Irrigation CAD Workshop 16 CEU's

This two-day course provides complete instruction on the use of CAD based design software for system design. Students will gain a functional knowledge of the most commonly used software, and leave the class able to use one for design and specifications purposes.

Topics include the menu system of the software, use of the sprinkler database for selecting and locating heads, completing and importing site drawings, assigning zones, manual and automatic pipe sizing, hydraulic calculations, and producing material and cost estimates.

Instruction will take place in a computer lab at Texas A&M University. Enrollment is limited. Students should be familiar with personal computers using the Windows operating system. No experience in computer-aided design is required.

Additional Details:

APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING

Irrigation CAD Workshop
16 hours credit for Landscape Irrigators
(Licensed Irrigators)


Provider Information

Texas Cooperative Extension (TCEQ provider code 0472)

Instructor: Dr. Guy Fipps, P.E.
Professor and Extension Agricultural Engineer

Contact information:
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
2117 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2117
979-845-7454
g-fipps@tamu.edu

Course Overview

The course will take place over two-days, 8 hours of instruction per day conducted in English. Instruction will take place in a computer lab at Texas A&M University. Enrollment will be limited so as to have no more than one student on each computer.

This course will provide a review of the irrigation system design process and complete instruction on the use of CAD (computer aided design) software for irrigation system design. The features and capabilities of commercial irrigation computer aided design software will be presented. Students will gain a functional knowledge of CAD software, and be able to use the software to design an irrigation system for a typical, large residence.

Topics include the menu system of CAD software, use of the sprinkler database for selecting and locating heads, completing and importing site drawings, assigning zones, manual and automatic pipe sizing, hydraulic calculations, and producing material and cost estimates.


Prerequisites

Students should be familiar with personal computers using the Windows operating system. No experience in computer-aided design is required.

Learning Objectives

Note: Review of irrigation system design will be a lecture with students completing problems from the end of Chapters 2, 4, 5 and 7 of Landscape Irrigation Design. The remainder of the class will be hands-on computer instruction.

Section 1: Understand the basic principals of irrigation design related to hydraulics, selection and placement of sprinkler heads, and piping systems
Understand the menu, general organization of features of typical CAD software
Section 2: Able to use digital databases to select sprinkler heads based on performance requirements
Understanding the importance of a site map (or plan) as a basis for an irrigation system design
Able to import an existing site map into CAD
Section 3: Understanding terminology used in site maps
Able to create and properly label boundary lines for irrigation systems and zones
Able to select and place on site map control valves, controllers and backflow devices
Section 4: Able to assign zones for irrigation system design
Able to manual pipe supply lines on the site map
Section 5: Able to use the automatic main line piping feature to accurately size and design supply lines
Able to check the automatically piped lines for accuracy
Able to assign sprinklers to each zone and place on site map
Section 6: Able to use CAD software to perform all hydraulic calculations needed in irrigation design
Able to select valves based on flow-pressure requirements and place them on the site map.
Section 7: Able to produce a material and cost estimate using CAD
Section 8: Able to complete a total irrigation system design for a typical large residence

Syllabus (course agenda/instructional plan)

One 15 minute break, each two hours of instruction

Section I. Introduction and design review - 2 hours

A. Irrigation Design Process Review
B. Introduction to CAD Software
1. Features and Capabilities of Commercial Software Packages
2. Menu System
2. Preference Settings
a. Symbol Scale Factor
b. Pipe Colors

Section II. Working with sprinkler databases and importing site maps - 2 hours

A. Databases
1. Sprinklers.
2. Sprinkler Palette Assignments
3. Adjusting any of the other databases as necessary
B. Import DWG Drawing File
C. Import Raster Image for Tracing

Section III. Producing site maps and designs - 2 hours

A. Boundary Lines
B. Symbol Placement
1. Within a Boundary, Manual and Along a Line or Curve
2. Placement of control valves, controllers, backflow devices and more
3. How to copy, duplicate or move a symbol.
C. Properties
Change the properties of a selected symbol one at a time

Section IV. Designing an Irrigation System - 2 hours

A. Water Source / Zone Assignments
1. Select sprinkler symbols on the design screen.
2. Water Source Assignment
3. Zone Number Assignment
4. Calculate the flow of the selected sprinkler symbols on the design screen
5. Add or remove the sprinklers to the zone
6. Reassignment
B. Manual Piping the System

Section V. Piping the system (continued) - 2 hours

A. Automatic Main Line Piping
B. Modifying Pipes
C. Automatic Pipe Sizing
1. Assigning sprinklers to a zone number
2. Select pipe sizes available for use
3. Adjusting the velocity and pressure variance
D. Checking the design

Section VI. Hydraulics - 2 hours

A. Hydraulics
1. Calculations
2. Viewing hydraulic details

B. Valves
C. Symbol labels

Section VII. Finalizing design and plans, cost estimates - 2 hours

A. Materials and cost estimate
1. Adjust Fields as necessary.
2. Export the report to one of many different formats
B. Legends
C. Installation Details

Section VIII. Design of system for Georgetown residence - 2 hours

A. Supervised, individual design of resident system
B. Review and class discussion

Instructional Materials

A. Chapters 2, 4, 5 and 7 of Landscape Irrigation Design (see attachment)

B. Georgetown residence site map