So you think your Revit model is corrupt

By Elyse Hatch, AEC Technical Consultant at SolidCAD                                   

I am going to talk about file corruption in Revit. To keep things brief I will be doing a few separate posts on this topic. Today I will touch on 4 points:

  • Initial Investigation
  • First steps to resolution
  • Common causes
  • What if you can’t resolve it…

Initial Investigation

When you encounter an undesirable action or message from Revit is it important to take note of a few things. Ask yourself:

  • What action did I attempt?
  • What response did I get from Revit?
  • Can you audit file?
    • Make sure you save a copy of the file first as you will need to reopen to perform the audit action.
  • If your file cannot be opened, can you open a previous version of the file?

To pinpoint the origin of the issue you need to ask yourself a few more questions:

  • Can you complete the action in another file?
    • The issue most likely originates with this file
  • Can another user complete the action in that file on a different machine?
    • Issue most likely originates with this machine
  • Can another user complete the action in that file when logged in on your machine?
    • Issue most likely originates with the user’s setting

Armed with this information you can look for other likely culprits:

  • Take note of any major changes that have recently occurred in the file
  • Take note of any major changes that have recently occurred in linked files
    • Check each linked file for similar behavior
  • Look for recent changes to Revit
  • Make sure your Revit install has the latest updates
    • Use the Manage Account webpage
  • Check is all users on this file are on the same Build Number
  • Find our how much free space you have on your machine
    • Clear out old temp and journal files (keeps most recent 3-5)
  • Are you using a certified video card?
  • Do you have the most recent Driver Update?
  • What about windows dot Net Updates? Are they current?

First steps towards a resolution

  • Audit
  • Selective Purge
    • 3 times to get it all
  • Save as
    • This writes a new file omitting lots of miscellaneous junk that is no longer required
  • Read Journals
  • Seek Support – Summit or Autodesk

Common causes

Knowing some of the common causes can give you hints on where to look for possible solutions. Autodesk has an article about data corruption on the knowledge network, linked below but here are a few big ones to get you started.

  • Users have different Revit builds
  • File Size
    • This includes temporary files. They can be huge; and they don’t go anywhere.
  • Nested families and groups in excess
    • Connection error during save, sync/load latest
  • Error when writing to storage location
  • Previous crash during an action
  • Database is incorrectly modified
    • Add-ins
    • Even Specialty fonts sometimes

These cause instabilities in the file which can result in crashes and the inability to complete the following actions.

  • Sync
  • Audit
  • Open/create new view
  • Access V/G overrides
  • Save
  • Purge
  • Edit object
  • Open file

The answer we all dread

Sometimes there is a bug in the program, something that requires a repair or reinstall of Revit. This will preserve the registry. While a clean reinstall will fix registry issues, to do this follow the alternative uninstall directions in the knowledge network.

Unfortunately, this happens and when the problem truly is the program there is only one solution.

Submit Autodesk Customer Error Report with your email

When the CER dialog appears be sure to fill in your email address and submit the report. The more instances of a CER for the same issue the better visibility it has for the development team at Autodesk. Its even better if you can include details. This information helps the development team, and if they have your email then the following actions are possible.

  • Emails are sent if there is a known solution, ie missing update etc
  • Emails are sent when a solution is found
  • When a case is opened Autodesk cross references for CERs submitted referencing that email

How to reuse Revit content to supercharge your BIM infrastructure & standards

By , AEC Technical Consultant at SolidCAD

Looking for efficiencies when it comes to enhancing BIM infrastructure and standards? Repurposing Revit content from completed projects is a smart, efficient method of updating your template and warehouse or content folders on an ongoing basis. It also provides the opportunity to check how well your current processes and standards are working in real project situations.

In this video, you will learn how to identify and extract valuable content from completed projects. We will identify the items to look for, how to extract them from the model efficiently and then how to get these items into your templates and content folders.

At the end of this video you will:

  • Learn what to extract from completed projects to build out templates and content folders.
  • Learn how to extract content efficiently from previous projects.
  • Discuss how to set up a process and checklist for your company to complete these project closeouts on a regular basis.
  • Understand how to compare completed projects up against current processes and standards.

Why every project needs a BIM Execution Plan

By , AEC Technical Consultant at SolidCAD

In this video, you will learn why a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) is important for a project of any size. Whether you’re working on a big “full BIM” IPD project or a smaller project, a properly created and developed BEP can answer a slew of questions on your project before you even knew they were going to be questions.

We will briefly review what a BEP is, before launching into a discussion of why you should be creating a BEP and the everyday benefits to be gained. We will walk through how execution plans can help to clarify project scope, help to define the processes required, and clearly define the goals for the project. We will also go through common questions about execution plans and how they work, their set up and format.

