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The irrigation design features of Pro Contractor Studio™ are based on the powerful and proven RainCAD™ technology providing automatic pipe sizing, hydraulic calculations, material takeoffs, and estimates of installation costs. The intended use of the program is for any size residential project to small commercial drawings.
The Sprinkler Placement command allows you to select a sprinkler from a database of nozzle selections. The sprinkler nozzles are separated by manufacturer and category to make locating a sprinkler quick and easy. The coverage arc pattern representing the wetted area of the sprinkler nozzle will appear on the design screen and you may immediately move it to the desired location. Simply click to set the sprinkler on the design and set a second point to rotate the symbol in the correct direction. Another sprinkler of the same type will immediately appear on the mouse cursor allowing you to continue placing additional sprinkler symbols as necessary.
The Layer Manger allows you to create new layers and assign a color, line style, and line width to the layers. You can create an unlimited number of layers. You can easily turn layers on or off on the design screen. You can associate similar types of objects by creating layers and assigning them to the same layer. For example, you can put all lines for houses, garages and sheds on a Buildings layer. Lines for curbs, driveways, sidewalks and patios might go on a Hardscape layer. Additional lines for fencing or property lines might be drawn on a Property layer.
You can quickly place sprinkler symbols along a straight line by setting a point at one end of a line and dragging the mouse cursor to the opposite end of a line. Sprinkler arc patterns will be added to the line as the length increases. The first symbol and arc pattern will be removed from the line. The symbols will be spaced evenly along the line. If you hold down the Shift key while dragging the mouse cursor, the sprinkler symbols will be spaced at exact nozzle to nozzle spacings.
The Water Source command will allow you to place one or more water meter or pump station symbols on the drawing screen. When placing a water meter, you enter the static pressure at the meter location, the water meter size, and the service line length and size. The software will automatically determine the recommended safe flow through the water meter and the available working pressure at the meter location. When placing a pump symbol, you simply input the pressure supplied by the pump and the available flow.\
The Backflow Devices command allows you to place a backflow prevention device on the drawing screen. You may choose a device from multiple different manufacturers such as Febco, Watts and Wilkins. As it is with all irrigation components, there are multiple different symbols to represent the backflow device on the design screen or you may create new symbols of your choice.
The Control Valves command allows you to place irrigation control valve symbols on the drawing screen. You may place as many control valves on the drawing screen as necessary. A control valve symbol may be noted as a master valve as well. The control valves and all other irrigation components will be counted in the material list.
The Filters command allows you to place irrigation filter or Y-strainer symbols on the drawing screen. You may place as many filters on the drawing screen as necessary. The filters will be counted in the material takeoff.
Controllers, quick couplers, isolation valves, rain sensors and other components are available for placement on the design screen from the Irrigation Accessories command. Simply select a device from the list and set a point on the screen for the location of the symbol.
The Pipe command will allow you to draw irrigation lateral line and mainline on the drawing screen. You can draw pipe in a selected size and category or pipe to size later using the Automatic Pipe Sizing command. You can assign a color to each size of pipe or you can let the software color the pipe in each zone a different color.
The Pipe Hop command will draw a "hop" or arc to indicate that one pipe overlaps another pipe. When drawing pipe, it is necessary to make it obvious that two separate pieces of pipe overlap each other versus intersecting each other. The program will maintain pipe hops while breaking pipe at irrigation symbols or pipe intersections during the automatic pipe sizing process. You can set the radius of the pipe hop and choose the side or direction the pop will be drawn on the screen.
You can draw a sleeving symbol by selecting the pipe category and size and by setting two points on the design screen. The command will allow you to fill the symbol with a solid color, a gradient blend, or hatching pattern.
The Drip Tubing command will allow you to draw inline emitter tubing on the drawing screen. You may draw tubing as individual line segments or as a shaded area. If Single Drip Line is selected as the draw option, click on the Draw Tubing button and set two or more points on the design screen. If Drip Area is selected as the draw option, enter the distance between the rows of tubing in the Row Spacing text box. This will allow the program to calculate how much tubing is located within the area. Click on the Draw Tubing button and set three or more points on the design screen by clicking with the left mouse button to outline an area.
The Wire/Cable command allows you to draw wire or cable from the irrigation controller to each individual control valve. You can change the label indicating the wire size on the design screen and the color of the wire. You can quickly turn wire or wire labels on the drawing screen on or off in the Layer Manager.
The Total Flow command displays the total flow of all sprinklers on the design screen. The command will separate the flow for each sprinkler category on the design. If a water source has been assigned to the design, the estimated number of zones and the recommended flow per zone will be calculated.
The Zoning command will allow you to assign a zone number to the selected sprinkler symbols or control valves. You may add or remove sprinkler nozzles or control valves to or from their assignments. In addition, you may use the command to simply total the flow of the selected sprinkler symbols. The sprinklers assigned to the current zone number will be highlighted on the design screen.
The Zoning command will allow you to place Valve Notation symbols on the design or assign a zone number to the selected sprinkler symbols or control valves. There are multiple valve notation symbols from which to choose. Each notation includes the zone assignment number, the size of the control valve, and the flow of water through the valve.
The Distribution command creates a densogram of the selected sprinkler zones displaying the coverage. The densogram can be used to locate wet or dry spots in the sprinkler layout. The command will allow you to calculate the distribution of a single zone, multiple zones, or the entire project. The command reads the sprinkler layout from the design with no restrictions on sprinkler placement and calculates the area covered by the zone, the flow, and the precipitation rate. You can place the information on the design screen in a table format.
The Pipe Sizing command will automatically size both lateral line and mainline pipe. You may set the desired velocity in the pipe and a percent pressure variance in the lateral line zone. You may turn off any pipe size you do not want to use in the sizing process. For example, if you do not use 1/2" or 1 1/4" pipe, you can turn them off and the program will disregard these sizes. The command can place pipe size labels at transitions in pipe size or on every piece of pipe. Pipe may be color coded by zone, or you may color the pipe based on the color setting in the Pipe Placement command.
The Hydraulics command will allow you to perform pressure loss calculations on any of the completed sprinkler zones within the irrigation design. The calculations include pressure loss through each component of the system, as well as the gain or loss in elevation, and the pressure loss through the service line. Typically, it is only necessary to calculate total pressure loss data on the largest zone and for the zone furthest from the point of connection or water source; however, you may perform hydraulic calculations on each zone on the design screen.
Before you begin calculations, you must size all lateral line pipe within the zone. You must size the mainline pipe from the control valve back to the point of connection. A water source and a control valve must exist for the zone and if applicable, you must place a backflow device and master valve.
A Tied Assembly is the combination of supplies that are associated with the installation of a single piece of equipment or plant material. Tied assemblies can be built for sprinkler bodies, controllers, backflow devices, control valves and more. Each assembly may be assigned to one or more pieces of equipment. All of the product in an assembly is counted in the Material List/Estimate command.