Using a prefix to assign a folder location for a set of families can be very useful, especially for the drafting team when they are not familiar with the office folder structure. Something as simple as a two letter prefix can make all the difference in helping them locate a family on the server.
GOOD PRACTICES WHEN NAMING FAMILIES:
- Be Consistent in your naming convention
- Keep it simple and short. Avoid abbreviations.
- Avoid names that can easily be superseded. Specific sizing can be problematic, or referring to manufacturer.
- Consider Prefix naming convention as shown. (Font case for prefix is ideal if CAPS)
- Provide sufficient information in the family name to enable drafters to make intelligent, quick choices about which component to use. This applies to Type name too.
- Don’t get lazy and start naming families with a numerical suffix. E.g. Awning Window 1
© Copyright Reserved by Michelle Louw (Excerpt from My speaker notes at National Revit Technology Conference 2008.)