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    Custom Library Organization

    With the prospect of using Family Browser in the near future and ultimately reorganizing the office custom library, I was curious what kind of directory everyone else uses to sort custom content. I've heard several people say that they use the exact same folder structure as the OOTB library in order to keep things simple. Does anyone follow the MasterFormat for organization?

    Right now our office library is a mix of folders that are as general as Misc and as specific as Awning-Trellis
    Chad Koscinski | Architect

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    I use the Dutch version of the Masterclass format (SfB, actually think it's Swedish or something by origin). To prevent from happening what you describe above... Everything needs to be classified and put in the right folder. Namings follow these classification. For example: a door would be 31_MdR_door (31 the code for external openings, 3-letter combo to describe who made it, description of family). Any "foreign" library or element gets the same structure but in a different library folder structure.
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      #3
      Ours, which is running on the FB.

      EDIT: The only directory thats inconsistant is that the Millwork is all under Casework, and its in 4 subdirectories in there. I meant to pull them out to the native directory, but something was happening that day and i couldnt get delete access to a folder, or something.
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        Martijn - I like your idea for naming conventions. Thanks for that! If we don't organize by MasterFormat I would do something along the lines of: General Family Description - Manufacturer (if there is one) - Specific Family Description (Door - Andersen - French DoubleGlass). Manufacturer because I've made several manufacture specific families from their cut sheets and its nice to know when you have an accurate representation of something spec'd.

        Aaron - I notice you have walls as a folder. I'm assuming that you have a Revit file with several typical types of walls that you then copy and paste into a project as you need them. I guess I'm curious as to why you don't have other system families in folders such as stairs, railings, ceilings, etc?

        Thanks for the suggestions!
        Chad Koscinski | Architect

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          #5
          We have walls saved out as Groups, so that they can be loaded as groups as well. That way no one has to *open* the walls file to browse, or copy and paste. We have the walls saved out as individuals, and as sets (CMU hollow core, CMU fully grouted, etc. In both imperial and metric),

          The walls folder... Also has some families that are Wall Category. You CAN make them, they just arent supported, and are a bit unstable. But weve got them. LOL.

          Here is our family naming convention, as well.
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            Thanks Aaron - that's great information.
            Chad Koscinski | Architect

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              Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
              I use the Dutch version of the Masterclass format (SfB, actually think it's Swedish or something by origin).
              Funny, I´ve been using SfB for 12+ years, and always thought that it was a Danish system... But turns out that it really IS Swedish by origin.

              SfB system (SfB = Samarbetskomitén för Byggnadsfrågor)
              was originally developed for classification and
              coding of the Swedish standard description Bygg-
              AMA, and were used here first in 1950. System
              quickly won wide use in other countries, including
              in connection with CPD registration, especially as it
              in 1972 was internationally recognized by the CIB (Commission
              International you Bâtiment) in Rotterdam.
              Another contributing factor is that the SfB system principles
              have proved suitable for construction of the coding systems
              for computer processing of building subjects
              data supplemented with free symbols


              A few years ago, "we" started building a new classification system, DBK (Danish Building Classification) based on ISO 12006 just like Omni-Class.
              Now DBK is almost finished, but everyone involved with real BIM is running around like headless chickens, screaming for every piece of software to support DBK... Yeah right ! Like Autodesk and the like, would really spend a lot of money to incorporate a Classification System only used in a country with 5,5mill people... I think NOT :banghead:
              "We" should just have adapted the U.S. Omni-Class instead...

              OK, before going totally of topic here... I used to organize the libraries by SfB too, but am now just using the OOTB structure, with a few modifications, almost like what Aaron showed.
              Klaus Munkholm
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                #8
                Originally posted by Munkholm View Post
                Funny, I´ve been using SfB for 12+ years, and always thought that it was a Danish system... But turns out that it really IS Swedish by origin.
                Swedish, Danish... You all use those funny letters...
                Anyway, why did you leave the SfB-code?
                Martijn de Riet
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Munkholm View Post
                  SfB system (SfB = Samarbetskomitén för Byggnadsfrågor)
                  If I don't know how to even say it I can't use it. How the hell do you pronounce that?

                  Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
                  Swedish, Danish... You all use those funny letters...
                  +1 for long freakin words too.
                  -Alex Cunningham

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by alex cunningham View Post
                    if i don't know how to even say it i can't use it. How the hell do you pronounce that?
                    es ef be
                    Last edited by mdradvies; February 2, 2011, 05:01 PM.
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