Review Revit Warnings with Ideate Explorer

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This section covers the means and methods required to use Ideate Explorer to review Revit warnings within the Revit model. Unlike the Revit warnings tool, Ideate Explorer can stay open while you work!

Choose a Sort Method

The Revit warning information shown within Ideate Explore can be sorted in two ways: Types or Elements. The default method is to review by Warning Types. This sort method is most useful for actively working to resolve Revit warnings, while the review by Elements method is useful for understanding which elements are the source of the most warnings.

Option to sort Revit warnings by Type or Element

Sort by Warning Types

When the Sort by: option is set to Types, Ideate Explorer will display each type of Revit warning along with its associated color-based ranking and the collection of related element(s) underneath each warning type, as shown below. The warning types are sorted according to their rank, starting with the high at the top, followed by medium, then low. The ranking values can be changed as described in Manage Revit Warnings.

Underneath each warning type is either the individual offending element or a grouping of elements. For example, this ‘No Loss Defined’ Revit warning type lists each element with this problem. There are 121 pipe and duct fitting warning instances associated with this warning type.

Revit No Loss Defined Warning as a instance warning

The Revit warning type called “Highlighted walls overlap”, on the other hand, includes a group of elements for each instance of that Revit warning, as shown.

Revit Warning with Grouped Elements

After you have decided to sort by Types or Elements use Ideate Explorer to select and edit the problem elements.

Sort by Elements

When the Sort by: option is set to Elements, Ideate Explorer will display each element in the project along with the number of total warnings related to that element. Select the Number of Warnings column header to sort each element according to the number of warning instances.

In the example shown, the selected ‘Storefront Wall instance has more than one associated warning type. After you have decided to sort by Types or Elements, use Ideate Explorer to select and edit the problem elements.

Sort Revit warnings by element

Select and Edit Problem Elements

Double-clicking on any element listed within the Warnings tab will prompt Ideate Explorer to try and zoom to that element. It’s important to note that if more than one element is selected this can cause unexpected results (they may exist only in multiple views, or not be on a view).  

There are some element types that will not be able to be found. These will return an error “No good view can be found”. This will be the case for elements that are not selectable, such as in the case of the Duplicate Type Mark warning, or in the case of the “Sketch line is off axis”.

Once an element can be selected, it can be modified via the Revit Properties palette or within the view window. Some warning types can be resolved easily once they are selected, such as the Duplicate Mark warning. For more complicated warning types, it may be useful to next Isolate the Problem Areas.

Isolate Problem Areas

To inspect the elements related to a warning type more carefully, select the elements within Ideate Explorer on the Warnings tab, then use the Temporary Hide/Isolate tools within Revit and select Isolate Elements.  

Temporary Isolate Element with Revit to find warnings

If the problem elements are model elements and you want to look more closely at them in a 3D view, using the Selection Box tool within Revit can provide some clarity by cropping the view to show only those elements.

Isolate warning with the Revit Selection Box tool

Related topic: Resolve Revit Warnings

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