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Ideate Explorer has been a Revit user’s best friend for almost 14 years! Since the first release of Ideate Explorer, Revit users have been using the application to show model elements that the default Revit project browser just does not show. Ideate Explorer is the model browser for almost every element within your Revit model.
The Ideate Warnings Manager within Ideate Explorer is an extremely powerful and useful tool for organizing, reviewing, and fixing Revit warnings.
Here is a question we got from a longstanding Ideate Software customer from Australia about if we could isolate or sort warnings by level:
“Do you know if there is a way to organize warnings by level? I am working on a project where it is delivered in zones. Obviously, it would be great to remove or fix warnings in the whole project but that isn’t possible due to time constraints. Currently I have to go through the warnings and try and remove as many as I can, but I only want to do it for the zones that need issuing.”
Using Ideate Explorer’s powerful search engine, you can select on the Warnings Tab within Ideate Explorer and enter the level name you are seeking within the search field. This will show you ONLY the elements with a specific Warning Type contained on the level you selected. As an example, if you search for Level 6 and there is a wall on Level 5 and wall on Level 6 that have the overlap warning, then you would see both elements because as least ONE component of the Warning Type is on Level 6.
You can enter a level name in the search field to show only warnings sorted by types where at least one component of the warning is on the specified level.
You might also want to show only warnings by Room or “Created by” or “Last Updated By” as some more examples.
Be sure to review our Help topic on Resolving Revit Warnings with Ideate Explorer and watch our online videos for more workflows featuring Ideate Explorer.
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About the Author
Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 20 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 12 years at Autodesk, where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Would you like to learn more about Managing Revit warnings with Ideate Explorer?
Warnings management is a hot topic with Revit users around the world. Our website houses many resources that describe the value of the Ideate Warnings Manager component of Ideate Explorer, as well as how to use the powerful plugin to keep your Revit projects clean and functioning well. For easy access, here are links to and descriptions of just a few:
- Help File: Set up and Deploy Warnings Standards
To gather consistent and relevant warnings data, you need to determine which Revit warnings are important to you and assign the appropriate warnings rankings. In this Help file, we provide guidance on how to determine which warnings are critical to the project or your company and then set warnings thresholds. The Help file also provides detailed instructions on how use our Revit plugin to edit and export the rankings, review the warnings threshold, set the standards, and deploy the standards.
- Blog Post: Ideate Explorer: Review Revit Warnings Using Microsoft Power BI (UPDATED)
This blog post from September 2021 updates a post from June 2021 where we announced the release of a Power BI template that uses warnings data from our Ideate Explorer Revit plugin to help users 1) visualize details of the warnings in their Revit projects, 2) get accurate information about their warnings to BIM 360 users, and 3) create actionable data visualizations that clearly deliver warnings data. In the more recent post, we detailed updates to the Power BI template to align with the latest software developments of Automation for Ideate Explorer. We 1) added an Ideate Automation input script, 2) adjusted slicer filters, 3) added a date slicer, 4) added top 10 warning descriptions, and 5) added warnings over time. Read the blog post for details.
- Video – The Value of Ideate Explorer + Ideate Warnings Manager to all Revit Users
In just three minutes, you will gain a solid understanding of how Ideate Warnings Manager fills gaps in the warnings dialog that is built into Revit, as well as the strong value and ROI possible with this critical component of our Revit plugin, Ideate Explorer. Wherever you fall within the architecture, engineering, construction, or building-owner community, you can avoid time consuming and costly downstream problems when you use Warnings Manager to proactively keep your Revit models clean and healthy. Watch the video for more.
- Video Series
Failure to manage the warnings in your Revit project can result in poor model performance, slow synchronization times, and/or file corruption. To help Ideate Software customers address specific warnings and to show how simple the workflow is, we developed a series of short videos that demonstrate the steps to take to resolve the warnings using the Warnings Management component of Ideate Explorer.
- Ideate Explorer - Revit Warnings Resolved – Floors Overlap
What is the potential harm of ignoring the Revit warning, “Highlighted Floors Overlap?” It could lead to improperly hosted elements and inaccurate quantity takeoffs. Watch this short video to see how to resolve the problem.
- Ideate Explorer - Revit Warnings Resolved - Duplicate Marks
Why should you care about the “Duplicate Mark or Number” Revit warning? It could lead to you having a non-compliant project deliverable and confusion during the construction and/or estimating phases. Take less than three minutes out of your day to watch this video and see how simple it is to take care of this issue.
- Ideate Explorer - Revit Warnings Resolved - Identical Instances
Don’t risk incorrect schedule data, model inaccuracy, and errors in the field, all potential consequences of the “Identical Instances” Revit warning. Watch this short demonstration that shows you Ideate Explorer for Revit can be used to solve this Revit warning.
- Ideate Explorer - Revit Warnings Resolved – Floors Overlap
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