number taken
Valve number available




If you choose to enter your own valve number, you can use a simple number, such as 1, 2, 3, etc., or a number and a letter, such as A1, A2, A3, or A-1, A-2, A-3, etc. Valve numbering is now automated, so, for example if you enter number A1, the A will simply be moved into the Controller list and allow you to select it. Subsequent valves will then be numbered automatically from that point.




Options for Existing Valve Callouts

Click the >> button to the right of the Number field to see options for handling existing valve callouts.

Delimiter options




Options for existing valve callouts


You'll now see an Existing list showing existing valve callout numbers in your drawing (if any) and buttons for the following options:


  • Renumber: If you select this option, you'll be asked whether you want to renumber the valves shown. If you click Yes, the valves will be renumbered and the gaps in callout numbering will be closed automatically.
Renumber the valves shown? prompt


  • - Available -: This line item shows where there might be a gap in the numbering, making it easier to identify where you might want to insert a different number from the next autopopulated number the system gives you.

If you double-click the - Available - item from the list of existing numbers, the system will autofill the valve number to the lowest available number it finds.



  • Locate Valve: If you select a callout from the list and then click Locate Valve, you'll be taken to that valve and it will be highlighted, as pictured to the right.
Valve highlighted in drawing

Placing Valve Callouts

After making your selections in the Valve Callout dialog box, click OK to begin placing the callout. Then click within your drawing to place the callout. The Command line will then prompt: Callout location.



Select the general direction where you want the callout to be oriented by clicking either to the left or right of the leader endpoint. Finally, the Command line will prompt: Arrow location, <no arrow>.



Click to set callout leader length



If you want an arrow drawn to the valve, click a point to indicate the length of the leader you want.

We've added background masks to our valve callouts to provide better contrast in your drawings. The default color of these masks is Color 133 (as pictured to the left). If you don't like this color, you're free to change it when customizing your valve callouts. Not seeing your text in your valve callouts, or are they plotting all black, including the text? Here's what to do.




You can click to place the arrow directly in the center of the valve, as pictured above, or place it near the valve, as pictured to the right.

Callout arrow placed in center of valve, example




No callout arrow, example

If you'd rather not have an arrow pointing to the valve, and prefer to organize your valve callouts in a common location, you can right-click. The valve number will instead appear next to the valve.




If you'd prefer to place the callout near the valve, with neither an arrow nor a number, press the Esc key when prompted for the arrow.

If you opt for a callout with no arrow, a valve number in the same font as the text in your callout will automatically appear next to the valve. You can adjust the location of this number for clarity.

Editing Already-Placed Valve Callouts

If you need to edit a valve callout you've already placed, just open our Valve Callout tool, click the valve in your drawing, and make any necessary adjustments in the Valve Callout dialog box.

Default Valve Callout Types

The thumbnail image under Valve Callouts in the Irrigation Preferences screen shows the default callout style that will be used for valves. You can click this thumbnail and select a new Valve Callout style as needed.


Irrigation Preferences, current valve callout style




You can also make changes to your valve callout settings by editing the equipment:




Irrigation Manager, Edit button

Select the equipment to edit in the Irrigation Manager and then click Edit.




To select equipment to edit that you've already placed in your drawing, use our Edit Equipment / View Data tool:


F/X Irrigation ribbon, Edit Equipment button


F/X Irrigation ribbon, Edit Equipment button



Irrigation Piping toolbar


Irrigation Piping toolbar




or type EquipInfo in the Command line

F/X Irrigation menu


F/X Irrigation menu, Edit Equipment option



Then select a valve in your drawing to change its callout settings.




The Equipment Info dialog box will open.




Click Callout to select a different callout style for the selected valve.

Equipment Info dialog box, Callout setting




Available valve callout styles

You'll now see a dialog box with the thumbnail images of the available valve callout styles.



Click one of the thumbnail images to select that callout style.




The callout style you select will be the style our software will use – regardless of what you select in the Preferences screen.



If you mistakenly change the callout by editing the valve, you can resolve this issue by editing the valve again and selecting the callout style of your choice.



You should also be able to test that any valve added to the project will use the callout specified in the Irrigation Preferences screen.

Valve Callouts and Slope Areas

Slope Areas work with our Slope Callout tool to apply a specific grade percentage or ratio to a closed polyline area in your drawing. Objects represented by any smart hatches within those closed polylines (Slope Areas) will have their quantity, volume, or area recalculated based on that slope percentage or ratio.


If you place a Valve Callout in a drawing that includes one or more Slope Areas, the tool will scan all All Areas for Dripline to determine whether they are inside a Slope Area. If so, the schedule will recalculate those areas' flow rates based on the slop factor and the change in square footage/meters.


Issue: Some of my valve callouts are not resizing (rescaling) when I rescale my drawing


Issue: A drip hatch (for an area for drip emitters/spray or area for dripline) is disappearing when you place a valve callout


Issue: You saw a Missing File error when placing valve callouts


Issue: You created zones using our Circuiting tool, and the zones' flow rates don't match the rates from your Valve Callouts


Issue: You placed a valve callout inside a Work Area with a UCS assigned to it, and the callout aligned to that UCS rather than to the WCS


Issue: Your valve callout text is not showing up (but your callouts are)


Issue: Outside Limits error message in the Command line / you are unable to place valve callouts / can't see valve callouts in Model Space


Issue: The text is not visible within your valve callout boxes, your callouts have a background color fill, or they're plotting all black


Issue: One or more of your valve callouts shows the wrong valve size or displays strange characters


Issue: Your valve callout arrows are hollow, not solid, or displaying as lines only

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