Naming Conventions – Profiles and Schedules

March 19, 2013

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:

  1. Schedule/Quantities
  2. Material Takeoff
  3. Sheet List
  4. Note Block
  5. 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:

  1. Generic
  2. Fascia
  3. Gutter
  4. Mullion
  5. Railing
  6. Reveal
  7. Slab Edge
  8. Slab Metal Deck
  9. Stair Nosing
  10. Wall Foundation
  11. 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.

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