At the end of this webinar you will:

  • Understand the benefits of using an execution plans on every project.
  • Discover the dangers of not having an execution plan and learn how to avoid them
  • Learn how to make an execution plan clear and concise
  • Learn how to keep people involved in an execution plan throughout the project

Using Curtain Walls for Wall Panel Systems

By , AEC Technical Consultant at SolidCAD

This video examines one of the best features Revit has to offer: curtain walls. We will look at how to use curtain walls for exterior finishes – like metal panels – that are not curtain walls.

During this video we will go through two examples that demonstrate how to use curtain walls for panel systems:

  • How to set up a curtain wall to have it schedule and tag like a real wall.
  • How to gain the benefit and flexibility of the curtain wall grids and panels.
  • How to create a curtain wall for an exterior louvre façade.

Tips & Tricks: Increase your productivity in Revit

By , AEC Technical Consultant at SolidCAD

Have you ever wondered if there’s a better way to do something in Revit, join us for this short video that focuses on how to improve your productivity.

This video will review:

  • The best way to use 3D View Cube
  • How to be faster when working with pick lines
  • How to place families
  • What to do if you placed the drawing on the wrong sheet
  • Assuring the room height
  • Shortcut to type dimensions

Best Practices for Revit Model Groups

By Michelle Ovelson, AEC Technical Consultant at SolidCAD

Revit Model Groups are a wonderful thing when you know how to use them and follow some basic rules. They allow capturing repetition in the building model, and provide a way to tag through the groups, maintaining unique instance properties of the contained elements for scheduling.

This webinar will focus on the use of model groups for multi-unit residential projects.

During this webinar you’ll hear:

  • Best practices for creating and editing model groups.
  • How best to organize what goes in the group.
  • How to plan your project with groups to make it as efficient as possible.
  • Have a chance to ask a product expert your Model Group questions.

How to Organize My Schedules Using the Browser Organization

By , AEC Technical Consultant at SolidCAD

In this video you will learn some quick tips and the basics of organizing the schedules using the Browser Organization.

Revit 2018 provides various options for organizing the schedules in your project browser such as Filtering, Grouping / Sorting. It works in the same way as the regular views and you can group and organize using multiple choices or adding custom parameter.

Tips for Creating Detail Components

By , AEC Technical Consultant at SolidCAD

Detail components are Revit families that can be placed in drafting views or detail views to add information to the model. They offer a more efficient, easier to use, and easier to control method of detailing than drawing individual detail lines.

This video looks at how to create your own detail components from scratch or by modifying out-of-the-box families so that they match your company’s standards.

We will look at:

  • What is the size of the family
  • The amount of detail needed
  • Where the origin points should be
  • What parameters should be included
  • Other types of controls

Civil 3D 2020

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Autodesk has released the latest iteration of their Civil Engineering modeling software, namely Civil 3D 2020.  Go to the Autodesk Account page to download the software or get it from the Desktop App.

Note, it was released on April 10th and it may not appear immediately in your Desktop App or even Autodesk Manage for a day or two.

Here are the features of note in this release:

  • Of course, everything that is new for AutoCAD.
  • The Civil object format has not changed.  You can share files between users of Civil 3D 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • The Export Civil 3D drawing to AutoCAD tool has been overhauled and it should yield more predictable results.
    • We now have the option to export feature lines as 2D or 3D objects.
  • The survey database is now SQLite, different from SQL Compact like previous releases.  Note, the default Working Folder has changed.
    • Your existing survey databases can be converted to the new format after downloading the conversion tool and running the Migrate tool.

  • Changes to the gravity network analysis tool and SSA.
  • Dynamo is a workflow-based programming tool and it is available for 2020.  It must be installed using the Desktop App or from Autodesk Account.  After installation, the tool is available in the Manage Ribbon.  When run, users have access to many resources such as tutorials, primers, and more.

  • Connect to ArcGIS online .

AutoCAD 2020

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Autodesk has release the latest iteration of their flagship drafting software, namely AutoCAD 2020.  Click here to see Autodesk’s page detailing what’s new.  Go to the Autodesk Account page to download the software of get it from the Desktop App.

Here are the features of note in this release:

  • There is no DWG format change.  Files back to 2018 are compatible with this release.
  • New installation technology allows for an install time about half that of previous releases, when a Solid State Drive is in use.
  • A new block palette exists containing all of the blocks within the current drawing.  The INSERT command no longer displays the usual block insert dialog box, it now runs the BLOCKSPALETTE tool, displaying the new blocks palette.  The new CLASSICINSERT command displays the old block insert dialog.

  • The purge command now indicates the reason why some objects cannot be purged.  This has been a request for many releases.

  • Use the Quick measure tool to more efficiently measure objects.

  • Access to drawings saved to online services such as Box and Dropbox has been streamlined.