Attention Revit Users - THIS IS IMPORTANT

Matt Dillon

Architecture and Engineering, All, Revit, Best Practices, BIM Management, Construction, Model Managment 0 Comment

In every Revit Fundamentals class I teach, I find an opportunity to preach. I preach about the importance of "clean modeling" - making sure that your model is as error and warning-free as possible. Not only for those that have to use it when you're done with it, but also for your own benefit, well-being, sanity and job security. One of the biggest topics of my sermons is the process of reviewing and resolving warnings in Revit. Unfortunately, like most sermons, this usually falls on deaf ears, and periodically I run across the result of NOT religiously reviewing and resolving warnings. Recently I had the pleasure of opening a Revit model that not only looked like ... OK... I'm not going to pull any punches ... it looked like garbage, but it was essentially unusable. Every time I selected an object to edit, I had to wait several seconds while the dreaded Windows circle of death spun incessantly. There's a common cause to this symptom, and I went with my first instinct. I used the Review Warnings tool on the Manage tab of the ribbon. Sure enough... (hold on to your seat) ... that model had over 4,700 unresolved warnings. I closed the file, called the person who sent it to me and told them they had a model that was essentially worthless and it would probably be best to just start over. It was too far gone to waste time trying to resuscitate. The patient was brain-dead.

The sad thing is, this type of situation is so easily avoided, if just a little bit of self-discipline is used. Any experienced Revit user will tell you that resolving warnings as soon as they occur or as soon as possible after they occur is vital to keeping your files running smoothly, and to avoid the possibility of corruption building up. Failure to do so, on the other hand is a recipe for an inevitable crash and catastrophic failure - if not in today's project, in a project down the road.

I have put together a short 12 minute video explaining the importance of reviewing and resolving warnings, and tips for identifying the objects involved and how to rectify the situation. You can watch it here, and take heed. Or not... it's your job...your choice...