F1 Directory structures

It is essential to determine early on how information will be stored and accessed on the computer hard drive (and any removable drive).

A directory tree structure is the most common form of sorting information on a particular drive.

In Windows 95 sub-directories are referred to as "folders", here i will use the terms directory, sub-directory, parent directory etc.

A logical sequence with sufficient, not too cryptic folder names is required.

Folder names can be longer in Windows 95 but it is best to use some abbreviation back to the DOS (8 letter maximum) or even less to avoid conflicts exchanging files with other users , plotting from DOS etc.

The directory structure is best in a form that can be printed out for the entire office to know where specific files items are to be placed / found.

Leaving out project preliminary costings, specification /schedules, client letters, contract administration etc as being generally non AutoCAD software related items (which can be addressed in a variety of ways of hard drive directory structure), the remaining AutoCAD related categories to be organised can be as follows:

The following is an example of a directory structure that may be used by a small practice focussing primarily on Residential work for its symbol (block) library. (Create subcategories for Commercial / Industrial blocks as required).

It does not attempt to include all of the points mentioned above but consider it as a starting point.

Decide early on whether to create separate parent directory for Commercial as opposed to Residential or to create sub-categories within this suggested structure)

 

 

2dim

(2 dimensional)

       
 

elev

(elevational views)

     
   

door

   
   

join (joinery)

   
   

land (landscape except trees)

   
   

peop (people)

   
   

stai (stairs)

   
   

tran (transport/cars etc.)

   
   

tree

   
   

wind (windows)

   
 

plan (plan view =top view)

     
   

bath (bathroom)

   
   

door

   
   

elec (elecrical)

   
   

fixt (fixtures)

   
   

furn (furniture)

   
   

join (joinery)

   
   

kitc (kitchen)

   
   

land (landscape except trees)

   
   

laun (laundry)

   
   

stai (stairs)

   
   

tran (transport/

cars)

   
   

tree

   
   

wall

   
   

wind (window)

   
 

sect (sectional views)

     
   

carp (carpentry)

   
     

floo (floor)

 
     

roof

 
     

wall

 
   

foot (concrete footings)

   
   

join (joinery)

   
   

roof (roofing)

   
     

flas (flashings)

 
     

prof (profiles)

 
     

plum (plumbing- gutters & steel fascias)

 
   

stai (stairs)

   
   

stee (steel)

   
     

cold (cold rolled)

 
       

csec (C sections)

       

zsec (Z sections)

     

hotr (hotrolled)

 
       

ange (angle-equal)

       

angu (angle-unequal)

       

chan (channels)

       

holl (hollow sections)

       

isect (I section beam or column)

   

wall

   
     

maso (masonry)

 
     

othe (other)

 
     

timb (timber)

 
     

vene (veneer)

 
   

weta (wet area construction details)

   

3dim (3 dimensional)

       
 

carp (carpentry)

     
 

cons (construction details)

     
 

door

     
 

fixt (fixtures)

     
 

furn (furniture)

     
 

misc (miscelllaneous)

     
 

peop (people)

     
 

roof

     
 

stai (stair0

     
 

tran (transport/cars)

     
 

wall

     
 

wind

     

draf (general drafting)

       
 

lege (frequently used legends)

     
 

norm (north arrow- model space scale)

     
 

norp (north arrow -paper space scale)

     
 

note (frequently used notes)

     
 

scam (scale bars-model space)

     
 

scap (scale bars - paper space)

     
 

shee (sheet/page- model space scale)

     

pape (paper space specific)

logo (logos)

     
 

shee (sheet/page masters)

     
 

titl (title block masters)

     
         

 

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