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AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012 Essentials: Autodesk® Official Training Guide: Essential by Eric Chappell

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Understanding Pipe Networks

For a pipe network design to be a success, it must meet the following basic requirements:

  • The pipes must be sloped enough for water to flow through them.
  • The pipes must be large enough to allow the expected amount of water to pass.
  • The pipes must be far enough underground to avoid being damaged by freezing or by activities on the site.
  • The pipes must not be so far underground that it is cost-prohibitive to install them.
  • Structures must be provided that allow people to access the pipes to perform maintenance.
  • In the case of stormwater management, structures must be provided that allow surface water to enter the pipes.

These requirements relate to two basic types of pipe design components: structures and pipes. This ...

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