There are a number of areas in Countfire where it can be useful to name something in a particular way:

  • Symbol descriptions
  • Measurements
  • Drawings
  • Projects

Symbol descriptions

Because Countfire lists symbol descriptions alphanumerically, both within the main app’s interface and the final Excel spreadsheet, it’s helpful to name them so
related symbols are listed together.

A good method for naming symbol descriptions is to reverse the descriptions so you have the common word at the front.

For example: 

  • Socket - Double
  • Socket - Single

As opposed to: 

  • Double Socket
  • Single Socket

The difference between symbol descriptions being listed together, or not, looks like this:

Not listed together - not recommended

Symbol descriptions not listed together within the main app interface:

Symbol descriptions not listed together within the final Excel spreadsheet:

Listed together — recommended

Symbol descriptions listed together within the main app interface:

Symbol descriptions listed together within the final Excel spreadsheet:

It's also possible to create groups within Countfire, however even with groups, best practice is to still use the naming conventions, above so your symbol descriptions are listed together within their groups.

Learn more about grouping items here.

Measurements

Measurements are also listed alphanumerically, and it’s therefore also helpful to reverse the descriptions so you have the common word at the front.

This can be particularly helpful when measuring containment systems, so they are grouped together with other components of the same system.

For example:

  • Tray - 300mm - Power
  • Tray - 300mm - Power - Bend
  • Tray - 300mm - Power - Tee
  • Tray - 450mm - Power
  • Tray - 450mm - Power - Bend
  • Tray - 450mm - Power - Tee

By naming your measurements in a deliberate way, you can ensure firstly, that all different sized tray is grouped together, and then secondly, that all the components from a specific sized tray are grouped together.

Drawing file names

As with other names within Countfire, drawings are listed alphanumerically.

Because of this, it’s helpful to ensure your drawings are named in such a way that they are listed logically in the main app’s interface and the final Excel spreadsheet, e.g. 

  • LG001
  • LG002

Further to this, if you add revised drawings and decide to add those to the same discipline as the original drawings, you’ll want to prefix your PDF files prior to upload so they are grouped together, e.g.

  • LG001
  • LG002
  • REV1 - LG001
  • REV1 - LG002

Learn more about renaming drawings.

Project names

Project names are also listed alphanumerically, and it’s, therefore, helpful to prefix your project names with a unique project number, e.g.

  • T-2017-1 - Project name 1
  • T-2017-2 - Project name 2

By prefixing your project names in this way, your projects will always be listed in order, with your latest project at the bottom of the list.

Learn more about renaming projects.

Learn more

How to: Measure containment.

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