Error Issues

Error Issues display in the Import Issues when Excel values will not be imported.  These issues should be addressed and understood before accepting the import preview.

Adding new elements not supported
The keyword NEW in the Element Id column can only be used with Areas, Generic Model elements, Schedule Keys, Masses, Rooms, Sheets and Spaces to create new model elements.  The NEW keyword is not allowed for other categories.  The ability to create new elements is available only within the Category links (i.e. not available within a multi-category link).

Element is locked by worksharing
One or more of the elements you are trying to edit are checked out by someone else. Let the other team member(s) know to perform SVC and relinquish owned elements, then repeat the import. For your convenience, the locked elements are highlighted on the import preview panel.

Element Locked by Worksharing

Error creating new element
A supported model element link attempted to create a new element, but would not be successful.  The specified "Family and Type" may be invalid (does not exist) or the specified "Family and Type" may refer to a hosted element which is unsupported by this process.  For more information see Create New Masses and Generic Models.

Error creating new placeholder sheet
A Sheet link attempted to create a placeholder sheet, but would not be successful. For more information see Create New Sheets

Error creating new room
A Room link attempted to create a new room, but would not be successful.  For more information, see Create New Rooms or Spaces.

Error creating new space
A Space link attempted to create a new room, but would not be successful.  For more information, see Creating Unplaced Rooms, Spaces, and Sheets.

Error reading Revit property
An unexpected error occurred when attempting to read a Revit property value.

Error writing Revit property
An unexpected error occurred when attempting to write a Revit property value.  One example of this error is a Revit field that is required to be unique, for example the 'View Name'.  

Excel cell contains an error value
An Excel spreadsheet cell contains an Excel error value: #DIV/0!, #N/A, #NAME?, #NULL!, #NUM!, #REF!, or #VALUE!.

Excel cell missing Revit element ID
The Id column is blank for a row in the Excel spreadsheet, but there are values in the other properties columns.

Excel value not a valid Revit property value
The value in the Excel spreadsheet cell cannot be converted into a value that Revit will accept.  An example would be trying to import a Excel text value into a Revit number property. 

Excel value out of range for Revit property value
The numeric value in an Excel is either too large or too small for the corresponding Revit property value.  Lineweight values, for example, could cause this error.

Family not valid for element host
An attempt was made to swap the type of an instance and the "Family: Type" name given has different family hosting behavior than the original instance family.  Swapping a wall hosted Light Fixture for a ceiling hosted Light Fixture would result in this error.

Family type not in format "Family:Type"
An attempt was made to swap the type of an instance and the new type was not in the format "Family: Type".  This happens most often when the drop-down list of available types is not utilized and instead a value for "Family: Type" is typed in and does not match anything defined within the current project.

Family type not valid for element
An attempt was made to swap the type of an instance and the "Family: Type" name given is not a valid type for the given element.  Swapping a Door Family with a Curtain Panel would result in this error.

Mass (or Generic Model) not created
In order for a new Mass or Generic model element to be created with Ideate BIMLink at least one family needs to be defined within the current project.  Use Load Families to add a family.  Related topic: Create New Masses and Generic Models.

New name contains illegal characters
An attempt was made to change the name of a family element or type element within a type-based link, and the new name contained characters not allowed within Revit names:  \  : { } [ ] | ; < > ? ' ~  or any of the unprintable characters (ASCII 0 - 31)

Resulting change constrained by host
The elements noted cannot be moved within one or more of its coordinates as the element is hosted by a datum other than a Level.

Revit element not associated with link
The value of the Id in Excel belongs to a Revit element in a category different from the category defined for the link.  This issue can happen if the element Id was changed in Excel.

Revit element not found
The value of the Id in Excel cannot be found in the current Revit model.  This issue can happen if the Id was edited in Excel or the element was deleted from the current Revit project after the element was exported.

Unable to change type for element
A link attempted to change the type of instance using Type Swapping but would not be successful.  An example of when this error would occur would be if a wall mounted light was swapped to a ceiling mounted light or if a casework element was swapped with a furniture element.

Unable to change value - Element was Type Swapped
This error occurs when an element that has been swapped and one of the link instance properties no longer pertains to that element.  There is no risk here as the value of that instance property will be ignored.

Unable to change value - Null value not allowed
An attempt was made to set the value of Revit number or yes/no property to null (or unedited) by importing a blank Excel cell.  This warning might also occur with Type Swapping if any non-system properties are included within the link.

Unable to change value - Value not valid for this element
The new property values is not acceptable for this Revit element.  

View template not found or could not be applied
The value imported for the property View Template does not match the name of any existing View Template in the current Revit model.  This issue can also occur it the View Template does but it is not compatible with the associated view and could not be applied.

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