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CAD Standards – Layer Name Creation

I firmly believe in the NCS and the AIA systems of layer name creation

Your creation of layer names should follow the NCS layer naming recommendations. The 1-4-4-4-1 format shown in the AIA guideline should be followed.


By including the method for layer creation in your standard you will define the boundaries that need to be in place when your users create layers that have not been defined yet.  And they will do that.

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#1 Comment By Brent Daley On 2009/08/10 @ 2:34 PM

I’ve had great success implementing this layering standard. I don’t think users could imagine doing it any other way now after using it for a year.

#2 Comment By Glen Sullivan On 2009/08/25 @ 10:38 AM

What is the reasoning behind the specific limit on the number of charters being exactly 4 characters long? I can understand have a max limit of four to keep the layer name length to a minimum. Additionally, should all of the modifiers also be specifically four charters only? Do you typically provide standard layers for stuff commonly used? Thanks for the great information.