Terms commonly used in dRofus for quick and easy reference:

TermDefinitionSee more in the wiki
AdministratorA user who has the rights to change the basic structures of the projects such as other users' access, classification hierarchies and status sets, project specific fields, etcProject Administrator
Attribute ConfigurationIndicates what can and should link when data flows from and Add-On (Archicad, Revit) to dRofus and/or vice versa during synchronizationAttribute Configuration
BIM AdministratorUser responsible for setting up the connections between dRofus and other bim tools like Archicad, Revit and IFCProject Administrator
Budget/ Budget groupCategorization defined per project to separate Items into different groups for pricing-related purposes. Examples: "AV - Audiovisual equipment", "BEQ - Building equipment", "FUR - Furniture"Edit Budget Groups
ClientThe software used in windows to access dRofus dataClient program
ConstructorReplaced term - See Principal Company
Copy Project

Creates a complete copy of the project with all rooms and functions in the same database. Useful for e.g. exploring different options/alternatives. Since the room function number can't be duplicated inside a database, it is useful to give the room a prefix since it then will keep the room serial, or else it will use the next.

DatabaseThe storage structure that is used to contain your data, we use it to describe a dRofus installation for a given customer. There can be several projects in one databaseDatabase Setup

Orders created in the Procurement module can be transferred to the Delivery module and the Items can be split into individual instances for attaching unique data such as registration and serial numbers

Delivery RightsThis will restrict which user rights users will have (write, read, or no access to the module)
Designed areaArea as defined in the design tool. Unless specified it is the designed net room area
DestroyStatement to delete an existing database in the serverDestroy
ElementUsed as a common name for rooms, items, occurrences, components, systems, or products
Equipment Replaced term - See ItemItem
Equipment list Replaced term - See Item ListTemplate Types
Excel ExportsLocate in Report and Export, this gives you the ability to generate and customize exported data from your projects.Excel exports
Existing Items The list located in the Items Module includes the name of the device and its status (such as whether the device is worthless or could be used), any links to Items and rooms if registered and other central informationExisting Items
FamilyModeled element in Revit that represents an object, it may contain definitions for several Family TypesdRofus Panel Family Instances Introduction
Family TypeA variant which may be contained within the Family with different values for some or all properties of the basic FamilydRofus Panel Family Instances Introduction
FF&EFurniture, Fixture and Equipment  Replaced term - See ItemItem
FieldA container in the database where a value can be found or placed. For example "Room number" is a field that can contain the value "001". Replaces "Attribute"
FinishesThe visible surface of building material such as a wall or slab. Finishes
FlagAny field that can have a very limited set of pre-chosen values often referred to regarding the setup of dynamic GUIFlag
FunctionA level in a Function Structure to organize rooms like departmentsFunction Program
Function Data This is any data that is entered within the function treeFunction Data
Function StructureThe organizational structure of Functions for Rooms and ItemFunction Structure Rooms 
Graphical Function Plannera module used to visually plan functions and rooms in a project and can create, edit and delete functions and rooms, define programmed areas and the detailed requirements for the rooms
Gross/Net AreaFormula to define non-program space and accounts for non-usable space like walls, vertical penetrations, and circulationArea Grossing Cumulative Calculations
GroupA collection of objects, most used for a collection of rooms but can also be used for other collections

Group Type

Replaced term - Room Group TypeRoom Groups
IFCIndustry Foundation Classification - format for model exchanges
InstanceIs the individual element that is placed in the project model with a unique location
Is UsedUsed in connection with Items. Checks if an item has at least one occurrence, interpreted as that item being "used" in a room or other setting. An alternative is that it is not used, i.e. is a specification only
ItemA specification of an object that can be placed in a room or space in a building, for example, "chair" or "wood panel"Item
Item DataOn an item, it is possible to add project-specific fields that are usually used to specify requirements for items. This set of fields is called "Item data". They have a corresponding function to "RDS - Room Data" for roomsItem Data
Item Data tabThe sub-headers usually created in Item Data to more easily separate the different concepts used, visually displayed in the dRofus client behind tabs. Examples can be "Description", "Doors", "Plumbing" etc. See also View filters
Item groupThe organizational structure of Items, similar to items what a function tree is for roomsArticle level
Item ListA collection of items that go into a room. See Template Types to understand how to build a standard list of Items or Finishes that can be applied to a Room.Template Types
Item List TemplateA template for a specific item list for a room, for example, the furniture list for a standard 2-person office
Item ModuleThe section of dRofus where items and occurrences are managed
Item Rights Indicates a user's access level to work with ItemsUser Administration and User rights
Modelserver Rights Indicates a user's access level to work with ModelserverUser Administration and User rights
ModuleThe sections of the software - some managed by permission to work on different parts of a project database
OccurrenceA specific representation of one or more items that can be placed in a room or a space, for example "the 5 office chairs in meeting room 001". They are usually mostly consisting of information about what item describes them (eg. "01.001 office chair") and the room they are placed in (001 Meeting room"). They can also be components in an engineering system, eg. "0301.065 Connection purified water to IVC"


