Designing with Drip
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Designing with Drip

Sep 13, 2019
Video Length:  1:03:39
Presented By:  Jake Lott

Water is precious, and so is your time. We’ll help ease your burden by walking you through how to use drip irrigation, from placing drip rings, bubblers, single emitters, emitters by area, and dripline by area all the way to zoning and piping. You'll learn about some new features that will help your layout visually, and pick up some pointers on what should be in your plans vs. in your details.

Webinar Contents:

Note: The following catalog of content covered in this webinar is time stamped to allow you to follow along or skip to sections of the video that are relevant to your questions. You can also search for content on this page using the FIND command in your browser (CTRL + F in Windows, Command + F in Mac OS.)


  • Intro/TOC
  • Understanding Your Equipment
  • Categorizing Equipment in Land F/X
  • Adding Equipment to Your Project
  • How to Place Drip Equipment
  • Drawing and Sizing Lateral Pipe
  • Plan vs. Detail

0:00 – 3:34: Intro/TOC

We recommend watching our guest webinar Drip Irrigation Selection presented by Shelly Walker of GPH Irrigation. This presentation covers:

  • Types of drip
  • Where drip is used
  • How to know what type of drip to use
  • What to think about when picking equipment

3:35 – 9:04: Understanding Your Equipment

Performance driven vs. clarification & aesthetics (3:42)


Performance-driven equipment (4:12):

  • Bubblers
  • Emitters
  • Micro sprays
  • In-line drip
  • Drip kits (valves)


Clarification & aesthetics (4:50)

  • Air relief/flush valves
  • Drip indicators
  • Distribution (blank) tubing)


Drip kit valves: Chart showing required dynamic pressure vs. design flow (5:30)

9:05 – 13:56: Categorizing Equipment in Land F/X

Drip classification terminology (9:10):

  • Area for Drip Emitters
  • Custom emitters
  • Individual emitters
  • Area for Dripline (dripperline)


Drip component terminology (9:57):

  • Drip control valve/filter/regulator
  • Drip air relief valve
  • Pipe transition point
  • Flush cap/valve (optional)


Areas for Drip Emitters (10:55)

  • Can account for proper flow without cluttering the drawing
  • Account for proper quantity of emitters
  • Quicker to draft
  • Save the detail for the detail

Caveat: Areas for Drip Emitters have certain limitations and may sometimes not be part of the best approach to your design.

13:57 – 21:13: Adding Equipment to Your Project

Options in the Irrigation Preferences (14:55)

  • Dripline hatch scaled at new spacing
  • Include drip line perimeter in flow calcs


Drip section of the Irrigation Manager (17:17)

Note that bubblers are in the Heads section.


Tools for placing drip equipment in the F/X Irrigation ribbon (17:50)

Note also that the Bubbler tool is a flout of the Standard button on the ribbon.


Adding drip equipment to a project (example: drip emitters) (18:05)


Creating a custom tree ring emitter (18:30)


Selecting a symbol (20:18)


Assigning a detail to a drip component (20:25)



21:14 – 42:44: How to Place Drip Equipment



Placing a drip component (21:14)


Editing a drip component (21:30)


Using the Highlight tool to copy and paste all instances of a tree from an Xrefed planting plan to the irrigation plan (22:00)


Using the Match Properties tool to convert all instances of that tree into tree rings in the irrigation plan (22:50)


Adding and placing an Area for Drip Emitters (23:40)


Setting up different emitters for different plant container sizes (24:40)


Zoning options for trees within a drip emitter area in order to exclude them from the emitter area (27:00):

  • Don’t assign emitters to the trees, and the system won’t recognize them
  • Create a container size specifically for trees that won’t be recognized


Placing an Area for Drip Emitters (28:00)

You can either draw emitter areas on the fly or assign them to existing closed polylines.


Using the Boundary command to create a boundary for a region in a drawing, then assigning a drip emitter area to that boundary (28:55)


Question: Is it possible to have Areas for Drip Emitters look at water requirements rather than container sizes to calculate the flow, for plants with different water requirements? (29:40)

Answer: This is a pending wishlist item as of webinar time. Stay tuned!


Question: When I copy and paste new trees into an irrigation plan and use the Match Properties tool like you showed, should I delete the original plants? (30:56)

Answer: No, those plants aren’t plants anymore – the tool turns them into bubblers.


Placing the drip emitter area (31:50)

Drip emitter areas will generate their own flow rates automatically.


How drip emitter areas are listed in the Irrigation Schedule (32:30)

  • Breakdown of their total square footage (or meters)
  • Emitter notes (e.g., container sizes and flats)
  • Number of emitters


Adding an Area for Dripline (33:15)


Row spacing and emitter spacing for dripline areas (34:20)


Placing an Area for Dripline (34:50)


Splitting up dripline and drip emitter areas using the POLYDIVIDE tool (35:45)



Question: If we are consistently using drip rings for tree irrigation, is there a way to place the tree symbol and the tree drip ring symbol at the same time? (41:45)

Answer: No, there isn’t. The planting plan and irrigation plan should be in different files. You can then Xref the planting plan into the irrigation plan.

42:45 – 56:59: Drawing and Sizing Lateral Pipe


Adding and placing a drip control valve (42:45)


Piping to drip areas using the Draw Lateral Pipe tool (44:35)

Note that the flow rate of each drip area will be accounted for automatically when you pipe to it.


Calling out and sizing the drip control valves (47:35)


Piping from one drip area to another (48:55)

Note that if you want the system to recognize these types of connections, you need to pipe to a separate fitting within each area rather than just piping through the areas.


Adding, placing, and piping to pipe transition points (51:30)

Pipe transition points will show up in the Irrigation Schedule.

57:00 – end: Plan vs. Detail

Assigning details to drip equipment (57:00)

A detail of a component can help clarify your intent in using that type of equipment in your design.


Assigning a detail callout to a drip area (57:55)


Question: If I want multiple zones of equal flow, can I pipe all heads together and then use POLYDIVIDE to divide them equally?

Answer: No, POLYDIVIDE does not work in this way. Instead, we recommend using our Circuiting tool to structure your zones evenly.


Question: If I have multiple points of connection, can I size the mainline without having to zoom out and navigate the water meter? (1:01:26)

Answer: Yes you can. You’ll be asked to select a POC when you size the mainline, or you can select all POCs by right-clicking.

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