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#1 Doug Morell

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:50 AM

This is my method for organizing my multi-drawings.


As an example, all my ‘Parent’ drawings are typically named:


A01 Main Floor, A02 Second Floor, .. and so on.


Detail drawings (children) that are to be included with a Main Drawing (parent) are named associatively.


A01 Main Floor will have ‘children’ named a001 something, a001 something else


A02 Second Floor has children named a002 descriptive name, a002 another descriptive name


The use of lower case characters and double zero(*) allows me to see at a glance which drawings are ‘children’ and on which page they are located.


( * I seriously doubt if any work I do will reach 100 pages,

so there’s no chance of conflict in naming Parents and Children)

.. invariably, someone will have a simpler solution.

#2 Keith Almond

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 10:25 AM

Sounds much too complicated for me ... Mine start at 1 and go on to whenever they stop ....


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#3 Thomas Roman

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 03:14 PM

I too name the "parent" drawing as the drawing sheet number... that way if I'm looking for sheet A-4, I know to look for the file named A04..


Also, while a bunch of drawings are all being worked on simultaneously, I can glance at the "tabs" and easily find the appropriate sheet...


I'm not as fussy with the names of the "child" drawings, but I see the advantage..

#4 randolph cohn

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 03:49 PM

i name my similar to other



for the main multi  i use all caps.


note: i have no "parent" or "child" drawings

because of a divorce and the children ran away.



A01-COVER SHEET (this is the multi part of a1

and for each of the added drawings to the multi,

i use "lower case"


a01a - rendering

a01b - index

a01c - vicinity map


and so on.


by doing it this way or something similar

they line up like this in the directory



a01a rendering

a01b index

a01c vicinity map


etc, etc, etc



a02a general notes


no room for anything else on this sheet.

if there was and it made sense to be on same drawing,

it would be named to identify drwg.


a02b name of drawing.



etc, etc, etc


and easy to know what is the multi

and what are the added drawing

for each sheet.


note: i was taught to do multis by thomas roman

about 18 years ago as were many 100's of others

at our softplan workshop

and still use the exact

same method today.

"if it ain't broke, don't fix"

one day i'll probably learn "plan sets"


v10 to future 2016+ ;)

#5 Thomas Davis

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 07:58 AM

Here is my setup.


I use plan sets most of the time and have a plan set template with my pages already configured, which looks like this. Keep in mind that I do a lot of renovations and additions, and not as many new homes.


CVR - Coversheet

SITE - Site Plan

A-1 - Proposed First Floor Plan

A-2 - Proposed Second Floor Plan

A-3 - Proposed Front and Right Elevations

A-4 - Proposed Rear and Left Elevations

A-5 - Proposed Roof Plan

A-6 - Sections and Details

A-7 - Window Flashings

A-8 - James Hardie Siding Details

X-1 - Existing First Floor Plan

X-2 - Existing Second Floor Plan

E-1 - Proposed First Floor Electrical Plan

E-2 - Proposed Second Floor Electrical Plan


I name my individual drawings like this


...a1.11 proposed first floor plan

...a2.11 proposed second floor plan

...x1.11 existing first floor plan

...x2.11 existing second floor plan

and so on.


If I revise a particular drawing, I just name it as follows

...a1.12 proposed first floor plan

...a1.13 proposed first floor plan

...a1.14 proposed first floor plan (I can tell that this is the latest version because it has the highest number. I can also tell that it has been modified several times since it was started as ...a1.11)

...a3.11 proposed front elevation

...a3.12 proposed front elevation

...a3.21 proposed right elevation

...a3.22 proposed right elevation


the first two digits is the sheet number, the first number after the period tells me how many drawings are on the sheet and the third number tells me the latest revision of that drawing.


example from above, I can quickly tell that Sheet A-3 has two drawings on it (...a3.12 proposed front elevation and ...a3.22 proposed right elevation)

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