Did I link it or did I import it? Was the box checked for "Current view only" selected or not? Where is it! It wasn't exploded was it??? Do these phrases come to mind when asked these questions? I don't remember? I think I did? I have no clue½, I hope not! I recently had a conversation with a client who wanted to search for CAD files within a Revit Model and had these very questions. With the latest release of Ideate Explorer for Revit you'll be able to answer these questions and more½

Did I Link or Import the CAD file?

Within the Revit products the only way to know if a user linked a CAD file is to go to Insert tab and select the Cad1.php button then the CAD Formats tab. Using this function in Revit gives the user an idea of what CAD Files in the Revit Model have been Linked. Note that it does NOT provide any information about files that have been imported! Ideate Explorer. informs the user if CAD Files in Revit are Linked or Imported by separating them out into two distinct categories: CAD Imports & CAD Links


Was the box checked for "Current view only" selected or not?

Within the Revit products the only way a user knows if the "current view only" option has or hasn't been selected is when the CAD File shows up in a view other than the inserted view. That is of course, as long as a team member hasn't turned it off with the various Revit graphic tools. Ideate Explorer informs the user through separating out the CAD files into DWG File or DWG File whether they are linked or imported.

  • DWG File = CAD Files found in this section informs the user that these CAD Files may be found in multiple views because the "Current view only" option wasn't used during insertion/linking.
  • DWG File = CAD files found under this section informs the user that these CAD Files can only be found in the view that they have been inserted in, or there was a check in the box for "Current view only".


Where is it! It wasn't exploded was it????

To find a linked or imported CAD file within the Revit products it is truly a "hunt and peck" process for the user. One of the method that could be used to find an Import is by using the Line Styles cad4 tool found in the Manage Tab > Settings panel. Within this tool the user is able to tell if an imported CAD file has been exploded by the presence of certain line styles. When using Ideate Explorer a user can quickly determine if an imported CAD file has been Partially or Fully exploded. My two favorite ways within Ideate Explorer are:

1. Searching for symbols = Within Ideate Explorer CAD Imports category I look for DWG files that repeat multiple times with symbol name at the end. 


2. Search for Line Styles - Within Ideate Explorer I look at the Lines > detail Lines category looking for CAD Layers names like DEFPOINTS etc. Ideate Explorer can quickly find elements in the model like imported CAD Files. Ideate Explorer has a Show Elements tool which when selected will zoom to the item in Revit that you've. This is similar to the "Highlight in Model" function in Revit schedules. Users can access the Show Elements several different way. My favorite method is as follows: • Select an element in the Results window. • Select the Show Elements (Zoom to Selected) button from the Top right of the Results window.


Happy searching! If you would like to make suggestions on what you would like to see in future releases of Ideate Explorer for Revit send us your ideas.

About the Author

Eugene A. O'Day, IX - AEC Application Specialist Eugene A. O'Day, IX, with more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs, has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations, has taught at accredited ATCs throughout the Northwestern region, and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit - and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.