OwnersOwners can be used as a way to organize projects so that customers that are running multiple projects can use this information as another level of access and permissionsOwners
Owner AdministratordRofus' admin system is divided into separate owners. Customers that are running several projects can have their own owner partition on the server. An owner administrator will be able to see all databases associated with the owner and will be able to edit user access in all of them.Owner Administrator
PanelOne of the "windows" that can be seen when one opens a module. For example, the "Rooms" list that will always be present when one opens rooms or the "Properties" panel that can show much of the detail on the roomModify User Interface
Primary Connectorthe System Components main relationship to a Primary System
Principal Company

The company that is the primary lead on a project


A module used to manage the planned Items through all steps in the procurement process and can control which Items to be purchased, and in which rooms the Items to be located, whether they are in tender, offer, agreement, or order status

Procurement Rights Indicates a user's access level to work with Procurement User Administration and User rights
Project AdministratorA designated Project Administrator has the required permissions to create users, delete users, and set user rights for users.Project Administrator
ProjectsIn dRofus, this term is used to name the full collection of objects visible when you log in. It is possible to set up several projects on the same database that will share items but have separate rooms and occurrences. "Project" summaries in dRofus will include all data from this same collection of objects
Properties PanelDisplay and hide panels in the interface. Hover the cursor over the icons to display the names of the panels. In the Room List, for example, you can choose to show the Room Data Sheet data, or Items in Room as panels instead of having to open the Room Properties. The panels update as you switch from one selection to another.Modify User Interface
Punch Listsa web-based system to communicate observations and comments during construction site visits between the Client (or project manager) and the Contractor on a building project
RDS TemplateA template for a room specification that can be used for many rooms that will require a similar specification, for example, "office for 2 persons"
Report and Exports ModuleThe section of dRofus where one can find templates for and can create reports and exports
Report Server generates reports centrally on request from the client program and takes place on a server, as at times reports can require significant hardware resourcesReport and document server
ReportsdRofus offers several types of reports which are suited for print-out, storage or distribution via email. All reports are generated in PDF, Excel. XML or RTF format on the web, the reports are in CSV format.Reports
Responsibility GroupsItems can be assigned to a responsibility group such as "IARC - Interior architect". A user can then be given special rights to access this responsibility group (user right IARC), and so will be able to change items or occurrences in this responsibility group but not in another responsibility groups (eg. "ENG - Engineer")Edit Item Responsibility Groups
RibbonThe set of commands that are shown on the top of the screen in most of the dRofus modules. The commands are usually displayed as a combination of icon and text, for example, "Open room"Ribbon and Context Menus
RoomAn object that contains high-level info, specification and equipment (items) for one specific area in a building, limited by a set of wallsRoom Overview
Room coreThe high-level (general) information on a Room. Examples are room name, room function number and room number. Found under the heading "General" or "Properties"Room Core
Room Data Sheet (RDS)Information about a roomRoom Data
Room Data tabThe sub-headers usually created in Room Data to more easily separate the different concepts used, visually displayed in the dRofus client behind tabs. Examples can be "Description", "Windows and doors", "Plumbing" etc. Can be changed on a per-project basis. See also View filtersRoom Data Panel
Room GroupCollection of Rooms by Room Group TypeRoom Groups
Room Group TypeConcepts for placing rooms in different containers. The Room Group Types can be defined on a per-project basis. Usually, such concepts as "Building" (as in "Building A, Building B") and Level (as in "Ground floor, First floor") are defined by Room GroupRoom Groups
Room ModuleThe section of dRofus where rooms are managedRoom Module
Room Rights Indicates a user's access level to work with RoomsUser Administration and User rights
Room templateA collection of templates for rooms which consists of at least an RDS, but also can include one or several item list templatesTemplates Overview
Room Template ModuleThe section of dRofus where room templates are managedTemplates Overview
Run TaskThis is an action that can be performed as part of the Admin User functionsRun Task
Server AdministratorA user can become a Server Administrator when he/she is managing their own server. The features that are only available to server admins are Owners, Emails, and Inactive Users. Server Administrator
System RightsIndicates a user's access level to the systemUser Administration and User rights
TabSee Room Data tab, Item Data tab
Technical Information Database (TIDA)The separate database field set that was used to organize systems and components in previous versions of dRofusTIDA
Template for roomA dRofus template that is used for rooms, either a Room template, an RDS template or an item list template
Tender GroupThis will restrict which tender groups the user will have access to (both read and write)
User GroupIf you have a group of users that needs identical access levels to a database you can use the concept of User Groups to more effectively manage their access.User Groups
User Log Specific to a given user, the database administrator will be able to see when and with which client the user has recently logged in.User Management
User PermissionsdRofus allows highly complex user permission sets to be set up, controlling functions ranging from administrators who set up the database to those who only need to view a little of the dataUser Administration and User rights
User ProfileThese are the settings that a user is able to populate that identify their name, company, and roleUser Management
UsersdRofus users are the people who are given permission to use dRofus for any purpose. We encourage those who set up dRofus to include one person = one user, as that gives the logs much higher quality - when one needs to find out from the logs what has been changed by whom in the project
View filterSetup option to restrict the tabs (Item Data tabs or Room Data tabs) visible to the user
Web AppThe dRofus web solution that can be opened by anyone with access to dRofus client, using the same username and password. The web app is available when one has selected an object by clicking on "Open - open in dRofus web" in the ribbonsWeb App
Without Price  The "Budget price" field will not show up on a report if this selection is marked