This pipe was created while I was in college, but I really like the thought process I used to create it. I made this pipe setup completely modular. This learning process would later lead me to build entire worlds using modular pieces. The image you see here is a combination of the modular pieces to create an exact duplicate of the reference photos I had.
Modular Red Pipe
Completely modular main waterline pipes built from real world reference. I tried to capture as much detail as I could from the reference photos. I used the Nvidia filter to produce a nice looking bump on the text on the pipe. The entire set is 7k triangles, includes two different variations of the main water valve (leaking and non-leaking) and only uses one 1024x1024 diffuse, specular, and normal map.