AEC Object Naming Convention

In Computer terms most things are an object, therefore an object naming convention deals with all sorts of bizarre items not considered by most in the AEC Industry. The aim is to enable the transfer of information both person to person and aplication to application.

This AEC Object Naming convention is specifically aimed at the naming of AEC based objects found in BIM software such as Types in Revit families and / or Styles in AutoCAD Architecture / MEP etc...

For data to move from one system to another a common naming convention needs to be applied to all these objects along with agreed methodologies for BIM content.

BS8541-1:2012 provides the framework for naming objects and this includes objects with or without metadata. It is assumed  in this article that all AEC objects include metadata and that the classification does not need to be included within the object name.

Please refer to BS8541-1:2012 for further details.

The Name should be defined using the following three fields:

Source Type Subtype / Product
Author or manufacturer Discription of type of object Specific Type or product information to provide a unique identifier
Optional Required Optional

For a multiple component objects the naming convention should follow the following guidelines set out for the specific object or family types.

Ownership can by assigned as the first field in any object and is used to depict the author of the content in order to define ownership, risk and liability.

Wall Naming Example:


Naming Conventions

Wall Naming Convention

Floor Naming Convention


Within the naming examples provided for each object type the ownership field has not been included to aid clarity.