basic training - session no. 2
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DESCRIPTIONAutoSprink Basic Training
BASIC BUILDING TOOLS, AND
THE WAREHOUSE & OFFICE PROJECT
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Welcome to the 2nd Session of Basic Training in AutoSPRINK!
In this 2nd Session and accompanying Example Project, we will be exploring additional Basic Tools in AutoSPRINK,
utilized in differing ways. We will also be developing the implementation of the 3-D Toolset, which allows Designers
to create in 3-D: from a simple Box, to a Building. And although it is not necessary to Create a Building for every
Project when Designing with AutoSPRINK, many of the aspects of the 3-D Process of Design are inherent in
System Design as well. The Tools that we will explore are ones that will be of great use and value, no matter if your
Design includes the construction of a 3-D Building or not.
However, there are indeed Designers utilizing AutoSPRINK, who have actually been Contracted to Design the entire
Project in 3-D for the Client, and the other Trades as well. The Toolsets available in AutoSPRINK (dependent upon
License Level) will allow a Designer to construct ALL the Building components for the Project.
Additionally, Walkthroughs may be animated, and recorded for Clients (dependent on License Level), for
Coordination or Demonstration, reflecting all the Walls, Beams, Systems etc throughout the Building.
It is with this in mind, that the Session No. 2 Warehouse & Office Project will help to familiarize the Designer with
a large amount of Basic Tools, but also equip (in a Basic way) those Designers who will choose to Design the entire
However keep in mind, that these Session Modules, will again, repeat certain procedures utilizing varying
Commands, Functions, or Tools. This is meant to reflect the need for the Designer to familiarize themselves with the
many Tools available, and utilize them in the most practical, efficient way possible.
A Designer who is familiar and proficient with the available Tools in AutoSPRINK, would normally take much less
than an hour, to complete this Exercise. However, do not feel that you must rush your way through the Exercise. It
is meant to facilitate the understanding of many different Commands, Functions, and Tools in AutoSPRINK, as well
as their location, and alternative usages. We will explore the same Tools (and additional ones) in the next Sessions.
If you are just beginning to Design with AutoSPRINK, Be Patient. Very Soon, you will have a grasp of the underlying,
foundational intent of AutoSPRINK, and its unique, powerful Toolsets. And soon, you will be Designing things in
minutes that once took hours, and in hours, that once took days.
Additional Modeling and Construction techniques will be available in our Supplemental Training Modules, for those
who wish to utilize AutoSPRINK as a 3-D Coordination B.I.M. Tool for the entire Project.
Ask our Customer Service Department for more information.
Wall Properties Wall General Tab
Project No. 1 Creating a Storage Building / Office Area with Walls, Sloped Roofs, & Beams.
1. Creating the Storage Building Walls, Grid, and Roof Planes.
In our next sample Exercise, we will be constructing a 100 x 100 Storage Area, with a Sloped Roof and Beams. The
Beams will be 24 Steel I-Beams (Girders), with 8 Z-Purlins (Joists) running perpendicular, on top of the I-Beams.
The outside Walls will be 12-0 in Height, and the Peak will be 20-4 in Height. The Peak will be located at the Center of
Access File / New Drawing from the Main Menu, or utilize the Shortcut Icon on the Main Toolbar.
Select the Walls / Rectangle Tool from the Tools Menu. We will now create a 100 x 100 Wall Rectangle, utilizing
Coordinates and Distances entered into the Input Line.
Enter the values 100, 100 in the Input Line, and hit the (Enter) key. A Wall Dialogue Box will open. Specify Outside.
This will constrain the dimensions entered to represent the Outside Face Of Walls. The Wall Rectangle is now created.
Iso-View the Drawing. Assuming the positive Y Axis is North, Multi-select the East and West Walls, and access the
Properties. Revise the Walls to Height at Start / End = 12-0, Height at Peak = 20-4, and Distance to Peak = 50.
Select the North and South Walls. Revise the Walls to 12-0 Start / End Height, 0 Peak, 0 distance to Peak.
