It hit me one day as I was plowing through our template wondering what more I could tweak – as if there wasn’t enough – I never really tackled naming conventions for schedules and profiles. Keeping to the concept of general to specific, I completely overhauled what the OotB file provides.
There are 5 types of schedules you can produce:
- Material Takeoff
- Sheet List
- Note Block
- View List
All our schedules are starting with one of the above then getting more and more specific.
A Door Schedule is now Schedule-Doors. Got some sheets? Sheet List-Master and Sheet List-Plot.
There are 11 types of profiles you can assign to a profile family:
- Slab Edge
- Slab Metal Deck
- Stair Nosing
- Wall Foundation
- Wall Sweep
Similar to schedules, start with one of the above and get more specific.
Wall Sweep-Parapet Cap-Precast.
Slab Metal Deck-Form Deck-Non Composite.
Breaking it down like this allows you to group like minded elements. Now I won’t have to see duplication of content because that handrail could be round, spherical, circular, barrel-shaped, ring etc. Work with the alphabetic sorting but don’t become a slave to it.