Now Highlight ALL the Walls by Mult-Select, Rectangle, or Select Filter.
Access the Properties, and open the General Tab. Note: all Multi-Selected Elements will always share a common
General Tab, where Color, Layer, Transparency, Line Thickness etc may be edited.
Transform the Wall Color to Black, Wire frame, and Adjust the Transparency to .75
Save the Drawing. We now have the beginnings of our Storage Area, and we will use the Walls to create Roof Planes.
Automatic Roof Plane Roof Plane Dialogue
Walls with Roof Planes Walls with Roof Planes and Grid
Highlight the Walls, and Select the Automatic Roof Planes Shortcut Icon located on the Draw Toolbar.
Leave the Offset Value at 0,-0 and Select OK. This will ensure that we have no space between the Top of the
Walls, and the Roof Plane.
With The Roof Planes applied, Right-Click in Space and access the Select menu, and then Select Every / Roof
Plane. Now Access the Properties with the Mouse Gesture.
Proceed to the Roof Plane General Tab, and revise the Render to Wire frame. Exit the Dialogue.
Proceed to the Roof Plane General Tab, and revise the Render to Wire frame. Exit the Dialogue. We will now place
a Column Line Grid around our Storage Area.
Access the Wizards Menu, and Select Column Grid. This will open the Column Line Introduction Dialogue Box.
Note: The Benchmark will again represent the Lower Left Corner of the Grid to be created. Ensure it is in the correct
location in order for the Grid to be created properly.
Proceed through the Dialogue Tabs, and configure the Colum Lines - (4) Vertical 25-0, (2) Horizontal 50-0, .25 Dashed
Black Lines, with the Font of 12 Bold Ariel. The Distance to extend the Column Bubble Line will be 15-0. The
Horizontal Bubbles will start with the Number 1, and the Vertical Bubbles will start with the Letter A. Do NOT place
You should now have a 100 x 100 Building with pertinent Column Lines created as shown above. However, all of the
Elements created are fully editable by the Designer during creation. All Layers, Colors, Fonts, etc will be defined per
User preference. We will now create the Building Structure.
Mirror Shortcut Icon Mirror Dialogue Box
2. Creating the Storage Building Structure Beams and Joists.
Now that we have created the shell of the Building, we will create the Structural Beams and Joists. The specific
Structural Elements available in AutoSPRINK are unique, and extremely versatile. All Structural Elements are
AutoSPRINK Intelligent Objects that will recognize Hanger Placement, Star Dimensions, Pipe Penetrations,
Interference Checking, etc. However, first we must place dimensions between the Column Lines.
Point to Point Dimension Dimensions from one single location to another only.
Running Dimension Continuous Command, allowing a location to location, repeated Dimensions.
Area Dimension Dimensions an entire Area, from Line to Line, to Walls, Beams, etc
Access the Point to Point Dimension Shortcut Icon on the Notes Toolbar. This will activate the single Dimension
Tool. Note: The Dimension Font, Style, Color, Layer etc are fully editable, and may be set-up in the Settings / Default
Properties / Dimension menu before creation. All revisions can be saved in the Settings File.
With the Dimension Tool activated, Select the first Horizontal Column Line Bubble at the Center Point. Left-Click to
begin the Dimension. Holding the (Alt) Key, select the next Column Line Bubble (again at the Center Point) and Left-
Click. The Dimension is now ready to be placed in the desired position.
Locate the Dimension near the Mid-Point of the Column line above the Wall. Left-Click once more. The Dimension is
placed, and the Command is still active. Continue to place Dimensions between the Column Lines until complete.
Now Right-Click in Space, and access the Tools / Beam / Single Command. We will now create tapered Girders for
our Building. Iso-View the Drawing with the Mouse Gesture.
With the Single Beam Tool activated, Snap to the North/West Outside Face of Wall, and Left-Click. Hold the (Shift) Key,
and Draw down to the Center Point Colum Line. Left-Click, then Right-Click to exit the Command. We now have a
single I-Beam located on the floor of our Building.